Fionna Flaherty is having a 12 months for the books. After 12 years with Lehmann Maupin in New York, final week the New York-based expertise was named a associate with the gallery, a title reflective of Flaherty’s revered and dynamic function with the storied gallery—and her desires for its future.
Recognized for her technique and rigor in addition to her down-to-earth nature, Flaherty has been instrumental to the gallery’s expanded participation in worldwide gala’s in addition to its rising collector base and her shut relationships with the gallery’s artists.
Flaherty sees solely alternative sooner or later. “I really feel fortunate to have discovered and grown alongside our unbelievable management group and the artists we symbolize,” she mentioned. “As we enter this new chapter, I’m thrilled to have the ability to steer the gallery in direction of new heights.”
Her life outdoors of the gallery is simply as dynamic. She is a spouse and mom of two younger boys, in addition to a loyal fashion-phile. Her closet requirements embrace a Korean model of denims she asks touring mates to carry again for her. In paintings, and in life, she is all the time searching for one thing to find—be it the work of an octogenarian artist she says must be on individuals’s radar, or in her oldest and dearest friendship.
Just lately we caught up with Flaherty, who advised us what she values most in artwork and life—and why.
What’s the last item that you just splurged on?
A very lovely costume for my brother-in-law’s marriage ceremony, subsequent 12 months in Paris.
What’s one thing that you just’re saving up for?A piece by Nari Ward! I studied Nari as an undergrad and was so drawn to Lehmann Maupin’s program due to his inventive follow. I believe he’s sensible and his work has a poetry and deep conceptual rigor that I might stay with perpetually, fairly fortunately.
What would you purchase in the event you discovered $100?
A pair of Delumine denims, this model from Korea. My colleague Emma Son, who relies in Seoul, turned me on to this small clothes retailer close to our gallery in Korea that carries this model and I’ve now despatched a number of mates to the shop and somebody all the time brings me again a pair.
What makes you’re feeling like one million bucks?Making one in all my two sons chuckle. Nothing higher.
What do you suppose is your best asset?
My empathy. I’ve discovered it to be such a connective pressure in my work with artists, collectors, and my colleagues, to not point out invaluable as a father or mother and partner.
What do you most worth in a murals?
One thing to find. It may be from an artist whose work I’ve seen one million instances or am encountering for the primary time—an ideal murals will all the time maintain one thing to unfold, one thing to problem, one thing to shock you.
Who’s an rising artist worthy of everybody’s consideration?
Longtime gallery artist Teresita Fernández curated an unbelievable present final 12 months titled “Eyes of the Pores and skin” which featured numerous thrilling new names akin to Carolina Caycedo and Esteban Ramón Pérez who hadn’t beforehand been on my radar.
Who’s an missed artist who hasn’t but gotten their due?
Sung Neung Kyung is a really thrilling new addition to our program who’s lastly getting his due at almost 80 years outdated! Sung’s multi-media follow examines the development of data and energy in work that mixes efficiency, pictures, and archival practices. He’s included prominently within the [Guggenheim Museum] exhibition Solely the Younger: Experimental Artwork in Korea, Nineteen Sixties–Seventies, which spotlights the pioneers of the Korean avant-garde motion. It’s a must-see and essential to understanding Sung’s prolific legacy and impression. We’ll be presenting his first solo exhibition outdoors of Korea at our gallery in New York in 2024.
What, in your estimation, is probably the most overrated factor within the artwork world?Joe’s Stone Crab.
What’s your most treasured possession?I’d say this small silver and gold bracelet my then-boyfriend, now husband, gave to me after we had been recent out of faculty. It’s easy and chic and jogs my memory of how lengthy we now have been collectively.
What’s been your finest funding?
My friendships and my household. Having individuals who floor you, problem you, and make you chuckle can’t be underestimated. I additionally personal a pair of L.L. Bean boots that I’ve had since I used to be 16 years outdated. They really final perpetually!
What’s one thing small which means the world to you?
The portrait of my older son that Catherine Opie took when he was 9 months outdated.
What’s not well worth the hype?The factor everybody else Instagrams at an artwork honest. Belief me, there are extra fascinating issues to see.
What do you consider is a worthy trigger?
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I’m so proud to be working the Philadelphia marathon this 12 months elevating cash for the group.
What do you aspire to?
To boost considerate human beings, to create house for others, to be taught as a lot as I can, and to go away my month-to-month poker sport victorious.
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