Another RAM adventure brought me downtown to view an uptown artist’s art collection – not in his studio nor in a traditional gallery. I can’t recall ever having jumped off the 4/5 Train on Wall Street to go look at an art collection, in particular a solo show of a Harlem based artist – let alone be impressed with how it was so thoughtfully curated. It seemed to fit right in.
When I arrived at the office of Sciame at 14 Wall Street, a Construction Management/Consultant/Builder company I was greeted by Derek Fordjour who explained that he works in a variety of mediums. He toured me through the space beginning in the reception area, through the foyer and the hallways, ending in a large conference room filled with amazing sculptures, each on an individual stand.
I was tickled by how perfect this concept fit in with their corporate motto, “Where Building is Art” and mine, “Real Art Muse”. The firm is known for being the builder-of-choice for highly designed and technically sophisticated projects. They have done work for the likes of, Museum of Arts and Design, Donald Judd Museum, The Morgan Library & Museum and the Guggenheim renovation, to name just a few. I recommend you checkout their website. I guarantee you too will be impressed with their high level of work and diverse client roster.
What additionally is unique is how one artist, Derek Fordjour curated and displayed all of his own artwork and then was allowed to sell his work (without a middle man) or having to give any remuneration to his hosts. As Joe said, “over 100 employees and clients get to enjoy the works first hand…” and they are all potential collectors.Besides construction and art – Joseph has a need to help others far away from Wall Street. He co-founded the
I told Derek he was a lucky fella – at least lucky enough to meet Joe through his fellow artist friend, Duhirwe Rushemeza, who’s work Joe has collected.
The exhibit was not like other staid corporate art collections I have seen in offices, whose walls are often adorned with art by more well known artists – some like to call it “blue chip” vs. “emerging” artists. At Sciame, there is a living and breathing relationship based on similar interests to support living artists.
This approach is a business model well worth expanding on and further formalizing in other NYC offices. NYC is super competitive, which is why companies need to differentiate themselves. Art in corporate spaces is a creative concept that fosters goodwill and makes lasting connections.I have been musing about this art concept with my real estate clients, the artist community and art collectors – all of which are excited to see this idea flourish.