Katya Kazakina points out the prevalence of galleries owned by women on New York’s Lower East Side, a trend that has been taking off in the last five years:
Women own about 30 percent of art galleries on the Lower East Side, up from about 4 percent five years ago, according to Katie Archer, business services manager at Lower East Side Business Improvement District.
The first batch — Gitlen, Candice Madey, Rachel Uffner, Lisa Cooley, Nicelle Beauchene — came in 2008, settling along or near Orchard Street. They had worked at blue-chip Chelsea galleries, auction houses and art-advising firms.
“They bring incredible knowledge, history and experience to the way they promote their artists,” said Sue Stoffel, a collector and emerging-art adviser in Manhattan. “Whenever I go to the Lower East Side, they are the basis of my itinerary.”
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