Charles Cowles (art dealer)

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Charles Cowles (born 1941) is an American art dealer and a collector of contemporary art. Cowles was also a curator of Fine Art at the Seattle Art Museum from 1975 until 1979.

He opened his contemporary art gallery at 420 West Broadway in SoHo in lower Manhattan in 1979, mounting the first public exhibition there in April 1980. The Charles Cowles Gallery was finally located on 537 West 24th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in Chelsea in New York City.

In June 2009 After thirty years as a successful art dealer Cowles closed his contemporary art gallery and retired to a more private life.[1]

Charles Cowles was the publisher of Artforum magazine from the mid-1960s until the early-1980s. He graduated from Stanford University in the early-1960s and originally operated the magazine in 1965 from Los Angeles, California. By 1967, he moved Artforum to Manhattan where it quickly became one of America's leading contemporary art magazines. His family was also connected to publishing via the Cowles Media Company.

Selected artists and former artists[edit]

During its years of operation from April 1980 through July 2009 the Charles Cowles Gallery exhibited many artists including: Oliver Arms, Charles Arnoldi, Dennis Ashbaugh, David Bates, Howard Ben Tré, Mark Boyle, Marsha Burns, Beatrice Caracciolo, Sandro Chia, Dale Chihuly, Chema Cobo, Gene Davis, Ronald Davis, Jim DeFrance, Laddie Dill, Elizabeth Enders, William Eggleston, Vernon Fisher, Tommy Fitzpatrick,, Caio Fonseca, Richard Hamilton, Tom Holland, Patrick Ireland,[2][3] Harry Kramer, Ronnie Landfield,[4] Terence LaNoue, Frank Lobdell, Michael Lucero, Doug Martin, Alden Mason, Wilhelm Moser, Robert Motherwell, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira, Beverly Pepper, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Mimmo Rotella, Martin Saar, Italo Scanga, Frank Stella, Al Souza, Toshiko Takaezu, Peter Voulkos, Darren Waterston, William T. Wiley, Xiaoze Xie, Robert Yoder[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Spears, Dorothy (June 21, 2009), "This Summer, Some Galleries Are Sweating", The New York Times, retrieved April 28, 2010 
  2. ^ Irish Artist to "Bury" Alter Ego, ARTINFO, May 6, 2008, retrieved 2008-05-14 
  3. ^ Kimmelman, Michael (2005-05-22), "Patrick Ireland, 36, Dies; Created to Serve Peace", The New York Times, retrieved 2008-05-22 
  4. ^ online biography, retrieved February 2, 2009
  5. ^ Exhibition schedule retrieved December 21, 2009