TODD MERRILL STUDIO RELOCATES TO EXPANSIVE GALLERY
AT 80 LAFAYETTE STREET IN TRIBECA
By Todd Merrill Studio | Tuesday, April 27, 2016
New York, NY—Todd Merrill Studio is pleased to announce that it has relocated to a new, expansive gallery at 80 Lafayette Street, at the corner of White Street in TriBeCa. Surrounded by twenty-foot tall walls, the 4,000 square-foot space is comprised of two areas: a white-box Marble Gallery, that will host thematic and solo artist exhibitions, and the Main Gallery, a massive sun-lit open corner space that will exhibit vintage and contemporary studio works.
Since its inception over 15 years ago, Todd Merrill Studio has established itself as a prime source for vintage studio design, culminating with Todd Merrill’s seminal book on the subject Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam (Rizzoli, 2008). Eager to discover today’s studio artists, Merrill launched Studio Contemporary in 2009, representing an international group of 20 established and emerging contemporary artists making unique, material-driven works in the “grey space” between art and design.
On May 12, 2016, 1stdibs will host an Opening Party at the gallery, welcoming designers, curators, and collectors to its inaugural installation of 20th and 21st century studio furniture, light sculptures, and decorative works.
The Marble Gallery will exhibit new works by the gallery’s Studio Contemporary artists that reference historic sources in the decorative arts: Beth Katleman’s whimsically opulent three-dimensional porcelain “wallpaper” (collections and exhibitions: Museum of Art and Design, Moët-Hennessy Prize: Best Decorative Object, House of Christian Dior, et. al), Molly Hatch’s fragmented plate paintings of 19th century patterns (High Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Art, et al.), and Shari Mendelson’s ancient-inspired “up-cycled” plastic vessels (RISD Museum of Art, Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, Boston MFA, et al.) together show how the past influences the present while the present re-invigorates interest in the past.
Extending this theme, the Main Gallery will exhibit original creations in metal, wood, and stone, by combining vintage and contemporary high-end studio work.
In metal, rare works by Paul Evans from the 1960s-80s, including his first ever rare steel Disc Bar (1968), enter a visual dialogue with today’s hand-sculpted bronze and steel pieces: Echoing Evans’ penchant for highly textured surfaces, the gallery will exhibit Erin Sullivan’s lost-wax cast bronze tables and K. Gretchen Greene’s torch-blown steel works (recent collections: House of Christian Dior). Contrasting these textured works, the gallery will display Soraya Osorio’s smooth and minimalist grazed brass sculptural furniture, such as the Ave chaise, and steel and bronze cantilevered tables by Gary Magakis, as profiled in The Financial Times (2015).
In wood, vintage George Nakashima, Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powel join 21st century works that push walnut, ash, and oak to unprecedented aesthetic and technical heights including: Yard Sale Project’s Chaise One, a massive hand-carved French walnut chair, Markus Haase’s hand-carved walnut sconces embedded with onyx and LEDs, and Marc Fish’s micro stack-laminated consoles.
A collection of Niamh Barry’s light sculptures, inspired by human form and movement, will hover over and illuminate the new space. Since the inception of her artistic career with Todd Merrill Studio in 2012, Barry has ascended the art and design world, becoming one of the most sought after figures working in LED light sculptures today. Examples of her suspended, tabletop, wall-mounted, and standing works will be exhibited. The artist was recently profiled in Architectural Digest and Galerie magazine (2016).
Extending the subject matter of bodies, a selection of Jan Yoors charcoal drawings and sculpture of nudes from the 1970s, previously exhibited at the Felix Art Museum and the Naples Museum in Florida (2013) face the contemporary bound nudes from Stephane Graff’s Constrictions photographic series (1991-2013).
KARL SPRINGER LTD
Todd Merrill Studio is pleased to announce that it will also be reissuing original designs by Karl Springer, as the exclusive representative of Karl Springer LTD. The gallery will showcase a mix of the artist’s vintage exotic-skin and lacquered works alongside the iconic pieces being reissued today, including his amorphic Free Form Table and Mushroom Lamps, now made with LEDs.
Todd Merrill Summer Studio, a seasonal white-box gallery located in Southampton, New York, will reopen in Summer 2016. The gallery will continue to exhibit at prestigious art and design fairs worldwide throughout the year, beginning again in the Fall 2016.
Todd Merrill opened his eponymous gallery 15 years ago at the corner of Ludlow and Stanton, pioneering the rebirth of the Lower East Side. In 2005, the gallery moved to Bleecker Street in Noho. Today, Merrill is thrilled to join the established and emerging gallery scene between the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Eastern TriBeCa.