With Black Artists’ Input, One Gallery Is ‘Starting to Look Different’

21st October 2020, 5:14 pm


David Kordansky with Rashid Johnson’s sculpture “High Time” at the Kordansky gallery in Los Angeles. “He has been ambitious in trying to figure out ways for his gallery to better reflect the world that we live in,” Mr. Johnson said, “and the concerns many of us have about it.” Philip Cheung for The New York Times

The Los Angeles dealer David Kordansky is using this moment to get more serious about helping and hiring people “left out of the conversation.”

While the Covid crisis has tested his capacity for improvisation, the Black Lives Matter movement has fueled Mr. Kordansky’s impatience for change. So, in addition to opening his gallery’s new exhibition space along South La Brea Avenue in September and adding important artists over the last seven months — namely the renowned post-minimalist Richard Tuttle — Mr. Kordansky has used this forced hiatus to examine his own role and responsibility in helping to foster a more equitable art world.

The police killing of George Floyd “was a dramatic wake-up call for me — an opportunity to think of these notions of equity, diversity and inclusion in the space of my business,” said Mr. Kordansky, 43. “This is about changing the DNA of my business.”

“Some galleries have never had an African-American artist, or maybe only had one — how can you be a gallery based in North America and not have an African-American as a critical part of your program?” artist Adam Pendleton continued. “That’s never been the case with David. He shows Queer artists, Black artists — it just seems to be a part of who David is. It should be a part of who we all are.”






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Published: 21st October 2020

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