303 Gallery

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303 Gallery
303 Gallery is located in Manhattan
303 Gallery
Location of 303 Gallery in New York City
Location555 W 21st St, New York
Coordinates40°44′25″N 73°59′10″W / 40.7404°N 73.9860°W / 40.7404; -73.9860
TypeArt gallery
DirectorLisa Spellman
OwnerLisa Spellman

303 Gallery is an art gallery in Manhattan, New York. It was established in 1984 by owner and director Lisa Spellman, described by art critic Jerry Saltz as "one of the greatest New York gallerists of our time".[1] The gallery hosts contemporary works by contemporary American artists, including film, video, and painting.[1][2]


The 303 in the gallery's name references its original address, a fifth-floor, 2,500 sq ft (230 m2) loft at 303 Park Avenue South,[3] as well as Room 303 of the Anderson Galleries, the site of Alfred Stieglitz's "Intimate Gallery" artist collective.[4]

In 1989, 303 Gallery moved to 89 Greene Street in Soho.[5] By 1996, it relocated to West 22nd Street,[6] making it one of the first galleries to do so.[7] From 2008 until 2013, her the gallery was located at a former garage at 547 West 21st Street.[8][9] In 2013, it temporarily occupied a space designed by StudioMDA on 24th Street.[10]

In 2015, 303 Gallery moved again, this time into a high-rise building designed by Foster and Partners on a lot Spellman purchased[9] at 555 W 21st Street, where it has since been occupying the first and second floor with a total of 12,000 sq ft (1,100 m2) of exhibition space.[11][3]

Also in 2015, 303 in Print was established by Fabiola Alondra as a publishing arm of the gallery.[12] It publishes limited edition artist's books, ephemera and other printed matter in collaboration with 303 gallery artists.[13]

Major exhibitions[edit]

Robert Gober and Christopher Wool, April 15–May 8, 1988. A collaboration between the two artists, this exhibition displayed Christopher Wool's Apocalypse Now painting opposite Bob Gober's sculpture Three Urinals, the first time either work was exhibited.[14]

Karen Kilimnik, April 4–April 25, 1991. Kilimnik's first solo show featured several separate installations in the space, with one leading into the next. They covered a variety of themes, ranging from suicide and drugs, to schoolyard massacres, to Napoleonic clashes.[14][15]

Sue Williams, May 2–May 30, 1992. Williams' first solo show at the gallery addressed female representation and domestic violence.[14]

Rodney Graham: Vexation Island, November 1–December 20, 1997. First exhibited at the Venice Biennale in the Canadian Pavilion, this piece was shown at 303 Gallery later the same year. The exhibit consists of a looping film where Graham, in character as a shipwrecked 18th-century sailor, is trapped in a cycle of getting knocked out by a fallen coconut, only to reawaken and begin shaking the tree all over again.[14]

Doug Aitken: “100 YRS", February 1–March 30, 2013. The show centered on a "Sonic Fountain" where water dripped from 5 rods suspended from the ceiling, falling into a giant crater dug out of the gallery floor, with underwater microphones amplifying the sound of the droplets. The show had a second installment where performers staged a demolition of the space using saws and drills to cut apart the walls and pile up debris, altering the architecture even further.[14]

"Modified Social Benches", 2005, exhibited by Johann König and 303 Gallery at Kiasma, Helsinki.

Other notable exhibitions throughout 303 Gallery's history include:


Among others, 303 Gallery has been representing the following living artists:

In the past, 303 Gallery helped launch the careers of artists Christopher Wool, Robert Gober, Rirkrit Tiravanija[33] and Karen Kilimnik.[10] It also represented Inka Essenhigh.[34] It also represented Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff,[8] and Laurie Simmons.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Lisa Spellman Is a National Treasure - Slideshow". Vulture. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  2. ^ "303". nymag.com. New York Entertainment. Archived from the original on October 27, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Carl Swanson (August 8, 2019), Richard Prince and Lisa Spellman Regret Nothing The art-world exes on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of her 303 Gallery. New York Magazine.
  4. ^ "ABOUT - 303 Gallery". www.303gallery.com. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  5. ^ Roberta Smith (October 4, 1992), The Gallery Is the Message New York Times.
  6. ^ Dan Duray (August 27, 2012), 303 Gallery to Open Second Location The New York Observer.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Rachel Wolff (October 14, 2010), The Renegade Insider New York Magazine.
  8. ^ a b Jerry Saltz (November 21, 2014), Lisa Spellman Is a National Treasure New York Magazine.
  9. ^ a b Carl Swanson (April 27, 2016), Lisa Spellman’s 303 Gallery Moving to Norman Foster High-Rise New York Magazine.
  10. ^ a b c Julie Baumgardner (May 3, 2016), A Beloved Gallery Opens an Expansive New Space — and a Show That Really Uses It The New York Times Magazine.
  11. ^ a b Dan Duray (February 6, 2013), Jacob Kassay Joins 303 Gallery, Which Is Headed to 24th Street The New York Observer.
  12. ^ Andrew Russeth (September 9, 2015), Bookish: On the Art World’s Publishing Boom ARTnews.
  13. ^ Hawgood, Alex (2016-12-09). "Meet Fabiola Alondra, a Fashionable Art Book Publisher on the Rise". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Six Shows That Shaped 303 Gallery - Features - Independent Art Fair". www.independenthq.com. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  15. ^ Wetzler, Rachel (2019-12-16). "Pastel Chateaux, Glittery Goddesses, and Stickers: Karen Kilimnik's Latest Exhibition". ARTnews.com. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  16. ^ Spellman, Lisa; Prince, Richard (2019-08-08). "Richard Prince and Lisa Spellman Regret Nothing". Vulture. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  17. ^ "303 Gallery: A Pioneer Turns 35 | The East Hampton Star". www.easthamptonstar.com. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  18. ^ Russeth, Andrew (2018-05-08). "Paul Bloodgood, Freethinking Painter and Resourceful Gallery Owner, Dies at 58". ARTnews.com. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  19. ^ Baumgardner, Julie (2016-05-03). "A Beloved Gallery Opens an Expansive New Space — and a Show That Really Uses It". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  20. ^ "Tala Madani Is Now Represented by 303 Gallery – ARTnews.com". www.artnews.com. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  21. ^ Aton, Francesca (2019-12-16). "Karen Kilimnik's Show at 303 Captures the Coercive Force of the Decorative". ARTnews.com. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  22. ^ Meredith Mendelsohn (July 22, 2019), Doug Aitken's latest work is a 100-ft-tall mirrored hot air balloon CNN.
  23. ^ Alex Greenberger (June 1, 2018), 303 Gallery Now Represents Sam Falls ARTnews.
  24. ^ a b c d e Lisa Spellman and Richard Prince (August 8, 2019), Richard Prince and Lisa Spellman Regret Nothing: The art-world exes on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of her 303 Gallery. New York Magazine.
  25. ^ Alex Williams (September 14, 2019), Kim Gordon’s Other Life New York Times.
  26. ^ Audrey Rose Smith interview with Lisa Spellman The Armory Show.
  27. ^ Michael H. Miller (January 27, 2012), Artist Matt Johnson Will Show at 303 Gallery The New York Observer.
  28. ^ Numbers: Which New York Gallery Represents the Most Warhol-ian Artists? New York Observer, September 7, 2012
  29. ^ Alex Greenberger (September 8, 2017), Tala Madani Is Now Represented by 303 Gallery ARTnews.
  30. ^ Alex Greenberger (January 21, 2016), 303 Gallery Now Represents Marina Pinsky ARTnews.
  31. ^ Claire Selvin (September 28, 2020), Following Gavin Brown Closure, Rob Pruitt Joins New York’s 303 Gallery ARTnews.
  32. ^ Philip Gefter (December 1, 2006), In New York, photo galleries broaden their focus New York Times.
  33. ^ Judith H. Dobrzynski (2 September 1997), A Popular Couple Charge Into the Future of Art, but in Opposite Directions New York Times.
  34. ^ Dorothy Spears (June 18, 2006), The First Gallerists' Club New York Times.

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