Raleigh Ceasar Jr.
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COLLECTOR Raleigh Ceasar
Raleigh Ceasar, artist, curator, and art consultant, is a long time South Orange
resident and active participant in the local arts community.
He was one of the founders of the well loved Dancing Goat Cafe in South Orange,
New Jersey and was the curator and director of their art exhibition program until
the time of their closing.
Raleigh studied media arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and
worked there in the exhibition department of The Whitney Museum of
He has worked for many years as an art handler for major art collections,
including, most notably, the work of Louise Bourgeois.
"As an admirer of art over the years, everything appeals to me, but mainly
My collection started 30 years ago when I began trading pieces with my
art school buddies. I traded a Cannondale bicycle for my friend, Filippo
Gentile's Steel Backbone piece when we worked at The Whitney Museum
Some art pieces were in exchange for free rent at our Ft. Greene Brooklyn
apartment, and some were given to me after exhibitions at The Dancing Goat.
Those are the ones that I most cherish.
Recently, my friendship with the collector Pat Bell has allowed me to evolve as
a collector, and consider my collection in a more unique way."
As an artist who studied at School of Visual Arts in NYC, Raleigh Ceasar Jr. received his B.F.A. in Media Arts. Soon after Raleigh taught art in high school for two years before moving on to help his uncle jumpstart his electrical contracting business in the Washington D.C. Area. Since then, he has been active in the contemporary art movement as an artist, art installer, registrar and curator since the late 1980s. Beginning at The Sculpture Center with Marion Griffiths, he was introduced to such artists as Kiki Smith and Tom Friedman, and followed by working in the exhibition department at The Whitney Museum. During his time at the Whitney, he installed such notables as Bill Viola, Charles Ray and Andrew Wyeth. The Whitney Museum was responsible for 45 annual shows per year during Raleigh's five year stay. Later, he traveled worldwide and oversaw installations for Louise Bourgeois, while honing his skills in large-scale sculpture installation with More Specialized. Raleigh has been a part of over 300+ exhibitions, and knows teamwork as a leader and a teammate. Raleigh knows art fairs. Art Basel Miami 11 years, Armory Art Fair NYC 8 years, Art Basel Switzerland 3 years, Frieze Art Fair NYC 3 years, and 1 time in London. He has worked with such notable private clients as Peter Brant, Charles and Natalie de Gunzberg, Glen Furhman, Steve Cohen, and Michael Bloomberg.
He has taken his eye for local talent and curated 20 exhibitions over a five-year period at The Goat Café and Gallery, and has worked with Judy Wukitch at the Pierro Gallery, raising the bar for the emerging art scene happening in South Orange. He has also worked with favorite artists Chakia Booker, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor. Currently, Raleigh did a collaborative painting with Miami artist, Julie Ross, and is due to exhibit at The Fridge Art Fair during Art Basel Miami 2014.