Peter Halley, Barbara Bloom, Ashley Bickerton, Joan Wallace and Jeff Koons get together for a piece in the New York Times this week, dining at Katz’s and discussing the 80’s scene downtown. “SoHo had this hierarchy and the gallery structure, but when all these artists opened these fresh, young galleries, there was no hierarchy there,” Koons says of spaces in the Lower East Side. “It was really about showing exciting works. Things weren’t set up as business-oriented. I went through some of the SoHo galleries, but I was never completely accepted there. And as outsiders we finally had a place where we were embraced.”
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521 West 21st Street (2nd floor) &
465 West 21st Street
New York, New York 10011
As the first art gallery to open in the SoHo district of Manhattan, New York, The Paula Cooper Gallery focuses on conceptual and minimalist art. Its opening exhibition in 1968 was an exhibition benefitting the Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam. Since then, the gallery has relocated to the Chelsea district of New York into a building redesigned by the notable Richard Gluckman, of Gluckman Mayner Architects. In addition to this great location, a second adjacent exhibition space exists also on 21st street. Along with its function as a prominent art gallery, it also hosts concerts, dance performances, poetry reading, and benefit events. The Paula Cooper Gallery clearly shows devotion towards all forms of art.