A collaboration with the arts organization providing essential support to galleries and artists.

Founded in 2002, the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is a nonprofit collective of professionals working with and passionate about contemporary art. The organization's mission is to create a collaborative support network that acts as a resource for its membership while developing a strong sense of community, eschewing the adversarial exhibition and art-selling practices of the past.

NADA works to support and encourage meaningful relationships between members with the aim of creating a dialogue across disparate parts of the art world. In turn, artists, art professionals, independent curators and established gallery directors gain access to a network of peers eager to share their experiences and resources.

The organization has also made public access to art a top priority. Public events have included: collaborative exhibitions, artist talks and gallery walks with critics and curators; benefits in support of charitable institutions; panel discussions; and an annual art fair held in Miami every December.

Platform is partnering with NADA on a capsule edit of five artworks from NADA's member galleries, available exclusively on Platform. To learn more about NADA's mission and how it executes its goals, Platform spoke with three NADA staff members: Heather Hubbs, Zack Tornaben and Max Warsh.

Platform

First question: What was the primary impetus for founding NADA, and why did it start with the art dealers? What sorts of problems was it looking to address?

Heather

The organization was founded by Sheri Pasquarella who was working as a director at a gallery called Gorney, Bravin + Lee at the time. She asked three other dealers to co-found the organization with her. I think they saw that there was a rising number of young galleries opening up, particularly in New York City, that were all working in different ways. Some people had apartment galleries, some people were opening spaces in upper-level lofts in Chelsea, some in Brooklyn. She saw a way for that group of people to come together and find ways in which they could work together and share resources or just get together for social reasons. The fair, I think, came out a need from the NADA members. At the time, it was just the main fairs, Art Basel and SCOPE, but there wasn't really anything else for any of those young galleries to do. There was a need and the organization came together and decided to produce their own fair in Miami.

Zack

NADA represents the interests of its members, which are primarily galleries and art professionals. The participation costs of NADA programs are generally affordable for galleries and art spaces to take risks, and be able to experiment or bring interesting things into a fair setting or an exhibition setting. I think that's something that sets NADA apart, because of what galleries are able to do when participating. They can experiment. NADA's Project section at NADA Miami furthers that mission by presenting incubator-like project booths, where many galleries will be participating in their first art fair and will go on to have a long career as a gallery. It really can be a launching pad, especially for galleries that are outside of major art centers. Members have the ability to shape that programming in a lot of ways.

Platform

You just mentioned coming together and creating a sense of community amongst those younger dealers. What are some ways that NADA, even today, continues to foster that and continue to create community?

Max

We do membership programming throughout the year. We started doing an annual exhibition on Governors Island, which last year was up throughout the summer. That had real community spirit for members and other galleries to work together to produce the exhibition. We also have member workshops throughout the year, which are meant to support the galleries and address their needs whether it's through issues with legal contracts or shipping or health insurance. And then there's a host of other social events throughout the year so that people can connect and get to know each other outside of the art fair or exhibition framework. A lot of them are in New York, but we're trying to do more in other cities where the membership is growing, like Los Angeles and Chicago.

Platform

You've mentioned various services that NADA provides. Could you elaborate on some of those?

Zack

One fundamental thing is to have this community for galleries to be able to meet each other. And many times, we see all sorts of collaborations that happen organically through NADA programs and channels. We have a Google group that we call the Noodle – it's an email group for members to send messages to other NADA members. Galleries can ask practical day-to-day business questions about contracts, licensing, legal counsel or recommendations for professional services. By being a member, you have an opportunity to get this experience learning from your peers, some of whom have been in business for decades. You can meet people and can broaden your reach.

During the early months of the pandemic, we were reacting in real time to the needs of galleries. We worked to amplify a bill for commercial rent control by circulating a petition and meeting with members who were on the ground and working with people in New York City to try to provide relief for small businesses. In the summer of 2020, we hosted an online profit-sharing art fair, called FAIR, with over 200 international galleries from our community.

Heather

At the beginning of COVID, we acted quickly and put together a gallery relief fund to give grants to galleries. Since they were closed and unable to mount shows, it made it extremely difficult for them to make sales. We raised $150,000 pretty quickly. Some of these funds were raised through a partnership with the Kinkade Foundation. They offered to make an editioned print and puzzle of an old painting Kinkade made of a roll of toilet paper. This image, which was also painted with a strange brown palate, seemed appropriate at the time. Some of the funds came through the sale of that print and the puzzle, and then others were direct donations.

Sometimes there are conversations that happen on the Noodle that then turn into events or programs. Recently, someone asked about help with creating a gallery handbook and it became clear that a lot of people didn't have this, but wanted it and needed it and could use the help putting it together. Now, we're going to do a workshop around creating a handbook for a gallery.

Platform

Are there any other things you learned, as an organization, during the height of the pandemic that you might want to keep in mind going forward?

Zack

I think one thing was how important these sorts of business associations can be. When there's a big problem like that, you see the importance in having these alliances with your peers and being able to have a collective voice. Other galleries that had been participating in NADA events, but hadn't been members or maybe hadn't been members in a while, rejoined and got back in touch and wanted to collaborate on things or had questions.

I think digital initiatives were also a really big thing for us last year. Despite the circumstances, it was great for us to be able to focus on and have that time to develop different ways to show art online. In a way, accessibility increased and became a renewed priority for us. With the opportunity to speak to a broader public, it reframes how we message things. Partnering with Platform speaks to that also. Something as simple as displaying prices for artworks can be such an important moment of transparency for the new collector.

Platform

Last one: What are some of the big initiatives NADA has coming up in the future?

Max

We're working on a series of online exhibitions that we'll launch next year, and we're partnering with international curators to select artworks from our community of galleries. We'll publish artworks online every couple of months as a series. We think this will be a great way for galleries to introduce their artists to curators around a specific theme that the curator poses. It also creates a way for that curator to develop their research around that theme by discovering new artists through this open call. We're in the process of getting ready to launch that and will begin in the next year.

Heather

I just remembered one thing we didn't mention, which I think is kind of fun: our member basketball league, NADA Hoops. We want to revive it. It was a fun extracurricular that we partnered on with Nike in the past.

NADA MEMBER GALLERIES

062, Chicago

17ESSEX, New York

1969 Gallery, New York

321 Gallery, New York

47 Canal, New York

56 Henry, New York

65GRAND, Chicago

80m2 Livia Benavides, Lima

The ƒ/Ø Project, Los Angeles

A.D. NYC, New York

A.I.R Gallery, New York

AA|LA, Los Angeles

Abattoir Gallery, Cleveland

Abrons Arts Center, New York

Ackerman Clarke, Chicago

Adams and Ollman, Portland

Alden Projects, New York

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York

Nir Altman, Munich

Helena Anrather, New York

APALAZZOGALLERY, Brescia

Arcadia Missa, London

Art OMI, Ghent

Artadia, New York

Gallery Artbeat, Tbilisi

Aspect/Ratio Projects, Chicago

Assembly Room, New York

Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta

Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago

Ballon Rouge Collective, Brussels

Jack Barrett, New York

Baxter Street at Camera Club, New York

Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York

Bienvenu Steinberg && Partner, New York

bitforms gallery, New York

Bode Projects, Berlin

Bodega, New York

Bombon Projects, Barcelona

Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal

BROADWAY, New York

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York

Patel Brown Gallery, Toronto

Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh

Bureau, New York

Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

Rebecca Camacho Presents, San Francisco

CANADA, New York

Carbon 12, Dubai

CARVALHO PARK, New York

CASANOVA, São Paolo

Chapter NY, New York

Circle Contemporary, Chicago

Company, New York

Cooper Cole, Toronto

Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland

CUE Art Foundation, New York

Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles

Deli Gallery, New York

Denny Dimin Gallery, New York

Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit

Devening Projects, Chicago

Dinner Gallery, New York

Document, Chicago

Bridget Donahue, New York

Galerie Droste, Düsseldorf

Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles

Ed. Varie, New York

EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York

Derek Eller Gallery, New York

Embajada, San Juan

Entrée, Bergen

Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

Essex Flowers, New York

Et al., San Francisco

Deanna Evans Projects, New York

Everybody, Tucson

False Flag, New York

FIERMAN, New York

Zoe Fisher Projects, New York

Five Car Garage, Los Angeles

Melanie Flood Projects, Portland

Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland

Foxy Production, New York

Fragment Gallery, Moscow

Franz Kaka, Toronto

Fridman Gallery, New York

James Fuentes, New York

FUTURES, Melbourne

Gaa Gallery, Provincetown

GAVLAK, Los Angeles/Palm Beach

Geary, New York

Asya Geisberg, New York

Gern en Regalia, New York

Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles

Ginsberg, Lima

Goldfinch, Chicago

Golestani, Düsseldorf

Good Naked, Brooklyn

Good Weather, North Little Rock

Gordon Robichaux, New York

Taymour Grahne Projects, London

Kavi Gupta, Chicago

HAIRandNAILS Contemporary Art, Minneapolis

Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton

Jack Hanley Gallery, New York

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York

HESSE FLATOW, New York

High Gallery, Warsaw

The Hole, New York

Sean Horton (Presents), New York

HOUSING, New York

Howl! Happening, New York

Natalia Hug, Cologne

in lieu, Los Angeles

Independent Curators International (ICI), New York

International Waters, New York

INTERSTATE, New York

Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin

JDJ The Ice House, Garrison

Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

JOAN, Los Angeles

Nina Johnson, Miami

JTT, New York

Kapp Kapp, New York

Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles

KAYOKOYUKI, Tokyo

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York

Km 0.2, San Juan

La MaMa Galleria, New York

LaMontagne Gallery, Boston

The Landing, Los Angeles

Laney Contemporary, Savannah

Larrie, New York

M. LeBlanc, Chicago

Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

LETO, Warsaw

Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels

Library Street Collective, Detroit

Locust Projects, Miami

Kristen Lorello, New York

LOYAL, Stockholm

Lubov, New York

Lulu, Mexico City

LVL3, Chicago

Lyles & King, New York

L’INCONNUE, New York

M+B, Los Angeles

Candice Madey, New York

Magenta Plains, New York

Marinaro, New York

MARS Gallery, Melbourne

Philip Martin, Los Angeles

Martos Gallery, New York

Kai Matsumiya, New York

Medium Tings, Brooklyn

MICKEY, Chicago

MICROSCOPE Gallery, New York

Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis

NINO MIER GALLERY, Los Angeles

Misako and Rosen, Tokyo

Mixer, Istanbul

Charles Moffett, New York

MoMA PS1, New York

Morán Morán, Los Angeles

Moskowitz Bayse, Los Angeles

Mother Gallery, Beacon

Mrs., Queens

NEW DISCRETIONS, New York

New Museum, New York

New Release, New York

New Works Projects, Chicago

NIAD Art Center, Richmond

NıCOLETTı, London

NIGHT GALLERY, Los Angeles

OCHI PROJECTS, Los Angeles

Olympia, New York

Ortega y Gasset Projects, New York

P.A.D., New York

Parker Gallery, Los Angeles

Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, Los Angeles

Patrick Parrish Gallery, New York

Kendra Jayne Patrick, Bern, Switzerland

Patron, Chicago

PICKLEMAN, Chicago

PIEDRAS, Buenos Aires

Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

Pioneer Works, New York

The Pit, Los Angeles

Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest

Berthold Pott, Cologne

PRIMARY, Miami

Printed Matter, New York

Projet Pangée, Montreal

Protocinema, Istanbul

PROXYCO, New York

Proyecto NASAL, Guayaquil

Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City

pt.2 Gallery, Oakland

ANDREW RAFACZ, Chicago

Raster, Warsaw

Real Pain Fine Arts, Los Angeles

Recess, New York

Rectangle, Brussels

Regards, Chicago

Reyes | Finn, Detroit

Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York

Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montreal

Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco

Safe Gallery, New York

Samson, Boston

Sargent’s Daughters, New York

Kerry Schuss, New York

SculptureCenter, New York

secret project robot, New York

September, Hudson

Hunter Shaw Fine Art, Los Angeles

Shelter, New York

SHRINE, New York

Tif Sigfrids, Athens

signs and symbols, New York

Simone Subal, New York

Situations, New York

SOCO Gallery, Charlotte

Soft Opening, London

Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels

Springsteen, Baltimore

Stanley’s, Los Angeles

Jeffrey Stark, New York

Stoneleaf Retreat, Kingston

Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt

SUPER DAKOTA, Brussels

Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York

Temnikova && Kasela, Tallinn

Tops Gallery, Memphis

Towards Gallery, Toronto

Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia

Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Ulterior Gallery, New York

UV Estudios, Buenos Aires

Valentin, Paris

Van Doren Waxter, New York

VIGIL GONZALES, Urubamba, Peru

Voloshyn Gallery, Kiev

Volume Gallery, Chicago

WAAP | Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, Canada

Kate Werble Gallery, New York

Western Exhibitions, Chicago

What Pipeline, Detroit

White Columns, New York

Y2K group, New York

Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston