Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts is a renowned curator, gallerist, writer, and collaborative artists’ agent. JSVC has been at the forefront of the international contemporary art market for three decades. Her career has been note-worthy for the intense relationships with artists, development of institutional exhibitions as well as facilitating public and private collections in the acquisition of major works. After 35 years managing and directing large international galleries, Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts launched a strategic international agency in 2013 to work directly with artists and designers, galleries, private collectors, museums, institutions and foundations. JSVC’s illustrious career path has included being Partner of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris/Salzburg 2005–2012; Managing Director, Lisson Gallery, London 1996–2005; Director, Barbra Mathes Gallery, New York, 1989–1990, Founder, Silverman Fine Art, New York, 1990–1995; Director, John Gibson Gallery, NYC, 1979–89. JSVC originated international museum exhibitions for Richard Deacon, Art & Language, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Tony Cragg, Anthony Gormly, Anish Kapoor, Sturtevant, Alex Katz, Anselm Kiefer, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Robert Longo, Jason Martin, Imi Knobel, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Koen Vanmechelen, and the Brick Sculptures of Per Kirkeby, and currently planning Linda Karshan’s showcase for the first Puglia Biennale, 2021. She was profoundly influential in the creation of Linda Karshan’s Covid-19 works, signposting the artist remotely across the Atlantic. This ‘dowsing’ role carried through to the associate production of this film (Linda Karshan: Covid-19 Conversation). JSVC’s synergetic relationship with artists stems from her poetic prescience, and deep understanding of the alchemical processes behind art. Hence her renown for defining and positioning art. Of note is her she commissioning of Linda Karshan’s first public ‘walked drawing’, Blackbird Song, for her inaugural Draw Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, in 2018; bringing acclaim and an über-performative dimension to Karshan’s practice. In 2010 Jill Silverman Van Coenegrachts was awarded the Officier des Arts et Lettres by the French government for ten years of working on the committee for Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, bringing it back to the Grand Palais.
Portrait: video still from 'Choreographing the Page', by Ishmael Annobil/Stonedog ©