GALLERY TALK: Roberts & Tilton
Los Angeles based gallerist Julie Roberts sat down with Industria while in LA to speak with us about her life in the art world! See below for our Q & A with Julie.
How did you, Bennett Roberts and Jack Tilton come together to create Roberts & Tilton?
In the late 1990’s there was an incredible surge of energy in the Los Angeles art scene. We sought out to open a gallery that would support the talents of a number of interesting and promising artists, offering opportunities to exhibit unique works, advance practices and develop careers.
As a gallerist do you feel pressure to keep up with trends in the art world or to create them?
We don’t follow trends. We find that our interactions with artists and our continued commitment to challenge ourselves always leads us in the right direction.
When selecting artist to show in the gallery how is the decision made?
The first step is to learn as much as possible about the work, and to identify how the work personally sits for us and where we can help.
In this new age, how has Roberts & Tilton used digital platforms to reach new clients?
Roberts & Tilton has always utilized a multi-tier platform to reach the artworld, including social media and cutting edge websites that help to promote artists careers worldwide. Collaborations with digital venues such as Artsy and Artnet help us to reach collectors on a global scale.
Are there any exciting exhibits coming up that you would like to share with our readers?
We are looking forward to our Kehinde Wiley exhibition scheduled for fall of this year. Roberts & Tilton has represented Wiley since 2002 and this will mark his fifth exhibition with the gallery. Later in the year, we will be exhibiting the work of Zhao Zhao, a young Chinese artist whose work speaks to the realities in his country.
You can learn more about the Roberts & Tilton Gallery here
All art work by Daniel Joseph Martinez
All photos by Ashley Walker