Every year Cultivist hosts a pop-up exhibition during Frieze week serving as a platform for art and emerging talent. This year’s exhibition event, titled BAZAAR, takes inspiration from the traditional souk, or open marketplace. For the first time ever, the exhibition is open for public hours on the afternoon following its premier. Curators Joey Lico and Mac Premo have invited eight artists to transform the gallery space into a treasure-filled wonder of activity and exchange. Participating artists include Robin Frohardt, Divya Gagdangi, Noah Klersfeld, Noah Lyon, Mac Premo, Aurora Robson, Rirktrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu. BAZAAR is presented in partnership with MATCHESFASHION.COM, a long-term partner of Cultivist and LIFEWTR, whose continuous support for emerging artists helps us to cultivate the next generation of talent.
The Cultivist's “Artist Edition” series allows new and renewing members to receive limited edition works of art. This quarter, the artist featured in the popular series is Ronny Quevedo, a U.S. based artist whose work touches on different aspects of his identity as an immigrant with roots in Ecuador living and working in America. The print, ‘Wiphala In the Paint,’ interlaces gymnasium diagrams and NBA team logos with a Wiphala pattern, a patchwork emblem used by various native peoples of the Andes. The print is at once playful and reflective, and is sure to spark conversation in homes across the world!
Zona Maco has fast become Latin America’s leading art fair and—as always—the Cultivist was on the ground for this year’s edition. Members enjoyed exclusive access to the fair and were also able to attend the Cultivist’s own programming throughout the city. Cultivist events this week included a private tour of the fantastic Casa Barragán and a lunch event at Condesa DF where members mingled with leading Latin American artists.
This February saw the opening of the first-ever edition of Frieze L.A., a milestone for a city that is fast becoming a flashpoint of the global art world. To mark this occasion, the Cultivist presented a special dinner event that celebrated the collaborative spirit of the L.A. art scene. Five of the city’s most established artists picked a local emerging artist to co-create a curated “tablescape” and dining experience. Over 100 members attended this event.
The Mini Cultivist is a new programming series catered to the very youngest members of the Cultivist community. There are four Mini Cultivist events planned this year, with the first taking place on 9 March. For the first Mini Cultivist activity, a group of children and their parents will partake in a creative project in the London studio of artist Annie Morris, who is known for her sculptural towers meant to resemble three dimensional artist’s palettes.
This year's programme of international art trips promise to be the Cultivist's best yet! Through the course of the year, the team will travel with groups of members to Beirut (21 - 23 March), Marfa (12 - 15 April), Guadalajara (7 - 9 June), New Mexico (12 - 17 September) and Berlin (26 - 29 September). These experience-rich excursions include studio tours with local up-and-coming artists, visits to the top private collections, and access to all manner of hard-to-get to places.
The Cultivist is pleased to announced the Museum Membership, a new membership tier that will make our popular Global Museum Card more accessible than ever before. The Global Museum card grants members free, front-of-line access to our full list of partner museums, which spans six continents and includes most major art museums, form the Met to the Tate. For most, the card grants immediate access to any exhibition; for the rest we can book tickets with just 24 hours notice.
Our New York team just got back from Art Basel Miami Beach, where we hosted a number of exciting events around the fair including a private breakfast at the Bass Museum followed by a tour of the Haas Brothers’ exhibition, in which we were joined by the artists themselves! We hosted our annual Artist Lunch at the Setai, where members mingled with artists such as Genevive Gainard, Beau Dunn, Miya Ando and Derrik Adams.
With the opening of our Shanghai office this November members now have access to ten of the best museums in China, not to mention a full schedule of Cultivist events in Shanghai and Hong Kong. With our Shanghai presence joining our offices in Los Angeles, New York, London and Brussels, our members now have on-the-ground art support around the clock, and around the world.
From the start, it has been the Cultivist's mission to grow their patronage for the arts as the business grows. Three years down the line, the company has given a large amount in donations to their many museum partners and has brought attention to emerging artists through the Artist Edition series. Furthermore, following a successful partnership with Children & the Arts in 2017, the Cultivist has entered a year-long partnership with Artangel, a charitable organisation funded by trusts, foundations, Arts Council England and individual patrons known as “Angels.” Over the past 25 years, Artangel has been at the hear of some of the most ambitious projects of our time, supporting work by Marlene Dumas, Nan Goldin, Steve McQueen, Wolfgang Tillmans and many others. If you want to learn more about Artangels’ upcoming projects, please visit www.artangel.org.uk.
Image: Maxxi Museum