Dealers, Decentralized

BY Michael Slenske

If there is one simple takeaway from the 2016 presidential election, it’s that we all need to travel outside our comfort zones a bit more. The art world is not immune to such prescriptions, especially when it involves exploring new ideas in overlooked locales, or what Haynes Riley, the dealer and curator behind North Little Rock, Arkansas’ promising Good Weather Gallery, calls “the decentralized spaces.” Those second cities—outside the institutional (and art fair) capitals between New York and Los Angeles—that were pioneered by the likes of The Greenberg Gallery in St. Louis, Milwaukee’s Dean Jensen Gallery, and Houston’s Hiram Butler Gallery in decades past. “With these decentralized spaces, the world becomes more about geography and entering these new territories,” says Riley. “It’s important because you’re driving to places that are maybe separate from how you view the world. There’s possibly some friction, we’re putting some acid in the water, and that’s a good thing for starting a new conversation.” 

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