Peter Nagy (artist)

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Peter Nagy
Born1959 (1959)[1]
Known forArtist, gallerist

Peter Nagy (born 1959) is an American artist and gallerist. Nagy is the owner of Gallery Nature Morte, founded in New York City and now located in India.

Early life[edit]

Nagy was born in 1959 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He studied at the Parsons School of Design, receiving a degree in communication design in 1981.[2]

Career as gallerist[edit]

With the artist Alan Belcher, Nagy opened Gallery Nature Morte in East Village, Manhattan, New York City in 1982.[3][4] Nagy was a part of a generation of the East Village artist-gallery owners who established a small and rough but trendy avant-garde alternative to the established SoHo art scene.[5] The gallery was open for six years, until 1988.[4] They combined conceptualism and pop art, exploring the relationship between the art and the commodity.[6][7]

In 1992, Nagy moved to New Delhi where he revived Gallery Nature Morte in 1997.[8][9] The Indian artist Subodh Gupta has said of him: "he has fresh eyes and has provided a platform for contemporary artists."[10] In 2021 the gallery opened two additional exhibition spaces in Delhi.[11]

Art career[edit]

In the early 1980s Nagy became known for works he created by mixing painting techniques with the technology of Xerox photocopy machines.[12][13] One series executed during this period, International Survey Condominiums, used photocopying as a tool to combine timelines of art history with the floorplans of art museums.[12][14]

Nagy's work is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum,[15] the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art,[16] the Brooklyn Museum[17] and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[18]

In 2014 Eisbox Projects published an exhaustive account of Nagy's work by Richard Milazzo in the book PETER NAGY, Entertainment Erases History: Works 1982 to 2004 to the Present. In 2020, Deitch Projects in New York City held a retrospective exhibition of Nagy's works from the 1980s.[14][19][20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregorio Magnani; Daniela Salvioni; Giorgio Verzotti (June 1989). Special affects: the photographic experience in contemporary art. Giancarlo Politi. ISBN 9788878160101. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Trademark Artist: Peter Nagy •". Mousse Magazine (in Italian). 2 July 2020.
  3. ^ Jens Hoffmann (2004). The next Documenta should be curated by an artist. Revolver, Archiv für aktuelle Kunst. ISBN 9783936919059. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b Goldsworthy, Rupert (19 May 2010). "Peter Nagy's Long Indian Summer". Art in America. Brant Publications. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  5. ^ New York Media (22 June 1987). "New York Magazine". New York Media, LLC: 49–55. ISSN 0028-7369. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  6. ^ Peter Nagy on Decades as an Artist and Dealer Both, ArtNews, Anne Duran, July 24, 2020 [1]
  7. ^ New York Media (25 June 1990). "New York Magazine". New York Media: 46–52. ISSN 0028-7369. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  8. ^ Anthony P. D'Costa (1 December 2010). A New India?: Critical Reflections in the Long Twentieth Century. Anthem Press. pp. 181–. ISBN 978-0-85728-664-2. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  9. ^ Mehra, Pallavi (24 October 2019). "Nature Morte". Architectural Digest India.
  10. ^ Business Standard (2011-08-06). "An eye for talent". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  11. ^ Jayakar, Devyani (24 April 2021). "Nature Morte opens two new galleries in New Delhi". Architectural Digest India.
  12. ^ a b Eklund, Douglas; Alteveer, Ian; Brown, Meredith A.; Miller, John; Olmsted, Kathryn; Saunders, Beth; Lethem, Jonathan (17 September 2018). Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy. Metropolitan Museum of Art. ISBN 978-1-58839-659-4.
  13. ^ New York Magazine. New York Media. 14 November 1988.
  14. ^ a b "Jan Avgikos on Peter Nagy".
  15. ^ "Peter Nagy".
  16. ^ "Overwhelmed by the Imagination".
  17. ^ "Brooklyn Museum".
  18. ^ "International Survey Condominiums".
  19. ^ Doran, Anne (24 July 2020). "Peter Nagy on Decades as an Artist and Dealer Both: 'You Don't Realize How Fast the Art World Can Spin on a Dime'".
  20. ^ "Peter Nagy "Entertainment Erases History" Jeffrey Deitch / New York |". Flash Art. 26 March 2020.

Further reading[edit]

  • Richard Milazzo, "Peter Nagy: Entertainment Erases History. Works 1982 to 2004 to the Present" Brooklyn, Eisbox Projects (2014)
  • Peter Nagy on Decades as an Artist and Dealer Both, ArtNews, Anne Duran, July 24, 2020 [2]