Paula Cooper Gallery
The gallery is primarily known for the Minimalist and Conceptual artists it has represented and whose careers it helped launch. Such artists include: Carl Andre, Jennifer Bartlett, Lynda Benglis, Mark di Suvero, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Sophie Calle, Meg Webster among others.
According to The New York Observer, "The history of Paula Cooper Gallery is, in many ways, the history of the New York art world." Cooper opened the first gallery in lower New York City, below Houston Street, in 1968. “I didn’t like uptown,” Ms. Cooper told The Observer. “I thought it was just little shops. I looked downtown. And people told me that I was crazy to open there. That no one would go there.” The gallery opened with an exhibition to benefit the Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, working alongside Veterans Against the War. The exhibition featured LeWitt’s first wall drawing, and included works by Andre, Flavin, and Judd. That show is now widely recognized as seminal in the development of a new generation of rigorous and challenging work.
By 1975, the neighborhood had been renamed SoHo, and included 83 other art galleries. Cooper relocated the gallery to Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood in 1996. Critic Michael Kimmelman, reviewing a Carl Andre exhibition, wrote in The New York Times, "The news here is how good Paula Cooper's new gallery looks: the main room is like a big chapel. Too bad for SoHo, which Ms. Cooper, one of its pioneering dealers, recently abandoned to the hordes of retail stores."
In 2013, the gallery opened two pop-up spaces, in a former auto parts shop at 197 10th Avenue, near 22nd Street, as well as on the ground floor of 521 West 21st Street.
In February, 2011, Christian Marclay's twenty-four hour multi-visual exhibit the The Clock was exhibited in the gallery space. Critic Roberta Smith wrote in The New York Times, "It is ensconced in a theaterlike installation at the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea, where it should not be missed...The presentation at the Paula Cooper gallery reiterates the synthetic nature of 'The Clock.' The combination of carpeted floors, walls hung with velvet curtains and a dozen long couches lined up in four rows, with the screen high and large on the wall, evocatively conflates living room, screening room and movie theater, while even hinting at drive-in movies (the couches as parked cars)." In The New York Observer, Michael H. Miller wrote, "[When] Ms. Cooper exhibited Christian Marclay’s 24-hour paean to cinematic history, The Clock, for several weekends, the gallery stayed open 24/7 and a line stretched around the corner into the early hours of morning...Models mingled with art handlers. Reporters and rival dealers waited patiently amongst the late-night swell of people."
- Smith, Roberta (1993-11-26). "Art in Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
- "About the gallery-- from the Paula Cooper Gallery website". Archived from the original on 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
- Artfacts.net: Paula Cooper Gallery
- Répétition II, February 23 - March 23, 2013 Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
- Michael H. Miller, "Clock Stopper: Paula Cooper Opened the First Art Gallery in SoHo and Hasn’t Slowed Down Since," The New York Observer, September 13, 2011.
- Michael Kimmelman, "Art In Review: Carl Andrew," The New York Times, November 15, 1996.
- Carol Vogel (September 19, 2013), Another Cubist Gift for the Met, and New Art at MetroTech New York Times.
- Roberta Smith, As in Life, Timing Is Everything in the Movies," The New York Times, February 4, 2011.
- Paula Cooper Gallery Website
- The New York Observer profile of Paula Cooper Gallery
- Interview Magazine: Interview with Paula Cooper