New work by Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Garber-Maikovska will be shown at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles on September 12th. The show, titled 4 from 3 dancers comprises the artist’s paintings, video installation and performance. This is Garber-Maikovska’s first exhibition since joining Blum & Poe’s stable. Part of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Kindred Space LA Birth Center, a Black-owned Birth Center in Southern California.
Known for his abstract, gestural paintings and his wide-ranging use of media, Garber-Maikovska uses this group of works to extend on themes seen in recent exhibitions titled “Homebirth”, “POSTPARTUM”, and “Daughter.” Each of these featured autobiographical nods to parenthood. Video clips documenting the artist’s various performances in private and public settings will be displayed in the gallery separately from his painting series. Works in the showcase are priced between $35,000 to $120,000.
Much of the artist’s work references the body and movement. That has prompted critics to link him to various artists of the Japanese Gutai movement and abstract expressionists like Cy Twombly and Joan Mitchell.
The 42-year-old artist’s work saw a peak in the auction market between 2015 and 2016 in the contemporary day sales when process-based abstraction was trending and young artists were experiencing intense speculation. That year, his highest prices were between $75,000 and $100,000. Later, a 2018 sale at Christie’s set the artist’s record price at $156,250 for an untitled painting.
Shows like “Daughter” staged at Massimo de Carlo in London in 2019 and “Homebirth” at High Art in Paris in 2018 were Garber-Maikovska’s last solo efforts. Prior to that he was included in a group survey at Brooklyn’s CLEARING in 2017. His works reside in museum collections including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.