UPPER EAST SIDE — A local gallery is bringing a taste of Brooklyn's art scene to Madison Avenue.
The new exhibit "LIFE" at Venus Over Manhattan is a retrospective celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Williamsburg gallery The Journal, which made a name for itself as a place for young talent and a home for under-appreciated, mid-career artists.
Fifteen years ago, now-married couple Michael Nevin and Julia Dippelhofer started publishing The Journal, a ‘zine devoted to Nevin’s passions of skateboarding, snowboarding and art. As the publication grew, the couple decided to open a companion exhibition space in their East Village office, with the gallery eventually becoming the focus.
The couple has since moved into a 3,500 square-foot space in Williamsburg, where they have curated shows rising stars in the contemporary art world. Several of the top sellers at a recent contemporary auction at Christie’s came through at the Journal as up-and-comers, including Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Adam McEwen, and Chris Martin, according to a statement about the show.
The Venus Over Manhattan retrospective will feature one work each from 21 artists who have showcased at the Journal, including pieces by Rita Ackermann, Joe Bradley, Jeff Elrod and Adam McEwen. Most of the pieces are abstract paintings with a few scattered sculptures, including Sarah Braman’s “In My Mind I’m Gone,” a large box made of blue glass and a metal filing cabinet.
Venus Over Manhattan, which was opened three years ago by Adam Lindemann, has developed a reputation for bringing edgier work to the Upper East Side. The gallery recently hosted a show of the shadows created by Alexander Calder’s abstract sculpture, as well as an exhibit of Walter Dahn’s work curated by friend and fellow artist Richard Prince.
"Michael and Julia have a great eye and a great magazine," Lindemann said in a statement. "We were happy to invite them to curate our summer show. It's like inviting Brooklyn hip to Madison Avenue."
"LIFE" runs through July 26 at the 980 Madison Ave. gallery.