Paula Cooper Gallery

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The Paula Cooper Gallery is an art gallery in New York City founded in 1968 by Paula Cooper (nee Johnson).[1][2]

Artists[edit]

The gallery is primarily known for the Minimalist and Conceptual artists it has represented and whose careers it helped launch, including:

In addition to living artists, Paula Cooper Gallery also handles the estates of the following:

Paula Cooper Gallery has in the past represented the following:

History[edit]

Predecessors[edit]

Cooper ran her own space, the Paula Johnson Gallery, from 1964 to 1966, where Walter De Maria launched his first solo show in New York. She then worked for Park Place Gallery, a co-operative of five painters and five sculptors, including Mark di Suvero, Robert Grosvenor and David Novros.[24]

1968-1975[edit]

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 at 96 Prince Street with $4,400 in October of 1968.[25][26] “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; proceeds of sales were split 50-50 between the artists and the committee.[27] The exhibition featured LeWitt’s first wall drawing, and included works by Carl Andre, Jo Baer, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Robert Ryman.[28]

By 1975, the neighborhood had been renamed SoHo, and included 83 other art galleries.[29]

1996-today[edit]

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."[30]

In 2007 Paula Cooper gave the extant records of Park Place, dating from 1966 to 1967, and the early records of the Paula Cooper Gallery, from 1968 to 1973 to the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

In 2013, Paula Cooper 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.[31] In 2018, the gallery temporarily moved its headquarters to a 9,000-square-foot space located at 524 West 26th Street due to construction in an adjacent building.[32]

In 2015, Paula Cooper was awarded France’s Order of Arts and Letters, the country’s highest distinction for contributions to French arts and culture.[33]

The Clock[edit]

In February 2011, Christian Marclay's twenty-four-hour multi-visual exhibit The Clock was exhibited in the gallery space. The Clock had recently received The Golden Lion award at the 54th Venice Biennale.[34] 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)."[35] 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."[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Roberta (November 26, 1993). "Art in Review". The New York Times. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  2. ^ "About the gallery-- from the Paula Cooper Gallery website". Archived from the original on August 4, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  3. ^ Gareth Harris (November 30, 2018), Dealer Paula Cooper on 50 years in the New York art world Financial Times.
  4. ^ Alex Greenberger (November 20, 2018), Jennifer Bartlett Is Now Represented by Marianne Boesky and Paula Cooper Galleries ARTnews.
  5. ^ Mary Kaye Schilling (October 11, 2016), Conceptual Art’s Most Ardent Fan, 50 Years In T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  6. ^ Mary Kaye Schilling (October 11, 2016), Conceptual Art’s Most Ardent Fan, 50 Years In T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  7. ^ Jason Farago (October 30, 2018), A Discreet Jubilee for a Groundbreaking Chelsea Gallery T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  8. ^ Claire Selvin (June 3, 2019), Paula Cooper Gallery Now Represents Ja’Tovia M. Gary ARTnews.
  9. ^ Mary Kaye Schilling (October 11, 2016), Conceptual Art’s Most Ardent Fan, 50 Years In T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  10. ^ Numbers: Which New York Gallery Represents the Most Warhol-ian Artists? New York Observer, September 7, 2012
  11. ^ Mary Kaye Schilling (October 11, 2016), Conceptual Art’s Most Ardent Fan, 50 Years In T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  12. ^ M.H. Miller (August 29, 2012), Justin Matherly Joins Paula Cooper Gallery ARTnews.
  13. ^ Mary Kaye Schilling (October 11, 2016), Conceptual Art’s Most Ardent Fan, 50 Years In T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  14. ^ Mary Kaye Schilling (October 11, 2016), Conceptual Art’s Most Ardent Fan, 50 Years In T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  15. ^ Numbers: Which New York Gallery Represents the Most Warhol-ian Artists? New York Observer, September 7, 2012
  16. ^ Artfacts.net: Paula Cooper Gallery
  17. ^ Alex Greenberger (November 9, 2018), Estate of Bernd and Hilla Becher Heads to Paula Cooper Gallery ARTnews.
  18. ^ Mary Kaye Schilling (October 11, 2016), Conceptual Art’s Most Ardent Fan, 50 Years In T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  19. ^ Alex Greenberger (January 14, 2019), Pace Gallery Now Represents Lynda Benglis ARTnews.
  20. ^ Andy Battaglia (August 11, 2018), Charles Gaines Is Now Represented by Hauser & Wirth ARTnews.
  21. ^ Mary Kaye Schilling (October 11, 2016), Conceptual Art’s Most Ardent Fan, 50 Years In T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  22. ^ Alex Greenberger (August 2, 2017), Sherrie Levine Is Now Represented by Xavier Hufkens ARTnews.
  23. ^ Gareth Harris (November 30, 2018), Dealer Paula Cooper on 50 years in the New York art world Financial Times.
  24. ^ Gareth Harris (November 30, 2018), Dealer Paula Cooper on 50 years in the New York art world Financial Times.
  25. ^ "Paula Cooper - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. August 2, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  26. ^ "My Life in Pictures: Paula Cooper". The New York Times. October 11, 2016. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  27. ^ Gareth Harris (November 30, 2018), Dealer Paula Cooper on 50 years in the New York art world Financial Times.
  28. ^ Répétition II, February 23 – March 23, 2013 Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
  29. ^ a b 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.
  30. ^ Michael Kimmelman, "Art In Review: Carl Andrew," The New York Times, November 15, 1996.
  31. ^ Carol Vogel (September 19, 2013), Another Cubist Gift for the Met, and New Art at MetroTech New York Times.
  32. ^ Alex Greenberger (June 12, 2018), Paula Cooper Gallery to Temporarily Relocate Headquarters to West 26th Street ARTnews.
  33. ^ "Carl Andre, Paula Cooper Get French Honor - artnet News". artnet News. December 4, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  34. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia - Christian Marclay". www.labiennale.org. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  35. ^ Roberta Smith, As in Life, Timing Is Everything in the Movies," The New York Times, February 4, 2011.

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