From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Edsel Williams is an American (born 1962, Virginia) contemporary art dealer, and gallerist based in New York City, East Hampton, New York, and Miami, Florida. Williams is well known for finding artists early on, and nurturing their careers in joint projects such as exhibitions, collection placements, and original artist book projects.
Williams focuses primarily on the work of young artists, and established contemporary artists such as Ross Bleckner, David Salle, Jack Pierson, Damien Hirst, Gilbert & George, and Cindy Sherman. Williams is known to work very closely with private collectors based in New York, London, and the West Coast. He also curates several public collections throughout the United States.
From 1999 through 2001, he re-vamped the art program at Glenn Horowitz in East Hampton, and mounted important exhibitions with Cindy Sherman, April Gornik, Donald Baechler, Jack Pierson, Joseph Stashkevetch, and Bryan Hunt. During this time Williams wrote, produced, and published many art books including: The Early Work of Cindy Sherman" with Sherman, "That Same Damn Flower", with Donald Baechler, "The World is Yours" with Jack Pierson and Eileen Myles, and "Waterscapes, Landscapes" with April Gornik and Kurt Vonnegut.
In 2002 through 2003 Williams directed THE GREEN BARN in Sagaponack, New York. In a converted potato barn Williams curated exhibitions with Anthony Goicolea, Ryan Humphrey, Willem DeKooning, Brice Marden, Eric Freeman, Toland Grinnell, Hernan Bas, Ross Bleckner, Harland Miller, Alexander Calder, Chris Sauter, Joseph Stashkevetch, and other artists.
Williams founded THE FIREPLACE PROJECT in 2006, in East Hampton, New York, on Springs Fireplace Road across from the Pollock-Krasner House and Studio. It is located in the former auto garage of Richard Talmage, who was one of Jackson Pollock's few close friends. The Project, a non-traditional gallery project, features solo artists show, curated shows, and artists projects. As a destination, the Project is well off the beaten path of East Hampton’s glitzy Main street. Art lovers flock there to see compelling exhibitions. Solo shows have been presented by artists such as Martin Oppel, Hernan Bas, and Harland Miller. Curators such as Beth Rudin DeWoody, David Salle, John Connelly, and Williams himself, present shows featuring a multitude of artists including: Catherine Sullivan, Amy Sillman, Dana Schutz, Jack Pierson, Damien Hirst, Maureen Gallace, Rachel Feinstein, Scott Treleaven, Kim Fisher, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Kent Henricksen, David Ryan, Cynthia Knott, and Harland Miller.