Monthly Archives: December 2009

Cordy Ryman Impresses LA

For his first solo show in LA, and with Mark Moore Gallery, Cordy Ryman is sure creating quite a buzz.

In addition to being featured in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Aberrant Abstraction,” which was recently reviewed by the Kansas City Star, “Hail to the Grid” here in Santa Monica was the subject of positive review by Allison Gibson of Daily Serving, Sasha Lee of Beautiful/Decay and Heather Jeno Silva of Flavorpill.

Be sure to come see the show before the gallery closes for the holidays on December 19th – January 4th!

Allison Schulnik Screening at the Hammer

Surely, by now, you’ve heard about Allison Schulnik‘s fifth full-length animated video. Grizzly Bear used it for their most recent music video, Pitchfork raved about it, and the NY Post asserted that Bjork had to be jealous about its psychedelic qualities.

If you’re in the LA-area,  you have a chance to see it for yourself on the big screen!

As part of their Flux series, the Hammer Museum hosts video greats Michel Gondry, Keith Schofield, Radical Friend and Stefan Nadelman with MMG’s Allison Schulnik – who will screen “Forest,” in addition to a performance by Mia Doi Todd, Michel Gondry and friends.

While admission is free, RSVP is strongly encouraged. Mark your calendars for next Thursday, December 17th, from 8-11pm! You won’t want to miss this one.

Miami in Review

MMG had this fantasy of doing blog updates every night we were in Miami – but after spending ten hours in the booth, followed by two hours in meetings, followed by brief appearances at artist and colleague happenings around the city…a few hours of sleep sounded like a more pressing need.

Now that we are back, and (for the most part) caught up with our post-fair ops, we are thrilled to share some of the fair’s highlights with you:

• We were excited to place works by Tim Bavington, Julie Heffernan, Nobuhito Nishigawara, Yigal Ozeri, Jason Salavon, Allison Schulnik, Cordy Ryman, Ben Weiner and Kenichi Yokono with enthusiastic and quality collectors.

Kiel Johnson, Kim Dorland, Ben Weiner Jason Salavon and Yigal Ozeri all made the journey to Miami to visit us, for which we were very thankful and appreciative. We were able to catch up with them at our event at the Essex House, which we co-hosted with Catharine Clark Gallery, DCKT Contemporary, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Electric Works, Hosfelt Gallery, Marx & Zavattero, Mixed Greens, Morgan Lehman Gallery, P.P.O.W., Paul Kopeikin Gallery and Rena Bransten Gallery.

• Sarah Douglas of Art + Auction and spoke with Catlin Moore (Gallery Manager) about works in the booth, and consequently announced the Metropolitan Museum’s acquisition of Jason Salavon‘s “Portrait (Hals)” for their permanent collection in her PULSE Miami review.

Ben Weiner‘s “C6H1206” went to the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation’s permanent collection, while Julie Heffernan‘s “Study for Self Portrait as Flat World” went to the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation.

• Museum des Beaux Arts Montreal acquired one of Allison Schulnik‘s videos, and 2×2 Gallery in Amsterdam confirmed a solo exhibition of new works by Kenichi Yokono.

• According to the Wall Street Journal‘s ongoing coverage, Miami had approximately 40,000 people in town for the fairs…dangerously close to 2007’s 43,000, and – we feel – largely indicative of a returning market. MMG personally met some fabulous collectors and writers over the week.

• Parties were prevalent – including free concerts by Santigold and the Sex Pistols – but MMG was too booked up to attend any functions besides their own. Because of this, they lived vicariously through the coverage on ArtForum, Flavorpill and ArtLog, and are only marginally bitter.

We sincerely thank all of our fervent collectors and MMG advocates for making the trip out this year, your support of our gallery and our artists is always deeply appreciated. Furthermore, our featured artists floored us with amazing work created for the booth, and their support of our ever-developing program. We thank them for providing us with such incredible art on an ongoing basis.

Check out the iPhone photojournalism efforts of MMG’S Gallery Manager, Catlin Moore, who apologizes for the horrendous quality of the images, but hopes they illuminate a small fraction of Miami’s greatness.

Next up: PULSE New York, 2010. Check back for the gallery’s announcement of this year’s solo booth artist.

Miami: Day Two

…and we haven’t quoted LMFAO once. Well, in public at least.

Our second day in Miami has given us a better sense of what lies ahead, and optimism is at an all-time high. MMG’s Jason Salavon arrived at the booth this morning – direct from Chicago – to install his video piece (which is stunning, might we add). With that, the booth was complete. Voilá!

After tying up some loose ends in B-202, and averting the near fatality of a black blazer due to some rogue white paint, we were on our way to the Art Basel VIP Preview and Vernissage. After stepping out of the cab (sunglasses instantly fogged over from the humidity), we found ourselves in the entrance of the cavernous ABMB fair; which was a labyrinth of over 250 galleries, Michael Jackson references, Kehinde Wiley, Christian Laboutin shoes and Perrier Jouet on wheels.

Highlights included Cherry and Martin’s solo booth of new Amanda Ross-Ho canvas works, Jack Shainman’s elaborate wall of Nick Cave soundsuits (as well as El Anatsui’s intricate aluminum works), Roberts & Tilton’s gorgeous Wiley painting, Deitch Projects’ glass Barry McGee wall piece, Charim Galerie’s solo booth of Valie Export works and hilger Contemporary’s luscious Massimo Vitali photograph.

Four and a half hours later, we had seen about 52% of the fair; but gave a valiant effort nevertheless…and surrendered to dinner needs. As we prepare for our very own VIP Preview Brunch tomorrow morning at 10 am, we will continue to report live from PULSE Miami via Twitter. The fair has already generated some pre-opening buzz, which you can read about on ArtNet, Miami Magazine, Miami Herald, The Lead Miami Beach and Whitewall Magazine.

Dear Miami: MMG Loves You

We came, we saw, we conquered….our booth, at least.

Day one of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair: Miami leaves us void of complaints and thrilled with the works we brought along. PULSE’s new location at the Ice Palace is absolutely perfect and pristine; not to mention the fabulous turnout of established and emerging galleries alike.

Check out some of the photos from our day (excuse the quality, had to snap ’em quick with the iPhone amongst installation) – and if you’re in the area, please visit us in Booth B-202, December 3 – 6th!