LAUNCHING SOLO SHOWS AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS EVERY MONTH THROUGHOUT THE YEAR CREATES A PHENOMENAL WORKLOAD FOR A GALLERY BUT THIS IS JUST THE PROVERBIAL TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF THE EFFORT IT TAKES TO SUPPORT ARTISTS, PLACE THEIR WORK IN COLLECTIONS, BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC, GAIN INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR THEIR WORK AND ORGANIZE EXHIBITIONS IN OTHER GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS. SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO. EXEMPLIFIES A GALLERY DEDICATED TO A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO THEIR ARTISTS, CONTINUALLY ADDING NEW TALENT TO A ROSTER OF ESTABLISHED ARTISTS, AND GIVING THEM A PERMANENT COLLABORATION BETWEEN GALLERY AND ARTIST TO PROVIDE BOTH COMMERCIAL AND CRITICAL SUCCESS.
THE LRFA BLOG IS VERY PLEASED TO WELCOME BACK MEG MALLOY, PARTNER AT SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO., TO SHARE A VERY FEW OF THE MANY HIGHLIGHTS OF GALLERY NEWS AND TO SPEAK ABOUT THE GALLERY’S HOPES AND PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.
MEG, WELCOME BACK. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE EXHIBITIONS THAT YOU HAVE HAD IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS AT THE GALLERY THAT ARE PARTICULARLY MEMORABLE?
Kara’s last show was so exciting. We placed all of the works in the main space with major museums, and all of them have been on view at those institutions since those acquisitions. I was just up at the Harvard Museums where I saw how many classes were held in front of Kara’s piece, and it was great to see the work MoMA bought front and center in the rehang of the collection! Mitch Epstein’s show addressing our uses and abuses of the land was very powerful, and will be shown at the Amon Carter next year. Vik’s current show Museum of Ashes is striking a chord with visitors. It focuses on the tragic fire at the National Museum in Rio and the loss of its irreplaceable artifacts, by recreating them out of the actual ashes.
Louis Fratino’s show was so fresh and tender, and Jennifer’s work for her most recent show was just so powerful. It’s hard to convey how much pleasure I get out of each of our artists’ shows. Walking through the space and looking for four to five weeks, you really connect and see more, or learn to understand something different over time. It Is such a gift.
MANY OF YOUR ARTISTS ARE HONORED WITH MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS AT OTHER PRESTIGIOUS GALLERIES HERE AND ABROAD. HOW DO YOU ARRANGE FOR THESE AND HOW DO YOU PUBLICIZE THEM TO THE ARTIST AND GALLERY’S BEST ADVANTAGE?
We send out email blasts and use Instagram to announce exhibitions and awards. We have also started making e-books for our shows with installation shots to better share with a non local audience what the gallery and our artists are up to!
RECENT AWARDS AND MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS:
Jeff Gibson wins the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
Kara Walker’s commission at Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern
Vik Muniz opening the new museum in Sarasota
Josephine Halvorson wins the James and Audrey Foster prize at the ICA, Boston
Jennifer Packer at MoCA this spring and the Serpentine this fall
Erin Shirreff at SF MoMA now through November
Deana Lawson with survey forthcoming at Ica Boston at PS 1
Arturo Herrara’s new work at Corbett vs Dempsey forthcoming
Marlene McCarty exhibit at the UB Art Galleries in Buffalo
Sheila Hicks in MoMA’s Surrounds, the installation section on the 6th floor
HOW HAVE YOU SEEN THE GALLERY SYSTEM CHANGE AND ADAPT TO GLOBALIZATION IN GENERAL AND HOW HAS SIKKEMA JENKINS APPROACHED THESE CHANGES IN PARTICULAR?
There is a wider worldwide audience. There is also a lack of interaction as people use places like Artsy for inquiries. I don’t like that! I think we need a sense of who a buyer is.
WE ARE IN THE THROES OF THE PRESENCE OF UBER-GALLERIES BOTH IN THE BRICKS AND MORTAR WORLD AND AT THE ART FAIRS. HOW DO SUBSTANTIAL, LONG-TERM BUT MORE MODEST GALLERIES DEAL WITH THIS COMPETITION?
We cannot compete with the uber galleries. But we can keep doing what we do best. Show great artists, work as hard as we can for them, place the work in the best collections we can, and remain approachable!
WHAT EXHIBITIONS ARE YOU PLANNING FOR THE SEASON AHEAD?
We are currently showing Zipora Fried, a wonderful artist who was with the great Stellar Rays until they closed. It is our first solo show with her and we are thrilled. In the back galleries we are showing new Cameron Martin paintings paired with vintage Kepes photographs. Cameron’s show at James a Fuentes last year was a stunner, and we are delighted to show these new pieces. In January, we will show new work by William Cordova and Josephine Halvorson’s Foster Prize show. Then we will show Kara Walker, including some pieces that will go to Kunstmuseum Basel for her forthcoming show there. In May we will show Merlin James, a still undervalued painter who’s got a terrific artists following.
We have to get Arturo Herrera and Kay Rosen on the books, both such strong wonderful artists
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PLANS FOR THE GALLERY IN THE FUTURE?
To keep going! To support our artists as best we can and to keep the non-uber gallery alive!
MEG, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTION TO THE LRFA BLOG AND TO SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO. GALLERY. IT IS NO WONDER THAT THE GALLERY HAS SUCH A LOYAL AND DEDICATED TEAM AND CONTINUES TO GROW AND THRIVE.
TIS THE SEASON, AND IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOGS, WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE LRFA BLOG ANNUAL TRADITION: POSTS FROM DOUG FLAMM, GAGOSIAN’S RARE BOOK EXPERT, WITH THIS YEAR’S IRRESISTIBLE GIFTS.