by Ariston Anderson
With curators waking up to all-time low sales in the art market, we're always happy to see an independent gallery that's thriving. One of our favorite small galleries is L.A.'s own New Image Gallery. Founded in 1994 by Marsea Goldberg in her 10×10 design studio, the gallery has since grown to be at the forefront of fine art as well as to showcase the best in skate, street and surf scenes. New Image has launched pivotal shows for artists including Shepard Fairey, Ed Templeton, Neckface, Faile, Bäst and many more.
To celebrate, on 24 January 2009, New Image hosted a 15-year anniversary party, featuring new work from a multitude of their favorite artists. The gallery was jam-packed all night long with supporters, guaranteeing New Image's place in the L.A. art scene for a long time to come.
And while you're there, be sure to visit their latest show, Cleon Peterson's "The Occupation." From afar, the bright paintings and cartoonish figures seem to draw you into a friendly animated world. But once up close, Peterson's sinister worlds come alive through its characters' struggles between power and submission. It runs through February 14th.