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Gloria Price Kirby, (Nice, France, April 19, 1928 – Tangier, Morocco, 2017) was an American gallerist, art collector and photographer, she founded the Vandrés Gallery in Madrid.

Biography

Gloria Kirby was the granddaughter of Fred Morgan Kirby, the founder of the F. M. Kirby & Co. 5 & 10-cent Store chain[1], and a philanthropist. Kirby’s company was a major rival of the much larger F. W. Woolworth & Co. and the two businesses merged in 1912. Fred Kirby then became a Vice President of the F. W. Woolworth & Co., which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Gloria Kirby was the daughter of Doris Landy Wayland and Sumner Moore Kirby (1885 -1945) who died in the Buchenwald concentration camp.[1] Summer Moore Kirby married 1934 in third nuptials Leonida Georgievna Romanova, Grand Duchess of Russia and mother of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, head of the imperial house of the Romanovs. Gloria Kirby married in 1948 Robert St Clair Conahay III (1923-1984), they had three children: Richard Conahay, Cassandra Kirby-Conahay and Robert Conahay IV (1949 – 1979).

Art Collector

Since 1970, Gloria Kirby has collected art, and her collection has more than a thousand works by international artists, including works by Rafael Bartolozzi, Claudio Bravo, Darío Villalba, Guillermo Pérez Villalta, Pablo Runyan, Rafael Cidoncha, José Paredes Jardiel, Armando Pedrosa, Roberto González Fernández, Zush, Daniel Garbade, José Hernández, Juan Muñoz, Luis Gordillo, Juan Giralt,[2] Antoni Mutadas, Joan Hermández Pijuan, Jordy Texidor, Ceseepe, Costus and Miquel Navarro.

She was a friend of the writer and composer Paul Bowles, and donated in 2010 photographs, furniture and documents from her collection for the rooms dedicated to the writer at the American Legation, Tangier.[3]

Galerist

Gloria Kirby lived in France and studied in the United States. In 1965 she moved to Madrid where she met Fernando Vijande. Together they founded the Vandrès Gallery. The careful selection of artists and the boldness to present avant-garde exhibitions during the Franco regime made the Gallery well known. Times where difficult and they were denounced for their exhibition of Erotic art: “Eros and current art in Spain” in 1970, but fortunately they won the case with help personalities of Madrid’s Art scene, such as gallery owners Elvira González and Juana Mordó. Franco’s censorship closed the collective exhibition “La Paloma” with works in homage to Pablo Picasso in which artist Alfredo Alcaín exhibited a naked doll; the exhibit was reopened a few days later, after the doll was dress up with some panties. In 1980 the Vandrés Gallery was chosen as the main provider for the exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum about Spanish art: New Images From Spain (1980),[4] curated by Margit Rowell. Kirby closed the Gallery in 1980, and  Fernando Vijande reopened a Gallery under his own name in a garage in 1981.

Literature

  • Claudia Arbulú Soto:Los Catalanes de París: un análisis estético, Dykinson,[5]
  • Rafael Cervera Torres: Alaska y otras historias de la movida, Random House, Mondadori
  • Pablo J. Rico: Veinticinco años de arte en España: creación en libertad,2003.
  • Mariano Navarro:Andalucía y la modernidad: del Equipo 57 a la Generación de los 70, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville, Spain),2002

References

  1. ^ “Sumner Moore Kirby”. macedonsky.narod.ru. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  2. ^ “La palabra pintada de Juan Giralt se despliega en el Reina”. El Confidencial (in Spanish). 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  3. ^ Admin (2014-03-30). “Paul Bowles: Saving Morocco’s Music”. Tangier American Legation. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  4. ^ “Hedonista, ambiguo y seductor. Así era Fernando Vijande, el galerista que trajo a Warhol a España”. vf (in Spanish). 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  5. ^ Claudia, Arbulú Soto (2015). Los Catalanes de París: un análisis estético (in Spanish). Dykinson. p. 56. ISBN 9788490858042. Retrieved 5 January 2019.


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