Natalie Kates - The Style Curator

Grand Life’s curator Natalie Kates, aka The Style Curator, is known for her impeccable style and fantastic taste in edgy art. The private art dealer and curator has brought the beautiful works of artists like Ron English, Peter Tunney, Olek and Miya Ando to The Roxy and Soho Grand, in addition to curated evenings like the Mudd Club Rummage Sale and two years of inspiring New Year’s Eve Arts Balls. Kates took time out of her busy schedule – she can be found putting together power house artist line ups for important charity auctions as well as for her own exhibitions – to tell us a little about her current favorites, her own collection, and her plans for the newly relaunched, Roxy Hotel.

What’s your hit list of galleries to check out down town?

Lehmann Maupin, James Cohan, Gallerynine5, Y Gallery, Krause Gallery, Castle Fitzjohns and a studio visit with Peter Tunney.
What exciting things have you got planned for The Roxy?
I’m proud to say we just signed Submarine Films who will be taking over the 100 seat screening room.  They specialize in art and cultural films.  Our inaugural film was, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict co-hosted by Paddle8.

You’ve worked with a lot of artists over the years. Who are some artists you’re really into right now?

This is a tough one because I have worked with so many amazing artists of various disciplines.  Because I have clients who’s needs require site specific art installations, these days I am very interested in emerging artist working in alternative materials such as, Alben, Eric Helvie, Dan McCarthy, Rose Eken, Matthias Van Arkel and George Kroenert.

What about your own art collection, can you share with us some highlights?

When I first started collecting over 10 years ago I concentrated on urban art.  Some of my favorite works in my collection from this time period are Swoon, Bast, Faile, Banksy and Dalek.  My collecting philosophy evolved to contemporary and emerging artists such as Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Damien Hirst, Ryan McGinness, G.T Pellizzi and Gaetano Pesce.  I live with my art and also mix in mid-century furniture designers Giancarlo Piretti, Terje Ekstrom, Verner Panton and Harry Balmer.

What other art events or exhibitions do you have coming up?

My calendar is basically booked until the end of the year.  Some of my event highlights are the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” art auction benefiting the Lower Eastside Girls Club hosted by Deborah Harry, Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson and Cynthia Rowley.  Another is Amref ArtBall honoring artist Wangechi Mutu and “Design on a Dime” sponsored by ELLE Décor benefiting Housing Works Thrift Stores.

When you’re taking a break from the art world, where are the downtown spots you frequent?

Indochine is my absolute favorite “after 8pm restaurant” in New York. You can never go wrong on any night of the week, it’s the perfect mixture of fashion, style and culture. For lunch I love to take clients to Odeon, it’s filled with so much history and the walls reek of past power lunches and deals being made over a martini and salad. If I need to fit into something special for an upcoming event I’ll do a juice cleanse at Juice Press.