KESTING / RAY is an innovative gallery and creative catalyst in New York. Our mission is to discover and advance the most important contemporary artists transforming concepts of space and identity.
The gallery’s program embodies the combined vision of husband and wife team and co-founders David Kesting and Christina Ray. Both have owned galleries previously; David was a co-founder of Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn (2003 – 2007) and Leo Kesting Gallery in the Meatpacking District (2007 – 2010). Christina launched Brooklyn-based arts lab Glowlab in 2002, moving to SoHo several years later and re-launching the gallery under her own name in 2010. Since the fall of 2010, David and Christina have worked together in the SoHo space, expanding their roster of exhibited artists and the gallery’s presence at major art fairs.
Gallery artists work in a range of media and share a passion for examining personal and social dimensions of the built environment. Artist talks and studio field trips; limited edition books and screen prints; large-scale wall drawings and outdoor installations are often incorporated into exhibitions along with scholarly essays and catalogues. Artists are represented in important collections throughout the world and have been featured in publications including Art in America, ArtNews, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, The Economist, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Flash Art and many others.
The gallery presents approximately a dozen exhibitions per year and participates in major art fairs including PULSE New York/Miami, NEXT Chicago and the independently-run Fountain Art Fair New York/Miami.