The imprint is founded by Maika Pollack, an art historian and writer based in New York, NY.
Pollack holds degrees in art history from Harvard University (BA) and Princeton University (MA, PhD). She is the founder and director of Southfirst gallery. As a journalist and critic she has written prolifically about art for publications including Aperture, Artforum, ArtNews, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Cultured, Flash Art, Gallerist NY, Interview Magazine, and The New York Times, as well as serving as the museum exhibition critic for The New York Observer from 2011-2015. Pollack organized exhibitions focusing on performance and video at MoMA PS1 as a curatorial assistant (2000-2002); she co-organized "Berlin Sun Theater: the Mastery of Non-Mastery" at the Whitney museum (2013), and has curated shows in numerous galleries. She has has been a visiting critic for MFA programs and curated graduate thesis exhibitions for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She has taught at Bard College, NYU, Princeton University, Columbia University, and is currently visiting assistant professor of art history at Sarah Lawrence College since 2013, where she teaches modern and contemporary art history.CV