Monthly Archives: August 2013

David Rathman Retrospective at Rochester Art Center

Gallery artist David Rathman will open his first retrospective exhibition at the Rochester Art Center on Friday, September 13th. With a selection of works spanning his career to date, “Stand by Your Accidents” will feature works produced from 1991-2013. An extensive catalog will be produced in association with the exhibition. Joining a contextualizing essay by Kris Douglas, Chief Curator, Rochester Art Center, there will be an interview with the artist by Siri Engberg, Curator, Walker Art Center, and an essay by Minnesota writer Brad Zellar.

Rathman will be giving an artist talk at 6pm the night of the opening reception. For more information about this, and other special events, please call the RAC at 507-282-8629. We congratulate David on this major milestone!

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OCMA Acquires Tim Bavington Work

MMG is pleased to announce that the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach (CA) has acquired a major canvas by gallery artist Tim Bavington.

His work is also included in the public collections of Frederick R. Weisman Foundation Collection (CA),Honolulu Art Museum (HI), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (NY), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Portland Art Museum (OR), Palm Springs Art Museum (CA), Denver Art Museum (CO), the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University (UT), among others.

We congratulate Tim on this new milestone.


Museums Acquire Josh Azzarella Videos


Following a successful summer solo exhibition by Josh Azzarella, several museums have acquired video works by the artist for their permanent collections. These institutions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, the Sweeney Art Gallery at University of California, Riverside, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

Congratulations to Josh on these incredible developments.

Andrew Schoultz in New York

MMG’s Andrew Schoultz will have his third solo exhibition at New York’s Morgan Lehman Gallery this fall. Titled “New Work,” the exhibition will open September 5, 2013 and run through October 12th, with an opening reception for the artist on September 5th from 6 – 8pm.

Says the gallery:

Often re-appropriating objects laden with cultural and historical implications, Schoultz provocatively confronts significant socio-political issues. In Para Trooping Skull Ship (2013), a green sky of $7,000 in shredded US currency cradles a ship with skull painted flags. Meditation Under Stress (2013) also resonates deeply with issues of corporate and political greed and excess, as, in his signature style, an actual American flag appears to drip or bleed in gold. Images of thrashing waters, erupting volcanoes and distressed trees are also prevalent in his new work, reminding us of nature’s devastating fury and recalling the catastrophic realities of global warming. It is through the pulsing repetition of this historically loaded imagery, as it continues to be redefined in the face of a contemporary world, that Schoultz’s cultural, political and environmental commentary can accurately reflect the turmoil of today’s America.

Running concurrently with his solo show at the Monterey Art Museum (CA), this exhibition is surely not to be missed!



Ali Smith at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum

Gallery artist Ali Smith will have her work displayed in the upcoming group exhibition, “Art for Art’s Sake” at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art on the Pepperdine University campus. The exhibition features selections from the foundation’s permanent collection, including “Half Life” (2007) by the artist. With an opening reception on September 7th, from 5-7pm, the exhibition will remain on view through November 24th.

Says the museum:

Art for Art’s Sake was the rallying cry of the 19th-century Aesthetic Movement, which believed that art should be enjoyed for its pure visual qualities. This exhibition reexamines this concept in a group of contemporary artists whose art focuses on sumptuous beauty and pure visual effects. Works by Mark Chariker, Iva Gueorguieva, Brian Porray, and Ali Smith allow us to revive Whistler’s ideal that art should “appeal solely to the artistic sense of the eye.”


Kiel Johnson’s Summercamp ProjectProject

Gallery artist Kiel Johnson will be featured in the “Guestroom” for Summercamp ProjectProject’s upcoming exhibition, “Luddite Fallacy.” Also featuring Kristy Baltezore, John Burtal , Ichiro Irie & Randall Foster, Laura Krafft, Justin Michell, Tom Norris, and Nicola Vruwink, the exhibition will open Sunday August 25th, 5-8PM.

Says the press release:

And as a compliment to Luddite Fallacy, Kiel Johnson will be featured in Guestroom. Johnson’s series of drawings use the everyday to pollinate a larger vocabulary of abstract images. The latest bodies of work have begun as an investigation into common objects that are bold enough to come forward. Any conversation, odd discovery or chance occurrence could become fuel for a drawing. Johnson dissects everyday objects to better appreciate and manipulate their nature: to discover and pictorially reveal the profound in the quirky behavior of familiar objects.
The exhibition will remain on view through September 8th, 2013.

MMG to Participate in Texas Contemporary Art Fair


The gallery is honored to be included in this year’s Texas Contemporary Art Fair, which takes place October 10-13th at the George R. Brown Convention Center (Houston, TX). Featuring new works by Clayton Brothers, Joshua Dildine, David Klamen, Julie Oppermann, Kim Rugg, Christopher Russell, Ali Smith, Penelope Umbrico, and Yoram Wolberger, the gallery booth will be a survey of new artists to the program, and those with upcoming solo exhibitions in 2014 or 2015.

Additionally, the gallery will present “Wishy Washy” (2006) by Clayton Brothers in a public area installation. Previously exhibited at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (WI), Pasadena Art Museum (CA), and Art Basel Miami Beach (FL), “Wishy Washy” is the ultimate culmination of sociopolitical pastiche and folkloric narrative that multidisciplinary artist duo Clayton Brothers are most heralded for.

For more information about special events or details leading up to the fair, please contact

Chad Person & Clayton Brothers at the Torrance Art Museum


Multidisciplinary gallery artists Chad Person and the Clayton Brothers will be included in the Torrance Art Museum‘s upcoming exhibition, “True Believers: Horror Movies, Strange Tales, Comic Book Worlds and Weirdness,” curated by Adam Miller, Max Presneill and Jason Ramos.

Also featuring work by Justin Bower, The Date Farmers, David French, Charles Irvin, Patrick Jackson, Joel Kyack, Candice Lin, Eric Yahnker, and many others, the exhibition will be a survey of oddities and characters that fuse the gap between pop culture and fine art.

Opening on August 31, the show will remain on view through October 12th, 2013.

MFA Houston Acquires Russell, Oppermann Works

ImageThe gallery is pleased to announce that the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX) has acquired work by program artists Christopher Russell and Julie Oppermann. Both are honored to now be included in this institution’s permanent collection, as it is the first publicly collected work for Oppermann, and the thirteenth collection for Russell.

We congratulate Chris and Julie on this recent news!

MMG Now Represents Painter Julie Oppermann

ImageMark Moore Gallery proudly announces its representation of Berlin-based painter, Julie Oppermann. Predominantly intrigued by the idea of sensory interference, Oppermann creates meticulously painted patterns that reference cognitive perception through synthetic experience. As if capturing warped television signals or pixilated computer screens, Oppermann’s work evokes conceptual associations derived from intricate moiré patterns, thus revealing profound observations about our intellectual acuity.

Oppermann’s compositions are achieved through equal parts rule and spontaneity. Painting layers upon layers of nearly identical lines and waves, Oppermann crafts hallucinatory abstractions that flicker, expand, contract, and undulate based on the unique vantage point of an individual viewer. Her attuned use of hue, space, and contrast induce a kind of visual interference that embodies her concerns about the way information is disseminated – oftentimes generating strains between regions of glitches and consistency to illustrate the inherent flaws between transmission and perception. Oppermann’s divergent studies in Neuroscience and Color Theory, coupled with her interest in comprehension and cognition yield these unsettling terrains – distorted topographies that achieve the familiar tension felt between physical and digital interface. While at times, Oppermann’s hand appears extraordinarily controlled and calculated, her paintings simultaneously broadcast a competing technique born of impulsiveness and imperfection. Like the visceral reactions derived from manufactured imagery and information, Oppermann’s paintings elicit an instinctive sense of attraction and curiosity.

Julie Oppermann (b. 1982, San Francisco) lives and works in both New York and Berlin. In 2012, she completed two residency programs; Residência Artística, FAAP, São Paulo Brasil and the Spring Semester Exchange Scholarship, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany. She received her M.F.A. in Painting from Hunter College, New York in 2012. This will be the artist’s first solo show in Los Angeles, and with the gallery.