After nearly a decade of presenting solo and group exhibitions featuring works by the artists it represents (including co-founders and curators Rene Lynch and Julian Jackson) and hundreds more, initially in Dumbo and, since 2004, at 382 Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, Metaphor Contemporary Art will be closing for good on March 6 at the end of their current exhibition, Black and White. In an email sent out this morning, Lynch and Jackson write:
As two active artists, we have worked intensely to build this project while remaining equally committed to our own studio practices and increasingly demanding personal exhibition schedules. Over the years we have been asked innumerable times, “How do you do both?” Well, after an amazing decade immersed in the challenging balancing act of “doing both”, we have decided it is time to redirect our energies.
As the area’s only commercial gallery (nearby Invisible Dog provides studios and exhibition space, but not representation), Metaphor will be sorely missed by the local community, the larger Brooklyn and New York art community, and the 30 or so artists it represented. One gallery opens, another closes, and things continue to be hard for artists.