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Althea Viafora-Kress persuades architects Richard Gluckman, Mark Dubois and Steven Learner to reveal their relationships with clients private and public while discussing a range of bracing issues associated with such challenges as building a museum on the 52nd floor of a skyscraper, adapting a design to a client's aesthetic, and making a space for viewing art where people are going to live or work.



Architect Richard Gluckman has made a specialty of working with artists, galleries and museums. He has been the principal architect at Gluckman Mayner in New York since 1977, designing commercial, residential and institutional projects around the world. These include, among many others, the Larry Gagosian, Paula Cooper and Mary Boone galleries and the Dia Center for the Arts, all in Chelsea; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA; and most recently, the Mori Art Center in Tokyo and the Museo Picasso in Malaga, Spain. He has also completed homes and studios for artists Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra and Chuck Close. The Steven Learner Studio recently completed an apartment in the Richard Meier-designed residential towers on the Hudson River in New York, the VBH jewelry store in New York, the Sean Kelly Gallery and several private residences in Del Mar, California; Greenwich, CT; Sag Harbor, NY and elsewhere. Mark Dubois is a partner in Ohlhausen Dubois Architects. Recent art-related design projects include the spectacular Klein residence and the Sherrie Levine studio, both in Santa Fe, NM; the Danese Gallery in New York; the Orozco Room at the New School University, and work with the Metropolitan Transit Authority on the Elizabeth Murray mosaic in the Lexington Avenue/59th Street subway station, also in New York. Dubois has also done exhibition design for the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archeology in Beijing, China.
 

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Althea Viafora-Kress interviews curators, artists, directors, collectors, patrons and more, getting the scoop on the commercial side of the art world. Viafora-Kress is an art advisor and private dealer who has specialized in both finding and working with emerging artists and advising young collectors. After creating her own art consulting firm, Viafora-Kress Fine Arts, Althea went on to join one of the worlds leading contemporary art galleries, Hauser & Wirth.
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