Alexandra Tagami Vargo

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At the Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné, Alexandra Tagami Vargo performs research focused on exhibitions and bibliographic materials pertaining to Mitchell’s work. Prior to joining the Catalogue Raisonné, Alex worked at Driscoll Babcock Galleries (established 1852) in Chelsea, where she led the gallery's research program for five years. During her time at Driscoll Babcock, Alex researched the exhibitions and publications record of John Frederick Kensett for the gallery's forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné on the artist. Alex has served as lead researcher on several gallery and museum publications, including Charting New Waters: Redefining Marine Painting, Masterworks from the Burrichter/Kierlin Collection (Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 2013), which was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2014 American Alliance of Museums Publications Competition. Previously, Alex worked in the art department of The Atlantic, where she researched and commissioned editorial photographers and illustrators for the magazine. Alex received a BA in art history from the University of Virginia, where she graduated with distinction for her thesis on the paintings of Ad Reinhardt.