Winter/spring 2016 exhibitions

Mana Contemporary, Jersey City / USA

February 17, 2016

Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
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Winter Open House: February 21, 2016, 1–6pm
A complimentary shuttle service will depart every half hour from Milk Studios (450 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011) starting at 12:30pm, with the last bus leaving Milk at 4pm. Returning buses are every half hour from Mana from 2 to 7pm.

Mana Contemporary is pleased to present three new exhibitions examining the nature of contemporary collecting, including:

Made in California: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
Through August 1, 2016

Presented over two floors of gallery space, Made in California is a star-studded selection of contemporary West Coast art from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, with works by legendary artists such as Ed Ruscha and Ed Kienholz. Weisman was a Los Angeles-based businessman whose passion and eye for contemporary art brought him international renown. 

Weisman began collecting in the mid-1950s, just as the Los Angeles art scene began to emerge on a national scale. He was an early supporter of many figures who rose to prominence under the Ferus Gallery, run by Walter Hopps and Kienholz. These LA artists were inspired by their daily lives and surroundings—the local terrain, vibrant sun, beautiful sunsets, blue skies, surfboards, and fast, flashy cars of California culture. Their sphere of influence became known as the Cool School. Weisman continued to collect, later joined by his wife, Billie Milam Weisman, a museum professional and now director of the foundation. This exhibition of more than 50 works showcases both a wide selection of mediums and movements.

The T’ang Horse: Anthony Quinn
Through August 1, 2016
Curated by Ysabel Pinyol

Known primarily as an actor, Anthony Quinn was also an accomplished visual artist. Over the course of his long life he produced an extensive oeuvre of paintings, drawings and sculptures. At the same time, Quinn was a voracious and obsessive collector, amassing a personal collection of more than 3,000 objects that included art works, rare books, antiques, African masks, decorative eggs and an array of found objects such as rocks and fragments of coral.

The T’ang Horse: Anthony Quinn brings together a representative sampling of Quinn’s own art works, juxtaposing them with pieces from his collection. The exhibition is named after an antique Chinese ceramic horse sculpture, the first artwork Quinn purchased as a young man. Quinn’s art and his collecting were inextricably entwined, and both were nourished and influenced by his constant travels as an international film star. Taken together, the objects in the exhibition trace the intersection between Quinn’s life, art, and film career, presenting a portrait of a prodigiously talented and endlessly driven man who, in the words of the scholar Jay Parini, was “an actor and artist who never ceased to create compelling work on whatever canvas he chose.”

Sudden Impact: Photography on the Printed Page
Through April 8, 2016

The International Center of Photography (ICP) presents this exhibition of thirty-five striking magazine covers and picture spreads from international periodicals of the 1920s to 1940s, exploring the moment when innovative photography and imaginative graphic design joined forces. The publications have been selected from ICP’s extensive collection of more than two thousand historic magazines, newspapers, and posters of the 20th Century. They include Vu, Regards, Estampa, Picture Post, Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung, Arbeiter Illustrierte Zeitung, USSR in Construction, and Life

Many of the iconic photographs of the 20th Century first reached the public in the pages of large-format illustrated magazines like these, which are today regarded as classics of dynamic graphic design. Among the artists and photographers whose images are highlighted in the exhibition are such celebrated figures as André Kertész, Martin Munkasci, Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White, Weegee, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Brassaï, and John Heartfield. 

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About Mana Contemporary
Founded in 2011, Mana Contemporary is an internationally-recognized arts destination dedicated to celebrating the creative process. Headquartered in a former tobacco warehouse in Jersey City, Mana unites artists’ studios, exhibition spaces, and ancillary services in a single location, facilitating conversation and collaboration among its burgeoning creative community. Together with its sister campuses in Chicago and Miami, Mana serves as a lively center for all members of the art world. Mana Contemporary is home to the Richard Meier Model Museum, Ayn Foundation, the International Center of Photography, The Florence Academy of Art, Gary Lichtenstein Editions, Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Armitage Gone! Dance, Keating Foundry, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Mana Urban Arts Project, and many others. For additional information, please visit

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*Image above: View of Made in California: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. Mana Contemporary, 2016. Featured works (left to right): Jack Goldstein, Untitled, 1988. Acrylic and metallic pigment on canvas, 100 x 96 x 6 inches (2 parts); Gisela Colon, Oval Melt Glo-Pod, (Iridescent Black Blue), 2014. Blow-molded acrylic, 90 x 30 x 11 inches; Jack Goldstein, Untitled, 1983. Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 96 inches; Ned Evans, Surfboard, 2013. Sliced surfboard and paint, 74 1⁄2 x 18 x 4 1⁄2 inches. Photo: John Berens.