The New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC, is a must see in town. The gallery showcases modern and contemporary art, creating a space to show both world renowned and regional artists in the city. Located in Uptown Charlotte in the art museum district, the gallery is easy to get to and makes for a great outing after lunch or before dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants. Noteworthy recently stopped in to chat with Irina Toshkova, gallery director, to learn more about the mission of the gallery and their upcoming fall shows.
Irina explained, "The mission of the gallery is to assist collectors in attaining a higher aesthetic and develop Charlotte's taste for fine art and the collector's spirit by offering works of art of highest museum quality."
Though art as investment is a major element of The New Gallery, the gallery’s philosophy is less about selling a product and more about giving people a truly transcendent experience. The gallery showcases the work of regional artists including Hoss Haley, Maja Godlewska, Shaun Cassidy, and Willie Little alongside its stable of elite contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Alex Katz, Donald Sultan, Marc Quinn, Radcliffe Bailey, Hunt Slonem, and Robert Mars.
In celebration of the gallery's five year anniversary this fall, a much anticipated show with Hunt Slonem will be on view October 4th through November 15th, with an opening reception and book signing with Slonem on October 12th. Mark your calendars! You will not want to miss.
Opening November 18th, a show with two local artists, Barbara Schreiber and Isaac Payne, will be on view.
Born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, Irina Toshkova came to the U.S. in 2002 to attend Salem College, from which she graduated in 2006 with a degree in art history and arts management. While at Salem, she began interning at Joie Lassiter Gallery. She eventually rose to the position of gallery director at Lassiter and earned an MPA in arts administration at UNC Charlotte. In 2009, Toshkova moved back to Sofia and worked as a gallery director at one of the most prominent galleries in Eastern Europe, Museum Gallery of Modern Art. In 2011, Irina returned to Charlotte, NC, to open the New Gallery of Modern Art.
Images by Ariana Clare, www.arianaclare.com.