BLACK WOMEN ARTISTS
For this week’s edition of Sunday Culture, Dress to Kill Magazine stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Originally scheduled to be released in our upcoming Fall issue, we have decided to publish this piece earlier in order to show support for black artists and creators worldwide. In a previous correspondence, the incredible Gardy St.Fleur told Dress to Kill Magazine about some of his favourite female artists to look out for, both old and new. Here, we feature the black women artists on that list for you to discover.
—Curation by Gardy St.Fleur
—Text by Luisa Tarantino
*Banner Image: Love Becomes Her, Naudline Pierre
Haitian born New Yorker Gardy St.Fleur is an art curator, collector, and art advisor whose name is well known among NBA players. Born in Port-au-Prince and having moved to Brooklyn when he was just a child, art has always played a central role in St. Fleur’s life, as his father collected work from great Haitian artists, as well as commissioned work for local artists.
During his teen years, he befriended many artists and curators, such as Ionel Talpazan and Emmanuel Benador, and worked with William Villalongo as a studio manager, through which led him to develop a keen interest not only for the art itself, but for the artists. After a stint working in e-commerce after college, St. Fleur decided to pursue his passion, leading him to work for Peggy Cooper Cafritz with the assignment of finding the best new art graduates. Deciding to pursue his passion full time, St. Fleur’s involvement in the NBA came in part from his connections to various player agents, whom he met playing in various basketball courts around Manhattan growing up. He even got to know Deron Williams, former Nets guard, who asked him for help in building an art collection. This led to the proliferation of St. Fleur’s name and expertise across the league.
He now is the owner of Saint Fleur Fine Art Advisory, “a contemporary art consulting firm/private dealership that advises private clients on the acquisition and sales of contemporary art,” specializing in living artists across mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper, and video.
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