In Conversation with Doreen Remen: A Powerful Woman Behind Public Art

In Conversation with Doreen Remen: A Powerful Woman Behind Public Art

Credit: BFA

Credit: BFA

Doreen Remen is a bonafide art maven in New York who has been a driving force behind spectacular public art in Manhattan and beyond. Remen and partner Yvonne Force-Villareal formed Art Production Fund almost twenty years ago, an organization that commissions  awe-inspiring public sculptures and installations. This has led them to work with acclaimed artists such as Elmgreen & Dragset, Hanna Liden, Ugo Rondinone, and many more. Remen talks wth Gallery Gurls about APF's staying power, her next phase, and other passion projects close to her heart.

Gallery Gurls: Art Production Fund's projects like Elmgreen & Dragset's 'Prada Marfa' and Ugo Rondinone's 'Seven Magic Mountains' are visionary projects,  but they have also found a way to become cemented into the fabric of pop culture. Why do you think that is?

Doreen Remen: The artists that Art Production Fund collaborates with are very specific.  We invite artists whose work is critically acclaimed and which resonates with a wide range of people - from those who are familiar with contemporary art to everyday passersby and children.  The integrity of the work, together with its accessibility, will hopefully have a lasting effect on pop culture!  Finally, there is always an element of magic - in the timing, location, etc., That can’t be planned or predicted!

Seven Magic Mountains, Ugo Rondinone. 

Seven Magic Mountains, Ugo Rondinone. 

What I love about Art Production Fund is that women have been at the helm since its inception in 2000, then Casey Fremont joined you and your fellow co-founder Yvonne Force Villareal in 2004. Talk about the three of you working together and supporting one another.

Art Production Fund has always been a labor of love, so it is imperative that we have love in the office!  Yvonne and I have been close friends since our first day of college at The Rhode Island School of Design, and Casey started interning for us when she was only 16 years old.  So we all grew up together in a way, which makes for a very close bond.  Besides, we are all big supporters of the women of the world!

"So we all grew up together in a way, which makes for a very close bond.  Besides, we are all big supporters of the women of the world!"

The women of Art Production Fund: Executive Director Casey Fremont, Co-Founders Doreen Remen, and Yvonne Force-Villareal. Credit Patrick McMullan.

The women of Art Production Fund: Executive Director Casey Fremont, Co-Founders Doreen Remen, and Yvonne Force-Villareal. Credit Patrick McMullan.

In late 2016, it was announced that Casey Fremont would take over full management of Art Production Fund, so what does your next chapter with APF look like?

Art Production Fund will always be our baby, and Yvonne and I will continue to serve on the Board of Directors and will consult and promote APF in every way. Our days are now spent running Culture Corps, which is a company we started to develop major art installations and activations within the private sector.

"I absolutely love seeing art.  No matter how tired I am, a great artwork leaves me energized and excited."

Yvonne Force-Villareal, Alex Katz,, Casey Fremont, and Doreen Remen. Credit: BFA

Yvonne Force-Villareal, Alex Katz,, Casey Fremont, and Doreen Remen. Credit: BFA

In your other endeavor Art Markit, artists find new ways to monetize their work, customers can buy affordable art, and there's creative sustainability for curators, etc Tell me more. 

Art Markit is a website that I started to support the creative economy around the world.  Art Markit is a site where artists can go -- for production, distribution, and marketing of their functional items -- and a convenient platform for customers to shop for them.  The idea is to popularize the art world to a wide audience, with varying price points and interest levels, and to provide an ongoing revenue source for artists.  I absolutely love Art Markit -- It harnesses our economy to support creativity.

 So how do you decompress and unwind when you have free time? Do you still see art?

I absolutely love seeing art.  No matter how tired I am, a great artwork leaves me energized and excited.  I spend a lot of time on my spiritual practice at The Kabbalah Center, listening to consciousness lectures and attending classes.  I also practice Dahn Yoga, which is Korean body energy work.

"I would rather be me than what you expect me to be."

Credit: BFA

Credit: BFA

In your own words why are you a nasty woman?

I would rather be me than what you expect me to be.

Follow Doreen, APF and Art Markit: @doreenremen @artproductionny @artmarkit

 

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