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Tribute to gallerist Nina Freudenheim at Castellani Art Museum

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Wed, Jun 12th 2019 02:35 pm

The Castellani Art Museum presents “For the Love of Art: A Tribute to Gallerist Nina Freudenheim.” The work is on display from July 2 through Jan. 12, 2020. An opening reception is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

This exhibition surveys the 45-year career of Freudenheim, her working relationship with CAM founders Armand and Eleanor Castellani, and her ongoing relationship with the Castellani Art Museum. Featured in the central gallery will be selected works by national and international artists acquired through the Nina Freudenheim Gallery; works purchased by Armand and Eleanor Castellani; as well as works acquired through the pursuits of museum directors and curators.

Buffalo art collector Gerald Mead, who initially proposed this tribute exhibition, considers Freudenheim, “a personal inspiration and model arts professional whose inspired career has enriched the cultural landscape of Western New York in incalculable ways.”

“For the Love of Art” celebrates the important and ever-evolving relationship between a public museum, commercial art dealers and private collectors.

For more than four decades, Freudenheim has been exhibiting regional, national and international artists; sharing myriad artistic trends, styles and aesthetics with Western New York audiences.

Since 1975, the Freudenheim Gallery has crisscrossed the City of Buffalo with four esthetically unique incarnations. The gallery’s sites have ranged from a restored carriage house and a modified minimalist seed warehouse to an elegant, turn-of-the-19th-century hotel, whose guest list was rumored to include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Harry Belafonte.

CAM said, “Architecturally, the character of each of Freudenheim’s gallery locations has provided her clientele with uniquely beautiful spaces in which to experience fine art.”

Over the past four-and-a-half decades, many artists in Freudenheim’s “stable” have built strong reputations and command art world reverence.

So what is next for Freudenheim? “I’m going to do a lot of looking regionally, revisit historic partnerships and explore emerging art markets,“ she said.

“For the Love of Art: A Tribute to Gallerist Nina Freudenheim” will close in 2020, marking the 45th anniversary of Freudenheim’s enduring career and unvanquished love of art.

The Castellani Art Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact Michael J. Beam at 716-286-8286.

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