Chisholm Gallery and its History

 

Our History
Jeanne Chisholm founded the Chisholm Gallery with her husband, the late Hugh Jeremy Chisholm, a well-known and eccentric businessman and polo player, in 1978. The gallery first opened in the grandstand of the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club. It was an immediate success and quickly acquired the largest collection of polo art for sale in the world.
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Jeanne Chisholm
After reviewing the charter for the New York State Council on the Arts, drafted by Nelson D. Rockefeller, in her post as Assistant Chief of Staff for Governor Hugh Carey, Jeanne Suydam left in 1975 to start the Suydam Gallery in a townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Her inspiration was the great work of Betty Parsons, the den mother of Abstract Expressionism who championed the work of numerous young artists including New York School standouts Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, Clifford Still, Barnett Newman, Hans Hoffman, and Ad Reinhardt.
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Chisholm Gallery Testimonial by Ambassador Frederick Vreeland
Jeanne Chisholm, and her art gallery, have been the most impressive and supportive assets to my wife, Vanessa Somers Vreeland, in the four or five years in which Jeanne has been her agent and US sales representative.

Their relationship started three decades ago as a pure, disinterested friendship between two very mature and intellectually advanced women, who discovered they had the same level of excitement and energy regarding the fine arts. Vanessa had already settled on designing and personally creating art works in the ancient medium of mosaics. Jeanne was specializing in paintings and drawings primarily related to the many facets of the horse world. So Vanessa was very pleasantly surprised when Jeanne eventually volunteered to help her in the US art market.

And both she and I were even more impressed by the truly professional manner in which Jeanne rapidly spread the word about Vanessa Mosaics, particularly in the high-end niche where they both agreed would be the greatest interest in this virtually unknown art. Unfortunately the mosaic medium has largely been relegated dismissively to the “decorative arts” by the gallery-and-critic circles which dominate in America, despite the fact that much of what they currently feature is far from the classic realms of painting and sculpture.  (Their reasoning is that most contemporary mosaics are made by artisans slavishly copying the ancient or religious originals – never true of Vanessa’s.)

Jeanne’s communication skills are astounding. She has starred in getting through to, maintaining a dialogue with, and ultimately charming potential buyers, museum directors, owners of other galleries and key people in the world of press and publicity.  In addition to tireless personal correspondence, she uses the social media and ultimately her personal allure in pursuit of buyers and exhibitors for Vanessa’s art works.

Jeanne Chisholm is not just an art gallery owner and sales agent, but a person who puts her whole heart, her colossal energy and her intellectual acumen into representing the artists she chooses to promote.

Ambassador Frederick Vreeland
Rome, Italy
July  11,  2015

Polo in America
The 1986-87 exhibit POLO IN AMERICA: A Retrospective Exhibition of Polo in the United States, Organized and Sponsored by Cartier, Inc., in Palm Beach, brought together an unprecedented collection of historically important polo art and memorabilia. This exhibit was considered to be of such international importance that it was re-created for one month as a “polo museum” on the second floor of Cartier’s historic Fifth Avenue building in June 1987.
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Archived New York Times article “Exhibition Recalls Polo’s Past”

Hugh Jeremy Chisholm
Founder, Chisholm Gallery and the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame
Founded by four polo players, H. Jeremy Chisholm, Phillip L. B. Iglehart, George C. Sherman Jr., and Leverett S. Miller, the museum archives and displays the sport’s historic documents and artifacts.
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