MacGregor Harp, an artist who based a New York gallery that attracted quite a few younger up-and-comers earlier than they achieved fame, has died at 41. He had been battling pancreatic most cancers.
With Jesse Greenberg, Harp ran 247365, a gallery that opened in 2012 in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood earlier than relocating in 2015 to Manhattan’s Decrease East Facet. Its cutting-edge choices had been carefully watched by many within the New York scene.
“He and I stored a few of our day-job work in the course of the first 12 months. We put all the pieces we earned proper into it,” Greenberg informed ARTnews. “Just about all revenue went proper again into the gallery.”
The gallery closed in 2017, however its brief run helped launch the careers of many, together with Jamian Juliano-Villani, SoiL Thornton, Walter Worth, Ebecho Muslimova, Maia Ruth Lee, Dora Budor, Naama Tsabar, and Elizabeth Jaeger.
Lots of the exhibitions that 247365 mounted have been group exhibits — a dangerous exhibition format, provided that it may well typically result in unmemorable, unfocused outcomes. However the group outings that 247365 mounted have been usually high-quality, and so they have been staged in speedy succession, typically lasting only a few weeks every. The posters for them have been executed by Harp, whose background was in graphic design.
“Neoteny,” from 2013, featured works by BFFA3AE, Josh Kline, and Jared Madere that recommended one thing poignant concerning the stream of images on-line. “Draw Fitness center,” which was organized by artist Brian Bellott that very same 12 months and executed in collaboration with the gallery Know Extra Video games, featured works on paper by 75 artists, together with Gina Beavers, Josh Smith, and Sam Moyer.
“Drawing could appear barely underground proper now, however as normal, it’s all over the place,” New York Occasions critic Roberta Smith wrote in her review of the exhibition.
The few solo exhibitions that 247365 mounted additionally evinced an outré high quality. Becky Howland, an artist related to ’80s New York whose work has hardly ever been proven since then, had a solo present that was unfold throughout 247365 and Moiety gallery in 2016. Writing of the works Howland confirmed on the former house, David Frankel stated in Artforum, “Since our image of the Decrease East Facet artwork scene of these years has acquired a golden glow, I used to be glad to be reminded of her fountain in its derelict yard, and of simply how messy issues have been there then, and greater than messy, really tense and tough.” One 12 months later, Howland’s work was proven by British artist Mark Leckey at his MoMA PS1 retrospective.
Born in 1981, Harp stated in an Artsy profile of the gallery from 2014 that, earlier than he opened 247365 with Greenberg, he “bought into curating by way of making and enhancing artist books.”
Harp had periodically exhibited his artwork as properly, with appearances in group exhibits at Ryan Lee in New York and 247365. In 2014, in an exhibition at Freddy gallery in Baltimore whose topic was smoking, he confirmed work that abstracted cigarettes in order that they appeared like confetti, emitting puffs of smoke as they rain down throughout a black background. Comparable works additionally appeared in a 2014 present at Jackie Klempay gallery.
Information of Harp’s most cancers prognosis had lately been made public by his father Douglas, who arrange a GoFundMe campaign that was supposed to boost cash to pay for medical and residing bills. The GoFundMe description stated that Harp had lately moved to Montreal, the place he had gotten a job at a advertising agency. The GoFundMe’s aim had been $20,000; as of this time of writing, it has raised greater than $57,000.
Greenberg stated he grew other than Harp as soon as he left for Canada, however that 247365 stays a spotlight from a New York artwork world that has now largely disappeared. “It was the proudest time of my life,” Greenberg stated.