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Founded in 2015 at Mount Holyoke, a historical women’s college, Olympia hosts shows, interviews and events with women, non-binary, and transgender artists.

A big congratulations to Cassandra Mayela, whose work will be featured in “Word of Mouth” at the Museum of Contemporary ...
06/18/2024

A big congratulations to Cassandra Mayela, whose work will be featured in “Word of Mouth” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit from June 28 to October 4, 2024.

“Word of Mouth highlights the connective networks of arts workers at MOCAD. Organized collaboratively by MOCAD staff, this group exhibition presents a diverse range of mediums, experiences, and explorations. It showcases the extensive knowledge, labor, and expertise of staff members beyond the curatorial team.

By using a peer-to-peer approach to curatorial decision-making, MOCAD activates its wider creative networks to celebrate acts of collectivity and exchange. Word of Mouth calls attention to the underlying ecosystems that support and sustain the people powering the art world.“ - Word of Mouth Press Release, MOCAD


At the heart of Melissa Meyer’s practice lies a deep reverence for the human experience, where chance encounters and int...
06/12/2024

At the heart of Melissa Meyer’s practice lies a deep reverence for the human experience, where chance encounters and intuitive leaps intersect with precision. As the artist herself said during a studio visit, “Accidents favor the prepared mind” (a favorite line and quoted with delight from the French 19th-century chemist Louis Pasteur).

Increasingly, Meyer’s paintings embrace ambiguity and fluidity, eschewing concrete lines in favor of gestural spontaneity, freedom, air, and speed.

Throughlines is on view now until June 29th.

Image:
Melissa Meyer
Flirting, 2019
Oil on canvas
24 x 30 x 1.5 in (61 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm)

Congratulations to Naomi Nakazato, whose work is included in “New Voices: Ritual” at the Print Center in New York City. ...
06/08/2024

Congratulations to Naomi Nakazato, whose work is included in “New Voices: Ritual” at the Print Center in New York City. The exhibition is organized by Olivia Shao and Robin Siddall, and runs through August 24, 2024.

“Drawing attention to everyday objects, concerted repetition, and artistic process, this exhibition considers the fundamental but often unrecognized role that ritual plays in our everyday lives. Combining traditional print media with sculpture, fiber, assemblage, and installation, the exhibition examines both the quotidian acts we carry out each day, as well as more formal gestures tied to ceremony or observance. They mine personal histories and cultural references to explore the ways in which ritualized gestures and objects intersect with art-making and lived experience. Taken together, their work asks: in an uncertain and ever-shifting cultural landscape, how does ritual ground us and make sense of the world?“ - Print Center PR

Image 1:
New Voices: Ritual, The Print Center, 2024

Image 2:
Naomi Nakazato
Other Shore (abalone cups 4 u), 2023
Screen print on aluminum leaf, polyurethane, hydrocal, acrylic on panel
47 x 31.5 x 1.75 in (119.4 x 80 x 4.4 cm)

Image 3:
Naomi Nakazato
Other Shore (abalone cups 4 u), detail, 2023


Melissa Meyer belongs to a generation of abstract gestural painters born in the mid-1940s. Drawing inspirational cues fr...
06/07/2024

Melissa Meyer belongs to a generation of abstract gestural painters born in the mid-1940s. Drawing inspirational cues from artists like Arshile Gorky, Joan Mitchell, Bradley Walker Tomlin, and Helen Frankenthaler, Meyer challenges conventional assumptions of technique and process. Despite emerging at a time when painting was deemed passé (in the midst of Pop Art and Minimalism), Meyer’s commitment to abstraction has defined her practice through the subsequent years.

Image 1:
Melissa Meyer
Sei Parti I, 2022
Oil on canvas
24 x 60 x 1.5 in (61 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm)

Image 2:
Melissa Meyer
Sei Parti I (detail), 2022

Image 3:
Melissa Meyer, Throughlines, Installation View, 2023

See “I Concentrate On You” in person in Melissa Meyer’s solo show, “Throughlines.” We are open today from 11AM-6PM 〰️Mel...
06/01/2024

See “I Concentrate On You” in person in Melissa Meyer’s solo show, “Throughlines.” We are open today from 11AM-6PM 〰️

Melissa Meyer
I Concentrate On You, 2017
Oil on canvas
12 x 24 x 1.5 in (30.5 x 61 x 3.8 cm)

The earliest painting in Melissa Meyer’s solo exhibition, “Throughlines,” is “She Belongs To Me,” made in 2003 during th...
05/28/2024

The earliest painting in Melissa Meyer’s solo exhibition, “Throughlines,” is “She Belongs To Me,” made in 2003 during the period Meyer first seriously began exploring watercolor in her studio practice.

During this revelatory time, Meyer refined her approach to oil paint, thinning it to the consistency of watercolor and ink. As the starting point of the exhibition, the painting is installed in the gallery window facing the street.

Image:
Melissa Meyer
She Belongs to Me, 2003
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 x 1.5 in (152.4 x 127 x 3.8 cm)

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Olympia is thrilled to announce ‘Throughlines’, a solo exhibition by Melissa Meyer. Included are ten paintings and one a...
05/13/2024

Olympia is thrilled to announce ‘Throughlines’, a solo exhibition by Melissa Meyer. Included are ten paintings and one artist’s book, tracing the last two decades of Meyer’s painting practice. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Join us on Saturday, May 18, from 6-8PM for the opening reception.

Meyer infuses her paintings with palpable urban vitality. Glyphs glide across her canvases, evoking the raw energy of graffiti while retaining her distinct aesthetic identity.

The exhibition will run from May 18 to June 29, 2024.

Image:
Melissa Meyer
Lizzie Hazeldean (detail), 2010
Oil on canvas
60 x 44 x 1.5 in (152.4 x 111.8 x 3.8 cm)

Congratulations to Lucy Mullican for her inclusion in ‘Illusive Places’ at Pace Gallery in Seoul. Curated by Cy Schnabel...
05/10/2024

Congratulations to Lucy Mullican for her inclusion in ‘Illusive Places’ at Pace Gallery in Seoul. Curated by Cy Schnabel, the exhibition will run from May 11 to June 15. Read Cy’s insightful commentary on Mullican’s work below:

“Lucy Mullican’s (b. 1994, New York) paintings use the horizon line as a compositional device to create a tension between gravity and the human spirit, which, in contrast to the former, is always in a state of ascension. We can trace maps of ethereal worlds in her works, which are ultimately self-portraits.

The artist has experienced a spiritual transformation that is evident in her departure from painting waterfalls, islands, and rivers in favor of a more contemplative, inward consideration of the mind and the organs. Exterior environments blend with bodily forms, creating anthropomorphic landscapes. Her delicate paintings on wood consist of many layers of mineral pigments and pulsating lines, which create translucent surfaces. What the artist refers to as “pockets” or “holes” within her compositions function like portals, allowing the viewer to travel back and forth between pictures.

The natural pigments of the watercolor and the wood receivers become one, reflecting the artist’s innate ability to understand her medium and employ technical fluidity. Mullican’s penetrating vision goes beyond the surface to reveal what we cannot see and bring us closer to what we feel. Transient moments flooded with light embody the artist’s representation of spirit.”

Image 1:
Lucy Mullican
In between, 2022
Watercolor on board
50 cm × 50 cm (19-11/16” × 19-11/16”)

Image 2:
Illusive Places Promotional Image, Pace Gallery

Image 3:
Exhibition Text



Please join us May 13th-14th for ‘SUB’, an experimental concert by Not Yet Titled (Alex Schmidt, Karewith Casas, and Ant...
05/10/2024

Please join us May 13th-14th for ‘SUB’, an experimental concert by Not Yet Titled (Alex Schmidt, Karewith Casas, and Anthony Torrano). SUB is written, directed, and performed by Alex Schmidt with instrumentals by Karewith Casas and Anthony Torrano.

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Alex Schmidt has held solo exhibitions at Leslie-Lohman Museum, Rachel Comey, and 21st Street Projects for Critical Practices. They have performed at MoMA PS1, the Kitchen, the New Museum, and PERFORMA 2019, among others. Schmidt has hosted Embodiment Sessions since 2020. Their work has been featured in the New Yorker, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Dazed Magazine, PAPER, New York Magazine, and The Guardian. Schmidt holds an MFA from Hunter College (2023) as a Ruth Stanton Scholar (2020-2023) and a BA in Art History from Reed College (2009).

Karewith Casas is a first generation Chicano artist from Northern California currently living and working in NYC. Karewith received his BA from the Art Studio Program at the University of California, Davis (2020) and was awarded the Freemon Gadberry Award in Art. He is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College. Addressing the contemplative nature of human existence is an undergirding ethos of his work.

Anthony Torrano (b. San Francisco, 1992) is an artist based in New York City. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he received his BA in Art with a focus in painting and printmaking and a current MFA candidate at Hunter College in New York. Anthony was a recipient of the 2015 Susan Benton Irwin Scholarship at UCSC, a 2021 Artists Corps Grant recipient from the New York Foundation of the Arts, and a 2022 Frederieke Sanders Taylor Studio Fund Grant. He has exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in New York at SWIM Gallery, ProArts, Incline Gallery, Adobe Books, and Room284.

This is the final week to catch Lee Maxey’s powerful solo exhibition, ‘Wait Here’. Image 1-2:Lee Maxey  Stay, 2024Egg te...
05/08/2024

This is the final week to catch Lee Maxey’s powerful solo exhibition, ‘Wait Here’.

Image 1-2:
Lee Maxey
Stay, 2024
Egg tempera on panel
6 x 4 x 1 in (15.2 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm)

Image 3:
Lee Maxey, Wait Here, Installation View

Cassandra Mayela  is currently in a post-bac resident at the Modern Ancient Brown Foundation  in Detroit, Michigan throu...
05/06/2024

Cassandra Mayela is currently in a post-bac resident at the Modern Ancient Brown Foundation in Detroit, Michigan through the end of June, 2024.

“Established in 2019, the Modern Ancient Brown Foundation supports and nurtures BIPOC artists and writers through the creation of a new Core Program housed in Detroit.

Drawing upon the personal experience and journey as an artist of its founder, McArthur Binion, the Foundation is committed to build an organization and foster a culture that supports the work of black and indigenous / artists of color leading to the empowerment of these artists to tell their own stories and share their gifts..” - MABF

A big thank you to Marissa Graziano  for thoughtfully reviewing Lee Maxey’s ‘Wait Here’ for Greene House Magazine  “The ...
05/04/2024

A big thank you to Marissa Graziano for thoughtfully reviewing Lee Maxey’s ‘Wait Here’ for Greene House Magazine

“The images are emotionally and metaphorically loaded. Triangles perform as both a q***r symbol and a reference to the trinity. A door could hold a closet, a lock hides a secret, and so on with each object possessing threatening qualities under a seemingly playful guise. Commercially set against glassy blues, pops of pinks, and mute grays, the paintings encourage a sense of dissociation.”

Read Graziano’s full review on Greene House Magazine’s website.

Final days of ‘Wait Here’, Lee Maxey’s second solo exhibition at Olympia. The show runs through Saturday, May 11th. “Pai...
05/03/2024

Final days of ‘Wait Here’, Lee Maxey’s second solo exhibition at Olympia. The show runs through Saturday, May 11th.

“Painted in a matter-of-fact naturalism, ordinary objects are filled with an ambiguous, authoritative presence. Games like pick-up sticks and tricky triangle correlate with the weight and composition of religious iconography.”

Lee Maxey
Take a Moment, 2024
Egg tempera on panel
48 x 20 x 1.25 in (121.9 x 50.8 x 3.2 cm)

Limited run of the 2020 Olympia boop shirt with a new flavor profile. DM to purchase.
05/01/2024

Limited run of the 2020 Olympia boop shirt with a new flavor profile.

DM to purchase.

Naomi Nakazato’s  work is included in ‘Can Thought Go On Without A Body’ presented by Stilllife .stilllife The opening r...
04/29/2024

Naomi Nakazato’s work is included in ‘Can Thought Go On Without A Body’ presented by Stilllife .stilllife

The opening reception is this Saturday, May 4th from 6-8PM at 54 Crosby Street, NYC.

Lee Maxey  Look Here, 2023Egg tempera on panel15 x 12 x 1.25 in (38.1 x 30.5 x 3.2 cm)
04/27/2024

Lee Maxey
Look Here, 2023
Egg tempera on panel
15 x 12 x 1.25 in (38.1 x 30.5 x 3.2 cm)

Lee Maxey  Take It from Here, 2023Egg tempera on panel6 x 9 x 1 in (15.2 x 22.9 x 2.5 cm)
04/24/2024

Lee Maxey
Take It from Here, 2023
Egg tempera on panel
6 x 9 x 1 in (15.2 x 22.9 x 2.5 cm)

A big thank you to Edward Waisnis  for his insightful review of Dana Frankfort’s recent exhibition, “Life and Death,” fe...
04/19/2024

A big thank you to Edward Waisnis for his insightful review of Dana Frankfort’s recent exhibition, “Life and Death,” featured in Whitehot . 🌟

As he aptly notes, “The exhibition’s range of patination, from the sublime to the downright grungy, is evident in each piece.”

Check out Edward Waisnis’s full review on Whitehot’s website.

A heartfelt thank you to Patrick Neal  for his insightful review of Lee Maxey’s  exhibition, ‘Wait Here’ at Olympia, fea...
04/17/2024

A heartfelt thank you to Patrick Neal for his insightful review of Lee Maxey’s exhibition, ‘Wait Here’ at Olympia, featured on Two Coats of Paint 🌟

Patrick writes: “Maxey has a similar gift of elevating the mundane to the ecstatic by exploiting the sensual materiality of texture, heat, and light. Her small paintings are minimal and beautifully rendered with matte egg tempera on panel. Her subjects are cryptic, seemingly with hidden messages, akin to Magritte’s surreal vignettes.”

Read Neal’s full review on Two Coat’s of Paint . ‘Wait Here’ runs until May 11th.

“I’m the younger sister. My Dad said when we were growing up that whatever my sister would say I would follow with, “Me ...
11/01/2023

“I’m the younger sister. My Dad said when we were growing up that whatever my sister would say I would follow with, “Me too!” Maybe this fits nicely with my affinity for second.” - Anna Berlin

The smaller works found in ‘Sisters’ explore conceptual relationships within sets of twos - whether that be art historical references, having a sibling, or the ways in which a pair can reflect ideas or moments back at each other.

Image 1:
Anna Berlin
Learning German: Water, 2022 Flashe, oil stick, acrylic, epoxy on panel
8.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 in (21 x 15.9 x 3.2 cm)

Image 2: Learning German: Water, 2022 (detail)

Image 3:
Anna Berlin
Learning German: Me Too, 2022 Flashe, oil stick, acrylic, epoxy on panel
8.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 in (21 x 15.9 x 3.2 cm)

Image 4: Learning German: Me Too, 2022 (detail)

Image 5 and 6:
Anna Berlin, ‘Sisters’, Installation View, October 2023

Happy Halloween Weekend 🎃 Here is a little sneak peak of our upcoming NADA Miami participation - a solo presentation of ...
10/27/2023

Happy Halloween Weekend 🎃

Here is a little sneak peak of our upcoming NADA Miami participation - a solo presentation of new works on canvas, paper, and a tight group of ceramics by Heather Benjamin

Image:
Heather Benjamin
Saturn III, 2022
Acrylic, flashe, gouache on canvas
54 x 48 x 1 inches (137.16 x 121.92 x 2.54 centimeters)

Thank you Artforum for the enforcement!Anna Berlin’s ‘Sisters’ is up now through December 2nd.
10/24/2023

Thank you Artforum for the enforcement!

Anna Berlin’s ‘Sisters’ is up now through December 2nd.

Investigating the city in which she shares a name, and to connect to her grandparents’ experiences fleeing Germany durin...
10/21/2023

Investigating the city in which she shares a name, and to connect to her grandparents’ experiences fleeing Germany during World War II, Berlin incorporates the language of bureaucratic documents such as tax forms, proofs of residence, and personal lists.

With the works being as informed by the oral storytelling passed on by her parents, the boundaries between the past and the present collapse.

Anna Berlin
Mamroth, 2023
Flashe, acrylic, oil on canvas
52 x 40 x 1.5 in (132.1 x 101.6 x 3.8 cm)

Thanks  for letting me rant a bit about Olympia. Photography: Lola KingsleyVideography: Aidan MatthewsCasting: Zoë Kim-B...
10/19/2023

Thanks for letting me rant a bit about Olympia.

Photography: Lola Kingsley
Videography: Aidan Matthews
Casting: Zoë Kim-Butcher
Styling: Fatima Boudemlij
Production: Zoë Kim-Butcher & Lola Kingsley
Editor: i-D team
Music: Avi Caplan

Anna Berlin’s   solo exhibition, ‘Sisters’ opens tonight with a reception from 6-8PM Don’t let the rain stop you 🎶Grey p...
10/14/2023

Anna Berlin’s solo exhibition, ‘Sisters’ opens tonight with a reception from 6-8PM

Don’t let the rain stop you 🎶

Grey paintings for a grey day.

Lee Maxey’s ‘Incase of Fire’ runs through tomorrow, October 14th at 12.26 in Dallas, Texas. Image: Lee MaxeyI Don't Mean...
10/13/2023

Lee Maxey’s ‘Incase of Fire’ runs through tomorrow, October 14th at 12.26 in Dallas, Texas.

Image:
Lee Maxey
I Don't Mean to Alarm You, 2023 Egg tempera on panel
84 x 11.25 x 1.25 in (213.4 x 28.6 x 3.2 cm)

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