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Nicole Vassell Gallery opens with MING SMITH: first Black-Owned Art Gallery to open in Chelsea, NY

This the first time a contemporary art gallery owned by a Black woman opens in the heart of Chelsea New York. Nicola Vassell Gallery is a new contemporary art gallery committed to discourse that widens the lens of the history and future of art. Its focus is on developing an inter-generational, cross-disciplinary program of international artists and thinkers.

The Gallery opens with MING SMITH: EVIDENCE 20 MAY – 3 JULY 2021

Ming Smith, Self-Portrait as Josephine (New York), 1986
SELF-PORTRAIT AS JOSEPHINE (NEW YORK), 1986
archival pigment print
paper: 36 x 24 1/2 inches
frame: 36 13/16 x 25 5/16 inches
Edition of 7 plus 2 artist’s proofs


Nicola Vassell is an art dealer and curator. Prior to launching the gallery, Vassell was Principal at Concept NV, an art consultancy and curatorial agency that she founded in 2013, which specialized in exhibitions and debate on cultural phenomena. In 2015 Vassell was appointed Curatorial Director of The Dean Collection and No Commission, a contemporary family art collection and cultural platform developed by Kasseem “Swizz Beatz ” Dean and Alicia Keys.

Vassell has organized several exhibitions, including, Dreamweavers, Edge of Chaos, Black Eye, Substraction and No Commission: London, Berlin, Bronx, Shanghai and Miami. Vassell was a Director at Pace Gallery and Deitch Projects, NY. She is a visiting lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

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