This article was previously published in the special edition, ALUMNAE (December 2018).
Alexandra Morris has been working successfully in New York and Mexico’s art business world since 2010. After an undergraduate degree in History of Art, she completed a Courtauld master’s in British Modernism in 2008, attributed her academic writing skills and career-oriented mindset to her time spent at the institute. She went on to complete a Christie’s master’s degree in History of Art and Art-World Practice, and shortly after, Morris founded ‘Alex Em/Fine Art’; an art collection consulting firm, overseeing private art collections in the US, UK, the Middle East, and Latin America.
In 2017, Morris opened a gallery in New York’s Lower East Side - PROXYCO, the brainchild of Morris and her colleague Laura Saenz. The gallery focuses on emerging and mid-career artists from Latin America, especially from Mexico and Colombia; the name derived from the concept of the gallery as a ‘proxy’, representative of artists abroad, and ‘co-,’ indicating the key themes of contemporary art, connection, contemplation, and collecting. PROXYCO’s goal:
“Through the work of the gallery, we also aim to advance understanding of the role of Latin American art in international art movements (past and present) and to provide a global platform for artists working today.”