Madarts is a 14,000 square foot arts facility on two floors of a former Renault factory/home furnishings warehouse in the community between Park Slope and Sunset Park that we affectionately refer to as SoSlo. South Slope. About 30 artists work in 25 art studios.
Stephen Paul, the founder of Madarts, began construction in the summer of 2003. On a shoestring budget and relying heavily on the support of Mylene Giacobetti and a fellow contractor/artist, Simon Kahn, construction was completed 18 months later. The first opening began with a general call for local artists. About 20 responded and participated in the first show in February 2004. Many later took studios in the project.
The philosophy behind Madarts is 'to encourage, inspire and promote' the artists in the project. The centerpiece of the facility is a 1,600 square foot gallery. Every artist that has a studio at Madarts is asked to participate in two group shows, annually. This gives the artists a venue for their work and also demands that they continue to produce new work regularly. Only new work is accepted for the shows.
It is our goal to present some of the strongest group shows anywhere and to present these shows to as broad an audience as possible. In February 2007 we advertised for the first time in Artforum. We began with a fundraiser at which the artists donated and auctioned smaller works. Then we had an in-house competition to decide which work would be featured in the ad. We presented the work to Charlotta Kotik, the Curator of Contemporary Art for the Brooklyn Museum and she selected the two featured pieces. This is a process that we will use for each show .