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

Anthony Meier Fine Arts

ART21
ARTA

Arts - Aventura Mall

Avant Gardner

Blanton Museum of Art

The Bridge

Cai Guo-Qiang
Creative Time

Crosby Studios
Culture Lab Detroit
Dallas Art Fair

Day for Night

Derek Fordjour

Doug Aitken Workshop

Empty Gallery

Fathomers

Fondazione Prada

FotoFocus
GARAGE Magazine
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Headington Companies

The Joule

Kickstarter

Knight Foundation

LIRCAEI

LUMA Foundation

Magnolia Pictures

Mark Flood

Marlborough Contemporary

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Netflix

New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA)
Night Gallery

Norwegian Crafts

Philadelphia Contemporary

Poster House

Priority Private Care

ProjectArt
Prospect New Orleans
Red Bull Arts New York

Reyes Projects

Seattle Art Fair

Temple Contemporary

TimesTalks

United States Artists

United Talent Agency

Whitney Museum of American Art

Takashi Murakami: Under the Radiation Falls

Takashi Murakami: Under the Radiation Falls

The exhibition at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art was the first major survey of Takashi Murakami's work in Russia and spanned several periods of the artist’s career from the mid-1990s to now. Presenting his work in the broader context of Japanese culture for the first time, the exhibition paid homage to Murakami’s long-term project to creatively unite and question Eastern and Western traditions.

 

Consisting of five sections that each explored a particular phenomenon in Japanese culture which had been formally or semantically examined by Murakami, the show revealed the artist’s inquiries into the nuanced facets of Japanese culture and public consciousness, blurring the line between high and low culture while merging various media into one continuous flow of images.


As well as paintings, drawings, and films by Murakami from public and private collections, the exhibition featured eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japanese engravings and paintings from the collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the State Museum of Oriental Art, both in Moscow. Developed in close collaboration with the artist, the project—which includes a number of new works—transformed the Museum into a Murakami universe.

 

A Russian-language catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition, the first comprehensive publication on the artist in Russian.

 

Image courtesy of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, ©Takashi Murakami / Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

 

Vogue — In Murakami's Moscow, It's All "Cuteness and Catastrophe"

 

Vice — Takashi Murakami: An Otaku in Moscow

 

Wallpaper* — Man at Work: Rigour, Neurochemicals and 24/7 Assistants at Takashi Murakami's Studio

 

W Magazine — Takashi Murakami's Favorite Instagram Follow is Justin Bieber

 

Galerie Magazine — Takashi Murakami Brings Cuteness and Catastrophe to Russia

 

The New Yorker — Takashi Murakami: Under the Radiation Falls

 

artnet News — Takashi Murakami Will Recreate His Art Factory for His First Museum Show in Russia

Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang

Cultural Counsel was engaged to provide art-focused media outreach for the Netflix original film Sky Ladder, documenting Cai Guo-Qiang's famous explosion event. We were then rehired to support Cai's slate of major 2017 exhibitions, October at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, in September, and The Spirit of Painting at the Prado Museum in October. 

 

T Magazine — An Architect and an Artist Walk Into a Barn

 

Financial Times — Explosive artist Cai Guo-Qiang on politics and pyrotechnics

 

Forbes — Maybe He Will Become A Painter After All: A Conversation With Cai Guo-Qiang

Creative Time: Pledges of Allegiance

Creative Time Presents: Pledges of Allegiance

Pledges of Allegiance is a nationwide public art project by Creative Time. The project is a serialized commission of sixteen flags, each created by acclaimed contemporary artists: Tania Bruguera, Alex Da Corte, Jeremy Deller, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ann Hamilton, Robert Longo, Josephine Meckseper, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Jayson Musson, Ahmet Ögüt, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Pedro Reyes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nari Ward. Each flag embodies art’s ability to channel political passion, providing a unifying symbol around which to unite, as well as a call-to-action for institutions nationwide to raise upcoming Pledges of Allegiance flags in solidarity with Creative Time. 

 

The New York Times — Across New York, a Summertime Tour of Public Art

 

Vice — Marilyn Minter: "Your Generation is Waking Up to How Fragile Democracy Is"

 

Artnet News — Creative Time’s Flag Project Gets Political on President Trump’s Birthday

 

The Village Voice — Sixteen Artists Take “Pledges Of Allegiance”

 

W Magazine — Artist Marilyn Minter's Protest Flag Lasted Less Than a Day Before It Was Censored

 

Los Angeles Review of Books — The American Flag In and As Contemporary Art

Poster House

Poster House

The newly announced Poster House, the first museum of its kind in New York, is dedicated to the iconic medium, its history, design, and impact. Highlights of Poster House's permanent collection include iconic, esoteric, mind-bending, and boundary-pushing works, spanning the medium's whole depth and breadth, by Milton Glaser, Shepard Fairey, Raymond Savignac, Jakob Erol, Michael Engelmann, Masuteru Aoba, Eladio Rivadulla Martínez, Julius Ussy Engelhard, Kieran Koshy, and many more.

 

The Wall Street Journal — New NYC Museum Will be Dedicated to Poster Art

 

CNN — A Peek Inside New York's Poster House Museum

 

Artnet News — New York City’s First Art Space Dedicated Entirely to Posters Will Open in 2018

 

The Guardian — From Warhol to Studio 54: legendary New York Posters - in Pictures

 

Buzzfeed — 14 Incredible Posters from the History of New York City

 

Curbed NY — NYC Museum Celebrating Poster Art is Coming to Chelsea

David Salle: Ham and Cheese and Other Paintings

David Salle: Ham and Cheese and Other Paintings

On September 14th, 2017, David Salle debuted a new body of works at Skarstedt gallery. Ham and Cheese and Other Paintings, as the show was titled, reached back to 1993, when Salle created his Early Product Paintings. Those works lean heavily on advertising drawings from the 1950s and 1960s, but mainly because as shapes these were the closest we ever came to platonic forms. Ham and Cheese played with their flat style, incorporating over nods to Max Ernst, Marsden Hartley, Philip Guston, and Pablo Picasso. With the help of Cultural Counsel, Salle was able to communicate this vision to publications that cater to a variety of readers, from those at VICE to those at Forbes to those at The New York Times. And all of them crammed into the Skarstedt townhouse one brisk fall evening to celebrate its debut.

 

The New York Times — David Salle on How to Look at David Salle

 

Forbes — What Words Fail To Describe: The Paintings of David Salle

 

Bomb Magazine — One Piece: The Old Bars (after M.H.)

 

Garage — David Salle: My Manifesto

KURT COBAIN/UTA Artist Space

UTA Artist Space presents Kurt Cobain

This August, for the third edition of the Seattle Art Fair, Los Angeles-based UTA Artist Space revealed a selection of never-before-seen artwork by Nirvana front man and grunge-legend Kurt Cobain. The works were coupled with a selection of his notebooks, as well as compositions by his contemporaries in the visual arts, Mike Kelley, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Elizabeth Peyton, Raymond Pettibon and Dash Snow, among others. The pairing of such works sought to establish a dialogue between Cobain’s iconic oeuvre, those who influenced him, and those he has influenced.

 

The New York Times — Kurt Cobain, a New Player in the Art-Fair World

 

The New Yorker — What to See in Art Galleries This August

 

Rolling Stone — Exclusive: See Kurt Cobain Art From Upcoming Seattle Exhibit

 

W Magazine — Kurt Cobain's Never-Before-Seen Art Is Full of "Crackbabies" and Apocalyptic Benihanas

 

Salon — Kurt Cobain, rising art star?

 

New York Post's Page Six — Rare Kurt Cobain works heading to Seattle Art Fair

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