White Columns New Board Member - Ales Ortuzar
White Columns

Ales Ortuzar joins White Columns’
Board of Directors

Photo by Brian Anderson

White Columns is pleased to announce that Ales Ortuzar has joined its Board of Directors.

Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns remarks: “Ales’ program at Ortuzar Projects is both fiercely independent and determinedly idiosyncratic: qualities that we have long aspired to at White Columns. Ales’ investment in expanding our understanding of what constitutes the ‘contemporary’ resonates strongly with White Columns’ long-standing mission to privilege the work of artists – of all generations –  who have yet to benefit from wider critical, curatorial or commercial support. We greatly look forward to Ales’ insights as a member of White Columns’ board.”

Ortuzar is a Spanish art dealer based in New York City. A former director and partner at David Zwirner, he founded his own gallery Ortuzar Projects in Tribeca in 2018. Ortuzar Projects is dedicated to promoting a diverse and cross-generational group of artists who have played a significant role in the development of 20th and 21st-century art, but have not recently received critical exposure in New York. His program has already garnered widespread international critical acclaim. In 2020, Ortuzar Projects organized the first-ever commercial gallery exhibition of the work of William Scott, an artist affiliated with Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center, and who had his solo debut at White Columns in 2006.

Upon joining the Board, Ortuzar expressed: “Matthew Higgs and White Columns are a key part of the cultural fabric of New York City. Individuals like Matthew make the city dynamic and vibrant—providing support for artists whom we would not otherwise know about. It has been a personal privilege to present exhibitions of artists whom I first learned about through White Columns, and I am honored to now join the board and to work alongside many individuals, whom I admire, to help extend the organization’s mission—a mission that feels especially vital right now.”

Ales Ortuzar joins Jasmin Tsou as White Columns’ most recent additions to its board of directors. Tsou joined the White Columns board in the fall of 2021.

White Columns is New York City’s oldest alternative art space, and was founded in 1970 at 112 Greene Street in SoHo by a community of artists in an atmosphere of self-determination and artistic freedom. The organization is committed to creating a context for the work of artists – from all backgrounds – who have yet to benefit from wider critical, curatorial or commercial support. Notably, since 2005 White Columns has organized more than forty exhibitions and projects in collaboration with organizations that support artists with disabilities. Over the past fifty years, literally hundreds of artists have benefited from the prescient support of White Columns, many of whom went on to national and international acclaim, including: Gordon Matta-Clark, Louise Bourgeois, Alice Aycock, Richard Nonas, Jackie Winsor, Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith, Harmony Hammond, William Wegman, Lee Quiñones, Peter Fend, Kim Gordon, Barbara Ess, Jack Goldstein, Group Material, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Andres Serrano, Lutz Bacher, Fred Wilson, Gary Simmons, Sturtevant, Cady Noland, Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon, Sarah Sze, William Scott, Margaret Lee, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Derrick Alexis Coard, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Aliza Nisenbaum, Gerasimos Floratos, Hugh Hayden, Esteban Jefferson, and Maya Stovall, among many others.

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