SANTA MONICA, CA—The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s innovative gift store, GRACIE, presents Kim McCarty Paints, a unique installation and pop-up shop featuring new work by this internationally acclaimed artist. The installation and store will be open April 6 through April 20, 2013.
Kim McCarty Paints, a vibrant installation and art sale in GRACIE and Project Room 1, will present a collection of intimate watercolors created by the artist exclusively for SMMoA. During the installation and sale, a watercolor studio in the project room will provide visitors with close-up access to McCarty at work. Visitors may sign up for the extraordinary opportunity to paint alongside McCarty in this studio setting. Register in advance for these coveted spots at smmoa.org/kimmccartypaints (workshop General Admission $25, Members/Students $10). McCarty will generously donate the majority of proceeds from the sale of her work to benefit SMMoA.
Kim McCarty is best known for her fragile and ephemeral images of slender, youthful figures. She uses a “wet into wet” watercolor medium that allows the paint to flow and pool, creating ethereal patterns over the surfaces of the paper. McCarty says, “I’m looking forward to the challenge of translating my very private art practice into the public space of the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The process will certainly affect both my work and the work of visitors who paint alongside me.”
McCarty’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries, including Fresh at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Contemporary Passions at the Museo de Ponce, Puerto Rico in 2012. She has had solo exhibitions at Morgan Lehman, New York, and Cherry and Martin and Lightbox galleries, Los Angeles. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and the Honolulu Academy of Art. She received her BFA from the Art Center College of Design and her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
GRACIE’s inventive art installations and pop-up shops support the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Past projects have included A Murder of Crows: Lynn Hanson, an exhibition and sale of charcoal and pencil drawings; Astrid Preston: Small Forest, an exclusive collection of trees and birds by Preston; and dosa for SMMoA, which featured a special line of clothing by dosa’s renowned designer Christina Kim.