In 2021, few in the art world remembered Maryan, a painter born in Poland who during the postwar years became one of the first to explicitly fight the horrors of the Holocaust. With a retrospective that recently opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Maryan has attracted new fascination, and now the artist’s estate has secured gallery representation at Kamel Mennour, who has four spaces in Paris and represents Anish. Kapoor, Alicja Kwade, Philippe Parreno, Zineb Sedira and more.
“Radical and provocative, convincing and vibrant, his unclassifiable work takes place at the crossroads of expressionism and figuration,” wrote the eponymous founder of the gallery on Instagram. “With hope, derision, sarcasm and biting, the artist, whose sensitivity is rooted in a traumatic personal experience, has become, throughout his career, a singular witness to his time.”
Before her death at the age of 50 in 1977 from a heart attack, Maryan worked in an array of fashions, from figurative painting to experimental film. He dealt with the grief and trauma he experienced as a Jew detained in a concentration camp during World War II through work that dealt with the violence of fascism.
Curated by Alison Gingeras, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami’s exhibition includes a full range of her works, including a selection of her “characters,” paintings of people coughing up blood, vomiting and twisting in various contortions. The show is scheduled to visit the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel in 2023.
“Maryan is one of those artists who weren’t part of the earliest draft of 20th century art history, and I think that’s in many ways because the trajectory of her work and his life is incredibly complex, ”Gingeras said. ARTnews last year before the opening of the show.