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New York, NY 10002
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TOTAH is a nexus for dialogue that transcends the traditional gallery model. Founded by David Totah in 2015, we seek to channel the artist’s work and worldview, bringing it to those with whom it resonates. Established artists are considered with fresh eyes, emerging practitioners find their connection to canon, and a sense of the global is made to feel local. Ours is an intentional space with patience for revelation, continuing a family tradition that started in the 1960s. 

TOTAH’s focus is modern and contemporary art, through which we represent eight artists and one estate. In their work we recognize an enduring quality and truth that each explores. We look for ways to enrich the experience of audiences, and continually challenge ourselves to bring new perspectives to the table.


Artists Represented:
David Austen 
Estate of Wallace Berman
Mel Bochner
Mara De Luca
Aleksandar Duravcevic
TR Ericsson
Melissa McGill
Lun*na Menoh
Luca Pancrazzi
Kenny Scharf
Alex Sewell
Estate of Lauretta Vinciarelli
Works Available By:
Pablo Picasso
Alighiero Boetti
Saul Steinberg

 
Current Exhibition

David Austen, Estate of Wallace Berman, Mel Bochner, Mara De Luca, Aleksandar Duravcevic, TR Ericsson, Melissa McGill, Lun*na Menoh, Luca Pancrazzi, Kenny Scharf, Alex Sewell, Estate of Lauretta Vinciarelli

Clockwise



February 8, 2024 - April 20, 2024
TOTAH presents Clockwise, a group exhibition comprising 12 artists. All of the artists included are currently represented by the gallery. Clockwise does more than highlight commonalities among the 12 artists affiliated with TOTAH. Embodying a curatorial strategy where each artist chooses a favorite work by another, what results is a symposium of overlapping admirations, a laboratory of democratized influences distilled across numerous points of esteem. The avenues of communication established between the works on view speak to the essential qualities each artist is known for, yet also reveal lesser known aspects of their sensibilities.

 
Past Exhibitions

Mike Cloud, Odili Donald Odita, Sam Jablon, Jo Messer, Sam Messer

Morphologies



November 14, 2023 - January 20, 2024
TOTAH presents Morphologies, an exhibition of recent works by Mike Cloud, Odili Donald Odita, Sam Jablon, Jo Messer, and Sam Messer. The exhibition presents two works by each artist depicting chaos, structure, architecture, color, and the figure. Morphology is the study of meaning, shape, and form. Each exhibited artist plays off each other and vacillates between directness and subversion. The show revolves around a dialogue and exchange linking artists who create work that employs a dichotomy of structure and significance.

TR Ericsson

Letters from Home



September 7, 2023 - November 4, 2023
TOTAH presents Letters from Home, an exhibition of recent works by TR Ericsson. Letters from Home will open September 7th, and run through November 4th, 2023. This is Ericsson’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Lun*na Menoh

Who is Lun*na Menoh?



May 17, 2023 - June 30, 2023
TOTAH presents Who is Lun*na Menoh?, an exhibition of paintings, a runway show performance, and documentary film on the multidisciplinary artist. Who is Lun*na Menoh? opens May 17th, 2023. The film examines the finer details of Lun*na Menoh’s biography and creative practice, and will screen on Saturday May 20th. This is Menoh’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, and TOTAH is pleased to announce her inclusion in the program of represented artists. Who is Lun*na Menoh? Originally from Japan, for many years Menoh has made Los Angeles her home. With a multidisciplinary repertoire that spans fashion, music, painting, performance art, and filmmaking, Lun*na Menoh is at once person and persona, a living cross section of the art and artifice her adopted city has come to offer: documentarian fanfic with a quintessentially Futurist spin. While Menoh’s earliest work in design quite literally refashioned the detritus of American life—repurposing discarded television sets or couches as wearable items of clothes—Menoh’s visual art, particularly her “dirty collar” series, rests more vulnerably on a consciousness of antagonisms, of polarities that don't necessarily converge so much as they bring out what is most singular at each extreme. While nodding to the fashion industry as well as pop culture celebrity, the paintings included in Who is Lun*na Menoh? are actually portraits. But while traditional portraits focus on the class, family, and religious affiliations of a sitter, Menoh’s portraits highlight the vestigial traces of dirt which her absent sitters have left around their collar area. Figures like Prince, or Gustave Courbet, although their bodies are absent in the works alluding to them, still inhabit Menoh's paintings on a level that is more than ghostlike. Her portrait of Duchamp, for example, makes no direct reference to the artist, but more fundamentally alludes to his posture, his physique, his habits of dress. Menoh asks viewers to consider if unseemly traces of dirt and labor, traces which stain the brands she renders so carefully, have more claim to authentically represent her absent sitters than conventional portraiture would allow for. By eliminating one polarity of the portrait tradition—reference to a person’s face—she brings to light another, less sought-after reality which portraits uniquely capture. Namely, that the individuals who sat for their portraits were once living, breathing persons; flesh and blood brings, who, even after death, have stained the world with vestigial traces of their work and labor. Lun*na Menoh is a Japanese-born Renaissance artist who lives in Los Angeles. Her work deals with garments that expose the invisible thread between performance and fabric by making sculpturesque dresses, paintings, sculptures, and a series of runway shows with her conceptual but wearable outfits. Starting In 1999, she made a series of paintings of men’s white shirts that are given a dirty, stained ring around the collar. In early 2005, she started making music, and currently performs as Les Sewing Sisters. In 2019 Les Sewing Sisters held a musical tour through 22 closets of private homes in Los Angeles. Their pop songs are about dresses and dressmaking but are approached with experimental touches, such as using the sewing machine as a musical instrument, and their debut album was released in 2021 with Lun*na Menoh's performance of Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” using Sewing machine noise. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, and the Hayward Gallery, London. Since the early 1990s she has presented work at Los Angeles art spaces and venues including Sue Spaid Fine Art, Beyond Baroque, Track 16 Gallery, Velaslavasay Panorama, and South Coast Plaza. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Brian Wills

Radium



March 29, 2023 - May 13, 2023
TOTAH presents Radium, an exhibition of recent works by Brian Wills. Radium opens March 29th, 2023, and will be on view through May 13th. Wills last exhibited at TOTAH alongside Helen Pashgian for their 2017 show Transient. This is his first solo exhibition with the gallery, and in New York. Working primarily with threads and using paint only sparingly, Los Angeles-based artist Brian Wills is known for his ingenuous geometric compositions whose color saturation is only visible from specific angles. His appeal to optical illusions, or optical stimulation, leads viewers to question the objectivity and stability of the realities they encounter every day. A frame is no longer a frame in Wills’s work, but a portal guiding viewers into hidden vistas of textured surfaces and fluid variations. Image: Brian Wills Untitled (YKB beveled), 2023 oil and single-strand thread on maple diptych, each panel: 36 × 36 inches (91.5 × 91.5 cm)

Alex Sewell

Dad?



February 8, 2023 - March 25, 2023
TOTAH presents Dad?, an exhibition of new paintings by artist Alex Sewell. Dad? opens February 8th, 2023. This is Sewell’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. In the context of Alex Sewell’s recent body of work, autobiography and formal innovation are brought into graceful confluence. With some paintings dating from the pandemic, and others reckoning with the joys and responsibilities of fatherhood, Sewell continues to recast objects earmarked by desuetude or nostalgia, reframing them as spectral talismans.

Luca Pancrazzi

FLASH LIGHT



October 26, 2022 - February 4, 2023
TOTAH presents FLASH LIGHT, featuring new paintings by Luca Pancrazzi, on view from October 26th and recently extended through to February 4th, 2023. This is Pancrazzi’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Melissa McGill

CURRENTS



September 8, 2022 - October 22, 2022
TOTAH presents CURRENTS, an exhibition of recent works by artist Melissa McGill, on view from September 8th, 2022 through October 22nd, 2022. This is McGill’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Curated by Phong Bui and Cal McKeever

Singing in Unison



June 28, 2022 - August 12, 2022
TOTAH and Rail Curatorial Projects present Singing in Unison: Artists Need to Create On the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, a group exhibition unfolding across multiple New York City venues, curated by Phong Bui and Cal McKeever. This is the first time the gallery has collaborated and hosted an external curatorial project. This exhibition supports the Rail's continued efforts to provide an independent and critical forum for visual arts, culture, and politics.

Kenny Scharf

WOODZ 'N THINGZ



April 21, 2022 - June 25, 2022
TOTAH presents WOODZ ‘N THINGZ, an exhibition of new paintings by Kenny Scharf. WOODZ ‘N THINGZ opens on the eve of Earth Day, April 21st, 2022. This is Scharf’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Mel Bochner

I STILL DON'T GET IT



February 10, 2022 - April 16, 2022
TOTAH presents I STILL DON'T GET IT, featuring eleven new works by Mel Bochner,on view from February 10th, 2022 through April 16th, 2022. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, following the duo Bochner/Boetti inaugural exhibition at TOTAH in 2016. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Christopher Bollen.

David Austen

The Last Trapeze Artist



November 11, 2021 - December 31, 1969
TOTAH presents The Last Trapeze Artist, featuring new works by London-based artist David Austen, on view from November 11th, 2021. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Incorporating painting, watercolor, gouache, and film, the world-creating artistry of David Austen literalizes the fictitiousness of narratives. Alluding to the uncanniness of myth and fairytale, and the all-too-neat closure of stories, Austen's works are artifacts torn from a world gowned in the flesh of our own, even as they introduce viewers to a place that is intrinsically surprising and strange.

Wallace Berman

Off the Grid



September 8, 2021 - November 6, 2021
TOTAH presents Off the Grid, featuring 45 works by California art legend Wallace Berman (1926-1976), on view from September 8th through November 6th, 2021. Rarely shown on the East Coast, this exhibition is Berman’s long overdue return to New York since his last major solo retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1978.