David Kimmelberg, a registered Seneca Nation member, art collector, former venture capitalist, and attorney, founded K Art Gallery. Advocate for contemporary Indigenous artists in Buffalo in 2020. What he once envisioned as a “passion project,” he says, “was much more successful than expected.”
“My late brother was an artist and always talked about opening a gallery focused on contemporary indigenous art, because unfortunately very little exists,” says Kimelberg. “I bit the bullet and opened up a space in the midst of a pandemic. We have already worked with many great artists, collectors and museums.”
A milestone was the acquisition of five works by G. Peter Jemison (Seneca) by the Museum of Modern Art earlier this year. The Armory Gallery’s debut on his show His presentation will feature some of Jemison’s paintings on paper bags.
Other highlights include a large multi-panel piece of title indigenous sovereignty Aluminum rendering of a sculpture by Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne and Arapaho) (2019) and a sculpture by Luzene Hill (Eastern band of Cherokee Indians) exhibited at the US Open offsite program. to get up and start again (2022), which consists of undulating columns with Cherokee symbols resembling the New York City skyline, also mentions the indigenous iron workers who contributed to its construction and the rise and fall of the Cherokee language. .
The stand’s concept is to “give equal representation” to more established artists and emerging names, says Kimmelberg. Among the latter is Erin Ggaadimits Ivalu Gingrich (Koyukon Athabaskan and her Inupiaq). His hand-carved sculptural masks evoke ancestral representations of the natural environment. Titirgaku of the Sitonus arc (2022) depicts two red-crowned cranes covered with strings of glass beads.
K Art Gallery presents a mixed media collage by Henry Payer (Ho Chunk) on canvas, exploring themes related to cultural stereotypes and the post-booking period.works like this Winnebago Camp (2019) uses the Winnebago camper as a symbol of the forced displacement of the Winnebago tribe in Nebraska, with “a satirical humor that people really responded to,” says Kimmelberg.
In its hometown of Buffalo, the gallery hosts the group exhibition Tangible/Intangible (until October 7) Highlights geographic markers of indigenous textiles and includes works by Venancio Aragon, Mercy Friesen, Porfirio Gutierrez, Patrick Dean Hubbell, and Jordan Craig.
- Armory Show 2022September 9-11 (Preview September 8, Javits Center, New York.