The work of 50+ artists takes over the space at Thompson Giroux Gallery as EN MASSE II brings accessibility and affordability to contemporary art collecting. After the successful debut of this Salon-style exhibition last year, the gallery invited even more artists to participate in 2015; the only guidelines were that the work should be new, small, and reasonably priced. The results, in every style and medium, cover the gallery walls-- clamoring for attention and beckoning the viewer in for a closer look.
Anyone familiar with artists Thompson Giroux has shown in the past will find their favorites represented here, though they might be surprised by the work itself. EN MASSE gives artists permission to experiment, to explore new ideas, materials, or processes, and they often rise to the challenge in unexpected ways. The show also makes it easy to discover exciting new artists; the sheer number of pieces on view practically guarantees it.
If the idea of buying or collecting art seems intimidating, EN MASSE aims to change that--all artworks in the show may be purchased on the spot and picked up starting the day after the opening. Art also makes a unique and thoughtful gift; the range of work and affordable prices here make that possible.
EN MASSE II serves as a launching pad in several ways—for artists looking to branch out, try new things, and reach a new audience, and for art-lovers of all kinds to discover and acquire something wonderful-- something that speaks to them.
Luca Pearl Khosrova
Sara Farrell Okamura
Robert W. Smith
D. Jack Solomon