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

ADT Security Services

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


FRONT International

Galerie Magazine
GARAGE Magazine
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

George Rickey Estate

Glenn Kaino Studio

Headington Companies



The Joule


Knight Foundation

Leong Leong

The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation

Lifeline / Clyfford Still

Little River // Miami

Locust Projects

Logan Center Exhibitions

LUMA Foundation

Luxury Row / Heller Properties

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Magnolia Pictures

Mark Flood

Marlborough Contemporary

Matthew Marks Gallery

The Morgan Library and Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit


New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA)
Night Gallery

Norwegian Crafts

NYC Jewelry Week

Paris Photo New York


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 Museum of Art

Seattle Art Fair

September Art Fair at The Bridge

Temple Contemporary

The New York Times

Thom Browne

Times Square Alliance

United States Artists

United Talent Agency

Whitney Museum of American Art

MOCAD: Summer Exhibitions

MOCAD: Summer Exhibitions

For its summer 2019 season, MOCAD presents four new exhibitions: KAWS: ALONE AGAIN, a solo exhibition of sculpture and paintings by the Brooklyn-based artist KAWS; Fast Eddie: New Paintings, a solo exhibition of the work of Eddie Martinez; Nicholas Lobo: Wellness Center, a site-specific solo exhibition in the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead; and Unboxing: Doublespeak, a series of film and video installations featuring the work of Bailey Scieszka, Mary Helena Clark, Laure Prouvost, and Helina Metaferia.

Images courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.




The New York Times — XX Marks the Spot: KAWS Goes Global


T Magazine — T Suggests: Miniature Houses, Dresses Made From Russian Scarves and More


Wallpaper* — A Dystopian Day at the Spa with Artist Nicolas Lobo


FLAUNT — Wellness Center by Nicolas Lobo


Office Magazine — Wellness Center


Hypebeast — An Exclusive Look Inside KAWS' "ALONE AGAIN" Exhibition at MOCAD

Juxtapoz — Fast Eddie: Painting Is the Focus As Eddie Martinez Has A Major Moment @ MOCAD, Detroit




Red Bull Arts New York: Gretchen Bender

Red Bull Arts New York: Gretchen Bender

Gretchen Bender: So Much Deathless presented by Red Bull Arts New York is the first posthumous retrospective of the life and work of the influential, multi-disciplinary artist. It opened to the public on March 6, 2019, remaining on view through July 28. The ambitious exhibition returns the spotlight to one of contemporary art’s most prescient figures, detailing her historic importance and contemporary relevance.


In working with time-based media conservator Maurice Schechter, the exhibition includes newly digitized works, such as Reality Fever, which hasn’t been seen since Bender’s first solo exhibition at the artist-run gallery Nature Morte in 1983; Flash Art (1987), her complex feminist engagement with women’s ability to self-fashion their image within the context of misogyny; and her master work Total Recall (1987), which has been remastered for its most historically faithful posthumous presentation to date. Installations such as Wild Dead 1-3 (1984), one of the artist’s earliest multi-monitor experiments, and Aggressive Witness – Active Participant (1990), a 12-monitor installation originally commissioned by the Wexner Center, have also been discovered in the archive, remastered, and restaged with the help of historical documentation for the first time in decades since their initial showings. 


Cultural Counsel provided support with the exhibition's public programs which included an excerpt and reprisal of Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company’s canonical work, Still/Here (1994), a performance which featured a video score and set design by Bender, a live score of Bender’s largest work of “electronic theatre,” Total Recall (1987), performed by the original composer Stuart Argabright, exhibition tours, artist talks, film and video screenings, as well as facilitating an intimate collaborative dinner between Red Bull Arts New York and Topical Cream. 


Photos by Lance Brewer. All artwork © The Gretchen Bender Estate and Courtesy of OSMOS.




Artnet — Gretchen Bender, the Late Media Art Pioneer, Will Get Her First Posthumous Retrospective This Spring


Artforum — Gretchen Bender


Art in America — Moving Target


Hyperallergic — Disinformation and the Death Star: The Legacy of Gretchen Bender


Frieze — Gretchen Bender’s ‘Visual Worlds at the Century’s End’

Poster House

Poster House

In June 2019, Poster House officially opened its doors at 119 W 23rd St, NYC, becoming the first museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to posters. Its inaugural exhibitions celebrated the legacy of Art Nouveau icon Alphonse Mucha, as well as the early 1990s graphic design pioneers Cyan. 


Images courtesy of Poster House. 




The New Yorker — How Posters Became Art


The New York Times — Graphic, Grabby and Democratic: Posters Get Their Own Museum


Forbes — Poster House, The First American Museum Dedicated To The History Of Posters Opens In New York On June 20, 2019


Vanity Fair — Can Posters Stop Being the Black Sheep of the Art World?


The Guardian — 'A focal point, not an accessory': behind New York's first poster museum


WNBC  — First United States Poster Museum to Open in Manhattan


Hypebeast — A Museum Dedicated to Posters Is Opening in NYC


Hyperallergic — The First Poster Museum in the United States Will Open its Doors in New York City


amNY — Poster House to cover Art Nouveau, political messaging and more when it opens in June


Condé Nast Traveller Spain — Poster House: abre el museo sobre el arte del cartel que merecía Nueva York

UTA Artist Space

UTA Artist Space

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


artnet News — Swizz Beatz Is Bringing a Supergroup of Black Artists to Los Angeles for a Special Show During Frieze


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


The Hollywood Reporter — Swizz Beatz Partners With UTA Artist Space to Present New Show Highlighting "Black Renaissance" Works 


Robb Report — Ai Weiwei Designed Gallery Opens in Beverly Hills


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



Matthew Marks Gallery

Matthew Marks Gallery

Matthew Marks gallery is a New York institution and home to some of America's most distinguished artists, among them Jasper Johns, Charles Ray, Trisha Donnelly, Vija Celmins and Martin Puryear, and also represents the estates of Ellsworth Kelly and Ken Price. In managing its publicity, Cultural Counsel’s task is to ensure that the work shown there receives the thoughtful and high-profile coverage it deserves.


On the occasion of a show of new works by the legendary Jasper Johns, for example, Cultural Counsel coordinated a soulful interview that was featured on the cover of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.  


Images courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. 




The New York Times Style Magazine — Jasper Johns, American Legend


The New York Times Style Magazine — An Artist Who Makes Irreverent, and Pocket-Size, Sculptures

The New Yorker — Jasper Johns And The Question of Meaning

The New York Times — Jasper Johns Stays Divinely Busy


Artforum — Gary Hume

Galerie — 10 Fascinating Insights into the Creative Mind of Ellsworth Kelly


Wall Street Journal — Jasper Johns Isn’t Done Yet


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.


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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