Cecilia Brunson Projects is a contemporary and modern art gallery with outposts in London and Santiago.
Through exhibitions, research and artist representation, the London Gallery spotlights outstanding, historical and mid-career artists from Latin America. The programme combines showcasing key figures from the Twentieth Century who created great cultural, social and aesthetically transformative works with renowned artists, deep in the pivotal ‘meat’ of their careers. The gallery prides itself on identifying exceptional artists from Latin America and presenting their work to the European audience. For many of the artists, this is the first time their work has been shown in Europe.
Cecilia Brunson Projects Chile outpost in Santiago provides a direct exchange between our local/Latin American artists and the London Gallery and shows our deep commitment to the artists of the continent. As well as exhibiting gallery artists, the space also works with artists who are engaged with the notions that arise from Chile’s geography. Chile is one of the Southernmost countries in the world and we exhibit artists who build on these questions of remoteness and notions of center/periphery.
Cecilia Brunson Projects was originally established as a commercial project space dedicated to contemporary art within the home of the curator. Living alongside the space the aim was to revive the intimacy and amity of the art world of old in a new context; and to blur the lines between living and producing. Our programmes often develop projects in dialogue with international curators. Since 2016, the Gallery has evolved to focus entirely on Latin American Art.
Cecilia Brunson | Owner and Principal
Cecilia oversees exhibitions, programming, and institutional relations at the Gallery. Over the last two decades Latin American art has been her passion, as a curator, critic and author. In 2001 she was Exhibition Coordinator at The Americas Society, New York, where she organised exhibitions including the first US show of Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla and ‘Pictures of You: Contemporary Art from Mexico’, with works by Yoshua Okon, Mario Garcia-Torres, amongst others. From 2004 she was Associate Curator of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Austin, Texas, curating exhibitions including ‘Marking Time 1995 – 2005: Contemporary Art from Chile’ and was also responsible for all Latin American acquisitions for the museums collection. In 2005, she founded INCUBO a not-for-profit residency programme for international curators based in Santiago, Chile, working with the likes of Dan Cameron, Nicholas Bourriad, Yasmil Raymond, Tobias Ostrander and Victoria Noorthoorn amongst others. In 2009, Cecilia co-founded the AMA Fellowship, an annual grant enabling a Chilean artist to participate in Gasworks Residency Program, London. She was also an advisor to Pinta, London at this time. Other curated exhibitions include ‘Tectonic Shift: Contemprary Art from Chile from the Juan Yarur Collection’ at the Saatchi Gallery and Phillips du Pury, ‘Claudio Girola’ at the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico and ‘Luis Camnitzer: 1968 Massacre of Puerto Montt’ at Galería Metropolitana, Santiago, Chile. She has published articles in Artforum, where she was Latin American Correspondent and her publications include the Catalog Raissonné on Claudio Girola, which she co-authored, and articles such as ‘Walking Around: Contemporary Chilean Art’ and ‘Notes from Chile: Utopia and Melancholy’ in ‘Brave New Worlds’, published by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Paula Cruz | Director
Paula oversees the management of the Gallery in London, working in the areas of programming, marketing, artists relations, and she administers the development of the programmes. She established the Gallery with founder Cecilia Brunson. Prior to Cecilia Brunson Projects, Paula received a Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie’s Education and a Masters in Education in Arts and Cultural Setting at King’s College, London. Paula has extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary Brazilian and Latin American art. She spent many years working in the contemporary art world in Sao Paulo including working at Oscar Cruz Gallery in Sao Paulo, where she oversaw the exhibition programme, liaised with clients and participated in art fairs in several countries. Paula’s previous background was in business administration.
Andrea Brunson | Associate in Chile
Andrea oversees the operations of the Gallery in Chile. She holds a BFA in Photography from The School of Visual Arts, New York and has a BA from The London College of Printing, London. She previously worked as Assistant to the Magnum photographer Eve Arnold and was in charge of digitalising the archive and overseeing the donation to Yale University. Andrea previously worked for Sotheby’s Chile-office, where her duties included working closely with young collectors and their collections. She has also worked closely with Chilean artists, helping them implement their exhibitions in public museums and working in areas of programming and artists relations.