Artsy Editorial by Anna Louie SussmanSeeing the retrospective in Paris convinced McCaffrey, the longtime collector and gallerist, that he needed to bring her (Carol Rama) work to the U.S. market. He mounted a show of nearly 50 works from between 1938 and 1945 in September 2016. “Unless you have recognition in the U.S., you don’t really have a market,” he says. “We showed Ramas this time last year in Basel and Americans had no awareness.” This year, his booth at Art Basel in Basel placed Rama alongside the Gutai artist Kazuo Shiraga, as both artists’ work addressed life under totalitarianism by seeking to liberate the body and its functions. Read More
Artinfo by Nicholas ForrestFergus McCaffrey (New York, St. Barth, Tokyo) reports the sale of works in a broad price range of $60,000 to $550,000 from their booth featuring pieces by Carol Rama, Sigmar Polke, Toshio Yoshida, and Jiro Yoshihara to clients from the US, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Norway, Lebanon, and Greece.
The New York Times by Ted LoosAt first, not everyone thought that the art fair Frieze New York was such a great idea, given its location on the seldom-traveled Randalls Island in the East River.
The New York Times by Edward M. GomezThe New York art dealer Fergus McCaffrey has helped introduce Gutai and Modern Japanese conceptual art to the international marketplace. Broader audiences may benefit from a global approach to looking at modern art’s history by having opportunities to learn about hitherto unknown artists, he said. “Some, like On Kawara, who were long the best-known representatives of a particular place or genre, now must make room for our recognition of other pioneering conceptualists like, say, the Japanese Jiro Takamatsu,” he added. The “new” art history, Mr. McCaffrey pointed out, reveals that for numerous familiar places and periods, certain well-known artists, styles or movements “were not the only game in town.” Read More
ADAA“The art historian in me is fascinated by situations where an artist’s work is indisputably important but the artist hasn’t received their due,” said Fergus McCaffrey founder of the eponymous gallery. The Dublin-born dealer founded Fergus McCaffrey in 2006 and since then has exhibited artists who have been unrepresented alongside established and emerging figures.
The Art NewspaperWhy St Barth, a small Caribbean island best known for its beaches? The New York-based dealer Fergus McCaffrey (L2) set up an artist residency programme there in 2005, followed by an 800 sq. ft gallery in 2014.
The New Yorker by Natasha Degen and Kibum KimNext week, when V.I.P.s and special guests shuffle through Christie’s new West Galleries, in Rockefeller Center, they will alight on a series of abstract paintings by a group of relatively unknown artists. These pieces reflect a recent market craze for attractive, anodyne work with an emphasis on process and materials. But the artists at the West Galleries are not young painters from Brooklyn, Berlin, or Los Angeles. They are a group of Korean octogenarians who comprise a movement known as Tansaekhwa (or “Dansaekhwa”) and have been producing in this style since the nineteen-seventies. Read More
Robb Report Collection by Karen CakebreadGallery owner Fergus McCaffrey also sees a certain inevitability in the astounding prices. “It sounds strange to say, but it was somewhat predictable, given the amount of financial guarantees and the quality of the work at that auction,” he says of the Looking Forward results. “There’s been a lot of talk about new collectors coming in from Asia, but it’s important to understand that consignments are mainly from American collections. And American contemporary art is the most expensive [contemporary art] in the world. In the U.S., there’s a great collecting tradition and community.” Read More
Robb Report Collection by Karen CakebreadVideo: In this episode of ARTINFO’s “Game Changers” series, Fergus McCaffrey speaks with Bruce Ferguson, former Vice-Chairman of Louise Blouin Media, about his interest in and methods for promoting Japanese post-war artists and other under-recognized artists. View Video
The New York Times by Graham Bowley“It is like the Olympics,” said the New York dealer Fergus McCaffrey, “or the European Champions League, and every good gallery and their artists wants desperately to compete.” Read More
The New York Times by Graham BowleyVideo: Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to present “Kazuo Shiraga: Post Gutai," the final video in a series of three about the artist's life and work. The final installment discusses the period between 1971 and 2008, when Shiraga found a renewed expressive power to paint again. View Video
The New York Times by Graham BowleyVideo: Fergus McCaffrey presents Kazuo Shiraga: High Gutai, the second in a series of three videos about the life and work of the artist. View Video
The New York Times by Scott Reyburn'It was a pretty good sale,” said the New York dealer Fergus McCaffrey. "Sotheby’s has settled down. They’re more stable and confident than they were last year. It’s just that Christie’s is running rings round everyone at the moment with the financial resources they’re throwing at the market.”' Read More
The New York Times by Scott ReyburnFergus McCaffrey is pleased to present Kazuo Shiraga: The Early Years, the first in a series of three videos about the life and work of the artist. View Video
Kazuo Shiraga’s posthumous works have climbed from $200,000 to $2.5 million in five years.Read More
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