MASS AppealAuthor:Abigail Stone
MASS Beverly opens Art Living, a sprawling gallery dedicated to brutalist art and sculpture, in the formerly deserted building between MASS Beverly and MASS Beverly Outdoors.
The temporary pop-up, curated by MASS Beverly co-founder Mary Ta and artist Mattia Biaggi, will host a rotating selection of artists between now and June when it will be demolished, along with MASS Living and MASS Beverly Outdoors, in order to make way for a new 3-Story MASS superstore.
The 3,000 square foot space launched during Frieze with a selection of pieces from Milan-based luxury design company Henge, including the bespoke Synapse table, their first-ever custom kitchen.
“The Art + Living concept is an homage to the Brutalist movement of the art and design period that we love so much and which informs so much of what we do at MASS Beverly and how we curate,” says Ta. “We selected pieces based on organic materials like marble and wood mixed with fiberglass to create contrast with a play on a black and white theme.”
The opening also also marked U.S. debut of the arresting “Forever Young” sculpture. Created by Henge in a collaboration with Dutch furniture designer Maarten Baas, it’s an intriguing reimagining of a childhood slide. Handcrafted in laser-etched steel and polished brass and including a special alloy of copper components characteristic of Baas’ work, the infinite shape of the piece is a metaphor for time and represents the centerpiece of the “Forever Young” playground that Henge and Baas showed at FuoriSalone, an adjunct to Milan’s Salone Furniture Fair, in 2018.
Work by Mattia Biaggi, Matthieu Nab, Mark Schrenko, and several pieces by unknown artists, including a cache of intriguing vintage pieces — a giant bison head, two sculptures based on the found on Easter Island, and Wendell Castle Molar Sofa — will also be on display from now until June.
MASS Beverly, 9000 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310.271.2172. Street parking.
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