The year 2008 was coming to an end and with it the economy was crashing in a clatter of deflationary and recessive bailouts to a disquieting halt. Or so the headlines would have had us all believe. Within my national peer group the art fairs were struggling: showing fewer works on smaller walls to save on shipping and insurance and consequently selling less if anything at all to those adventuresome art-buyers that remained. The art world, like American motors, it was becoming apparent, needed to adapt to a new economic environment or become culturally passé. Milwaukee, to me, felt very similar to how it felt the previous year and the year before that. Largely because there were no major art markets here at home to be affected one way or the other by an economic crisis. In fact, the conceptually driven (rather than profit driven) approach to art fairs out of which Milwaukee International had sculpted a niche was now serving as a model for how to present genuine, compelling, and exciting art without relying solely on the drive of market forces. The Milwaukee International prototype my co-conspirators and I had instinctively been presenting to the larger art world began to garner attention in periodicals at all levels of artistic reflection. We had been unapologetic about being far from the center of things and this new found attention came as a surprise and a compliment. From the bottom up Milwaukee, somewhat insulated from the whims of major urban finance, was starting to be held up as an archetype to which the art world might now be shifting toward.

-Excerpt from the 2009 forthcoming

Midwestern Forms: John Riepenhoff on Art

Green Gallery PRESS

Under these circumstances Milwaukee’s Green Gallery is opening a new space to further engage the local community in an artistic dialogue with the larger art community. By bringing artists of note to Milwaukee and presenting Milwaukee’s notable artists to the world stage, the Green Gallery East, established by Jake Palmert and John Riepenhoff, hopes to provide a unique opportunity for discourse by connecting these distinct artistic groups.

Director and Chief Curator John Riepenhoff has worked for, exhibited artists at, or assisted NADA Art Fair, Frieze Art Fair, Tokyo 101, Gavin Brown's Enterprize, Blumark Productions, General Store, Dietl International, in addition to exhibiting over the last five years local and international artists including Gaylen Gerber, Ida Ekblad & Marius Engh, Sara Clendening, Manu Sangari, Frankie Martin, and Xav Leplae among others at the original Green Gallery located in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. The Green Gallery at its Western location will continue to provide conceptual programming for emerging Milwaukee artists with the help of the new assistant director Sarah Luther.

Established artists that will be showing at the new Green Gallery East in 2009 include David Robbins (opening January 31), Michelle Grabner (opening March), and conversations about upcoming shows are being planned with Kristin Calabrese, Tony Matelli, Rob Pruitt, Jeni Spota, Santiago Cucullo, Scott & Tyson Reeder, Antonio Veiga Rocha, Nicholas Frank, Peter Barrickman, Spencer Sweeney, Paul Druecke, Michael Banicki, Misako & Jeffery Rosen and more.

Green Gallery East will be located at:

1500 N Farwell Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53202


open to the public:

Thursday & Friday 4-8pm

Saturday & Sunday 2-6pm


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