Love of selling art
Christine Berry is the rare kind of gallery owner who will welcome any visitor with a friendly Hello! and will tell you anything you need to know about the art she sells and the artists represented by the 2000 abstract expressionist and other modernist works now in the inventory of her flourishing four year old gallery in Chelsea, an expanding storefront 2000 sq ft space whose paintings can be seen from across the street, an accessibility which helps draw in most of the crowd on the Thursday evenings which have become a art event in Manhattan to rival the crowded weekend nights at the Metropolitan Museum as date night outings for art lovers and scouting investors both, a sidewalk visibility which is a choice on the part of Berry, who is by nature one of the most accessible social beings in the art world who tells how she started out after her Art History degree working on 57 Street for the storied dealer Ira Spanierman for ten years, where she found at first that when people came in they said absolutely nothing even as they peered over her shoulder at the front desk at the art behind her, but when she said Hello! How are you? they warmed to her immediately and she soon began selling more than her colleagues, a success which also reflected her love of selling art as a process of education and enlightenment in introducing works into the lives of her customers, so now having her own gallery “for me in beyond a dream come true”, a dream which survived the initial moment when during a hot Texas summer party at Baylor she fell in love with a Vermeer on the wall and changed her course of study while her furiously resistant college professor father challenged her to find any want ad in the local paper for an art historian, and eventually worked for a Florida billionaire bidding in New York and happened to resort to a limousine one day to get to Spanierman on 57th St in a hurry and stepped out of it into a job for ten years there before starting Berry Campbell on the fashionable 24th Street art runway between 10th and 11th Avenues where the rent is “insane” and she and her partner Martha Campbell take full responsibility for backing the artists they market to an extent which now forces her to admit that though friendly she does try and curb artists from anything more than chit chat at a party or any crowd situation, a sentiment fully understood by Molly Barnes who was reminded of a time when she was down in the floor of Los Angeles airport because she was feeling sick and was joined by a woman artist anxious to promote her portfolio.
Molly Barnes will interview Christine Berry, co-owner of Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea.
CHRISTINE BERRY is the co-owner of Berry Campbell Gallery located on the ground floor at 530 West 24th Street in New York City in the heart of the Chelsea Arts District. Christine Berry opened the gallery with Martha Campbell in the fall of 2013 with a focus on Postwar Modern and Contemporary Art.
Recently, Berry Campbell Gallery announced its expansion into a new 2,000 square-foot ground floor gallery and exhibition space. Berry Campbell joins its West 24th Street neighbors—Andrea Rosen Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Jack Shainman Gallery, Luhring Augustine, Mary Boone Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery, and Matthew Marks—as vital contributors to the flourishing Chelsea art scene, recently made even more vibrant with the recent opening of the new Whitney Museum of American Art.
Berry Campbell fills an important gap in the downtown art world, showcasing the work of prominent artists and estates in the areas of of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Color Field, Op Art, and mid-career artists working in the modernist tradition. Berry Campbell represents Edward Avedisian, Walter Darby Bannard, Stanley Boxer, Dan Christensen, Eric Dever, Perle Fine, Balcomb Greene, Gertrude Greene, John Goodyear, Ken Greenleaf, Raymond Hendler, Jill Nathanson, Stephen Pace, Charlotte Park, William Perehudoff, Ann Purcell, Albert Stadler, Mike Solomon, Syd Solomon, Susan Vecsey, James Walsh, and Joyce Weinstein.
Current Exhibition at Berry Campbell:
February 9 through March 11, 2017
Dan Christensen: Late Calligraphic Stains
530 West 24th Street (Tenth/Eleventh Avenues)
New York, NY
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM