After nearly four decades in San Francisco, merchant Anthony Meyer will leave the city in search of more picturesque suburbs nearby. Early next year, he will move his namesake gallery across the Golden Gate Bridge to Mill Valley in Marin County.
“If you have to put a header on that, I think change is good,” said Meyer, president of the Association of Art Dealers of America. ARTnews. “It re-sharpens everyone’s focus and attention span, with some reassessment of how you want to do it and where You want to do that.”
In the works that will take just under a year to complete, Meyer’s new location, about a 25-minute drive from its current location, will be located in a 5,200-square-foot former Studebaker auto dealership dating back to 1925. The new space will more than double. imprint of the gallery, and will include a 400-square-foot art history research library that will be open to the public by appointment. The renovation of the space is being overseen by TW Ryan Architecture, a firm based in San Francisco and New York that also did the San Francisco based Christie’s.
“Spaces with flavor, good bones, architecture, height, and light are just a few,” Meyer said. “In terms of some nice little places, everything is six to ten miles across the bridge, but I would say Mill Valley is the most beautiful: closeness to nature, pure beauty, great history with it being a mill town before the bridge. There’s so much energy.”
The inaugural exhibition in the space, which opens January 31, will pay tribute to the local history of the area. The show, titled “In the Shadow of Mount Tam,” refers to the stunning views of Mount Tamalpais (locally shortened to Mount Tam) that Marin County is famous for. The area has long been a connecting point for artists, particularly due to its proximity to two of Northern California’s best art schools, the University of California, Davis and the now-defunct San Francisco Art Institute.
The inaugural exhibition, which explores the rich art history of Marin County from the 1940s through the 1970s, said Lauren Ryan, co-curator of the show, “captures what drew us to the area in the first place: natural beauty, a haven for artists, and more space for artists to live, breathe, and thrive.”
Artists who have been drawn to the area at various points in their careers include Jay Defeo, Gordon Onslow Ford, Luchita Hurtado, David Ireland, Lee Mullican, Bruce Naumann, Wolfgang Ballen, Lawrence Wiener and, most famously, Etel Adnan, who lived in the area. in Marin County for most of her career. All of these artists and more will be included in the premiere.
The gallery will also continue to present exhibitions by the contemporary artists it represents, including Janine Anthony, Larry Bell, Sarah Cain, Leonardo Drew, and Teresita Fernandez.
In recent months, much has been written about the health of San Francisco’s art market, after the two huge galleries with locations in the city, Gagosian and Pace, announced they were closing those spaces. a New York Times article Published in August, it described the city’s art scene as “suffering” and “increasingly overshadowed by Los Angeles’ vibrant scene.” In response to this article, members of the San Francisco arts community said: ARTnews That scene isn’t dying anytime soon.
Both Meyer and Ryan disagreed timesCharacterizing the Bay Area art scene and saying their gallery’s move to Mill Valley represents a strong commitment to the area and the arts community that the gallery has been a part of since 1984.
“I moved here from New York 10 years ago, and knew very little about the Bay Area,” Ryan said. “It is, I must say, more thriving now than ever before. There is a community here that is not visible to the outside world, which is why excellent galleries may have come and gone before they had time to establish any roots. We see it much more positively than The New York Times Submitted article.
“I see sunshine and very few rain clouds in the forecast,” Meyer added.