The imprint is founded by Maika Pollack, an art historian and writer based in New York, NY. She is the owner and co-founder of Southfirst gallery (with Florian Altenburg, who was a member of the gallery from 2000-14), and directs the gallery.
Pollack holds degrees in art history from Harvard University (BA) and Princeton University (MA, PhD). As a journalist and critic she has published about art in 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. She organized exhibitions focusing on performance and video at MoMA PS1 as a curatorial assistant at the museum (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 numerous MFA programs and curated graduate thesis exhibitions for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, among other schools. 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