Mary Weatherford, the Los Angeles artist who in recent years has quickly become one of the more prominent artists of her generation, will now be represented by Gagosian, ARTnews has learned. The representation deal extends to all of the mega-gallery’s locations around the globe, with the exception of L.A., where Weatherford will still show with David Kordansky Gallery.
“I first admired Mary’s work in MoMA’s ‘The Forever Now,’ and am thrilled she has joined the gallery,” Larry Gagosian said in a statement to ARTnews. “It’s exciting to have her included with the roster of great artists in our ‘L.A. Invitational’ exhibition opening later this month in New York.”
Weatherford was previously represented in New York by Brennan & Griffin, and had a show at their space in Red Hook in May 2015.
The artist will make her debut with Gagosian later this month in New York alongside fellow Angelenos in a show called “L.A. Invitational,” which opens October 26 at its West 24th Street outpost. It will feature contributions from each of the gallery’s West Coast artists, from Chris Burden to Alex Israel to Ed Ruscha.
The exhibition is a testament to the gallery’s longtime bicoastal tendencies—Larry Gagosian got established by giving artists represented by galleries in New York’s SoHo their first California shows—and also makes for the perfect place to first showcase Weatherford, who was born in Ojai in 1963 and has made the state’s landscapes her central subject. Her breakout moment came when she made a series of work themed around the central California town of Bakersfield, and then began adding neon to the canvases. These works were shown at LAXART, attracting the attention of Kordansky, who signed her shortly after and gave her a solo show in May 2014.
A few months later, in December, she was featured in “The Forever Now,” a somewhat contentious painting survey at MoMA from which she emerged as a rising star, and by May 2015 she made her auction debut at Sotheby’s. Estimated to sell for $90,000, Varick St. (2012) sold for $237,000. That figure was eclipsed months later, when a work at a charity auction for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation sold for $275,000.
A new set of Weatherford’s paintings was up at Kordansky this spring, and next year a survey of her work co-curated by Bill Arning and Ian Berry will be presented at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. A full list of the artists in “L.A. Invitational,” which will be open at Gagosian Gallery’s West 24th Street space from October 26 to December 16, is below:
In late 2015, ARTnews‘s Katherine McMahon visited Weatherford’s studio as a part of L.A. Habitat, a weekly series that visits with 16 artists in their workspaces around the city. Take a look at the images from the visit here.