MARY DINABURG

 

Mary Dinaburg has over 30 years of art industry experience, with extensive knowledge of the Asian art market. She is the founder of DinaburgArts LLC, an art agency that provides curatorial advice and consultation to galleries, museums, institutions, and corporations with a focus on business development and cultural branding. Her expertise also includes acquisition and de-accession of Post-Impressionist and Modern masters, as well as established and emerging International Contemporary artists.

 

During the 1980s, Mary served as Director of Jack Shainman Gallery. In 1993, she founded the art agency, DinaburgArts LLC, where she not only continued her work in exhibitions and sales but also deepened her involvement in acquisitions and de-accessions. Under DinaburgArts LLC, Mary took on a number of high profile accounts, taking on responsibilities like instituting a corporate art collection at 14 Wall Street, or serving as advisor and curator to the international law firm, Clifford Chance. While working at Clifford Chance, Mary established a comprehensive curatorial program intended to motivate both employees and clients, as well as broaden the firm’s cultural branding. This was achieved through revolving exhibitions, an acquisitions program, educational lectures, tours, events, and the law firm’s three-year sponsorship of The Armory Show.

 

Indeed, throughout its history, DinaburgArts LLC has worked on a number of exciting cultural marketing and branding projects. It was one of the first art agencies to bring fine art to the fashion industry. This initally started with Saks Fifth Avenue, when Mary developed the “Saks Project Art” program, making contemporary art an integral part of the corporation's identity and branding. Since then, DinaburgArts LLC has worked with other brands like Hermès, and Firmenich. Additionally, Mary has consulted the Kirov Theatre in St Petersburg (Russia) on their cultural marketing; worked with CEC-Artslink on marketing strategies for nonprofit organizations; and provided management consulting to Maison Gerard.

 

In 2000, Mary expanded her services into the Asian art market. Focusing most of her attention in Singapore, South Korea and China (Shanghai, Nanjing, Beijing, and Hong Kong), Mary connected major international art galleries and artists - including Michael Werner, Sperone Westwater, Julian Schnabel, Sigmar Polke and William Wegman - with key collectors in Asia.

 

From 2006 to 2016, Mary partnered with Howard Rutkowski to create Fortune Cookie Projects. The company played two cross-cultural roles: introducing major international artists - from Impressionist and Modernist to Contemporary practitioners - to the Asian market, and to bringing established and emerging Asiatic artists to the West. Fortune Cookie Projects also worked with the Royal Academy of Arts (London) to establish the Encounter exhibitions in Singapore and Qatar. The Encounter exhibitions emphasized the uniqueness of the artist-run academy by show casing selected royal academicians with an equal number of artists from the two regions.

 

DinaburgArts continues to have an active presence in Asia and Europe. Having recently relocated to New York, Mary is currently working on a number of US based projects, which includes acting as a Managing Members of Art Legacy Planning LLC.

 

Education

1977-1979       Pratt Institute, MFA Painting, Brooklyn, NY

1972-1976       Philadelphia College of Art, BFA, Philadelphia, PA

1971                Philadelphia College of Art, Summer Program, Philadelphia, PA

1968-1970       Cooper Union, High School Program, New York, NY

1967-1968       Art Students’ League, New York, NY

 

Teaching Experience

2015- present   Guest lecturer at Pratt Institute, New York

2013                Sotheby’s Institute, New York

2009-2010       Sotheby’s Institute, Singapore

2009-2012       Guest lecturer, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2010-2012       Guest lecturer, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

1998                The New School for Social Research, New York, NY

                        Art Salons for collectors and graduate students

                        University of the Arts, Guest Lecturer, Philadelphia, PA

1994-1998       NYU, Department of Art and Arts Professions, New York,  NY

1992-1998       The New School for Social Research, New York, NY

                        The U.N. Group: “The Act of Art”, New York, NY

 

Current Projects

2017- present    Managing Member of Art Legacy Planning LLC

 

FORTUNE COOKIE PROJECTS and DINBURGARTS

2015-2017       Management consulting for Maison Gerard

2006- 2016      Fortune Cookie Project is a curatorial and art advisory company which had offices both in Singapore and New York.

2016                Louis B. James Gallery, New York, Danse Macabre, Michele Bubacco, Monte Coleman, February-March

2016                Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv, Arachne’s Woof., Maria Berrio, Maya Bloch,  Angela Fraleigh, Elham Rokni, Tschabalala Self, Betty Tompkins, Daniela Sheinman, February-March

2016                David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, Paul Huxley, After Venice, January-February

2015                Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv, Dark Matter, Elad Kopler, Robert Melee, Ted Pim, Gabriel J. Shuldiner, Jack R. Slentz, Cullen Washington Jr., October – December

2015                David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, The (Un)Real World: Contemporary Transformations, Michele Bubacco, Martin Mull, David Humphrey, Angela Fraleigh, Claire Sherman, August – October

2015                David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe,Gabriel Shuldiner,postapocalypticBLACK:  Recent  Paintings, July

2015                Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv, 5x5:  Other Voices, Avner Ben Gal, Maya Bloch, Michele Bubacco, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Zoya Cherkassky, Tsibi Geva, David Humphrey, Christopher Le Brun, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Tamar Roded, May-June

2015                Maison Gerard, New York, The Responding Eye- The 60s, Leon Berkowitz, Francis Hewitt, Beatrice Mandelman, Paul Reed, Oli Sihvonen, May

2015                Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, New York, Speculum Speculorum, Maria Berrio, Angela Fraleigh, Catherine Howe, Noah Klersfeld, Gabriel J. Shuldiner, Danielle Tegeder, Carlos Vega, Bryan Whitney, March - April

2013                Encounter: The Royal Academy in the Middle-East, Katara Cultural Village Foundation, Doha, Qatar.  Organised the first major exhibition for the Royal Academy in the Middle East, presenting 24 Royal Academicians and 24 artists from across the region.

2012                Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, Institute of Contemporary Art, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.  Organized the first major exhibition for the Royal Academy in Southeast Asia, featuring 24 Royal Academicians and 24 artists from across Asia.

2011                Off The Wall: Graffiti Kings from Singapore and France, Artspace at Helutrans, Singapore. .Exhibition and live painting event curated for Voilah! The French Season in Singapore

Saks Fifth Avenue, Evaluation of Art Collection

 

American Express, Departures, Cultural Curator

 

Paul Huxley, Reis Gallery, Singapore. Solo exhibition of Senior Royal Academician

 

2010                Art Advisor to the Busan Savings Bank, Seoul and Busan, Korea

 

DAZE, Palazzo Casali, Cortona, Italy.  Exhibition and live painting event organized for IMG Artists’ Tuscan Sun Festival

 

Julian Schnabel: New Paintings, Fortune Cookie Projects for Watergate Gallery, Seoul, January 13 – February 20

 

William Wegman, Fortune Cookie Projects for ChangArt, Beijing, March 20 – April 25

 

DAZE, Fortune Cookie Projects, Singapore, March 4 – 21. Exhibition travelled to Watergate Gallery, Seoul and ChangArt Gallery, Beijing

                       

Is This Home, Truly?  Featuring Antz, Scopeone, Slacsatu, The Killer Gerbil, TR853-1, and Zero, Fortune Cookie Projects, Singapore, March 5 –22

 

New Work New York, Lucky DeBellevue, Ben Degen, Jacob Feige, John Finneran, and Sam Gordon, Fortune Cookie Projects for Watergate Gallery, Seoul, February 24 – April 9

 

2009                William Wegman, Fortune Cookie Projects for Watergate Gallery, Seoul, November 20 – January 9, 2010

 

New Work New York, Lucky DeBellevue, Ben Degen, Jacob Feige, John Finneran, and Sam Gordon, Fortune Cookie Projects, Singapore, November 5 – 28

 

Ian Woo: Flux Technicolour, Fortune Cookie Projects for Watergate Gallery, Seoul, September 16 – October 24

 

Julian Schnabel: Prints Retrospective 1983-Present, Fortune Cookie Projects for ChangArt, Beijing, September 12 – November 7

                       

William Wegman, Fortune Cookie Projects, Singapore, September 5 – October 2

 

Paul Huxley, Fortune Cookie Projects for ChangArt, Beijing, June 26 – July 26

           

Julian Schnabel: Paintings, Fortune Cookie Projects for The National Gallery of Art, Manila, June 13 – July 6

 

Julian Schnabel: Prints Retrospective, 1983-1998, Fortune Cookie Projects for Manila Contemporary, Manila, June 12 – July 5

 

Julian Schnabel: Prints Retrospective, 1983-present, Fortune Cookie Projects for Watergate Gallery, Seoul, June 5 – August 1

 

Ian Woo: Flux Technicolour, Fortune Cookie Projects, Singapore, May 28 – June 28

 

Julian Schnabel: Paintings, Fortune Cookie Projects, Singapore, March 29 – April 20

 

Julian Schnabel: Prints Retrospective, 1983-1998, Fortune Cookie Projects, Singapore, March 29 – April 20

 

Paul Huxley, Fortune Cookie Projects for Watergate Gallery, Seoul, March 6 – April 7

                       

Space for Perspective, featuring Ian Woo, Sanghoon Kang, and Wang Chuan, Fortune Cookie Projects for ChangArt, Beijing, February 7 – March 7         

 

                                                Sun Xun: Shock of Time, The Drawing Center, New York, February 20 – March 28

 

New Work from China: Painting, Photography & Video, inaugural exhibition, Fortune Cookie Projects, Singapore, January 22 – Feburary 22

 

2008                Establishment of Fortune Cookie Projects Singapore, Pte, Ltd

 

                        Showcase Singapore: in conjunction with the opening of the 2008 edition

of the Singapore Biennale, the National Arts Council of Singapore

together with Fortune Cookie Projects hosted the first Showcase Singapore.

Twenty-three major international galleries were invited to exhibit the best

work available on the primary and secondary markets from around the world.

 

                        Guillermo Kuitca: in association with Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, and

Sculpture Square, Singapore, on the occasion of Showcase Singapore and

the Singapore Biennale

           

                        The Proposition Gallery: featuring the work of Dong Wensheng, Wang Qingsong,

Zhou Xiaohu, and Chen Wei, New York, NY, March

 

2007- 2008      Julian Schnabel: First major retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work in Asia:

 

                        Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, March 19 – April 6, 2008

 

Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, January 19 – February 18, 2008

 

10 Chancery Lane in association with Katie de Tilly and David Tang, Hong Kong, November 6 – 24, 2007

 

Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, September 12 – October 14, 2007

           

 

2007                Todd Norsten: Solo exhibition, Arario Gallery, Seoul

 

                        New Art From China: group show including Chen Wei, Dong Wensheng,

                        Huang Kui, Zheng Lianjie, Cheng Ran, Gao Shiqiang, Sun Xun, Tong

                        Biao, Bao Yiluo, Zhang Qing, Jin Feng, Aeroplastics, Brussels

 

Markus Lupertz: solo exhibition, Imperial Museum of the Forbidden City, Beijing,

Museum of Art, Nanjing

 

Hungry God: Contemporary art from India, Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

 

Per Kirkeby: a retrospective, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Contemporary Art,

Shanghai

 

New Media from China: Zhou Xiaohu, Sun Xun, Zheng Lianjie, Dong Wensheng,

Chen Wei, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto

 

Gao Shiqiang: video installation, Hermès Gallery, New York, NY

 

On View: Selections from China: new media group show with Zhou Xiaohu, Wang

Qingsong, Dong Wensheng, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Zheng Lianjie, in

association with Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY

 

2006                American Funnies: Roy Lichtenstein, R. Crumb, and John Wesley, Gallery

           

Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

 

New Video from China: sponsored by Hermès, Miami Art Basel, Miami, FL

 

                        Zheng Hao: Fredericks-Freiser Gallery, New York, NY

 

                        Art in America: a group exhibition of current trends in American art, Arario

                        allery, Cheonan, Korea

 

Silent Power: Immendorff, Penck, Baselitz, Lupertz, Shanghai Zendai

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

 

2005                R. Crumb Handbook: book-launch and print publication with exhibition at Bonhams,

                                                London, in association with Whitechapel Gallery, London (Carnegie Mellon)

 

                        Pictures: an exhibition of international contemporary photography, Gallery

                        Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

 

2004                Sigmar Polke: a major survey of paintings and works on paper produced between 1974 and 2002, Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea

 

Jorg Immendorff: major retrospective at Arario Gallery, Cheonan,

traveling to Arario Gallery, Beijing in 2005

 

Beautiful Cynicism: group exhibition of established Western and

Asian artists exploring the human condition, Arario Gallery, Cheonan

 

2003                Pop Thru Out: a group exhibition at Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea

                       

Video Mix, a group exhibition at Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea

 

 

DINABURG ARTS

 

1993-present    Private art consultant providing art advisory and curatorial consultation services to private, institutional, and corporate clients on primary and secondary market acquisitions and de-accessions, and advise clients on cultural branding and educational programming.

 

2004-2008       Curator for Clifford Chance US LLP, New York, NY

Created and developed comprehensive art program. This encompassed a permanent collection of international contemporary art, ongoing in-house exhibitions, art sponsorships, and cultural branding, special events and business development programs, and community-based programming including symposiums, artist lectures, and private museum and gallery tours.  Exhibitions include the following:

Gay Pride, 2008

Architecture/Landscape, 2008

Forms of Figuration, 2008

Frame of Reference, 2007

Young Audiences New York, 2007

Funny Shadows, 2007

Modern Eyes, 2007

Expanded Line, 2007

Young Painters, 2006

Digital Darkroom, 2006

Another View, 2006

Shape of Jazz, 2006

Oliver Boberg, 2006

Chris McNair, 2006

David Levinthal, 2005

Dream Spaces, 2005

Musical Modes, 2005

Staging the Real, 2005

Underage, 2005

Young Audiences New York, 2005

Syncopated Rhythms, 2004

Where?, 2004

 

2007-2008       Creative enhancement programming, Firmenich, New York, NY

                        Created and developed creative arts programming including artist symposiums,                                       exhibitions, tours, and lectures

 

2007                Curated exhibition: Bushels, Bundles, and Barrels at the Superfund Investment Center, New York, NY

 

2004-2007       Curator for Hines Interests, Gallery W52, New York, NY

                        Created and developed ongoing exhibition program for emerging and established                                                contemporary artists.  Exhibitions include the following:

                        Textual Insight, 2007

Abstract Action, 2007

Face Forward, 2007

Picturing Pixels, 2007

A Moving World, 2007

Temporal Pause, 2006

A Certain Likeness, 2006

The Presence of Absence, 2006

Beyond Pastoral, 2006

Minimalisms, 2006

Woven, 2005

Green to Green and Beyond, 2005

Penck, Kirkeby, and Lupertz, 2005

Brr…, 2004

If You Were Here, 2004

Elke Solomon, 2004

Hot + Cool for Summer, 2004

Drawing the Line, 2004

 

2004-2007       The Armory Show, New York, NY

                        Responsible for major corporate sponsorship of the art fair

 

2004                The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

 

                        Lexington Arts Council, Lexington, KY

                        Curated exhibition of New York and Kentucky-based artists

 

2003                Empire of Art Magazine, St. Petersburg, Russia

                        Curator and program organizer for 2x2 artist lecture series

 

The Fragrance Foundation, New York, NY

Curator and consultant for Scent exhibition and auction for annual awards event

 

The National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction

Consultant and program organizer for Art for Children’s Sake auction and benefit

 

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York, NY

Consultant and designer of Vaslav Nijinsky, Creating a New Artistic Era, in conjunction with Alloy

 

1998-2001       Dayton Hudson/ Marshall Fields Cultural Institution

                        Project Imagine, Chicago, IL

                        Andy Warhol, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

 

1998-2000       Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Built collection of international and emerging contemporary art for 22 Saks Fifth Avenue retail stores. Curated artists projects with artists such asDavid Humphrey, Charles Long, Matthew McCaslin, Kenny Scharf, Vito Acconci, William Wegman (book and prints), Gary Peterson, London Now (a group of 21 contemporary London artists)

 

2000                Absolut Vodka

                        Absolut Bottled Secret, Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA

Secondary market sales including auction participation and collection consultation

 

1999                Primary Market programming with international artists

 

1993-1998       Curatorial consultation

 

1996-1998       Art dealer’s consultation

 

1998                Fair market value and ranking research report

 

                        Absolut Secret, U.S. and London

 

1994-1997       Nancy Solomon Gallery, Atlanta, GA

 

1997                Marjinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia

                        Consultant on product development and cultural marketing

 

The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

Consultation and outreach for annual print program

 

CEC-Artslink, New York, NY

Consultant for marking and branding for non-profit foundations

 

Virgin Atlantic Airways, Curatorial Services, USA

 

1996                Long-term consultation for six private collections ranging from Post-

Impressionist to Contemporary works

 

Two Sculptors Inc., New York, NY

Comprehensive consultation involving all aspects of gallery operation including programming, administration, budgets, and installation

 

1995                TI Group, Seagrams Building, New York, NY

 

                        D’Allenburg Fine Art International

 

1994                Exxon Corporation, Dallas, TX

 

                        D’Allenburg Fine Art International

 

1988-1993       Director, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

 

1989                Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO

 

1988                Genevieve Linnehan, Ltd., Tampa FL

 

1987                U.S. curatorial assistant to Artwise, London

                        British Airways commissions

 

1986                Director, Avenue B, New York, NY

 

                        D’Allenburg Fine Art International

 

 

 

Prints and Multiples Publishing

 

2003                The MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

                        Published photographic multiple by Fred Wilson for his exhibition for the United                                    States pavilion at the Venice Biennale

 

2002                Published suite of two prints by Fred Tomaselli in conjunction with the

Downtown Arts Festival

 

Publication of Dinaburg Arts Limited Editions

Folies Bergere, Judith Linhares, Dennis Masback, Kevin MacDonald, Stephen Mueller, Nickzad Nodjoumi, Carl Ostendarp, David Storey, and William Wegman

 

1998                Published Spencer Tunick edition in ArtReview Magazine, London

 

                        Published William Wegman portfolio

 

1995                Published Richard Deacon portfolio

 

Published Spencer Tunick Nude Adrift portfolio

 

1994                Published prints by Andrew Bick, Diana Cooper, Claude Heath, Paul

McDevitt, Tomoko Takahashi, and Spencer Tunick

 

Publication of Dinaburg Arts Limited Editions

Peggy Cyphers and Ian Dawson

                                             

1993                Published Amnesty International portfolio with prints by Jay Davis,

                        Monique Prieto, Alexis Rockman, and Lisa Ruyter

 

1987                Published print portfolio with Hales Gallery