On October 31, 1969, a group of independent artists formed the Bowery Gallery. The gallery has been in continuous operation ever since, and is one of the oldest in New York City. The gallery is incorporated as a nonprofit organization of representational and nonrepresentational artists.
In 1969, a group of eighteen adventurous young male and female New York artists, looking around the contemporary art world and thinking back to the 10th Street days of the 1950s, founded a new coop gallery, located on the Bowery which gave the space its name. In 1972 the gallery moved to Greene Street, in 1980 to Wooster Street, and in 2000 to its present space on 25th Street in Chelsea. From its beginnings, the gallery has been a force for the expansion of art’s traditions in a venue unconstrained by commercial pressures. Current and past member exhibits can be seen on our blog: www.bowerygallery.wordpress.com. Exhibitions at the Bowery Gallery have received notice in The New York Times, Arts, Art in America, Modern Painters, ARTnews, Artcritical.com, Vogue, The New Criterion, The New York Sun, The Observer and The New Republic. A national competition, sponsored by the gallery in August, has been juried by such notable artists as William Bailey, Rosemary Beck, Nell Blaine, Natalie Charkow, Lois Dodd, Rackstraw Downes, Louis Finkelstein, Janet Fish, Jane Freilicher, Bill Jensen, Gabriel Laderman, Wilbur Niewald, Paul Resika, Joan Snyder, Kyle Staver, and John Walker; and art critics Lance Esplund, Jed Perl, Martica Sawin and Karen Wilkin. Ro Lohin was our juror for 2019.
1. Bowery Gallery members, November 11, 2018. Photo: Ralph Gabriner.
2. Kamini Avril, Journey, oil on canvas, 66 x 78", 2019.
3. Hearne Pardee, Video Diptych, acrylic, 25 x 38", 2019.
4. Thaddeus Radell, Agitation on the Acheron, oil/wax on panel, 72 x 109", 2018-9.
5. Judith Lambertson, Red Silo, Red Truck, Oil on Linen, 36“ x 30”, 2019.
6. Installation view, "Manifesto: 50 Years On," Bowery Gallery members exhibition, 2018. Photo: John Goodrich.