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       Dear Friends,
       I write to you from a lavish balcony in a random little town in Costa Rica where the sound of the roaring ocean eight floors below is sprinkled only with the bopping music and lazy voices coming from the little beach bar next door. My feet are bare, my skin is tanned, and I've slept 10 hours each night since I arrived here just before Christmas.  Down the beach fireworks are already cutting the horizon as excitement builds for what promises to be a rejuvenating New Year's Eve.  
      Happy New Year indeed!
      As I am sure many of us are doing in these particular days as 2017 winds up to give way to a new chapter, I've been reflecting on the past year of my life, the adventures and growth of the Gallery, and on our collective global existence. We'll touch upon my personal personal goals and tribulations over a glass of wine, and I will spare you all my "all we need is love" philosophies, but as we all gather around this little gallery we've built, I want to take a minute to sum up the adventures and growth we've experienced. 
       So here goes, the nine things we did in 2017 that made this year truly exceptional.  Thank you all for being part of the journey; for the support and love that helps us keep fighting every day. 
Heavy Black Heart Emoji (Android Version)️️Catinca and the CTG Fam

 
- 1 - We built a gallery in Zimbabwe 

CTG Harare (est. 2017) was designed by Rachel Monosov and Catinca Tabacaru. It is our second brick and mortar space, and a partnership with Dzimbanhete Arts & Culture Interactions. It had its Inaugural Opening on August 23, 2017 at Plot 1, Stonehurst, Harare, ZIMBABWE, and we opened with The Guardian & The Builder by Terrence Musekiwa and Justin Orvis Steimer.

The CTG Harare program has a specific vision. It presents two-artist exhibitions, setting Zimbabwe-based and international artists in conversation. Located 20-minutes outside of the city center, it is surrounded by bushland and small villages; a nod to slow art and the ability to cut off the world and simply sit with a piece.
 
- 2 - We made part of two Biennales

Transcultural Protocol, the performance work made this year in New York by Rachel Monosov and Admire Kamudzengerere, and produced by the Gallery, was included in both the Zimbabwe Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale, and in the the Bamako Biennale in Mali.  Catinca, Rachel and Admire were also invited to speak on panels during the biennial, one addressing working collaboratively on the African Continent, and the other looking at collaborative art-making. 

Admire Kamudzengerere's drawings, silkscreens, and two major installations were presented by Zimbabwe in its National Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

 
- 3 - We placed a major work with the Block Museum

We had a very successful EXPO Chicago where we won the Northern Trust Purchase Prize, which supported the Block Museum's acquisition of the entire First Edition of 1972, the performance-based photographic work by Rachel Monosov and Admire Kamudzengerere. In the meantime, we were written up by the Chicago Tribune as their Top-10 Must See Galleries, and the Observer reviewed 1972 in their Best Booths selection (we were the only gallery named in both articles), and received a number of exhibition invitations for the series in 2018.
 

- 4 - Our artist roster grew

New Kids on the CTG Block! We welcomed two exciting, boundary-breaking French artists to our roster and mounted their first commercial gallery solos. 

Mehryl Levisse transformed the NY Gallery into a beautiful, purple forest filled with transgressive creatures in several media.  (It took three days to take the wallpaper down from every inch of gallery wall.)  He is a darling of French museums and institutions with upcoming projects in 2018 at Musée de la Chasse, Centre Pompidou and Institut Français de Casablanca. 

Capucine Gros is a free spirit and a traveler. She opened up our hearts with a show based in cartography and aimed at expanding our empathy to every person in the world  Her work is a way to explore, process and challenge the semi-absurd lines that humans draw around themselves all over the world.  In 2018 she will be joining us in Serbia and Zimbabwe for our CTG Collective residencies.
 
- 5 - The CTG Collective was granted 501(c)3 status 
With our new IRS knighting as a not-for-profit organization, the CTG Collective, which was founded in 2015 by Catinca Tabacaru, Rachel Monosov and Justin Orvis Steimer, will be able to take on even larger projects in 2018 as we become available for additional private and public funding.  Our first OPEN CALL will open January 3, 2018.

Our inaugural project, CTG(R), a traveling Art Residency with installments in Zimbabwe (2015/2017), Canada (2016) and upcoming Serbia (2018) is evolving parallel to the Gallery program and has resulted in institutional and museum projects internationally. 
 
- 6 - We helped SVBF melt down a few places 

With two museum exhibitions, a widely reviewed installation at SPRING/BREAK Art Show that stopped Klaus Biesenbach in his tracks, and this December's Smack Mellon UPROOT exhibition, Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels has been melting down the institutions, literally... The drive behind this architecture of fantasy is an attempt to see if curiosity has the potential to be a radical action in a time of disillusion.
 
- 7 - We survived 3 ACTS of TRANS-Ville

Curated by Coco Dolle and created in collaboration with Catinca Tabacaru NY, TRANS-Ville is our new performance series project. Consisting of a variety of original, short works playing with notions of transition, each Act (three took place in 2017, with Act IV coming up Feb 21, 2018) takes place in the Gallery's window and can be watched from both inside and outside the space. The series has been widely reviewed but these three articles expose the best images: Cool HuntingQuiet LunchRavelin Magazine
 
- 8 - We took over The Standard, High Line rooftop

Shinji Murakami had one of those enviable years when we were overwhelmed with project requests. The largest surface he covered is the Le Bain rooftop in New York, on view through April 2018. He believes in ART FOR ALL and this popular inclusion has resulted in an ongoing collaboration with Salesforce -ranked #1 Most Innovative Company by Forbes in 2017- into whose employee floors around the world Shinji has added creative elements of surprise and delight
 
- 9 - We created a Speaking Series

Breaking The Glass Box, a speaking series created and moderated by Catinca Tabacaru, involves panels of 30/40-somethings who guide us through questioning the meaning of a “glass ceiling” and how we as a generation are redefining the structure upon which it precariously stands.

Two panels were presented in 2017, one at the Knockdown Center as part of the Nasty Woman exhibition, and another at The National Arts Club as part of the ATOA panel series. Panelists included: Mindy Abovitz,
founder of Tom Tom Magazine, the first and only magazine about female drummers; Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, sculptor; Coco Dolle, artist, independent curator, founder of Legacy Fetal, co-creator of TRANS-Ville; Ambre Kelly - artist, co-founder/director SPRING/BREAK Art Show; Lissa Rivera, artist, associate curator at Museum of Sex; Holly Shen, curator/director of visual arts at BAM; and Alexandra ZsigmondDeputy Art Director of The New York Times opinion section.
THANK YOU
We wish you a Happy New Year and all the best in 2018.

✨ CTG Family 

Currently on view at the NY Gallery through January 21...
Shinji Murakami: Lateral Thinking with Withered Technology

Catinca Tabacaru NY opens again on JAN 2, 2018

UPCOMING FAIRS

UNTITLED, San Francisco | January 11-14
Material, Mexico City | February 8-11
Drawing Now, Paris | March 22-26

1-54, New York | May 3-6
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