The Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica will present Vagos y Reinas, an exhibition of selected works by artists and muralists Mac and Retna, beginning Saturday, September 26th through Saturday, October 17th.
Mac and Retna have collaborated on more than 20 murals around the globe, but Vagos y Reinas marks the first time these longtime collaborators have exhibited in a gallery together, a gallery spokesman said.
Mac and Retna’s murals are described as points of neighborhood pride and the artists often get involved in the communities they paint in, speaking in schools or mentoring young artists, the gallery spokesman said.
Their murals have also become local landmarks. Vagos y Reinas brings their outdoor work inside.
The title of the show, which translates to “vagrants and queens,” references Mac and Retna’s street-infused styles and celestial depictions of women. On exhibit are large-scale pieces of their work together, according to the gallery.
The exhibit also serves as a retrospective, showcasing individual work from each artist before and after they met, as well as brand new pieces that demonstrate their maturation.
“I think that our development as individual artists has made our collaborative work that much stronger and more unique,” Mac explains.
Mac will show his technical photorealistic canvases, while Retna plans to create a floor-to-ceiling installation of his calligraphic font. The exhibition coincides with the release of Alianza, a 96-page hardcover book that documents their partnership over the years.
Vagos y Reinas is open to the public during normal gallery hours noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, at 2525 Michigan Ave., Suites C2 and D5, Santa Monica.
For additional information, www.robertbermangallery.com/.