September 24th, 2017


We have been fortunate to have some incredible staff here at Gallery MAR, many of whom have gone on to have artistic careers across the country—literally from Staten Island to Los Angeles.

One such talented former consultant is Victoria Kennedy, who worked for Gallery MAR for several winters. She now works as a curator for Saatchi art, and recently put together an exhibit of female artists called “L.A. Woman.” I’ll let her take the show from here!

“It was a thrill to put together this exhibition with Kat Henning, our Senior Associate Curator. While it was difficult to choose from the plethora of female artists in the Los Angeles area, we were very satisfied with the quality of chosen works. And the art certainly spoke for itself, as we brought in over 1,000 RSVPs for the event, and had nearly 500 people attend throughout the evening. The excitement was palpable, as collectors, young and old, and artists gathered to experience ‘L.A. Woman.’

One of the great things about Saatchi is the exposure it brings to emerging artists. ‘L.A. Woman’ brought together the diverse experiences of early and mid-career artists under the common theme of the city that inspires their work. My personal favorite artwork is Mercedes Helnwein’s “MIDSECTION”. [She is a ] very accomplished painter who was recommended by Vanessa Prager to bring onto Saatchi for the show.”

And more information on the show, from Saatchi:

All eyes are on Los Angeles this week with the much heralded start of the Getty’s regional art initiative Pacific Standard Time, opening in coordinated exhibitions across more than 100 Southern California galleries and museums.

In the spirit of showcasing Los Angeles-based talent, Saatchi Art is pleased to unveil L.A. Woman, a new exhibition curated by Saatchi Art curators Katherine Henning and Victoria Kennedy with Guest Curator Vanessa Prager. On view in Santa Monica, the exhibition presents recent works by 15 LA-based women artists, including Mitsuko Brooks, Mercedes Helnwein, Mel Kadel, Tahnee Lonsdale, Sophie Morro, Lisa Solberg, Stephanie Vovas, Hiejin Yoo, and more.