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

Creative Capital

Creative Time

Crosby Studios
Culture Lab Detroit
Dallas Art Fair

Derek Fordjour

Empty Gallery


Felix LA

Fondazione Prada

For Freedoms


Free Arts NYC

GARAGE Magazine
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Headington Companies


The Joule


Knight Foundation

Little River // Miami

Locust Projects

LUMA Foundation

Magnolia Pictures

Mark Flood

Marlborough Contemporary

Matthew Marks Gallery

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit


New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA)
Night Gallery

Norwegian Crafts

NYC Jewelry Week


Petzel Gallery

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Philadelphia Contemporary

Poster House



Prospect New Orleans

Red Bull Arts Detroit
Red Bull Arts New York

Reyes | Finn

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery | University of the Arts


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

Blanton Museum: Form Into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly's 'Austin'

Blanton Museum: Form Into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly's 'Austin'


Shortly before his death in 2015, Ellsworth Kelly gifted to the Blanton Museum of Art the building design for Austin, one of the artist’s last works, and certainly his greatest. The 2,715-square-foot stone building has luminous glass windows on three facades. Inside are a wood totem sculpture and black-and-white marble panels featuring signature Kelly shapes. On February 18, 2018, Austin opened alongside Form into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin, a Blanton exhibition that contextualized the museum's important new addition by telling its story in relation to Kelly's broader career. 


Images courtesy of Blanton Museum


Artnet News — Ellsworth Kelly, an Atheist, Has Built a Transcendent Church for Art in Texas

Artsy — How Ellsworth Kelly's FInal, Immersive Work Ended Up in Austin, Texas

Architectural Digest — Ellsworth Kelly’s Final Work Is Unveiled in Austin

Architect's Newspaper — Ellsworth Kelly’s “chapel” of colored light is realized at UT Austin


The New York Times — Ellsworth Kelly's Temple for Light


Prada Foundation: Double Club Miami

Prada Foundation: Double Club Miami

Presented by Fondazione Prada, “The Prada Double Club Miami” by Carsten Holler was a three-night, two-part art installation and fully-functioning nightclub in Miami. “The Prada Double Club Miami” offered a unique approach to entertainment and hospitality, as well as created a dialogue between contemporary art, music, lifestyle, and design. Set in a 1920’s film studio complex, formerly an ice factory, the installation was divided into an internal club space and an outdoor tropical garden, one was entirely monochromatic, the other hyper-polychromatic.  This was the second, yet very different, iteration of Carsten Holler’s acclaimed concept which first debuted in London in 2008 for eight months.


Images courtesy of Fondazione Prada, photography by Casey Kelbaugh.

GARAGE Magazine — Carsten Höller Brings His Double Club to Art Basel Miami Beach


Vogue — Prada Parties Beneath the Palm Trees in Miami

The New York Times — A Fashion Guide to Miami Art Week

Observer — Inside the Prada Double Club Miami, a Pop-Up Nightclub at Art Basel

Designboom — Carsten Holler X Fondazione Prada: Interview on the Prada Double Club Miami


Crosby Studios

Crosby Studios

In 2014, Harry Nuriev founded Crosby Studios, an interior architecture and furniture design firm founded in Moscow. After opening a second branch in New York in July of 2017, T Magazine heralded Nuriev as a pioneering voice in global minimalism, citing the distinctive influence of Russian crafts and architecture on his designs.


Across a variety of specializations ranging from architecture to interior design and designed objects, Nuriev uses minimalism as a philosophical framework, marrying geometric primaries with crisp logic, creating invigorating and exuberant interiors that serve as vehicles for much broader ideas about how we live and work. Since revealing his first conceptual sculptural installation at Design Miami/ this past December, Nuriev has developed an immersive sculptural installation to debut at Collective Design this March, with his first solo museum exhibition set to open at Dallas Contemporary in April.


Images courtesy of Crosby Studios.


T Magazine — The Man Designing Space for the Instagram Age


Cultured — Crosby Studios Founder Harry Nuriev's Practical Magic


Architectural Digest — Minimalism Gets a Colorful Spin in This Designer's Brooklyn Apartment


GARAGE Magazine — See Inside Designer Harry Nuriev’s Electric Blue Apartment


ELLE Decor Italia — Chi è Harry Nuriev, l'enfant prodige del design formato Instagram


Apartment Therapy — A Bold, Blue and Bespoke Brooklyn Abode


CNN Style — Traditional design meets tech innovation at Design Miami 2017

Temple Contemporary: Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

Temple Contemporary: Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

Temple Contemporary engaged Cultural Counsel to bring national attention to an innovative project conceived as a way of funding the repair of over a thousand broken instruments belonging to the public schools in Philadelphia. The Symphony for a Broken Orchestra brought together hundreds of professional musicians and students from the Philadelphia public schools, and paired each with a broken instrument, for a performance composed by the acclaimed David Lang. The instruments were put up for “adoption” by Temple Contemporary, a process which ensured the funding for their repair. 


Images courtesy of Temple Contemporary.


The Atlantic — How To Build an Orchestra From Broken Instruments

The New York Times — How to Fix Broken School Instruments: Call a Composer

The New York Review of Books — A Smashed and Splintered Music

The Guardian — What can we learn from an orchestra of broken instruments?

NPR / All Things Considered — The Healing Sound of a Broken Orchestra

Garage Magazine — Music Written for the Broken Instruments That Public Schools Couldn’t Afford to Fix


Marlborough Contemporary: Survival Research Laboratories

Marlborough Contemporary: Survival Research Laboratories

Marlborough Contemporary presented Inconsiderate Fantasies of Negative Acceleration Characterized by Sacrifices of a Non-Consensual Nature by the legendary Survival Research Laboratories, an amorphous crew of indeterminate number led by the visionary Mark Pauline. The exhibition was the first solo presentation by SRL in a commercial gallery and comprised of eight kinetic sculptures dating from 1986 to the present, along with video documentation of past performances in which these machines were engaged.


Images courtesy of Marlborough Contemporary.


The New York Times — Fire-Breathing Robots Bring Anarchy to a Chelsea Art Gallery

The Art Newspaper — Robot wars: Mark Pauline and Survival Research Laboratories

Garage Magazine — The Robots Are Coming, and They Have Some Issues

Office Magazine — Survival Research Laboratories in NYC


Empty Gallery: Shocking Asia

Empty Gallery: Shocking Asia

Responding to the gnarly legacy of exploitation cinema like Faces of Death and Mondo Cane, C. Spencer Yeh created a seven-hour-long film of his travels through Asia—visiting bars filled with drunken backpackers, pristine beaches choked with motorboats, museums dedicated to drugs and theme parks dedicated to Hell. Yeh’s visual odyssey is at equal parts numbing and shocking. Yeh’s visual travelogue is part of a tradition stretching back to Marco Polo, but, having taken place in the globalized age of the iPhone, unflinchingly examines cultural transmission today.


Images courtesy of Empty Gallery.


Interview Magazine — C. Spencer Yeh’s Long, Strange Trip


Garage Magazine — A “Mondo” Movie for the Iphone Age


Mousse Magazine — Shocking Asia: C. Spencer Yeh


Art Asia Pacific — Review by Danielle Wu


ARTnews — Pictures at an Exhibition