Dr David Boxer unveils plans
AFTER serving as curator at the National Gallery since 1978, Dr David Boxer was recently seconded to the Institute of Jamaica.
Speaking with the Jamaica Observer, Boxer says he has plans for a number of projects as well as what he calls "incomplete business" with the National Gallery.
High on his to-do list is identifying a new home for the gallery and establishing a national art museum.
Boxer believes the Jamaican art market is on the rise, pointing to a return of investor confidence locally.
"The most promising sign was the staging of two highly successful art auctions last year. The first saw at least 65 per cent of the items sold, while the second did much better with buyers taking away nearly 80 per cent of the works up for sale. I anticipate that things are going to improve," Boxer says.
He compares this to previous auctions when only a small percentage of the works up for offer were sold.
Boxer also points to a general improvement in the international art market, which he says should have an impact on local buyer confidence.
But how does this translate in an age of austerity?
"A lot of people are now apparently just going for it, having held strain for the past years and not acquiring works of art," he responds.
Boxer notes that people are not buying pieces valued at near to and over $1 million. He says lower-to middle-point price range items are proving most popular.
Boxer is preparing works for an upcoming exhibition which he says will feature new paintings as well as previously showcased paintings and installations.