Jane Hart (born 1958) is an American curator, gallerist and artist in New York City. She has worked as an art curator since 1993, having been a gallery owner in Los Angeles and Miami, and a contemporary art professional in Manhattan and London. As an artist (working under the alias TJ Ahearn) she has exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions in South Florida and Cleveland, Ohio. Her specialty is contemporary collage, with works in private collections in the United States and abroad.
Early life and educationEdit
Jane Hart was born in White Plains, New York.
At the age of 18, Hart enrolled in the Academy Psychopolis in the Netherlands, where she studied in 1976. She returned to the United States the following year, where she obtained her associate degree from Miami-Dade College in Miami, Florida.
In 1978, Hart began attending the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she pursued her bachelor's degree until 1979. She continued her studies towards a BFA in 1980, at the University of Miami.
1980–1990: Miami, New York and LondonEdit
Afterward, she returned to New York, where she was at the Piezo Electric Gallery until 1984, before moving to London, where she took a position as assistant director in the Angela Flowers Gallery through 1985.
Subsequently, she worked at Marlborough Fine Art in New York until 1990, designing numerous publications for many of the gallery's artists. Upon leaving Marlborough, she moved to Los Angeles, where she remained for over a decade.
1990–2003: Los AngelesEdit
In Los Angeles, Hart served from 1990 to 1992 as an assistant director at the L.A. Louver Gallery, where she helped organize significant projects of Wallace Berman, Kienholz, and Jimmie Durham. From 1992 to 1994, she worked as international sales director at Gemini G.E.L., an artists’ workshop and publisher of limited edition prints and sculptures.
As director at the fine arts publisher Muse [x] Editions from 1994 to 1999, she worked with artists such as Doug Aitken, John Baldessari, Uta Barth, Gregory Crewdson, Lyle Ashton Harris, Mike Kelley, Christian Marclay, Catherine Opie, Diana Thater, Pae White and Andrea Zittel.
Hart has written pieces for a variety of art publications including Artnet, the Journal of Contemporary Art, Miami New Times, and Zing: A Curatorial Crossing. These have included an interview with Antony Gormley, reviews of exhibitions by Jim Hodges, Martin Kersels, and Eve Andrée Laramée, as well as special curated projects and other articles.
From 1996 to present, Hart has been sole proprietor at lemon sky, which she founded in 1996 and ran in Los Angeles through 2003 before moving the business to Miami. lemon sky presently exists as an online portal for artists Hart collaborates with, as well as promoting her various exhibitions and special projects.
lemon sky is a contemporary fine art gallery and editions publisher. Since its original founding, the gallery has received critical acclaim from a variety of internationally distributed contemporary fine art limited edition periodicals including ARTFORUM, Artnet, The Contemporary, and others.
Concurrently from 2007 to 2015, Hart was curator of exhibitions for the Art and Culture Center in Hollywood, Florida. She was named Best Curator in 2011 and again in 2015 by “New Times Magazine” in its annual “Best of” issue, working with artists from the region and elsewhere, organizing fundraisers and guest lectures.
A show of LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya she organized in the 2010 was the center's most well-attended exhibition, attracting 13,000 viewers in eight weeks. During her tenure as curator Hart curated over one hundred exhibitions, including shows by José Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Dave Muller, Charles M. Schulz, TM Sisters, Ed Templeton, Wayne White, and Agustina Woodgate. Notable among the exhibits was the 2011 show “Artist Unknown/The Free World” featuring vernacular photography of hundreds of images selected by the artists, John D. Monteith and Oliver Wasow. A book, which accompanied the exhibition, includes texts by Hart, the artists, and art historians Jerry Saltz and Marvin Heiferman.
In 2015, Hart returned to focus on independent curating. Among other exhibitions, she organized a multi-venue exhibition and book (published by [NAME] Publications,) “100+ Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art,” spotlighting the work of more than 170 South Florida artists. From August 2015 to January 2017, she curated three concurrent exhibits at the Hilliard Museum of Art in Lafayette, Louisiana, focusing on, respectively, contemporary portraiture by Louisiana artists; the “COMUS” series of portraits by Francie Bishop Good; and studio portraits by Oliver Wasow.
In January 2017, Hart curated the exhibition “Champions: Caribbean Artists Breaking Boundaries in South Florida,” which ran through February 11, 2017 at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. This exhibition featured a selection of Caribbean artists living in South Florida, highlighting them through the narratives of their art, working in a broad spectrum of mediums.
- Exhibition catalog “A Vital Matrix” (domestic setting gallery, Los Angeles, CA) 1995 text by Tobey Crockett
- Exhibition catalog “a scattering matrix” (Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA) 1998 texts by Tobey Crockett, Jane Hart, Klaus Ottmann
- TJ Ahearn JUKEBOX, 2009, text by Gean Moreno
- “Artist Unknown/The Free World” 2011 (accompanied exhibition at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood) texts by Jane Hart, Marvin Heiferman, John D. Monteith, Jerry Saltz, Oliver Wasow, published by [NAME] Publications ISBN 9780615478944
- “100+ Degrees In The Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art,” 2015, (multi-venue exhibition) texts by Erica Ando, Sandra Schulman, and Jane Hart, published by [NAME] Publications ISBN 0692548955
- Bell, Ed (October 17, 2014). "Art and Culture Center of Hollywood's New Season". WLRN.
- "The Box Gallery Spotlight: Curator Jane Hart taps Dana Donaty to show work at ART FLORIDA 2017 at The Box Gallery". The Box Gallery. December 29, 2016.
- Pistocchi, Darlene (April 8, 2016). "Why the South Florida art scene has a huge 'Hart' for Jane". Hollywood Gazette.
- "Defining a Moment: Jane Hart / TJ Ahearn". vimeo.
- ""A Life in Art" with Jane Hart". Armory Art Center. October 3, 2017.
- "Change of date: Art Salon: A Life in Art with Jane Hart". Armory Art Center. February 7, 2017.
- "TJ Ahearn JUKEBOX". artisabout.com.
- Clavijo, Raisa. "The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. A Conversation with Jane Hart". ArtDistricts.
- "Print Publisher Spotlight: Muse X Editions". Krakow Witkin Gallery. October 21, 2000.
- Slaughter, Jill (November 23, 2011). "Art Heals All Wounds - Jane Hart". Raw Candor.
- Hart, Jane. "letter from L.A." Artnet.
- Hart, Jane. "Antony Gormley". Journal of Contemporary Art.
- Hart, Jane (October 26, 2015). "Maurice Berger, Curator of Latest NSU Exhibition, on the Golden Age of Television". Miami New Times.
- Hart, Jane (1996). "Eve Andrée Laramée, Jim Hodges". Zing Magazine.
- Hart, Jane (1998). "Martin Kersels; "Loud House and Other New Work": Dan Bernier Gallery * Sharon Lockhart; "Goshogaoka": Moca * Los Angeles, California". Zing Magazine.
- Hart, Jane. "hollywood 101: deconstructing tinseltown". Zing Magazine.
- "LemonSky Projects + Editions". Lemon Sky.
- Wood, Eve (April 25, 2002). "Luminous Vision". Artnet Magazine.
- "Lemon Sky: Projects + Editions". Artslant.
- Patel, Alpesh (November 30, 2015). "On the Ground: Alpesh Kantilal Patel on Changes in Miami". ARTFORUM.
- Moreno, Gean (2007). "Lemon Sky profile". Contemporary Magazines.
- Crandell, Ben (July 1, 2015). "Influential curator fired at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood". SouthFlorida.com.
- "Best Curator: Jane Hart". Broward-Palm Beach New Times Best Of. 2011.
- "Best Curator: Jane Hart". Broward-Palm Beach New Times Best Of. 2015.
- Bolívar, Alejandro (June 14, 2012). "Creating art, one LEGO brick at a time". Miami Herald.
- "Jane Hart: 'A Life in Art' at Art Salon". Palm Beach Post. February 7, 2017.
- "Exhibitions Archive". Art and Culture Center/Hollywood.
- Arteaga, Deyvi (March 31, 2015). "As Far As the I Can See". On View.
- Valys, Phillip (January 24, 2014). "Aline Kominsky-Crumb's blond ambition". southflorida.com.
- Shell, Sara (November 13, 2014). "Music highlights new exhibit". Sun Sentinel.
- Tschida, Anne (August 19, 2013). "Paying homage to 'Peanuts' at Hollywood's Art and Culture Center". Miami.com.
- Richard, Andrea (June 8, 2013). "Why South Florida Is Becoming A Mecca For Comics". WLRN.
- Richard, Andrea (June 20, 2013). "Peanuts: Adorable Charles Schulz Comic Strips at Art & Culture Center". Broward Palm Beach New Times.
- Fishman, George (August 2, 2015). "In Hollywood, the wacky, ironic exuberance of Wayne White's World". Miami Herald.
- Fishman, George (July 1, 2015). "Artist Wayne White; Curator Jane Hart". Archive.org.
- "Artist Unknown/The Free World". Art and Culture Center/Hollywood.
- Richard, Andrea (November 10, 2015). "'Punky' Curator Jane Hart Resurfaces With an Ambitious All-Media Show".
- Hart, Jane (2015). 100+ DEGREES IN THE SHADE A Survey of South Florida Art. South Florida: (NAME). ISBN 978-0692548950.
- Leiter, Rickie (April 11, 2017). "Armory Art Center Features Jane Hart At Art Salon On April 18th". The Rickie Report.
- "Museum-goers can get 'face to face' with the human condition". The Vermillion. September 26, 2016.
- Hart, Jane. "A Season of Portraiture" (PDF). Hilliard Museum.
- "Opening Reception for Fall 2016 Exhibitions". University of Louisiana, Lafayette.
- Uszerowicz, Monica (January 27, 2017). "Caribbean Artists Mine Their Immigrant Identities". Hyperallergic.
- Sjostrom, Jan (January 28, 2017). "Armory displays boundary-pushing art by Caribbean artists". The Shiny Sheet, Palm Beach Daily News.
- Valys, Phillip (November 21, 2017). "In 'Sixth,' South Florida artists predict the end of the world". southflorida.com.
- "Sixth". Art Is About. November 21, 2017.
- "Jane Hart (20th Century) The Vital Matrix, 1995, 40 objects, mixed media". Bidsquare.
- Pagel, David. "ART REVIEW : 'Matrix's' Obvious Theme on Man and Nature Meanders". Los Angeles Times.
- "A Vital Matrix". Art-Books.com.
- "a scattering matrix: multiple edition box 1996-97". mo-artgallery.com.
- "JUKEBOX by T J Ahearn". Swampspace. June 26, 2010.
- Pogrebin, Robin (November 26, 2015). "Art Basel Miami Beach: A Focus on Female Artists". New York Times.