Influential commercial gallerist and former Los Angeles art dealer Randall Scott is relocating his gallery, RandallScottProjects, from the H Street/Atlas District of Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. The new gallery will be located at 216 W. Read St., a ground-floor space about three times as large as the previous second-floor gallery. Established in 2006 in a different D.C. location near Logan Circle, RandallScottProjects has relocated twice before—first to Brooklyn in 2009, then back to D.C. two years ago. However, D.C. has become a difficult location for Scott.
"The economic climate is not welcoming of artists or commercial galleries," he writes in an email. Baltimore, on the other hand, is affordable for both galleries and artists. Scott writes he is particularly interested in how that affordability can allow community development.
"At a time when more artists are leaving New York or searching for alternative places to hold a studio, [Baltimore] being 2.5 hours by train, bus, or car from New York will attract people. I am hoping this is the case as the influx of artists will only build the community and raise the level of dialogue. This cannot happen in D.C. at this time."
RandallScottProjects has participated in several international art fairs, including Art Miami, Pulse, and Verge London, and has exhibited work by by internationally shown artists such as James Busby and Chris Dorland. According to its website, the gallery "represents and exhibits emerging and mid-career international artists in the painting, photographics, and mixed-media disciplines." Scott has previously represented several Baltimore artists, including Bmoreart founder Cara Ober.
“He's a good friend. I've worked with him off and on since around 2006," Ober says. "I think Baltimore needs more commercial galleries, in addition to Goya Contemporary and Grimaldis. There are local collectors who want to buy art from these galleries." Scott plans to exhibit artists from New York, L.A., and Europe as well as local artists in the new space.
"I like the vibe Baltimore has to offer," he writes. "There is a fresh willingness on the part of the artists and the galleries to try new things. A big part of that is MICA and the current and post-student population. It's a learning ground, an experimental field where ideas are encouraged. Fail or succeed, it breeds more ideas. As a gallerist, I am not always able to experiment, but when I do, I want the dialogue to reach out to those who will take it and run."
The gallery is expected to open between mid-September and October.