Her Contemporary Minimalist Attitude
Galleriest, New York
When it comes to running art galleries, the Russian native, New-York-based former fashion model and gallerist Oksana Salamatina is one of the standouts who has tactfully solidified the perpetually burgeoning American art scene with pre-eminent works. Starting a new inning in her career with the launch of her gallery, Salamatina Gallery, Oksana is far more than just a pretty face. Having leveraged her expertise in the crucibles of art, including Sotheby’s, Nassau County Museum of Art, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Oksana has championed the Guggenheim Foundation scholarship with a master’s degree in international economics and art administration. Beyond showcasing celebrated art pieces, Oksana is now taking the art world by storm by hosting charitable events to benefit the community, such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the American Heart Association, and Autism Speaks. Having written two books including Last March and On the Edge of a Dream, Oksana will be having her first book launch in the museum show in collaboration with Trevor Tweeten for the visual part in 2017 while the second one will be a major exhibition on Matta as the first ever debut for the artist in The Hermitage in St. Petersburg in 2018.
In this edition of Style Talk, Oksana chats about her contemporary minimalist attitude, her fondness for Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, and why that youthfully adorable Black Little Angel by Demi fires her enthusiasm for art.
What does your ideal working outfit look like?
Simple: white blouse and navy skirt/trousers or a navy dress.
What’s best: heels or flats? Which brand or style?
Heels. Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo.
What’s your favorite art-related blog or app?
I like “stories” by Katya Kazakina for Bloomberg and anything by David Everitt Howe, a Brooklyn-based writer and curator. He writes primarily on contemporary art, culture, and technology for ArtReview, Modern Painters, frieze, Afterall, and Mousse, among other publications. He’s also a contributing editor for ArtReview, a curator/editor at Pioneer Works, and an online art editor for BOMB Magazine.
What was the last thing you bought and loved?
A book on the UBS art collection titled Don’t Shoot the Painter by Francesco Bonami and published by Skira in 2015.
What is/are your personal style signifier(s)/identifier(s)?
What’s your necessary extravagance?
Travel to see great art exhibitions around the world.
Three things/products you always need to have in your purse?
CBN Source Beauté Mascara Extension, By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace (Frozen Petals), CBN wet & dry foundation.
What’s your ultimate beauty secret after long working hours?
A really cold shower.
What’s/are your favorite work(s) of art?
Black Little Angel by Demi, Black Square by Kazimir Malevich, Last March by Naum Medovoy, Inscape by Roberto Matta, Hi Mom by Marc Andre Robinson, Burdened #13by Mousa, Scripted Movement by Andrew Kudless, all watercolours by Graham Dean, and Big Baby by Nina Levy.
What in the art world excites you currently most?
Getting ready for the next exhibition in my gallery.
Most sexiest art person?
Where are you off to next?
The opening at my new space in Atlanta.
Where is your next art trip/travel going to?
In your eyes: what is the most arty city?
Someone you have in mind to call the perfect artworld gentlemen?
Bob Monk (Gagosian Gallery, New York), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries, London), Thomas Monahan (Thomas Monahan Fine Art, Chicago), Nick Iljine, and Michael Straus (art collector from Alabama). It is hard to name just one.
Which artist should we have on our watchlist?
All of the artists I work with, especially: Nina Levy, Andrew Kudless, Mousa, Naum Medovoy, Graham Dean.
Photos: by Arseniy Grobovnikov and Serge Romanov