Brannan Mason Gallery (BMG) a new contemporary art gallery with a focus on social impact opened its doors on March 2, 2019 in a 4,500 square foot commercial space in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. The inaugural exhibition, “CORNERSTONE” features U.S. debut of French photographer Etienne Rougery-Herbaut and Haitian artist Samdi.
Etienne Rougery-Herbaut and Samdi, Man with the Black Hat, 2019
Brannan Mason, founder of the gallery, is dedicated to creating a space that goes beyond the traditional scope of representing artists and organizing exhibitions. Integral to this position is a commitment to donate a minimum of 10 percent of the gallery’s earnings on artwork to vetted non-profit organizations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California is the benefiting organization of the first show with donations supporting the Immigrants’ Rights Project. The donations will be made in the name of the buyer of each work. Every exhibition will highlight a distinct cause that each artist is passionate about. As more exhibitions take place at the gallery, case studies will be published detailing the impact of the donated funds and the lasting effects that are being made.
CORNERSTONE will feature photographs from Rougery-Herbaut’s New York City series that highlight people that may have otherwise gone un-photographed, but are no less cornerstone to their families, community, and the city itself. Alongside Rougery-Herbaut’s crisp photographs will be new paintings by Samdi, gestural and abstracted portraits.
On view: March 2–March 30, 2019;
Where: 1923 S. Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90021