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, 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.
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 permanent 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.
Alistair Clarke, former Senior Vice President and Worldwide Head of English & European Furniture for Sotheby’s, joined Voltz Clarke Gallery where he remains active in this field advising clients and maintaining an inventory of top quality pieces.
Before stepping down from over two decades in the auction world, Clarke oversaw Sotheby’s highly skilled team of European and English furniture experts in the New York, Paris, and London offices. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, he directed Christie’s furniture departments in London and Paris. Over the past 25 years, Clarke has played a key role in most of the greatest collections that have appeared at auction, including those of Hubert de Givenchy, Akram Ojjeh, Karl Lagerfeld, Martin Alexander, Djahanguir Riahi, Lily and Edmond J. Safra, and Ariane Dandois. During this time, he was responsible for the two highest sale totals ever achieved for French furniture.
Alistair Clarke has a personal knowledge of most of the best public and private collections, and serves as a consultant to many of today’s top buyers.
Sarah Tortorich grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to New York City in 2017 to complete her Masters Degree in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans. Prior to receiving her Masters, Tortorich earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans. From there, she gained over four years of experience working in the art world at Arthur Roger Gallery. After completing her internship at Artspace in Manhattan, the move to Voltz Clarke Gallery was a natural fit. In her free time, Tortorich loves to explore the city, trying new restaurants and enjoying the ever-changing art scene.
Caroline Joseph is from Boston, Massachusetts and is a recent graduate of Tulane University, where she majored in Art History with a minor in Business Management. She spent a semester in Florence, Italy at Studio Arts College International studying the Italian Renaissance and Modern Italian and European art. Past experience with The Heller Group and Rees Roberts + Partners prepared Joseph for Voltz Clarke Gallery where she is able to combine her knowledge of contemporary art with her studies in business management. When she is not at the gallery, Joseph loves to work on her yoga practice, play with every dog she passes on the sidewalk, and swim in natural bodies of water.
Celina d’Abo is from London, England where she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a Major in Art History and Minor in Theology. After receiving her BA, d’Abo moved to New York and received her Masters in Contemporary Art and the Market from Christie’s Education, New York in December, 2019. She has worked at Hauser and Wirth, London, Studio Voltaire, London and Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Department, New York, all of which have given d’Abo the necessary knowledge to assume her role at Voltz Clarke Gallery.