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Detroit, MI 48226
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Birmingham, MI 48009
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David Klein Gallery was established in Birmingham, MI in 1990 with an exhibition program focused on presenting national and regional contemporary artists. Since its founding, the gallery has maintained a strong interest in Post War American and European art, presenting historical surveys by significant 20th Century artists including Alexander Calder, Richard Diebenkorn, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Alex Katz, and Bob Thompson. 

In 2015, a second gallery was opened in downtown Detroit on historic Washington Boulevard. The scale of this architecturally significant space allowed for an expansion of the gallery’s contemporary program to include large-scale exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, photography, and installations by emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists. Exhibited artists include Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Emmy Bright, Susan Goethel Campbell, Jack Craig, Iris Eichenberg, Kim McCarty, Kelly Reemtsen, Robert Schefman, Rosalind Tallmadge, and Neha Vedpathak.

Throughout its thirty-three year history, David Klein Gallery has consistently cultivated a dialog between contemporary and historical artists. By working closely with the estates of Al Held, Clement Meadmore, Robert Motherwell, and Jack Tworkov, the gallery presents compelling and historically significant exhibitions to our Detroit audience. That practice, paired with a diverse program of exceptional contemporary artists, affirms its status as one of the leading galleries in the Mid-West. It is the only Detroit based member of the prestigious Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA).  In addition to the rigorous exhibition schedule in both Metro Detroit locations, David Klein Gallery partcipates annually in art fairs in New York, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles. 

David Klein Gallery has helped build notable collections with discerning collectors since its inception and maintains working relationships with numerous museums and curators. The gallery has placed work in multiple national institutions including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Cranbrook Art Museum, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Flint Institute of Arts, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the International African American Museum.
Artists Represented:
Elise Ansel
Ebitenyefa Baralaye
Emmy Bright
Susan Goethel Campbell
Matthew Hawtin
Kim McCarty
Marianna Olague
Kelly Reemtsen
Robert Schefman
Rosalind Tallmadge
Neha Vedpathak

Works Available By:
Milton Avery
Larry Bell
Norman Bluhm
Alexander Calder
Giorgio Cavallon
John Chamberlain
Mark di Suvero
Jean Dubuffet
Michael Goldberg
Al Held
Hans Hofmann
Alex Katz
Sol Lewitt
Robert Mangold
Conrad Marca-Relli
John McLaughlin
Clement Meadmore
Louise Nevelson
Milton Resnick
George Rickey
Joel Shapiro
David Smith
Richard Stankiewicz
Jack Tworkov
Bernar Venet
Tom Wesselmann


Scott Hocking at David Klein Gallery, Detroit
Kenny Scharf at David Klein Gallery, Detroit
Two Painters: Carrie Moyer & Anke Weyer at David Klein Gallery, Detroit
New Work, New Year, David Klein Gallery, Detroit
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Current Exhibition

Ebitenyefa Baralaye


June 22, 2024 - July 27, 2024
The vessel is a container, a marker of life and civilization. It holds elements that sustain and support a society or household. It is a silent witness to the lives and worlds around it, a ready presence that receives and perceives without judgment while holding and reflecting its own story, walls, cracks, weight, and material nature. In reflection, I recognize some of its attributes within myself. The vessel sees and receives me as everything it is and anything I am. People are hosts to one another. Our beings and lives are held within walls of flesh, emotion, and thought born of time and force (active and passive). We pass, converge, gather, and hold the myriads of things that make us vessels of humanity while meeting, avoiding, or navigating through the gaze and presence of all we momentarily become host to or hosted by. A phone rings, a friend arrives, a multitude of steps come to a stop, or a presentation starts - we enter, we stay, and we leave. As hosts and the hosted we create spaces, fleeting and lasting, bright and dark, silent and loud, to see and receive one another as we are and to leave each other more or less than who we were. The array of vessels in Host each carry their own story in form color, utility, and symbolism while inviting the viewer to reflect on their own narratives. The works engage as a community that mirrors the complexity of communal life and become an audience to the viewer as host or hosted.

Past Exhibitions

Kelly Reemtsen


May 11, 2024 - June 15, 2024
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present Kelly Reemtsen: Duality, an exhibition of new paintings, large scale pastel drawings and unique etchings. An opening reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, May 11, 5– 8 PM at David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Boulevard, Detroit. In her latest body of work, Reemtsen tackles the concept of Duality. The multiple characteristics of human nature can cause complex, often opposing instincts resulting in two faces, one a public self and one a private self. Love and hate, good and evil, happy, and sad, serious and playful; all of these qualities co-exist in an individual human. Choosing two different mediums to portray “twin” images, the artist makes her point with her arresting compositions produced in both vibrant pastel drawings and multi-layered deeply textured oil paintings, subtlety highlighting the concept of two different selves. As viewers we become aware of a sense of intentionality on the part of the artist. Employing varied mediums, a nuance of detail and slight tweaks in the intensity of color, the artist introduces us to meaningful differences, differences not shouted but whispered in a myriad of ways. Her real effort is to get us to look in the first place in this era of overload. To look closely. And in looking closely the world that once appeared as a lame progression of sameness becomes a wondrous kingdom of marvelous details and nuanced differences. Once again, the world has a hope of being meaningful if only observed at close range. Anthony Mastromatteo, 2024 Reemtsen continues to address the ongoing challenges faced by contemporary women. Her iconic series of richly textured paintings and masterful prints featuring fashionably dressed women wielding powerful tools resonates with all audiences. Her compelling images act as metaphors for the capable women who arm themselves with quick minds, inherent talents, and the necessary resources to achieve success in today’s complicated world. Reemtsen addresses her subject matter with style and wit, but her intentions are serous. What will it take for women to finally achieve equality? Reemtsen is an accomplished painter and print maker whose work has been widely exhibited at galleries and art fairs in the United States and abroad since 1996. Her work is in multiple private and public collections including the collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI. This is her sixth solo exhibition with David Klein Gallery. Reemtsen trained at Otis Parsons, Los Angeles, CA, California State University, Long Beach, CA; Art Center, Pasadena, CA; and Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. A native of Flint, Michigan, Kelly Reemtsen lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She maintains studios in Los Angeles and in London.

Benjamin Pritchard

Nature Worship

March 23, 2024 - May 4, 2024
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present BENJAMIN PRITCHARD, Nature Worship, featuring Pritchard’s recent paintings and work on paper. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, 5– 8 PM at David Klein Gallery, Detroit. Pritchard has spent the last few years working in both his Brooklyn studio and in a rustic shed at his family’s Michigan home. It is his natural surroundings at home that have exerted the strongest influence on the work in Nature Worship. Pritchard’s process is instinctive, discovering the image through the paint itself, working in multiple layers of color and texture to find the balance and substance in each canvas. The work’s bold, almost wild, organic forms and saturated color are underpinned by his intimate knowledge of 20th Century Abstraction and Expressionism. Pritchard notes the influences of favorite artists, such as Al Held, Forrest Bess, Albert Pinkham Ryder and Gustave Moreau whose work explores the boundaries between the nature and abstraction. Pritchard takes the discord and unpredictability of life, both significant and mundane, and manages to derive pure aesthetic harmony. The paintings and drawings consolidate the tumult of the world and the psyche within. Instead of rejecting these invasive elements, they are joyfully embraced as a source of inspiration and beauty. The aesthetic radiance, powerful euphoric energy, and humanity of the artwork are achieved through accepting rawness and leaving intact the tangible internal and external struggle of creating the work. - Equity Gallery, New York, NY, 2021 After spending decades in urban areas I got deeply involved in observing the days and weather in Michigan, feeling the days move into the new season. The work began to proliferate and themes around observations of mortality and renewal, nature and repetition and change began to emerge. I think of these paintings as landscapes, not as descriptive or impressionist inspired images, but inspired by my immersion in this specific place. - Benjamin Pritchard March 2024 Benjamin Pritchard lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He also maintains a studio in the Detroit Metro area where he was raised. Pritchard has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad including David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI; Eric Firestone Gallery, New York NY and East Hampton, NY; M David & Co, Brooklyn, NY; John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY; Gallery Shoshinken, Nagano, Japan; and Koh Phangdon Arts Center, Thailand. In addition to his solo show at David Klein Gallery in March 2024 upcoming exhibitions will take place at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; and Billytown, The Hague, Belgium. Pritchard has organized and curated group exhibitions including Cup o Sugar at Lorimoto Gallery, Ridgewood, NY, Paintings in Trees, People’s Garden, Brooklyn, NY; as well as numerous guerilla exhibitions in abandoned buildings in New York City and London, England. Pritchard has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Additional studies include the New York Studio School from 1994-1996. Awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation award for residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Drawing...a line goes for a walk

February 3, 2024 - March 16, 2024
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present DRAWING, an exhibition of drawings by 21 contemporary artists. The list of artists includes Emmy Bright, Shea Burke, Cydney Camp, Susan Goethel Campbell, Jack Craig, Conrad Egyir, Whitfield Lovell, Kim McCarty, Armin Mersmann, Mary-Ann Monforton, Marianna Olague, Joel Daniel Phillips, Benjamin Pritchard, Kelly Reemtsen, Jessica Rohrer, Tylonn J. Sawyer, Robert Schefman, Willie Wayne Smith, Neha Vedpathak, Charles Edward Williams, and Cayce Zavaglia. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 3rd, 5– 8 PM at David Klein Gallery Detroit. A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. -Paul Klee The exhibition reveals a broad view of the practice of drawing by the twenty-one participating artists. There are multiple techniques at work here including large-scale charcoal drawings by Conrad Egyir and Tylonn Sawyer, a 3-D rendering of a very long line by Emmy Bright, Cayce Zavaglia’s embroidered portrait, life-like gouache drawings by Jessica Rohrer, a graphite composition by Willie Wayne Smith and Whitfield Lovell’s conte crayon drawing with an attached found object. A drawing is the most intimate experience you can have with an artist’s work. From the artist’s eye to the hand and the paper, it’s an instinctive process. Because drawing is so immediate a spontaneity occurs that doesn’t always take place with painting or sculpture. As Roberta Smith observed, the possibilities are endless. Drawing is really the best of all art mediums. Its history is long and encompassing, truly global, virtually unbounded…drawings bring us close to an artist’s thoughts, feelings and touch with an intimacy that sometimes seems metabolic. -Roberta Smith

Marianna Olague

People You Know

November 11, 2023 - December 23, 2023
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present People You Know, an exhibition of new paintings by Marianna Olague. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 5– 8 PM at David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Blvd, Detroit. Marianna Olague is a painter born and raised in El Paso, Texas where the desert environment and tight knit borderland community heavily influence her work, from the brilliantly saturated colors to her symbolic representations of the USA-Mexico border. Finding beauty in the familiar is central to Olague’s practice. She uses portraiture to explore what it means to be Mexican American in the 21st century, creating intimate paintings of her friends and family, sharing snapshots of their everyday lives as they work, play, and rest. As we delve deeper, these small moments become representative of the larger identities her subjects shift through as they grow and evolve. People You Know presents a new series of familial portraits. Throughout art history artists have called upon family members, friends and neighbors to sit for them and Olague continues this tradition. Her subjects are all loved ones: family and friends that are considered family. Each portrait bears witness to the different roles they take on as they adapt to the milestones and challenges in their lives. Olague states, “I’m interested in how the people I know grow and change over time and how this evolution can be captured through portraiture.” While her work is deeply personal, broader archetypes can be recognized throughout the exhibition: the mother, the artist, the lovers, the student, and more. Something all the subjects share is their Mexican American identity, a role which colors their life experiences and cannot be altered. Olague’s use of pure color imbues her compositions with a dazzling vitality. Shedding the expected palette, a girl on a park bench becomes a study in purple, concrete walls look like sunsets and foliage turns cobalt blue. The oversaturated hues are a hint at the subject’s emotional state as well as a reference to traditional Mexican art. She explains that “adding layers of saturated color to the canvas is my way of savoring a singular moment… I’m also adhering to the Mexican tradition of re-coloring the world around me.” Marianna Olague has an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI and a BFA from the University of El Paso, El Paso, TX. Her work is in multiple private and public collections including the Rubin center for Visual Arts, El Paso, TX and Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Olague’s painting, Customer Service Representative, 2020, is included in the Outwin 2022, American Portraiture Today which opened at the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery in April 2022 and is traveling through 2024 to the Orlando Museum of Art; Orlando, FL; Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA; and Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI. Olague’s work has been shown in multiple exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit including in the McNay Museum San Antonio TX, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. Awards include the 2021 Chinati Foundation Residency, the 2019 Künstlerhaus Bethanien Residency, Berlin and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Emerging Artist Award. Marianna Olague lives and works in El Paso, Texas, she is represented by David Klein Gallery.

Robert Motherwell

An Art Stripped Bare

September 30, 2023 - November 4, 2023
An Art Stripped Bare is an intimate survey of Robert Motherwell’s work on paper from 1965 – 1980. The show’s title comes from Motherwell’s essay What Abstract Art Means to Me (1951). “An art stripped bare” is how Motherwell described one of the most striking aspects of abstract art’s appearance; the absence of objects and subject, an art detached from the natural world. The nine works on paper that comprise this exhibition exemplify this “nakedness”. Motherwell created each work utilizing a series of elegant gestures in a variety of mediums; oil, ink, charcoal, and gouache. An Art Stripped Bare is the first Motherwell exhibition in metropolitan Detroit since the early 1970s.

Iris Eichenberg

Topoanalysis: Wer Bin Ich?

September 23, 2023 - November 4, 2023
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present Topoanalysis/Wer bin ich? an exhibition of new work by Iris Eichenberg. This is Eichenberg’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 5– 8 PM at David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Blvd, Detroit. A conversation with the artist will take place at the gallery on Saturday, October 21st.

Elise Ansel, Alisa Henriquez, Caroline Del Giudice, Rosalind Tallmadge

Together & Apart | A Legacy of Abstraction

June 8, 2023 - July 22, 2023
David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Blvd, Detroit presents Together & Apart: A Legacy of Abstraction, an exhibition of painting and sculpture by Elise Ansel, Caroline Del Giudice, Alisa Henriquez, and Rosalind Tallmadge. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 8th from 5 – 8 PM. “Together and Apart” is the title of a short story by Virginia Woolf in which she explores artistic affinity between friends whose paths are parallel yet distinctly unique. The four artists in this exhibition work in the abstract – a style from which women have historically been excluded and under-recognized. While their mediums of choice vary from gestural painting to welded metal sculpture, the work presented exudes audacious power and challenges our traditions of both abstraction and femininity.

Al Held

Works on Paper from 1960

May 20, 2023 - July 1, 2023
David Klein Gallery, 163 Townsend Street, Birmingham, MI is pleased to present an exhibition of over twenty of Al Held’s rarely seen works on paper from 1960. Consisting of only one or two swiftly applied brushstrokes of India ink on wax paper; these lean and organic compositions offer an intriguing preamble to Held’s more recognizable hard-edged, overlapping geometric abstractions from the late 1960s.

Neha Vedpathak

Creative Force

April 22, 2023 - May 27, 2023
David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Blvd, Detroit, Michigan is pleased to announce the opening of Neha Vedpathak: Creative Force, an exhibition of new work by the artist. An opening reception will be held April 22nd from 5 – 8 PM. A conversation with the artist is scheduled for May 6th at 3:30 PM. Neha Vedpathak’s upbringing in India has played a vital role in her studio practice. Her work is deeply influenced by the rituals and meditation practices that were a prevalent part of her childhood. Using a selfinvented technique she calls “plucking,” Vedpathak spends hundreds of hours separating the fibers of handmade Japanese paper using a small pin. The process is slow, repetitive, and ultimately a meditation.

Matthew Hawtin, Sylvain Malfroy-Camine, Benjamin Pritchard

New Work: Matthew Hawtin | Sylvain Malfroy-Camine | Benjamin Pritchard

March 18, 2023 - April 29, 2023
David Klein Gallery, 163 Townsend St, Birmingham, Michigan, is pleased to announce the opening of New Work: Matthew Hawtin, Sylvain Malfroy-Camine, Benjamin Pritchard. All three artists are Detroit based abstract painters with styles ranging from boldly gestural to coolly minimal. Together they demonstrate the full range of contemporary abstract painting.

Ricky Weaver

Crucify my Flesh: New Work by Ricky Weaver

February 25, 2023 - April 1, 2023
David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan, is pleased to announce the opening of “Crucify My Flesh", an exhibition presenting two new series of photographs by artist Ricky Weaver. A reception for the artist will be held February 25th, 2023 from 5–8 PM. Ricky Weaver is an artist, writer, and mother creating work which she describes as “image-based objects trafficking in the grammar of black feminist futurity.” Through her photographic practice , Weaver explores interconnected concepts of archive, lineage, and spirituality, constructing detailed narratives through the images she presents. Weaver’s photographs range from depictions of her body negotiating domestic spaces, recalling the work of her mentor Carrie Mae Weems, to nuanced gestures that honor the sanctity of Black women's everyday life. The figures in her work often include her family or herself; she addresses the sonic, linguistic, and visual as a way to posture the body as a central mechanism for storing, downloading, and transferring archives– ultimately creating a connection between the present moment and the past.

Mary-Ann Monforton


December 10, 2022 - February 4, 2023
David Klein Gallery, 163 Townsend Street, Birmingham, Michigan is pleased to announce the opening of LUXE, an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Mary-Ann Monforton from her recent series, Everybody is a Star. Monforton presents her tongue-in-cheek “luxury” line of bags and shoes fabricated with wire mesh, plaster gauze, paint and an occasional steel spike. Her Hermes Birkin, Chanel Bucket and Fendi Baguette are humorous Claes Oldenburg-style takes on familiar objects which, in this case, are the sought-after accessories and shoes avidly collected by status seeking fashionable consumers. In recent years the trend setting influencers on social media have successfully promoted what appears to be an insatiable global desire for luxury goods. Monforton has taken her spoofs of these extravagant items to a new level with her joyful super-sized renditions of designer shoes and bags. Also, along for the ride are her colorful starry-eyed drawings of the same desirable goods: a Gucci Jackie, a Louis Vuitton Speedy and Valentino Garavani appear with other favorites. The installation features a 40-inch gold-painted wire mesh and plaster gauze Chandelier floating over the fabulous items on display. It is a charming addition to the series and reminiscent of the splendid décor you’ll experience in the elegant boutiques and shoe salons found in cities like Milan, New York, and Paris. The real and the fake is constantly at play in my latest body of work. LUXE explores the psychology of fame, fortune, mega-wealth, and privileged consumption. The broader concepts of ascribing value to things is played out in this line of luxury goods that defy perfection and are rife with failure and humor …Mary-Ann Monforton 2022 Mary-Ann Monforton is an artist and curator. She was the Associate Publisher of BOMB Magazine from 1995 to 2021. Previous to that, she was involved in the NYC downtown art scene working as a music promoter from the late 70s through the early 80s. Monforton has exhibited her artwork in New York and elsewhere since 2014 and has curated numerous exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles since 1985. She was born in Windsor, Canada and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She holds a BFA from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI. Monforton was a resident of New York City from 1974 to 2021. Mary-Ann Monforton currently lives and works in Detroit.

Scott Hocking


November 19, 2022 - February 18, 2023
David Klein Gallery, Detroit is pleased to announce the opening of Scott Hocking Retrograde,featuring sculpture and photo collages from 1997– 2022 and including new work related to his sculpture Floating Citadel, recently installed at Huntington Place in downtown Detroit. Much of this work encompasses Hocking’s Alchemical Works series, a continuous exploration from 1997 through the present day. Running concurrently with Hocking’s mid-career retrospective exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, Scott Hocking Retrograde also showcases artworks from the last 25 years. These freestanding and wall-mounted sculptures reference cages, grates, drains, mystic symbols, celestial bodies, human skeletons, and utilize various found objects and cast metals. Hocking repeats his Alchemical motif in many forms, symbolizing the threshold between opposites: above and below, inside and outside, good and evil, decay and rebirth, all manifested through an interest in the inherent duality and balance of life / death. Inspired by subjects ranging from ancient mythologies to current events, Hocking sees these works as focused on transformation, ephemerality, chance, and the cycles of nature. Scott Hocking is widely recognized for his site-specific installations and sculptures that are often constructed in neglected structures, making use of found objects and materials on site. His multi-year, multiple photographic series are related to the site-specific installations as well as the ongoing exploration of iconic Detroit-centric locations, vignettes, and abandoned debris. Hocking often combines the rubble and detritus with mythological references and mysticism, his installations look to shared historical interpretations of life and death cycles. A sixth-generation Detroiter, Hocking descends from a long line of Polish immigrants and Cornish copper miners who settled in Michigan’s Copper Harbor in the Upper Peninsula. His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, The Mattress Factory Museum, the Van Abbe Museum, Kunst-Werke Institute, Kunsthalle Wien and the Lille 3000 Triennial, Lille, France. His solo exhibition, Scott Hocking, Detroit Stories,opened at Cranbrook Art Museum on November 5th, 2022. Scott Hocking was recently awarded the prestigious 2022 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. Previous awards include the Kresge Artist Fellowship, the Efroymson Artist Fellowship, the Knight Foundation Challenge Grant, as well as residential grants in France, Iceland, Australia, Canada, Brazil, and throughout the United States. Scott Hocking lives and works in Detroit. He is represented by David Klein Gallery. *Installation photography by PD Rearick.

Sylvain Malfroy-Camine


October 22, 2022 - November 26, 2022
David Klein Gallery, 163 Townsend Street, Birmingham, Michigan, is pleased to announce the opening of Scherzo, a presentation of new paintings by the Detroit based artist, Sylvain Malfroy-Camine. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, October 22, 5-7 PM. The artist notes: “Scherzo is a kind of musical composition that also means ‘joke’ in Italian. In titling the show this way, I hope to imply music in the work shown, but also to lightly question the amusing notion of music’s relationship to painting, since paintings are notoriously silent.” Scherzo features Malfroy-Camine’s most recent paintings on a grand scale, with a palette reminiscent of the Impressionists and Pointillists of the early 20th century. The work also reveals a relationship to Larry Poons’ colorfield paintings of the early 1960s with their painterly dots and ellipses. “I make work improvisationally, allowing marks to build upon each other or fall into a din of chaos. I mix colors slowly on the palette, read the activity taking place in the painting, and deliberate my next moves as I decide where the painting ought to go. In this way, I don’t presuppose the painting, and allow it to move by some chance and by some choice, until it arrives into harbor, freshly painted, or dinged and dented…” Sylvain Malfroy-Camine, October 2022 Sylvain Malfroy-Camine received his BA in Art at University of Massachusetts, Boston and an MFA in Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. A first-generation American, Malfroy-Camine grew up near Boston and spent childhood summers visiting family in France. Time spent there left him with the impressions of the light and landscapes of that country, impressions which remain with him to this day.

Mario Moore

Midnight and Canaan

September 24, 2022 - November 5, 2022
Mario Moore has a passion for digging into the past to find the stories that are the foundation of his beautifully rendered paintings. Extensive research of the subject matter is a fundamental component of his practice. Moore’s previous series have included examinations of the role of African Americans in the Civil War, the presence of African Americans at Princeton University and his family’s history in Detroit. Inspired by the study of "A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland,” Wayne State University Press, Moore’s research for the Midnight and Canaan exhibition led him to navigate the history of the Underground Railroad in the Canadian border cities of Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada.

Family Ties | Curated by Ebitenyefa Baralaye

June 23, 2022 - August 6, 2022
David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan, is pleased to announce the opening of Family Ties, curated by Ebitenyefa Baralaye. The exhibition features ceramic sculpture by Shea Burke, Patrice Renee Washington, and Ebitenyefa Baralaye and paintings by Patrick Quarm. Family Ties touches on the multi-layered bonds that connect those closest to us, our given and adopted family members, friends, and community. These bonds are manifested in traditions, shared history, common spaces, and elements of identity encompassing everything from the rituals and patterns of styling hair, the particulars of gathering places for food and meals, and the textures and shades of skin. The concept of family in this way defines itself in answering the question “Where and who are your people?” Apart from an interpretation of separation or divisiveness, this question is more productively understood as leaning in and drawing upon connections that are essential for unity, health and well-being, especially during a time when we seem to need these things the most. - Ebitenyefa Baralaye, June 2022 Ebitenyefa Baralaye is a Detroit based ceramicist, sculptor, and educator. He holds a BFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; and an MFA in ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Baralaye has been exhibited widely in the U.S. as well as in Korea and Canada including Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; Friedman Benda, New York, NY; Emma Scully Gallery, New York, NY; and Staple Goods, New Orleans, LA. Most recently, he curated the exhibition, Family Ties, for David Klein Gallery, Detroit. He is currently the section head of Ceramics at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI. Baralaye is represented by David Klein Gallery, Detroit, Shea Burke holds a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have participated in multiple exhibitions including Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL; Harvard Ceramics, Cambridge, MA; Ikeda Gallery, Manhattan, KS; Alfred University, Alfred, NY; and SAIC, Chicago, IL. They were the recipient of a Zenobia Award for a residency at Watershed Ceramics in 2018 and was a Studio Fellow at Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN. Burke, a native of Rochester, NY currently resides in Cambridge MA, where they are Artist In Residence at Harvard Ceramics. Patrick Quarm is from the Republic of Ghana in West Africa. He received at BFA in Painting from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and holds an MFA in Painting from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Quarm’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Ghana and in Europe including Ross+Kramer Gallery, New York, NY; Albertz Benda Gallery, New York, NY; N’Namdi Contemporary Miami, Miami, FL; Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI; Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, England; K.N.U.S.T Museum Kumasi, Ghana; Kunstraum Potsdam, Berlin; Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI; and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI. His work is in multiple public and private collections including the Syracuse University Museum, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and Kemper Museum collection. Residencies include artist-in-residence at the Red Bull Artist Residency, Detroit and the prestigious NXTHVN Fellowship in New Haven, Ct. Quarm currently lives and works in Ghana and in the United States. Patrice Renee Washington, a native of Chicago, IL, holds a BFA from Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO and an MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY. Washington has shown in the United States and Canada including exhibitions at Marinaro, New York, NY; Underdonk Gallery, New York, NY; The New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA; Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada; Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY. Her solo exhibition, Patrice Renee Washington: Charts, Parts, and Holders, was held at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO in 2018. Residencies include Abrons Art Center, New York, NY; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO; Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.

Everything Else

May 7, 2022 - June 11, 2022
David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan, is pleased to announce the opening of Everything Else, an exhibition of painting, sculpture and work on paper by Caroline Del Giudice, Matthew Hawtin, Brittany Nelson, Benjamin Pritchard, Meghann Riepenhoff, Lauren Semivan, Neha Vedpathak, and Sylvain Malfroy-Camine. The title of this group exhibition is borrowed from an Al Held interview that was recorded in 1975 for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Held, a pioneer of hard-edged abstraction, moved to Paris in the early 1950’s and soon realized that he didn’t have to follow rules about what to paint. At the time, the New York City art world had a very rigid view about what was considered acceptable abstraction. Paris allowed Held the freedom to fully explore alternative possibilities. “….what happened was I realized very quickly that Paris was an easy place to paint everything else because I had all the New York experience, all the New York painting that I had seen, but being in Paris alone with new friends, I didn't have to explain myself to my old friends, all betrayals, of leaving them and their aesthetic, you know, in the sense—Do you follow me?—that I was able to hop, skip and jump because I was a free man.” - Al Held, 1975 Fortunately, for the contemporary artists in this show, they are not bound by rules. These artists have the freedom to create their own personal language when producing work in their studios. Caroline Del Giudice chooses steel as her medium. While acknowledging the recent history of abstract sculpture, she pushes the forms, often adding playful color and metallic finishes, unlike her aggressive predecessors. Matthew Hawtin continues the practice of minimalism, with references to some of his predecessors, but his torqued canvases, shaped fiberglass panels, and subtle color variations provide multi-layered elements to his formal compositions.  Brittany Nelson and Lauren Semivan step outside the more traditional methods of making photographs and employ antique processes to produce their arresting images. The end result of their individual practices appears to be beautiful abstract paintings with trompe l’oeil effects. Meghann Riepenhoff also uses historical techniques when producing her photographs, however, she brings her involvement with the environment into the cyanotype process. Taking sheets of light sensitive paper to the beach, she allows water, sand and natural debris to wash over it. The paper turns blue when exposed to light and impressions of sand and water are revealed in the final image.  Neha Vedpathak’s striking compositions are part painting and part construction. She uses a self-invented, technique of separating the fibers of Japanese handmade paper with tiny push pins, gently adding color as she works. The resulting plucked paper paintings resemble lace-like fabric in nuanced, abstract compositions. Her slow, repetitive, process becomes a meditation, an experience shared by the viewer. Ben Pritchard and Sylvain Malfroy-Camine make paintings that focus on process, each approaching it in a different way. Pritchard’s multi-layered compositions are reminiscent of the early abstract expressionists. His inclination to paint “en plein air” adds a lively immediacy to his work. Malfroy-Camine often eschews tradition with his geometrically shaped canvases as pentagons, hexagons and octagons instead of the expected rectangular formats. Poons-like ovals float through the work and impressionistic strokes of color give the effect of capturing light-filled moments in time.

Susan Goethel Campbell

Second Nature

March 12, 2022 - April 30, 2022
David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan, is pleased to announce the opening of Second Nature, an exhibition of new work by Susan Goethel Campbell. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, March 12, 4 – 8 pm, by appointment. Susan Goethel Campbell has always been interested in collecting and documenting ephemeral materials found in nature. Dandelion pods, fallen leaves and other debris from plants and trees have often found their way into her work. The result is an observance of the continual cyclical process of growth, decay, and reformation. Campbell’s visual documentation of nature’s process becomes a tangible narration of time. By exploring both reflection and absorption evident in the surfaces of the work, she finds a footing in the worlds of images and imagination. There are two bodies of work in the Second Nature exhibition: Hibiscus Years, a series of digital photographic prints produced by layering delicate dried hibiscus flowers on top of one another and then photographing the result. And Seasonals, a series of unique walnut stained, hand-sewn and hand-perforated large scale prints on Japanese paper. “Observation of natural processes is front and center in this body of work: a reminder of the bridge between life, death, and reformation. A plant does not think about dropping its leaves or fruit. If it holds on to them forever, it remains stuck in time. Similarly, this exhibition is a marker of transitions, not permanence.” - Susan Campbell, March 2020 Susan Goethel Campbell’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States as well as in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. Her work is in numerous private and public collections including Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; New York Public Library, New York, NY; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; and Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS. Campbell holds an MFA in printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has been awarded numerous grants and residencies. She lives and works in Metro Detroit.

Salon Redux

January 22, 2022 - February 26, 2022
Please join us on January 22nd for the opening of Salon, Redux at David Klein Gallery, Detroit. The exhibition, featuring the work of 27 artists, presents over 50 small scale works in various media including collage, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. Participating artists: Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Emmy Bright, Caroline Del Giudice, Terry Lee Dill, Bakpak Durden, Patrick Ethen, James Benjamin Franklin, Matthew Hawtin, Alisa Henriquez, Scott Hocking, Brad Howe, Anthony Mastromatteo, Sylvain Malfroy-Camine, Mary-Ann Monforton, Brittany Nelson, Marianna Olague, Rachel Pontious, Benjamin Pritchard, Kelly Reemtsen, Jessica Rohrer, Robert Schefman, Lauren Semivan, Mark Sengbusch, Rosalind Tallmadge, Neha Vedpathak, Ricky Weaver and Richard Wilson.

Rosalind Tallmadge


November 13, 2021 - December 18, 2021
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present Rosalind Tallmadge, Terrain, featuring Tallmadge’s latest series of paintings. An opening reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, November 13, 4 - 8 PM by appointment via TOCK. See below for link. Tallmadge is recognized for her multi-textured paintings incorporating manmade materials such as sequins and glass beads, with mica and metal leaf, creating surfaces that are evocative of substances found in nature, like tree bark or metamorphic rock. Using sequin fabric as her canvas she references the feminine body, costume, and the fashion industry within the framework of monochrome and color field painting, an historically male-dominated field. “Aside from the implicit politics of the medium, I want to create elusive, experiential paintings that activate the viewer’s body through their seductive light-based surfaces The pieces are meant to be organic, almost living beings that reveal themselves over time. They are both psychically interior and exterior, evoking degraded urban surfaces or worn rocks you would happen upon in nature.” - Rosalind Tallmadge, 2021 Possessing beauty and a luminous presence, Tallmadge’s paintings alternatively excavate and layer on light catching intervals of silver and gold leaf, often with sparkling additions of sequins and glitter. In this newest body of work for Terrain, the artist has delved into using natural minerals with chunky applications of various forms of mica. These chunks of mica, commonly found in igneous and metamorphic rock, offer a weighty companion to the use of more delicate materials like metal leaf, glass beads and sequins, creating a metaphor on the power that is produced by the combination of traditionally male and female characteristics. Rosalind Tallmadge, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a multi-media artist, currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is in multiple private and public collections and has been exhibited widely in New York City, Detroit and Chicago. Most recently she was included in the 2021 exhibition, With Eyes Opened: Cranbrook Academy of Art since 1932, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Tallmadge has received numerous awards and residencies including the Oxbow School of Art, the DNA Residency, Provincetown, MA and the Yale Summer School of Art, New Haven, CT. Rosalind Tallmadge received a BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IL and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2015.

Kelly Reemtsen

Kelly Reemtsen: Multiples

September 25, 2021 - October 30, 2021
“Being out of my element is quite scary. It keeps me on my toes. Printmaking definitely fills that need. It allows me to shake it up a bit.” – Kelly Reemtsen David Klein Gallery, 163 Townsend St, Birmingham, MI is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition of Kelly Reemtsen’s prints and multiples. Over the past decade, Kelly has explored every tool in the printmaking toolbox; woodcut, screen print, lithography, and etching. This exhibition will include rare examples of her first large scale woodcuts Splitting Hairs and You Wouldn’t from 2012, unique hand painted etchings Twister Sister, Ground Breaking, and Birthday Girl from 2015 and her most recent screen prints Smashing and Dig It. In addition to prints, the exhibition will include important examples of Kelly’s sculptures – Xanax Rainbow (2012), Fuck The System (2015), and her most recent work Taking Shape (2020). Kelly Reemtsen MULTIPLES will run concurrently with her exhibition of new paintings A VIEW FROM David Klein Gallery Detroit.

Kim McCarty and Kelly Reemtsen

A View from L.A.: Kim McCarty & Kelly Reemtsen

September 25, 2021 - October 30, 2021
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present A View From L.A. featuring new paintings by Kim McCarty & Kelly Reemtsen. Also presenting, Bird’s Eye featuring new paintings and drawings by Jessica Rohrer. Kim McCarty and Kelly Reemtsen have maintained their studio practices in the city of Los Angeles for their entire careers. The climate and atmosphere of Southern California has a tangible effect on those who live and work there. Brilliant sun, blue skies, and the Pacific Ocean adjacent to the sprawling city weigh in, all permeating daily life. Color and light are at their best. Kim McCarty is known for her evanescent watercolors that evoke the impermanence of nature and humanity. She captures fleeting moments in time with fluid renderings of faces and figures, plants and flowers and domestic and wild animals, all are an intuitive response to the ever changing world around her. Adolescents become adults, nature relentlessly cycles through the seasons, blooming, fading and blooming again. McCarty’s process endeavors to create a delicate balance between realism and abstraction. She works quickly, embracing the transparency of the medium, often creating and losing images within seconds. With her most recent group of paintings, Kelly Reemtsen continues to explore the ongoing challenges faced by contemporary women. Widely recognized and avidly collected, Reemtsen has developed an iconic series of richly textured paintings that feature beautifully dressed women wielding the kind of powerful tools traditionally reserved for men. This recurring image acts as a metaphor for the capable women who arm themselves with quick minds, inherent talents, and the necessary resources to achieve success in today’s complicated world. For this exhibition, in addition to traditional presentations, Reemtsen has employed the use of rounded panels to focus in on her subjects. As always, her clever tongue-in-cheek titles make a point.

Jessica Rohrer

Jessica Rohrer: Bird's Eye

September 25, 2021 - October 30, 2021
Jessica Rohrer’s recent work offers us a “Bird’s Eye” view as she continues the exploration of public and private space. With the use of a drone, Rohrer has moved outside of her own domestic space to explore the neighborhood around her. Her precise depictions of orderly streets, with their rows of perfect houses offer fascinating views of front walks, back porches, driveways, and sidewalks as seen from above, all in miniature. At first glance the meticulous images offer us a perspective that everything is the same and yet we know behind those front doors there are individuals living out their own private stories. Jessica Rohrer holds an MFA in painting from Yale University School of Art. She has a BA from Northwestern University and did post-graduate work at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been awarded multiple residencies including Yaddo, Wave Hill and the Guttenberg Space and Time Residency. Rohrer‘s work is in multiple private collections and has been exhibited widely throughout the United States since 1998. She has been reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Art in America, and The New Yorker. Rohrer lives and works in New Jersey.

Susan Goethel Campbell, Mitch Cope, Matthew Hawtin, Cooper Holoweski, Sylvain Malfroy-Camine, Ben Pritchard, Lauren Semivan

Best Times

July 17, 2021 - August 28, 2021
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present Best Times, featuring recent work by: Susan Campbell, Mitch Cope, Matthew Hawtin, Cooper Holoweski, Sylvain Malfroy-Camine, Ben Pritchard and Lauren Semivan. …I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. -Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby After long winters bereft of sunshine and rainy spring days the annual arrival of summer brings a return to color with bright blue skies, vibrant gardens, brilliant sunsets, and a certain kind of light unique to the season. It is the best of times. We celebrate the season and life refreshed with a selection of work from eight artists employing color in a multitude of ways. This summer begins again with Susan Goethel Campbell’s Lost City woodblock prints in layered hues of green and blue, Cooper Holoweski’s playful compositions with their purple and pink auras and Lauren Semivan’s painterly photographs in shades of red and pink. Matthew Hawtin’s minimalist collages of red, yellow, black and grey offer a subtle conversation on line and form and Mitch Cope’s large-scale tondo, Yellow Rose Moon, draws us into its buttery warmth. Sylvain Malfroy-Camine’s bright pointillist canvases are joyfully reminiscent of impressionist painting and provide an alternative use of color to Ben Pritchard’s richly layered abstractions. This summer, more than ever, we welcome a return to color and the best of times.

Carrie Moyer & Anke Weyer

Two Painters

May 1, 2021 - June 26, 2021
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present Two Painters: Carrie Moyer & Anke Weyer, both are New York based painters working in the abstract. Moyer and Weyer are recognized for their powerful, brilliantly hued, large-scale work, that confirms the relevance of abstraction now and in the future. Each of these artists has their own personal language, using her chosen medium of painting in a unique way. Weyer, with her use of gestural brushstrokes and raw color, is expressionistic in her process. Her instinctive approach is spontaneous and bold. Moyer’s paintings appear to be more refined and illusionistic. Her densely atmospheric imaginary landscapes, invite the viewer into a world saturated with color and wild forms. Carrie Moyer is known for her opulent paintings referencing pop art, color field and 1970s Feminist art which, at the same time, offer an original approach to contemporary abstraction. Her use of color has been described as “…the sole character, playing every role: energy, matter, ooze, architecture, the cosmic and the cosmos”… The selected paintings in this exhibition reveal her ongoing exploration of her medium, her use of gravity, form and color animating her work with a playful and yet infinite range of pictorial illusion. Anke Weyer attacks her canvases with visible physicality, the marks and brushstrokes building up compositions abounding in gesture and intense color. Spontaneous energy is evident in every painting, the work appearing to echo the physical movements of the artist as she takes on her monumentally scaled canvases. Weyer’s expressive brushstrokes and intense multifaceted colors vibrate off the canvas bringing a vibrant energy to the compositions. With influences derived from both landscape and the figure the artist’s mark making offers a nod to the street language of graffiti and leaves interpretation up to the viewer. Carrie Moyer’s work is in numerous public and private collections including the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Recent museum exhibitions include Three Graces: Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher and Carrie Moyer at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny, organized by the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; and Carrie Moyer: Interstellar at the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA. The work of Dyke Action Machine! Moyer’s public art collaboration with photographer Sue Schaffner, is currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum in their exhibition Agitprop! Carrie Moyer is the recipient of multiple awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting, the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and the Creative Capital Foundation Grant. Moyer lives and works in New York City where she is currently an Associate Professor at Hunter College. Anke Weyer was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1974. She attended the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste Städelschule, a highly competitive art school in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 1999 Weyer took a semester at Cooper Union, New York, NY, as an exchange student and moved permanently to New York City the following year. Her first solo exhibition was in 2020 at CANADA gallery in Tribeca, NYC. Since that time Weyer has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad including recent solo shows at CANADA, New York; Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium; Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles; and Office Baroque, Brussels; Belgium. She has recently participated in numerous group exhibitions including Women of Abstraction, MOCA Jacksonville, FL; Confronting the Canvas, Women of Abstraction, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL; The Last Waltz (For Leon), Tim Van Laere Gallery , Antwerp, Belgium; and A Show Yet to be Titled, Lucie Fontaine, Milan, Italy. Weyer currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and in the Western Catskills, NY. A monograph on the artist is forthcoming this year.

Emmy Bright

Alone Together (Views from the Bottom of the Pool)

March 20, 2021 - March 27, 2021
David Klein Gallery, 163 Townsend St, Birmingham, Michigan is pleased to present Emmy Bright Alone Together (Views from the Bottom of the Pool). This is Bright’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and will feature a new body of work created during the COVID – 19 Pandemic. In a recent conversation, Emmy Bright explored the origins of this new body of work and explained her elaborate working methods: One of my favorite things to do this past summer was to sit at the bottom of the pool. I would sit on the bottom holding the lowest rung of the ladder. And I’d keep myself there underwater until I was out of breath. I love looking up through the water to a rippled surface - even though you can’t see much from there. It is a very quiet and still place - with little sound too, but a lot can be felt - the temperature and currents of water. And it is very blue, or blue green or even dark depending on the time of day. I’m turning more and more to color for a certain kind of feeling. These drawings use line, movement, color, and removal to evoke intense emotion visually, rather than through text as I’ve done in the past. I use an elaborate inlay process where two sheets are colored, then repeatedly deconstructed and repaired with tape. What was cut from one panel appears in the other panel and vice versa. And the tape picks up tinted fingerprints, revealing my body and the work of repair. Some pieces were colored with special markers and brushes, but more and more I’ve been using my hands to move the ink across the paper. These works pay homage to places of beauty, visual sensuality, rest, and spaces for feeling and sensation. Amidst the fury of the now, I’m trying to make spaces to think, feel and breathe. Emmy Bright works in drawing, writing, print and performance. In all of these mediums, she explores the problems of empathy and the problems of boundaries. She often works with opposing binaries, like aloneness and togetherness, parts and wholes, breakage and repair, distance and connection. By working with opposites, she draws attention to how they connect, intermingle and depend on one another. In this current body of work, these opposites manifest as two sides of each panel (left and right or top and bottom.) The work contains strong variegated strokes of monochromatic color that are repeatedly cut into then reassembled and then taped, and these acts of removal and repair feel especially symbolic in the difficulty of the now. Bright has produced projects and exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Internationally. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art, Vermont Studio Center, New Urban Arts, University of Hawaii, and Haystack School of Crafts. She is currently an Artist in Residence and Head of Print Media at Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI). She lives and works in Southwest Detroit. Image caption: Emmy Bright, Between Us (This Side of the Blue) - 2020, Marker and tape on Yupo, 43 x 52 inches

Lucia Hierro

March 13, 2021 - June 19, 2021
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present a new installation by Lucia Hierro. The Bronx-based artist is known for her room-size installations of digital two-dimensional domestic environments that are often accompanied by supersized three-dimensional renditions of familiar grocery items. Hierro acknowledges the iconic mainstays of the Latin American home and table with images of plantains, Mazola corn oil, potted plants, devotional candles, and Fabuloso All Purpose Cleaner. These everyday objects are visual clues to the Dominican American culture the artist seeks to share with her audience. Hierro points out that “the TV in the ‘living Room’ is on a default screensaver of a tropical island reminiscent of the Dominican Republic”. The food items, furniture and decorations “allude to having a little piece of home one way or another. They are a nagging reminder that if not for circumstances American Imperialism brings to the island, we wouldn't need to be here busting our butts in bad weather”. The installation title, Y Quien Quiere ta' Comiendo Mierda e' Hielo, Cuando Puede ta' Bailando Algo Mejor? is named after lyrics in Dominican singer Rita Indiana’s song La Hora de Volver. Roughly translated it means "And who'd want to be eating shit ice when you could be dancing something better?" Lucia Hierro received a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Yale School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad, including the Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL; the Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx, NY and The Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA. Her first solo museum exhibition, Marginal Costs, will open at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, in June 2021. Residencies include Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; Redbull Arts, Detroit, MI and Casa Quien, Santa Domingo. Lucia Hierro lives and works in New York City. Caption:LUCIA HIERRO IN HER STUDIO, PHOTO BY KEVIN CLAIBORNE

Lavaughan Jenkins

March 13, 2021 - April 24, 2021
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Boston based artist Lavaughan Jenkins. He is known for his three dimensional sculptural “paintings” that merge figuration with abstraction. Starting with a wire and foam armature, Jenkins builds up his figures with large dollops of richly colored oil paint, fleshing out the vibrant characters. The women are often portrayed in what appears to be lushly colored ball gowns while the men are casually dressed in a suggestion of contemporary street wear. For this exhibition, the artist has given this particular group of figures titles of songs from his childhood such as I Say a Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin, Ghetto Child by Curtis Mayfield and Who Am I by The O’Jay’s. Jenkins states, “I picked these songs specifically for their story telling. Each one hits hard and tells you exactly how it is and who we are as Black people. These figures, both kneeling and standing, tell our truths, standing for all who can no longer do so.” Lavaughan Jenkins holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has participated in multiple exhibitions in the U.S. and in Beijing China. Jenkins was recently awarded the James and Audrey Foster Prize, presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Previous awards include the Blanche E. Colman Award and the Rob Moore Grant in Painting. Lavaughan Jenkins lives and works in Boston, MA Caption: Lavaughan Jenkins in his studio

New Work New Year

January 16, 2021 - February 27, 2021
2020 was a year of uncertainty, but one thing we know that remained constant was artists making art. Maybe there was a pause at the beginning, but ultimately artists found the inspiration to keep moving forward. Whether they continued to explore an ongoing body of work or create something entirely new, their practice endured. We invite you see the results of time spent at home, in the studio, in the city, in the country, on a river. Presenting new work by Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Susan Goethel Campbell, Matthew Hawtin, Scott Hocking, Cooper Holoweski, Kim McCarty, Mario Moore, Marianna Olague, Jason Patterson, Kelly Reemtsen, Robert Schefman, Lauren Semivan, Mark Sengbusch, Rosalind Tallmadge and Ricky Weaver.

Marianna Olague


November 7, 2020 - December 19, 2020
David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan is pleased to announce the opening of Gatekeepers, an exhibition of new paintings by Marianna Olague. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, November 7, 1–8 PM, by reservation via Tock. Olague’s work is about living in the borderland desert of El Paso, Texas, a predominately Hispanic city on the Mexican border. The Frontera is almost 2000 miles long, running from southern Texas all the way to southern California. It’s physical and psychological existence has a deep impact on the people who live in the cities and rural towns along the border. In El Paso, the border fence juts up against neighborhoods and playgrounds, it’s looming presence a two-story wire-mesh fence sitting atop a concrete slab. The brutalist structure of the fence blocks the former views of the Rio Grande and its surrounding greenery. Residents say they are used to it now. Throughout art history artists have called upon family members, friends and neighbors to sit for them. Olague continues that tradition, inviting her family to be the subjects of her narrative paintings. She is adept at capturing their likenesses but also their personalities and inner presence. In the painting, Mom Delivers Grubhub, the expression on her mother’s face and her bearing as she climbs the steps tells a story at one glance. The young man’s posture and his t-shirt, spiked necklace and tattoos in Todo Se Vuelve Alma, suggests what might be on his mind and in his heart. "I use portraiture to explore what it means to be Mexican American in the 21st century, providing a glimpse into the private lives of my own family. Like most people of color, my family members were born into poverty and still cling to the idea of the American dream in hopes of rising above their circumstances. This series of portraits captures those moments of minority struggle and labor but also moments of idleness, daydreaming and disillusionment that accompany the Mexican American experience." -Marianna Olague, October 2020 Olague’s use of pure brilliant color adds a dazzling vitality to the sun-bleached landscape of southern Texas. Shedding the expected palette, blue skies become orange, concrete walls look like sunsets and foliage turns cobalt blue. All becomes a celebration of the native culture and community of the borderland city of El Paso. Marianna thinks of her beloved subjects as Gatekeepers: “As children of migrant parents and grandparents, Mexican Americans have little to call their own in a country that finds new ways to deny their existence, but what is most immediate, most undeniably ours is the culture we grew up in. Being Mexican American means family, culture and place become sources of immeasurable pride and security. Within each painting, my loved ones act as gatekeepers of their own private worlds, guarding domestic and public spaces perceived as threats to American white consciousness.” Marianna Olague lives and works in El Paso, Texas. She holds an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI and a BFA from the University of El Paso, El Paso TX. In 2019 Olague was named an Artist in Residence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany and awarded an Artist in Residence at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas in 2020. Olague’s work is in multiple private and public collections including the Rubin center for Visual Arts in El Paso, TX and Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She will have her first solo exhibition at David Klein Gallery, Detroit, in November 2020.

Beverly McIver, Mario Moore, Jason Patterson, Senghor Reid, Chris Watts, Ricky Weaver

Familiar, Curated by Mario Moore

September 12, 2020 - October 24, 2020
Familiar is a show that explores interconnected personal and diasporic histories. The title of this exhibition uses the word Familiar to examine our understandings and perceptions of what we believe we know. What is our understanding of American history in the context of Black lives? How can we expand our concepts of the personal, domestic and historical? Each artist allows the viewer an inside look beyond negative tropes of how blackness is portrayed historically and through contemporary lenses. Familiar includes photography, paintings and drawings that explore an intersection where the intimacy of Black culture meets. Some of the work quarries the archives of history to highlight specific individuals and stories, while others focus on spaces that are familiar in our everyday lives—a commonality outside viewers may be estranged to. This show gives each artist the room to explore their own ideas while also forming a shared overlapping and understanding of relationships.

Al Held

Al Held: Watercolors

June 20, 2020 - August 22, 2020
David Klein Gallery is pleased to present Al Held: Watercolors. This exhibition offers the opportunity to view rare watercolor paintings by Held, which were created at his studio in Camerata di Todi, Italy in the early 1990s.

Elise Ansel


June 20, 2020 - August 22, 2020
Viewing art history through a female lens, Elise Ansel translates Old Master paintings into vibrant contemporary abstractions. Improvising on the historical artworks, Ansel implements the color and composition of the masterpieces adding gestural expression to her interpretations. Her brushstrokes make a visible map of her movements as she vigorously applies the paint to canvas.


September 14, 2019 - November 2, 2019

Trevor Young

September 7, 2019 - October 26, 2019

Kelly Reemtsen

June 22, 2019 - July 27, 2019

Rosalind Tallmadge

Embodied Earth

June 1, 2019 - July 13, 2019

Ayana V. Jackson

Dear Sarah

May 11, 2019 - June 15, 2019

Lester Johnson Centennial

March 16, 2019 - April 27, 2019

Andrew Krieger, Alisa Henriquez, Brad Howe

Fractured Beauty

February 16, 2019 - March 23, 2019

Liz Cohen

Stories Better Told by Others

November 2, 2018 - December 22, 2018

Kenny Scharf

September 6, 2018 - October 27, 2018
Kenny Scharf is widely known for his pop culture murals, paintings, sculpture, and installations. Scharf considers himself a “Pop Surrealist”. As Scharf states: In the early 1980’s, Scharf was a prominent member of the East Village art scene along with his friends and contemporaries Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Scharf participated in many significant exhibitions in New York at that time including the Times Square Show, Club 57 at Club 57, the Open Studio Show at P.S.1 and the 1985 Whitney Biennial. Most recently, Scharf was included in Club 57: Film, Performance and Art in the East Village, 1978-1983 at the Museum of Modern Art and Fast Forward: Paintings from the 1980’s at the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York, NY. His murals can be found in multiple cities in the U.S. and abroad, including Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Wynwood, FL; Careyes, Mexico; Paris, France; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Malaga, Spain. Scharf’s Detroit exhibition will feature a number of seminal works including Handy Andy, 2008, Bearjungle, 2010, and Probz, 2018. As a child growing up in 1950s and 60s, Scharf was intrigued and inspired by popular TV culture, especially the saturated color and imagery of daytime cartoons like The Jetsons and The Flintstones. These characters and the wildly imaginative landscapes they inhabit have had a profound influence on Scharf’s work. The cartoons’ playfulness and sunny optimism continue to a provide a foundation for his best work.

Mario Moore


June 30, 2018 - August 11, 2018
Recovery features silverpoint drawings of significant African-American artists, writers, musicians and revolutionaries at rest or enjoying a leisurely activity. Moore, who often paints on copper panels, presents a group of intimately sized portraits of close friends as well as a self-portrait. A focal point of the show is a large-scale oil on canvas titled A Student’s Dream, which depicts Moore lying on a table in what appears to be an early operating theater. The painting is a reference to Moore’s recent awake craniotomy, a surgery he underwent to remove a benign brain tumor. Also included in the exhibition are two recent videos: I Wish It Was Mine and Sorry for the Interruption, produced during Moore’s 2017 residency at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. After enduring his own physical trauma and surgery, Moore sought to examine the nature of recovery from trauma and stress and how it is experienced by black men in our contemporary society. He states: “The process of recovery is imperative for a body that has endured a certain trauma or physical strain. Yet, In America, there is an expectation for Black men to perpetually prevail—to keep working, keep fighting, and deny the body rest – despite the pains they may endure. Throughout history, Black men in America have been bombarded with endless conflict against their minds and bodies, rarely ever having opportunity to consider self-care.” Mario Moore, was born and raised in Detroit. He holds a BFA from College for Creative Studies, Detroit and an MFA from Yale, New Haven, CT. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Winston-Salem State University and Knox College. He was recently awarded the prestigious Hodder Fellowship by Princeton University.