Kate Bellin founded her namesake art consultation firm in 2011 to curate growing collections and connect up-and-coming artists with buyers. The New York and Houston-based consultant, who boasts an M.A. from Christie's and a stint at Harper's Bazaar, brings a discerning editor's eye when it comes to acquiring the right works for clients and their spaces, cultivating collections that feel right at home. She shared with us her favorite Viyet pieces and what makes them special to her.
IMMIGRANT ARTIST PROGRAM BENEFIT EXHIBITION
Curated by Kate Bellin
The exhibition ran from March 14 – April 7, 2017 at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) with the goal of raising awareness and funds for New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program (IAP).
Kate said, “When I started Kate Bellin Contemporary 6 years ago, one of my main objectives was to serve as a creative conduit between New York based collectors and New York based artists. That sense of local connection has generated within me a sense of responsibility to the programs that sustain the wonderful artists in our city.
A few weeks ago, Robin Pogrebin wrote in The New York Times that this is ‘a time of uncertainty for immigrant artists.’ That observation stuck with me – and it inspired me to revisit NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Program, which helps to build and serve precisely this diverse community. The fantastic IAP acts as the antidote to artists' insecurity, building a sense of confidence that their good work will be seen and that their practice will be supported.”
Participating artists: Priscila De Carvalho, Ye-seul Choi, Helen Dennis, Alessandra Exposito, Rosemarie Fiore, Hiroyuki Hamada, Chemin Hsiao, Kenro Izu, Jen Mazza, Maia Cruz Palileo, Natalia Primo, Maria Providencia Casanovas, Marco Scozzaro, Miryana Todorova, Denise Treizman, and Shihori Yamamoto.
The Immigrant Artist Program provides professional resources to immigrant artists working in the New York City metropolitan area, helping them navigate the cultural world of New York City and beyond while upholding their distinct identities. IAP supports artists through the free, monthly Con Edison Immigrant Artist Newsletter; IAP Directory; and the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program that offers individual guidance, access to professionals, and peer community. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the program has served 200 mentees and has an engaged community of more than 300 alumni. For more information, visit www.nyfa.org.
Gallery walls should be very personal and always in progress. For this reason, art consultant Kate Bellin of Kate Bellin Contemporary prefers to have them in the more private spaces of one’s home like bedrooms, stairways, hallways, and bathrooms....
“Just before my first little boy, Lucky, was born, a funny thing happened,” says art consultant Kate Bellin. “I felt myself drawn to tiny art. Visiting galleries or fairs, I’d end up with a little drawing or a small canvas, and now after five years it’s turned into a wall full of treasured pieces that reminds us of happy times. Lucky has even started to become involved as well; for every Christmas he asks for a Matchbox car drawing from Kate Schelter, whom he now knows by name. He likes for the car paintings to be hung low, so he can see them, and close together, like a race car team.”
THE MOTHER LOAD
When friends Mia Brous, Kerri Goldfarb and Louise Marsh decided it was time to pool their interior design backgrounds and parenting passions, Madre, their swank boutique for high-end children's gifts and interiors, was born. Housed in the superhot Lovers Lane bungalows (near Cabana), precious finds like monogrammed cosmetic and seersucker bags ($30 to $50), custom headboards (in the happiest fabrics, from $875) and original watercolors sourced by Kate Bellin Contemporary in NY ($550 to $1,250) punctuate the bright yet soothing space.
Kate Bellin Contemporary’s collaboration with Nina Carbone at Christina Murphy Interiors is featured in House Beautiful's article on blogger Sarah Rose's dream apartment. "In the entry, stools covered in a purple velvet, Romo's Zola, next to heirloom chairs covered in Designers Guild's Varese make for an unexpected combination of colors that grabs attention right away."
"Two Dallas shops team up to create a decor and dress boutique that specializes in little ones.... Just behind the coral door hangs a mood board with designer fabrics, symbolic of trio's affection for color. "We love color, whether it is a pale palette of lavenders, greens and blues, or just a bold one with pieces mixed in," says Goldfarb. You won't find cliche nursery themes here, the shop has lighting from Coleen & Company, Madeline Weinrib durries, Stray Dog Designs and Vibrant Oomph furniture and an abundances of gifts for all ages. MADRE represents Sister Parish wallpaper and fabric, original watercolors by Caitlin McCauley and Kate Schelter and MADRE upholstery collection."
Kate Bellin Contemporary is proud to have Madre, a chic new kids' store in Dallas, featured in Architectural Digest. As art consultant, KBC has secured pieces from artists such as Kate Schelter, Caitlin McGauley, and Gray Malin. "Dallas has a chic new source for all things kids, thanks to Madre, which opened in the city last month. Founders Mia Brous, Kerri Goldfarb, and Louise Marsh set out to create a shop featuring their favorite items, from Madeline Weinrib dhurries to children’s totes. Since all three partners are mothers, they realized the importance of carrying pieces that could easily transition from nursery to playroom to guest room."
Kate Bellin Contemporary’s collaboration with designer Allison Hennessey, on a chic Upper East Side apartment, yielded a sumptuous dining area. Teal grasscloth, green velvet chairs and a sublime Sharon Horvath artwork to anchor the room.
Since childhood, Bellin has had an affinity for all things creative. “I grew up around painters, writers, and musicians,” she recalls of her Houston upbringing. “The city has a vital cultural scene, which encouraged my love of art from a young age.” After moving to New York City and working at Harper’s Bazaar and Acquavella Galleries, Bellin launched her namesake art consultation firm in 2011. Today, she helps curate growing collections and connects up-and-coming artists with buyers. “My goal is to integrate paintings and sculptures into the lives of my clients,” Bellin says, “not as decoration but as touchstones for their families.
I’ve been anticipating the opening of children’s interior store Madre since I “liked” one of their first Instagram posts. The pictures of playful interiors mixed with a Palm Beach vibe got me excited for what was to come....One of the items I’m most excited about is the art selection. Art for children’s rooms that is age-appropriate but not cheesy or mass produced is hard to find. The trio is working with art consultant Kate Bellin of Kate Bellin Contemporary out of New York. They’ve sourced artist and illustrator Catlin McGauley’s pieces for the store. Caitlin’s clients include Domino, Hermès, and Kate Spade New York. You can also find works from photographer Gray Malin and artist Kate Schelter.
After earning her stripes at the prestigious Parrish Art Museum and New York City's Blain di Donna gallery, Kate Bellin founded her consultation firm, Kate Bellin Contemporary, in 2012. With expertise gained while obtaining degrees at Princeton and Christie's, researching the catalogue raisonné of Jasper Johns's paintings and sculptures, and as the accessories editor of Harper's Bazaar, Bellin now assists her clients in building their own personal art collections. This week, she talks fashion, cronuts, and Rauschenberg with Domino. READ MORE
ALEXANDRA: Art is very intimidating to some - can you talk about your approach with clients specifically those new to art collecting on a small budget?
KATE: No matter what their budget, I always tell my clients only to buy things that have meaning to them. This meaning can reside in the pictorial content of the art, or in a childhood connection to the style (for example, one may have grown up in a house with abstract paintings and may be drawn to those). But usually, it has to be cultivated by me and by the client: see a piece of art that you like, then learn about the artist, see more pieces by that artist, spend time with the artist at his studio, meet the artist's friends, know the other artists at this artist's gallery, etc. This type of educating is a large part, and one of the most fun parts, of my job. READ MORE
Please join Kate Bellin Contemporary in Houston, October 18-21, for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair. As a host of the fair, we will provide VIP status and will be organizing tours of some of our favorite booths. Contact us for information.
We are bringing you the best of Houston home this holiday season. From sumptuous seasonal finds such as one-of-a-kind stockings to glittering gold accents, we have scouted out a curated selection of unique gifts for every household. And for that special someone who seems to have it all? We are thinking outside the (big) box (stores), and love giving the gift of expertise from local professionals: such as, art advisory from KATE BELLIN CONTEMPORARY or interior design consultation from NEST & COT INTERIORS. This season give the gift of style. And don’t forget to tell them who sent you… READ MORE