The contemporary art world is jam-packed these days with collectors from the halls of corporate America, but few of them take their love of art so far as to open a gallery.
Ann S. Moore — who retired in 2011 as the chief executive and chairwoman of Time Inc., the first woman to hold those jobs — said she had never dreamed of doing so herself during her decades in the publishing industry. But then, with time on her hands and the resources to do so, she said she thought: “Why not?” And so on March 7, Ms. Moore will complete an unusual late-career about-face, opening the doors to The Curator Gallery, a ground-floor space near the entrance to the High Line on West 23rd Street near 10th Avenue.
The 1,600-square-foot space, which previously housed the Von Lintel Gallery, will operate as a kind of kunsthalle, bringing in guest curators to organize shows that will focus on painting, photography and sculpture by emerging or under-recognized artists, said Ms. Moore, who along with her husband has long collected photorealistic painting.
“At my age,” said Ms. Moore, 63, “you can either put your money away, or you can spend it and have fun and that’s what I’m doing. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’ve decided to see what I can do.”
The gallery’s first show, curated by Mark Wethli, a painter and professor at Bowdoin College, will showcase the work of six abstract painters from Maine. Ms. Moore said the space would try to deal in works priced at less than $10,000 and will also host weekly seminars for beginning collectors, as well as watercolor classes on Sundays.
“I’m not sure if you had to make a living you could do what I’m going to do,” she said, but added: “The goal is to make it a viable business. Not for me but for the artists. I want to sell a lot of work for them.”
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