Cultural Counsel

Cultural Counsel

Cultural Counsel is a New York-based consultancy focused on communications, strategic partnerships, and the development of public programming in the worlds of contemporary art, design, and architecture.


Through our valued relationships with artists, writers, curators, patrons, and creative professionals, we facilitate significant contributions to the cultural dialogue.


Communications is at the core of Cultural Counsel, but our vision is to catalyze something greater. The firm’s understanding of these specialized fields, as well as the worlds of fashion, hospitality, and real-estate development, allows us to promote projects to the public with a refined sense of context, and to facilitate seamless collaborations among an international clientele.


Established by Adam Abdalla in 2015.



Client List


Absolut Art

Art Center South Florida

Arts - Aventura Mall

Ballet Austin

Blanton Museum of Art


Bronx Museum of the Arts

Cai Guo-Qiang

Creative Capital

Creative Time

Crosby Studios
Culture Lab Detroit
Dallas Art Fair

Derek Fordjour

Empty Gallery


Felix LA

Fondazione Prada

For Freedoms

Fort Makers


Free Arts NYC

GARAGE Magazine
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Headington Companies


The Joule



Knight Foundation

Leo Fitzpatrick

The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation

Little River // Miami

Locust Projects

LUMA Foundation

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Magnolia Pictures

Mark Flood

Marlborough Contemporary

Matthew Marks Gallery

The Morgan Library and Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Morán Morán Gallery


New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA)
Night Gallery

Norwegian Crafts

NYC Jewelry Week


Pérez Art Museum Miami

Petzel Gallery

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Philadelphia Contemporary

Poster House


Prada Foundation


Prospect New Orleans

Red Bull Arts Detroit
Red Bull Arts New York

Rental Gallery

Reyes | Finn

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery | University of the Arts


Sarasota Art Museum

Seattle Art Fair

September Art Fair at The Bridge

Temple Contemporary

The New York Times

United States Artists

United Talent Agency

Whitney Museum of American Art

Prada: Prada Mode Miami

Prada: Prada Mode Miami

During Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018, Prada launched Prada Mode: a new, branded, culture-themed event platform featuring music, conversation, and food that generates site-specific experiences in concurrence with diverse global cultural events. The inaugural iteration, at the Freehand Miami from December 4th-6th, 2018, was comprised of a site-specific intervention by artist Theaster Gates.


Images courtesy of Prada.


Press links:


The New York Times — Theaster Gates Is a Toast of the Fashion and Art Circuit


CNN — Prada and Theaster Gates explored black identity at Art Basel Miami Beach


Vogue — Kanye West, Venus Williams, Emma Roberts, and Theaster Gates Party With Prada in Miami


Wallpaper* — Prada Mode pop-up club opens in Miami with intervention by artist Theaster Gates


Telegraph Luxury — At Design Miami 2018, fashion and contemporary art club together - with wild results


artnet News — In a Pivot From Social Practice, Theaster Gates Designed a Private Club With Prada for Art Basel Miami Beach


Cool Hunting — Theaster Gates' "Black Image Corporation" Photos at Prada Mode Miami


Living, Corriere Della Sera — Prada Mode, un giardino segreto a Miami

Pérez Art Museum Miami: Ebony G. Patterson:'...while the dew is still on the roses…'

Pérez Art Museum Miami: Ebony G. Patterson:'...while the dew is still on the roses…'

Ebony G. Patterson:...while the dew is still on the roses… is on view at Pérez Art Museum Miami through May 5, 2019. One of the artist’s largest surveys to date, Patterson has created a visually dense environment designed to recall an overgrown, decadent “night garden.” This site-specific installation—replete with twilight-colored cloth wallpaper, vegetal growths sprouting from the walls and silk leaves, flowers, and vines falling from the ceiling and framing paintings—augments thirteen of the artist’s large-scale works that include videos, drawings, and tapestries, six of which were created for the show.


Images courtesy of Pérez Art Museum Miami.


Press links:


Vulture — Ebony G. Patterson’s Dark, Whimsical Garden of Poisonous Plants and Glass Body Parts


Artsy — Inside Ebony G. Patterson’s Massive, Lush Garden Built to Memorialize the Dead


The Art Newspaper — Ebony G. Patterson: new garden-inspired installations reveal an original thinker in full bloom


Vogue — In the Lush Landscape of Ebony G. Patterson’s New Exhibition, Fashion Plays a Powerful Role

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art: Juergen Teller's 'Zittern auf dem Sofa'

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art: Juergen Teller's 'Zittern auf dem Sofa'

In June 2018, Russia hosted the FIFA World Cup, which spanned eleven cities. Garage Museum marked this important footballing occasion with an exhibition developed specially by photographer Juergen Teller, who is a keen football fan.


Images: © 2018 Juergen Teller, all rights reserved


Press links:


Vogue Paris — Soccer fanboy Juergen Teller’s priceless reaction shots will give you a reason to visit Moscow this summer


The Art Newspaper — Juergen Teller tackles football’s highs and lows in Moscow show


SSENSE — Juergen Teller’s Beer Showers


Wallpaper* — Juergen Teller captures football fans as World Cup frenzy reaches fever pitch


HYPEBEAST — Juergen Teller Shares His Love for Football in New Exhibition

UTA Artist Space: Opening of Beverly Hills Location

UTA Artist Space: Opening of Beverly Hills Location

In July 2018, United Talent Agency (UTA) opened its new gallery location in Beverly Hills designed by world-acclaimed Chinese artist and UTA client Ai Weiwei. The 1940s-built, 4,000-square-foot space on Foothill Road, once home to the West Coast Diamond Tool Company, opened with a group exhibition of works by Color Field painters.


Images courtesy UTA Artist Space. Photos by Jeff Mclane.





Architectural Digest — Ai Weiwei's Latest Venture: A New Art Space for Hollywood Superagency UTA


The Hollywood Reporter — UTA Fine Arts Debuts Beverly Hills Artist Space


Robb Report — Ai Weiwei Designed Gallery Opens in Beverly Hills


WWD — UTA Artist Space Designed by Ai Weiwei Opens With ‘One Shot’


Barron's — UTA Opens New Ai Weiwei-Designed Art Gallery


artnet News — The Visual Arts Arm of the Talent Agency UTA Moves Into a New Ai Weiwei-Designed Space in Beverly Hills

For Freedoms

For Freedoms

Cultural Counsel began its work with For Freedoms in July of 2018 until the end of the organization’s 50 State Initiative in November, 2018. A collaboration between artists, arts institutions, and active citizens who experiment with and produce new forms of civic action, the organization launched the 50 State Initiative, a series of programs and public art projects, including a nation-wide collection of artist-designed billboards, intended to encourage broad participation and conversation around the November 2018 midterm elections.


Cultural Counsel successfully secured an extensive amount of coverage across a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, BBC, CNN, Vanity Fair, Time Magazine, and Artforum. In total, Cultural Counsel secured more than 8.4 billion impressions for the campaign’s public art installations, exhibitions, and local community dialogues.


Images courtesy of For Freedoms.


Press links:


The New York Times — Reimagining Norman Rockwell’s 'America'


The Guardian —All Art is Political’: Behind America’s Most Ambitious Public Art Project Ever


TIME Magazine —Norman Rockwell's Vision of the Four Freedoms Left Some People Out. These Artists Are Trying to Fill Those Gaps


CNN — How Get-Out-The-Vote Took Over Billboards in 2018


BBC — The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Billboard art and US politics, Emma Rice and Wise Children

Felix LA

Felix LA

Felix LA is a new contemporary art fair and reflection of Los Angeles’s growing importance in the field. Its mission is to create a more intimate fair experience for collectors, dealers, and artists that prioritizes connoisseurship, collaboration, and community. Felix LA was co-founded by Dean Valentine along with brothers Al Morán and Mills Morán. A return to the hotel fair format, in the spirit of the storied Gramercy International Los Angeles at the Chateau Marmont, Felix LA grants galleries an efficient exhibition opportunity while offering the city’s burgeoning collector-base intimate access and maximum flexibility. The informal setting will allow for more extended conversations among collectors, dealers, and artists alike. The first edition of Felix LA will take place from February 14-17, 2019 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.


Images courtesy of Felix LA.


Press links:


The New York Times — Frieze and Felix Turn Heads in Los Angeles


Vulture — An Art Fair Has Never Worked In Los Angeles. Why Did Frieze?


ArtNews — ‘Everything Feels More Intimate’: Felix LA Brings New Life to Art-Fair Circuit


The Hollywood Reporter — A Former TV Exec’s Free Felix Art Fair Occupies the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Artnet News — Why Would a Mega-Collector Want a Fair of His Own? We Spent a Rainy Afternoon With Felix Founder Dean Valentine Trying to Find Out