Encounter was founded in 2013 as a sustainable alternative to the traditional gallery model.
We run an international ‘moving’ exhibition program curating academically rigorous and immersive projects. We work closely with a core group of leading emerging and established contemporary artists helping to develop their practices through creative projects, critical exposure and sales. Since its inception Encounter has focused on building dynamic relationships with both new and established collectors, institutions and foundations who are dedicated to supporting diverse contemporary art practices.
Encounter is committed to exploring the role of artist and curator outside the gallery walls. This has resulted in creative collaborations in the public realm with some of the world’s leading architects and developers.
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Founder & Director
Alexander Caspari has directed Encounter for the past six years. Specializing in Post-War and Contemporary Art, he holds an MA in History of Art from University College London and a First Class BA (with distinction) in History of Art from the University of York. Alexander has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions with leading international established and emerging artists in private and institutional venues. He is currently responsible for developing and running a contemporary sculpture program for the Grade II listed Smithson Plaza in St James’s. The project focuses on reactivating the site’s important cultural history whilst also establishing new partnerships with leading artists' galleries and institutions. Alexander actively participates in debates surrounding the art world. He has contributed to talks at Christies Lates and his comments on the art market have been quoted in publications such as the Financial Times and Collecteurs Magazine and Christie’s podcast ‘Think Like an Art World Expert’. Prior to founding Encounter he gained experience at October Gallery, Seymours Art Advisors, Phillips, Golden Squared Consulting, The Sculpture House and Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Jordan Harris provides Encounter with valuable strategic and financial oversight. He holds a MSc in Management (Specialism: Finance) from Imperial College, and a First Class BA in History of Art (Specialism: Post-War and Contemporary Art) from the University of York. Jordan is also the founder of Collectability, a private collecting club with a data driven research approach and an investment professional at a world leading multi strategy hedge fund. Prior to co founding Encounter he gained experience at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Robilant + Voena.
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