Sara Meltzer Gallery is proud to announce the opening of our new space located at 525-531 West 26 th Street. Originating as a salon in 1996, the gallery opened to the public in 1998 with a small space in SoHo and then relocated to West 20th St. in Chelsea in 2000. The new gallery is a duplex penthouse space comprised of 4500 square feet including exhibition spaces on both levels, as well as an outdoor space that will be used for sculptural works.
The NEW Sara Meltzer Gallery opens to the public Saturday, March 4, 6-8pm with "Welcome Home," a group exhibition of new work by gallery artists. Sara Meltzer Gallery represents sixteen artists working in a variety of media. With an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists the gallery exhibits local, national and international artists including: Jan Albers (Germany), Roger Andersson (Sweden), Andrea Bowers (Los Angeles), Margarita Cabrera, (El Paso, TX), Jeremy Dickinson (England), Moyna Flannigan (Scotland), Peter Friedl (Germany), Emily Joyce (Los Angeles), Nina Katchadourian (New York), Jason Middlebrook (New York), Shannon Plumb (New York), Daniela Steinfeld (Germany), Jude Tallichet (New York) and Type A (New York).
Sara Meltzer Gallery is pleased to announce two new artists to the gallery program; Lee Boroson and Neil Goldberg.
Lee Boroson's interest in architecture and science manifests itself in the form of sculpture and installation. His most recent work incorporates cellular and stellular formations, as well as weather conditions, that physically shift from micro to macro and vice versa. Boroson has exhibited widely including recent solo exhibitions at The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, and Ingalls & Associates, Miami, FL. Other exhibitions include Hallways Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY and Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. Boroson is based in New York.
Working primarily in video, Neil Goldberg, also based in New York, is interested in issues raised by relinquishing control of framing, pacing and other elements of traditional directorial authority, exploring and referencing formal concerns associated with painting. The result is a meditative, immersive environment that provides furtive, simultaneous impressions of locations throughout the city. Goldberg has been included in Solitude and Focus at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; How to Fix Reality at Impakt, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Multiplex, curated by Eve Sussman at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, and Video Projections at MOMA Queens. His work has been screened at the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, NY and was presented at the Video Lounge, Art Basel Miami Beach 2005, selected by Christopher Eamon.
In a concerted effort to develop a program that fosters a dialogue between contemporary art and culture , the NEW Sara Meltzer Gallery will also function as a location for screenings, round table discussions, performances and other events.
Sara Meltzer Gallery inaugurates its new programmatic agenda the week of the Armory Show:
Wednesday, March 8, from 6-8pm, Shannon Plumb's Olympics - a new film based on the summer games of the Olympics. Inspired by Buster Keaton's College and Leni Riefenstahl's 1938 documentary Olympia , Plumb's sketches include the opening ceremonies and several track and field game sports. Plumb's films rely on spontaneity and character traits to investigate the possibilities of laughter in our most serious and competitive of sporting events. Through our need to achieve greatness and through the individuality of her characters, Shannon Plumb presents the humor in going for the gold. Olympics was included in the 2005 Torino Triennale (T1) "The Pantagruel Syndrome," curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Francesco Bonami.
Friday, March 10, from 6-8pm , in collaboration with Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea of Florence and Rome, Sara Meltzer Gallery presents screenings of recent films by Olivo Barbieri . Barbieri's site specific_ROMA 04 (04 ) and site specific_LAS VEGAS 05 (05) are part of a larger project related to documenting cities. Shot from a helicopter, Barbieri's films of Rome, Las Vegas, Pompeii and Shanghai, among other places, transform cities into a temporary installation, where center and suburbs, structure and infrastructure, seen from above, appear as a large scale model. Barbieri's films have been screened at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2005 Brooklyn Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival 2006.
The week of March 6 also marks the inauguration of Lunch at SMG . By inviting a broad range of individuals to share their work and thoughts in an informal setting, we will expand on our interest in utilizing the gallery as a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas. The lunch series is by invitation only .
Sara Meltzer Gallery is equally proud to announce that Rachel Gugelberger and Jeffrey Walkowiak have joined the gallery as co-directors. Ms. Gugelberger is an independent curator and former Associate Director of the Galleries and Museum at the School of Visual Arts. Mr. Walkowiak was the Director of Henry Urbach Architecture for the past three years. Prior to that he worked as co-director at Fredrich Petzel Gallery and had worked directly with the Kramlich Collection through Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services. Both hold MAs from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Adria Marquez, who has been with the gallery since 2000, will continue as Gallery Manager and has also taken on the position of Associate Director.
For more information, please contact co-directors Rachel Gugelberger or Jeffrey Walkowiak at 212.727.9330 or visit our website at www.sarameltzergallery.com.