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Art of the 80s – Renewed Interest
Speaker(s): Andreas Sterzing, Gracie Mansion, Sergio Bessa, Terrie Sultan
Recorded at: Art Southampton 2016

Art of the 80s – Renewed Interest

Join artnet senior specialist Gracie Mansion as she hosts a panel discussion on the art and artists of the 1980s, and their current resurgence in the auction market. Panelists include Sergio Bessa, Director of Curatorial and Education Programs, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Terrie Sultan, Director, Parrish Art Museum, Andreas Sterzing, legendary photographer, and collector Ron Rosenzweig.

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Terrie Sultan

Terrie Sultan, Director, Parrish Art Museum
Terrie Sultan was appointed Director of the Parrish Art Museum in January 2008. She has more than thirty years of experience as a museum professional, having served in senior positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. She has organized more than 45 exhibitions in her career, including Andreas Gursky: Landscapes, Chuck Close Photographs, Chantal Akerman: Moving through Time and Space, Jessica Stockholder: Kissing the Wall, and Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration. An accomplished author, her publications include Andreas Gursky: Landscapes, published by the Parrish Art Museum and distributed by Rizzoli International Publications (2015); Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion, published by D. Giles, Ltd. (2008); Jean Luc Mylayne, published by Twin Palms Press, Santa Fe (2007); James Surls: the Splendora Years, published by University of Texas Press (2005); and Kerry James Marshall published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York (2000). Sultan is a member of the International Association of Art Critics; served on the College Art Association’s award committee for Lifetime Achievement for Art Writing; and was a founding board member of Etant donné, the French-American Endowment for Contemporary Art. In 2003 she was awarded a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the Government of France. On November 10, 2012, the Parrish Art Museum opened its new Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility in Water Mill, NY. Ms. Sultan oversaw the 34,000 square foot, $30 million project from design conception through completion of construction.

Andreas Sterzing

Andreas Sterzing is an editorial and portrait photographer with over 25 years of professional and industry experience.

After moving from his native Germany to New York he launched his career in 1983 with images he took at Pier 34 (The Wardline Pier project). He subsequently photographed the East Village art scene for German, Swiss and US art magazines and became part of the scene himself, showing his work in clubs and galleries.

Over the next 20 years he worked on commissions for many German publications, including Der Spiegel and Stern Magazine, travelling on assignments throughout much of the Americas. His work has also been published in numerous international and US magazines.

In 2004 Andreas moved to London and Cornwall in the UK, continuing his magazine work with an emphasis on portraits, food and travel stories. Since 2008 he has been a part time lecturer on the BA Photography degree course at Falmouth University in Cornwall, and is a now a Senior Lecturer and Module Leader in professional practice.

Over the years his work documenting the East Village art scene has been used in magazines and museum catalogues, as well as by art historians to illustrate research papers and theses.

Andreas’ images of the artists and art at Pier 34 form an important part of the exhibition “Something Possible Everywhere: Pier 34, New York 1983/84”,
bringing together again for the first time the work of many of the artists who worked at Pier 34.

The exhibition will open on 29 September 2016 at Hunter College, MFA Building, 205 Hudson Street, at Canal Street, half a mile from where Pier 34 once stood. It will run until mid November.

Sergio Bessa

Sergio Bessa, Ph.D., was appointed the Bronx Museum’s Director of Curatorial and Education Programs in 2003. His acclaimed exhibitions and publications include Martin Wong: Human Instamatic (2015-16), Three Photographers from the Bronx (2015), Paulo Bruscky: Art Is Our Last Hope (2014) and Joan Semmel: A Lucid Eye (2013). Additionally, Bessa has contributed texts to numerous catalogues, anthologies, and scholarly journals, and is the author of Öyvind Fahlström: The Art of Writing (2008). As an arts education specialist, he has over 20 years of experience as an educator and has created a variety of initiatives supporting innovative arts engagement for Bronx youth. Bessa completed his Ph.D. in Art Education from New York University and earned an MFA from Pratt Institute.

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion has over 20 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the art market, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art. She has lectured and participated in panels at museums and universities in the United States and Europe. As an independent curator and consultant to private collectors, corporations, and museums, she has advised her clients on acquisitions and assisted them in the development of their art collections. She opened her eponymous gallery in the East Village of New York City in 1982, later moving to SoHo, and then to Chelsea, before closing in 2002 to concentrate on private dealing and the secondary art market.​

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