Art New York 2018: Interview With Wexler Gallery

Art New York 2018: Interview With Wexler Gallery

www.wexlergallery.com

201 North 3rd
Street, Philadelphia PA 19106

Interview with Associate Director Victoria Rosenberger

 GREGORY NANGLE  Ripple Rorschach Chair, 2018  Low polish cast bronze  24 x 20 x 38 in (seat height: 19 in)

GREGORY NANGLE

Ripple Rorschach Chair, 2018

Low polish cast bronze

24 x 20 x 38 in (seat height: 19 in)

Tell us a little bit about your gallery. What types of art do you generally focus on?

Challenging the traditional labels that categorize art, Wexler Gallery exhibits work that coexists in the expressive realms of design, fine art and contemporary glass and ceramics. Questioning and testing the boundaries of these fields, Wexler Gallery aims to present functional and non-functional work that consistently celebrates innovation as much as aesthetic beauty.

Wexler Gallery opened in 2000 in the historic district of Old City, Philadelphia. Since then, the gallery has proudly showcased extraordinary work by both master artists and the emerging talent of today. 

 ROBERTO LUGO  Colin and a Queen, 2018  Terra cotta, china paint, luster  11 x 6.5 x 17 in

ROBERTO LUGO

Colin and a Queen, 2018

Terra cotta, china paint, luster

11 x 6.5 x 17 in

What should visitors expect from your booth in Art New York this year?

Wexler Gallery will be showing some exceptional original paintings by Andy Warhol, Sam Francis and Richard Hambleton, a beautiful Louise Nevelson wall sculpture and new work by three of our stand-out gallery artists Roberto Lugo, Gregory Nangle and Eric Slayton.

 GREGORY NANGLE  Cosmos (Ghost mirror installation), 2018  Glass, tin, silver, lacquer, bronze  34 x 21 x 2.75 in (each)

GREGORY NANGLE

Cosmos (Ghost mirror installation), 2018

Glass, tin, silver, lacquer, bronze

34 x 21 x 2.75 in (each)

Please share a few tips for new collectors and those interested in investing in art for the first time. 

Considering art as an investment can be a smart and extremely profitable, but I always shy away from making that the most important part of the puzzle when fitting a collector with a piece of work. They have to love it and have a visceral connection to it first and foremost. It is what the artist intended, and it is what completes the lifecycle of a piece of art. There is something so rewarding about making that match and finding a forever home for a piece of art with collectors who will cherish it as if it were created only for them. If it also happens to be a great investment down the road, that is just the icing on the cake.

What are your favorite aspects of participating in art fairs?

I love meeting all of the different people that attend art fairs. Talking shop with artists, collectors, art scholars is always a fun way to spend the afternoon, but I find that those who come with no art-related background or knowledge at all often have the most interesting perceptions and perspectives when looking at, discussing and reacting to the art around them. It is a refreshing way to continuously open my own eyes to the ever-changing art world and those in and around it. 

 ERIC SLAYTON  Gravity Bench, 2018  Blackened and waxed steel plate  90.5 x 11 x 14.5 in

ERIC SLAYTON

Gravity Bench, 2018

Blackened and waxed steel plate

90.5 x 11 x 14.5 in

Name a few important works we should keep an eye on when visiting. 

Wexler Gallery is exceptionally proud of the new work that we will be showing by stand-out gallery artists Roberto Lugo, Gregory Nangle and Eric Slayton. These three young men are each making very different work but are all equally pushing art boundaries and making their mark on art – what it means, how it is used and why we need it as a society.

Cheryl Sorg

Cheryl Sorg

Clare Szydlowski

Clare Szydlowski