Mercer Contemporary seeks to honor the pioneering artists of the past and cultivate a dynamic and intellectual artistic dialogue into the future. 

 

From the early twentieth century, through the post-war years until today, downtown Manhattan, specifically Greenwich Village, was at the heart of bohemian life, vibrant intellectual discussion, and the gathering place for the artistic community. Drawing on this rich and colorful history, Mercer Contemporary seeks to honor the pioneering artists of the past and cultivate a dynamic and intellectual artistic dialogue into the future.  

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The [Washington Square Park] arch in the winter of 1916 was the scene of a quaint and unusual revolution. John Sloan and Marcel Duchamp with several of their Bohemian artist friends climbed the narrow staircase through the steel door on the west side. On reaching the top they spread out hot water bags to sit on, opened food and wine, lit Japanese lanterns and blew up red balloons. They read poems, fired cap pistols and with a grand shout, John Sloan declared Greenwich Village “a Free Republic, Independent of Uptown.

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Anecdote taken from Greenwich Village, Fred McDarrah, 1963

 

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Nicole Bray is an Independent Curator and Contemporary Art Consultant in New York City. Bray was awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Fellowship in 2015, presenting a museum show with 13 mid-career and emerging artists from across the world, culminating in 2016. In February 2017 she was the recipient of a Curator-In-Residence Fellowship in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Oaxaca through the Curatorial Program for Research, show forthcoming. 

She writes a monthly column on the New York art scene for art|REAL online magazine, targeted at the high-end real estate market. Before starting her company, Mercer Contemporary in 2014, Bray worked at an auction house and continues to work with distinguished art collectors in managing all aspects of their collections. 

  • Master of Arts, Contemporary Art (Hons), Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York.
  • Certificate, History of Modern Art, Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Modern History, University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing, University of Western Australia

 
 

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