There’s an art to curating, and many artists who curate, excited by the art of others, excited to further their own vision. The Gabba Gallery, which delights in showcasing all mediums of art, brings together twenty-six of these curator/artists for their first annual “Curate This!” opening Saturday, February 28 at 7pm. (Full disclosure: I am one of the twenty-six).
“Curate This!!!” was inspired by The Gabba Gallery curator Phil Santos who is a big fan of work of Nathan Cartwright [The Hive Gallery]’s work, but since thr gallery like to go big, Phil expanded the idea to encompass multiple curator/artists in one show. The Gabba Gallery’s owner/director Jason Ostro (who along with Santos is also in “Curate This!!!”) explains:
We had no idea how many curators were initially artists as well, but after a little research, found there to be quite a few amazing artists who also happened to be curators. So many that we have decided that we want this to be an annual show. This way we can add people we were sorry to miss this year, or that emerge in the next year.
With a roster of curator/artists that includes indie curators and those from established galleries, “Curate This!!!” puts the the spotlight on curators, revealing their (at times hidden) studio talents and the joy they find in creating. Say Phil:
We are so happy about our mix of artists from some of the best galleries in LA. We know opening night, the collection will be beautiful, and the house packed. We are looking forward to the first annual Curate This!
Top image: Second Nature, Fatemeh Burnes
Aubrey, Mike Reynolds