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Gallery Interview
A conversation with Olivia Smith
Gallery Interview
A conversation with Olivia Smith
Olivia Smith opened Magenta Plains with Chris Dorland and David Deutsch in 2015. Previously, she worked as the director of Exhibition A, an online platform for contemporary art where she launched weekly artist collaborations. At Magenta Plains, she and her partners have built a conceptually-minded program focused on generating an exchange of ideas between generations and fostering long-term artist career development.
Zach Bruder, Jacqueminot, 2019, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
“I would like for a visitor to both approach the gallery with the hope that they will find something beautiful or intellectually stimulating, and to also leave feeling refreshed and perhaps that their sense of humor had been tickled.”
Installation view, Jennifer Bolande: The Composition of Decomposition, Magenta Plains, New York, March 11–August 15, 2020
“The best way to engage with a collector is in front of the artwork. The art is the point of mutual interest and the conversation starter.”
Alex Kwartler, Yellow Snowflake (with tuna), 2019, oil and pumice on linen with aluminum can, 72 x 48 inches (182.9 x 122 cm)
Zach Bruder, Little Green, 2019, acrylic and flashe on linen, 50 x 60 inches (127 x 152.4 cm)
Olivia Smith
Born in Dallas, TX
Opened her gallery in 2016
Lower East Side
What is your greatest extravagance?
Purchasing both art and fine olive oil.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I’ve always wanted to be an effortless hip-hop dancer.
Who is your favorite heroine in fiction?
The Hindu Goddess, Lakshmi. Her four arms are symbolic of the four goals of humanity: pursuit of ethical, moral life; pursuit of wealth, means of life; pursuit of love, emotional fulfillment; and pursuit of self-knowledge, liberation.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Wow!”
For what fault do you have the most toleration?
Perfectionism—something I am working through myself.
Olivia Smith
Born in Dallas, TX
Opened her gallery in 2016
Lower East Side
Olivia Smith opened Magenta Plains with Chris Dorland and David Deutsch in 2015. Previously, she worked as the director of Exhibition A, an online platform for contemporary art where she launched weekly artist collaborations. At Magenta Plains, she and her partners have built a conceptually-minded program focused on generating an exchange of ideas between generations and fostering long-term artist career development.
Zach Bruder, Jacqueminot, 2019, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
“I would like for a visitor to both approach the gallery with the hope that they will find something beautiful or intellectually stimulating, and to also leave feeling refreshed and perhaps that their sense of humor had been tickled.”
Installation view, Jennifer Bolande: The Composition of Decomposition, Magenta Plains, New York, March 11–August 15, 2020
“The best way to engage with a collector is in front of the artwork. The art is the point of mutual interest and the conversation starter.”
Alex Kwartler, Yellow Snowflake (with tuna), 2019, oil and pumice on linen with aluminum can, 72 x 48 inches (182.9 x 122 cm)
Zach Bruder, Little Green, 2019, acrylic and flashe on linen, 50 x 60 inches (127 x 152.4 cm)
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