Blair Clarke founded Voltz Clarke in 2002 and saw immediate success with the pop up formula as executed with her first exhibition, Kaleidoscope. For this collaboration with Ingrao, an elegant townhouse in uptown Manhattan filled with period antiques, Clarke placed contemporary works by then unknown British painter Natasha Law and eccentric ‘dripper’ Shane Bradford. Thus began her signature curatorial gesture of presenting emerging talent to sophisticated audiences in unexpected venues. Clarke’s vernissages have the feeling of a perfect dinner party, with the right mix of uptown sophistication and downtown verve.
It was a natural progression for a flagship gallery to be opened after over a dozen years of private art advisory. Voltz Clarke Gallery held its first exhibition in the Fall of 2015 and has continued with rigorous programming ever since.
In Clarke’s own words, the 45 year-old Columbus, Georgia native has “worn many hats” in the art world, holding positions as Director of Galerie Timothy Tew in Atlanta, Georgia and Exhibition Director at Sanford Smith & Associates in Manhattan. “Perhaps it is her unique combination of southern charm and New York savvy that has led to Clarke’s success,” comments collector Beth DeWoody. “Blair excels at connecting identities and ideas that wouldn’t have otherwise come together. It’s thrilling she now has a consistent space in New York City to call home”.
Blair Clarke is a member of Art Table, Save Venice, Young Collectors of the Guggenheim and The Young Friends of the Louvre. She volunteers her free time with various non-profit arts organizations in addition to gallery hopping with her daughters Poppy and Georgina alongside her husband, Alistair Clarke.