Past Selection Committee

These members of a globally significant art community set the high standard of the fair, handpicking every exhibiting artist from the hundreds of applications received and ensuring the fair's visitors can buy with the confidence that they are investing in the best of emerging talent.

PETER MACGILL

Peter MacGill is the president of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, which was founded in 1983 by Arnold Glimcher of Pace Gallery, Richard Solomon of Pace Editions, and Peter MacGill.  The gallery represents the Estates of Richard Avedon, Harry Callahan, William Christenberry, Peter Hujar, Irving Penn and Garry Winogrand, as well as the work of Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, David Goldblatt, Emmet Gowin, Paul Graham, Josef Koudelka, Richard Learoyd, Richard Misrach, Michal Rovner and Kiki Smith, among others.

Pace/MacGill Gallery strives to disseminate the work of its artists to museums, private collectors and corporate collections worldwide, and has become the leading organizer of transactions to place major private collections and/or archives into public institutions.

MacGill was the director of LIGHT Gallery, New York, and graduated with a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1974 and an MFA from the University of Arizona in 1977, where he was the first student to graduate from the MFA Photography program.

RACHEL MILLER

Rachel Miller is contributing editor at Brooklyn Magazine, where she writes about art. Rachel has also written for Tom Tom Magazine, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and Art Observed. Before that, she managed a short-lived gallery on the Lower East Side called Parade Ground and worked on the Scripted Programming team at Tribeca Film Institute. She lives in Ridgewood, Queens .

ELIZABETH FERRER

Elizabeth Ferrer is Vice President, Contemporary Art at BRIC, a not-for-profit cross disciplinary organization based in downtown Brooklyn that presents diverse cultural programming while also providing substantial support to artists and media makers. Its contemporary art program is the oldest in Brooklyn. At BRIC since 2007, she has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions, primarily of emerging and mid-career Brooklyn-based artists.  In 2014 she launched a major exhibition initiative, the BRIC Biennial, which recently had its second edition in 2016, focusing on Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights-based artists. 

In addition to her work at BRIC, she is a leading specialist of Latino art and photography who has curated shows seen at such venues as the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., at El Museo del Barrio and UBS Art Gallery in NY, and at museums across the United States. She has authored  books and catalogues published by the Aperture Foundation, the University of Texas Press, and other publishers. Ferrer frequently serves on panels for public commissions of artworks and for artist residencies and grants.  www.bricartsmedia.org

SOLANA CHEHTMAN

With more than 15 years of experience at the intersection of arts, culture, and community development in the public realm, Solana Chehtman is currently the Associate Director of Public Engagement at Friends of the High Line, the conservancy that maintains, operates and programs the High Line park. There, she is responsible for cultivating and engaging New Yorkers through curating and producing free, unique, dialogue-initiating cultural experiences, reflective of diverse voices, and relevant to different publics.

Throughout her career, Solana has worked with different organizations, both in her country of origin, Argentina, and in New York -including Creative Time, the New Museum's Ideas City Festival, Tribeca Film Institute, among others- with the ultimate goal of advancing cultural equity.

MATTHEW NICHOLS

Matthew Nichols is associate professor at Christie’s Education in New York, where he mainly oversees the program’s commitment to connoisseurship and object-based learning.  A specialist in modern and contemporary American art, he has also taught art history at The New School.  Matthew’s critical writing has appeared in Art in America, Art on Paper, Photograph, and other publications.  He recently curated “Heliotropes” for Geary Contemporary, a group show of emerging artists who explore solar phenomena.

TRACEY EMIN

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.

Emin’s work has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse. By re-appropriating conventional handicraft techniques – or ‘women’s work’ – for radical intentions, Emin’s work resonates with the feminist tenets of the ‘personal as political’. In Everyone I’ve Ever Slept With, Emin used the process of appliqué to inscribe the names of lovers, friends and family within a small tent, into which the viewer had to crawl inside, becoming both voyeur and confidante. Her interest in the work of Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele particularly inform Emin’s paintings, monoprints and drawings, which explore complex personal states and ideas of self-representation through manifestly expressionist styles and themes.

Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist to ever do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2011 she became the Royal Academy's Professor of Drawing and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.

In 2008 Emin had her first major retrospective 20 Years at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, which toured to CAC, Malaga (2008) and Kunstmuseum Bern (2009). Her extensive exhibition history includes solo and group exhibitions at Blumenbar Verlag, Berlin (2008); Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2010); Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (2010); a major survey exhibition Love Is What You Want at the Hayward Gallery, London (2011); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012); Malba – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012), a two gallery solo show at Lehmann Maupin, New York (2013). Current exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami which opened in December 2013.

Emin's work can be found in numerous public and private collections around the world, including the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo; Camden Arts Centre, London; Hara Museum, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; National Portrait Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Saatchi Collection, London; Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; and Tate Britain, London. The artist lives and works in London, England.

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