Every month ArtsATL spotlights one of the many, many galleries in metro Atlanta. Look for this column the last week of every month — even as Covid-19 keeps us apart. Suggestions for future columns welcome.
Visual art can be as contemplative and emotion-evoking as you allow it to be. Art, in fact, frames the lives of Ramsey and Heidi Maune, owners of Maune Contemporary in Buckhead. When ideas sketched on napkins in 2018 grew into a 2,700-square-foot warehouse space, they knew they had something. The gallery opened in September 2019 with painter Alex Katz’s solo exhibition Coca Cola Girls.
Florida-based Justin Lyons “street art” solo show, Say it ain’t so, just wrapped, but you can still check out his eclectic style in the gallery’s online catalog and 3-D virtual tour. Immersive 3-D tours are one of Maune Contemporary’s signatures. You can walk through an exhibition from the comfort of home and use technology to take measurements of artwork you’re interested in. And if you’re feeling fancy, put on your virtual-reality headset and choose the VR mode. You can access the gallery’s other 3-D tours (including Donald Sultan’s New York in Living Color) and images from previous exhibitions.
Visitors will really see the art exhibited amid Maune’s polished concrete floors, white walls and white ceilings, which stand 16 feet tall. The gallery is prepping for its first group exhibition, The shitShow Must Go On, which opens with a reception at 5 p.m. September 12 and runs through October 31. To attend, you must wear a face mask and observe social-distancing protocols. Weather permitting, you’ll also have access to a spacious patio.
LOCATION: 747-A Miami Circle N.E., Atlanta. No need to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Follow Maune Contemporary (pronounced MAUW-knee) on its website or via Instagram and Facebook. The Maunes and gallery assistant Paula Sidey love to chat. Call 678.705.4735.
SPECIALTY: Uplifting, impactful, attention-getting contemporary art with an emphasis on limited-edition prints and some originals by such internationally known artists as Katz (figurative art), neo-expressionist David Salle, abstractionist Ellsworth Kelly and sculptor Antony Gormley. There’s also abstract expressionism from such midcareer artists as Ted Collier and Susumu Kamijo and the “hard-edge color-field style” of Atlanta’s Stephanie Henderson.
MORE ON THE MAUNES: Ramsey and Heidi attended the same St. Louis high school — although she was oblivious to his “crush” on her — then their paths diverged. Heidi built a career in Atlanta’s corporate scene; Ramsey did commercial real estate in St. Louis. He came to town for a squash tournament several years ago and called her. After countless museum, gallery and art-fair dates, the deal was sealed. Ramsey Maune commissioned Collier to paint, “Will you marry me?” some 200 times on a canvas. Heidi said yes.
VIRTUAL VIEW: Maune Contemporary will be “at” New York’s Hamptons Virtual Art Fair on Labor Day weekend. You can visit the booths of the exhibits New York in Living Color and Say it ain’t so virtually to see and buy limited-edition prints.
COMING UP: The shitShow Must Go On will feature abstraction, minimalism, pop culture and figurative work from Atlanta’s DL Warfield; Chicago’s Carlos Rolón; the UK’s Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin; New Yorkers Ross Bleckner, Catherine Howe, Robert Kelly and Eric Freeman; and South Africa’s Gavin Rain.
LOOKING AHEAD: Columbian artist Esteban Ocampo Giraldo’s solo exhibition, Cereal for Lunch, opens November 5 and, in 2021, look for work by French artist Ewa Bathelier, a former theatrical costume designer who paints tutus on large canvases.
QUOTE: “Atlanta’s growing fast, and we all have an opportunity make sure the art scene keeps up with it,” the Maunes say. “In this day and age, there’s a lot of anger around. Art can help people process anger, grief and even joy. It’s a way to express emotion and be part of history. It’s a way to record history.”
Miss last month’s SNAPSHOT on Different Trains in Decatur? Read it HERE.
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