Yesterday I went to Mark Grothjahn studio. I am a huge fan and I feel really blessed to have met him and seen his studio. I could not take many pictures, but it where 4 huge spaces, 1 part was the office and 2 paintings studios's and 1 space for archiving. We had a really great conversation about his work and all the series he did. He is completely obsessed with colours and drawings since he was a kid, he is a real painter painter, and that is the only thing he thinks about, the different lines, colours and compositions. His newer series is super pyschial for him to make, he is painting everything himself and gets really tired from it. He sees it as a boxing match. His favorite artist are Julian Schnabel , Mike Kelley and Richard Prince. In the beginning no gallery wanted to show him so he started his own gallery what was more a store front, he then moved to blum and poe and his first 2 shows nobody bought the work. It was priced 2k for a painting haha. Times changed now he is one of the best selling artist and his paintings are selling now for millions of dollars. After that I went to the Eddie Martinez opening and dinner at Blum and Poe. Eddie his show was insane, it was incredible to see his bigger works in real life, he even made some butterfly paintings that I have never seen before. Some different butterfly paintings then that Mark Grothjahn got famous for. At the dinner I sat next to Tim Blum and he is my favorite art dealer he told me lot of great stories about his journey with Grotjahn but also Henry Taylor and Nara. We also spoke about a film he recommended me watching called Russian Ark, amazingg film that everyone should watch (it is on Youtube). Eddie martinez was on the same table and I never met him before so it was great meeting and speaking with him. His favorite artist is Henri Mattise and he is a huge Kanye fan what made me happy, Tim showed Kanye by the way in 2016, it was that crazy sculpture he made for his video clip Famous. At the end of the dinner Tim his sons took Harry Hu (a young collector who is on the board of Lacma, Whiteney and the Hammer) and me out, and we quite some fun haha.
Also Mark Grothjahn gave me one of his Hot Sauces that he made himself
Amazing experience, sounds like an incredible encounter with so many amazing individuals...the feeling must have been electric. Looking forward to watching Russian Ark, thanks for the tip. I'm a huge Eddie Martinez fan 🙌🏻❤️🔥
9 months ago·