Rice Opens Hampton’s Home to Collectors
and Gallerist Is Now Private Dealing by Appointment
The Robin Rice Gallery, since 1990, has established a reputation
as a space where collectors experience groundbreaking photographic
art that challenges, enriches and speaks directly to the viewer.
Artists like Jose Picayo, Danielle Epstein, Michael
McLaughlin, John Dolan and Patricia Heal have
made their reputations, in part, through thoughtful exhibition
and promotion at the gallery. The style of photography lends
a mood of nostalgia, occasionally capturing the unusual, evoking
feelings of romance, a classical time and place where glamour
and beauty is celebrated.
Robin Rice is both a noted photographer and dealer who have
placed her gallery’s art in the collections of such
institutions as The Fashion Institute of Technology, The
Brooklyn Museum, The Peninsula Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, and
Donna Karan. In the tradition of the great galleryists
like Alfred Stieglitz, Rice has dedicated a significant
portion of her career to making her own work and the work
of her protégées available to a diverse range
of buyers -- upscale tastemakers like Ralph Lauren
and Barbara Warner’s H Groome store in Southampton
-- who sell the photographs in their own establishments.
The Robin Rice Gallery was recently named “Best Affordable
Art Gallery” in New York Magazine's “Best Of”
"I love the moment when the viewer is first drawn
to an image," says Rice. "Sometimes it’s
indefinable, a moment when the viewer not only shares but
also reconnects to an experience remembered. When that moment
comes, I'll do whatever I can to make it possible for a client
to have the art that moves them. Along with being a photographic
artist myself, I am also a matchmaker: I bring people together
Rice is extending the boundaries of her West Village,
NY gallery to include private viewings of her stable
of artists for clients in her Bridghampton Home from Memorial
Day to Thanksgiving 2004. Prospective buyers are now
able to phone for an appointment when in the Hamptons and
view Rice's own work and the stable of artists she represents.
Prospective buyers are able to see how the work looks in a
home setting to further elaborate on hanging style and display
in an authentic environment. Rice demonstrates how to form
a collection and consults buyers on how to hang and install
the art in their own homes, a unique artistic sensibility
when individuals are forming a collection.
Rice says the no pressure environment is more about introducing
art lovers to new works than about selling individual pieces.
(Costs range from $400-$2,500). "I believe
in affordable art and I will try my best to bring new collectors
together with the pieces they want," she says.
In addition to the new, intimate extension of her gallery
at her Hampton home, a portion of the Gallery's inventory
will be shown at the Art & Modernism Show
held by Jean Sinenberg from July 8-11 at the Bridgehampton
Robin Rice Private dealer by Appointment 631-537-1002
Appointments available from Memorial Day through Thanksgiving