Gallery 98

ART EPHEMERA 1960s – 1990s

Gallery 98 is for collectors and researchers alike. We specialize in announcement cards, posters, publications and other art ephemera from the 1960s - 1990s. For all inquiries: 98bowery@gmail.com

Andrew Castrucci & Bullet Space: An Art Squat in the 1980s & ’90s

by Marc H. Miller and Jonah Wolf

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Andrew Castrucci with Your House Is Mine.
Photo by Robert Engbers, 1992.

In the mid-1980s, as gentrification encroached on the East Village, the neighborhood’s eastern fringe remained a lawless landscape of abandoned buildings and rubble-strewn lots. Here in “Alphabet City,” amid the thriving drug trade, intrepid squatters surreptitiously reclaimed unused real estate. In 1986, a group of artist squatters led by Tenesh Webber sledgehammered their way into 292 East Third Street, between Avenues C and D. Accommodating living spaces as well as an exhibition space, Bullet Space quickly became a nexus for the East Village tradition of politically radical, semi-legal street art, producing works like the handmade artists’ book Your House Is Mine, an unrivaled embodiment of the downtown aesthetic.

Prominent in the Bullet Space group were the Castrucci brothers: printmaker Andrew and architect Paul, who together had run the short-lived A&P Gallery a block away. At A&P, as at Bullet Space, Andrew’s expertise shone in the posters and flyers that now make up a decades-long record of both galleries, and of the shifting political climate. A&P exhibition posters mocked the villains of the era: President Ronald Reagan and real estate tycoon Donald Trump. At Bullet Space, posters publicized demonstrations in support of fellow squatters, and celebrated the continued renovation of the building itself.

As a printmaker, Andrew Castrucci led Bullet Space’s most ambitious project, Your House Is Mine: a set of posters waging, as Elizabeth Hess described it in Artforum (October 1991), “an ongoing class war against landlords, drugs, and AIDS and an eloquent protest against the lack of a safe environment for children.” From 1988 to 1992, Andrew worked with selected artists at the Bullet Print Shop and the Lower East Side Print Shop to create the 33 prints that would appear first as street posters, and subsequently as a limited-edition artist’s book, produced with Nadia Coen and Paul Castrucci. With contributions from Sandra “Lady Pink” Fabara, David Wojnarowicz, Anton van Dalen, John Fekner, Lee Quiñones, and other local street artists, the book is now seen as an essential record of the politically assertive art of the Lower East Side at the end of the century.

Bullet Space door

Bullet Space door

Bullet Space exterior

Bullet Space exterior

Posters from Your House Is Mine

Posters from Your House Is Mine

Bullet Space interior, with posters and book

Bullet Space interior, with posters and book

Bullet Space remains active today. Gallery 98’s online exhibition focuses on its early history, in the 1980s and 1990s, and on the printmaking work of Andrew Castrucci, with original posters from A&P and Bullet Space, as well as from Your House Is Mine. Over the last 25 years, the original 150 books printed have found their way into many prominent collections, including the Library of Congress and Museum of Modern Art. Gallery 98 offers one of the last available copies, as well as selected individual posters, drawn from a small collection of artists’ proofs and now made available for the first time.

Exhibition Items

(Please click individual items for price and full description)

A & P, Linus Coraggio Backstabbing—Distrust, Poster, 1985

A & P, I Love You, Nancy, Poster By Andrew Castrucci, 1985

A & P, Fresh Fruit For Rotten Vegetables, Poster by Andrew Castrucci, 1986

A & P, Tom McGlynn, West Wing, Poster, 1986

A & P, Day Gleeson and Dennis Thomas Collaborative Work, Silkscreen Poster, 1986

Bullet Space, Andrew Castrucci, The Wrong Direction, Poster, 1988

Bullet Space, Paul Castrucci, “Bullet: An Act of Resistance,” exhibition poster, 1989

Bullet Space, Bullet: An Act of Resistance, Xerox ‘zine, 1989

Bullet Space, Paul Castrucci, “Dirt Party,” flyer, 1989

Andrew Castrucci, “S.O.S.” poster, 1994

Andrew Castrucci & Nadia Coen, Your House Is Mine, Oversized Artists’ Book with 33 Signed Silkscreen Prints, 1992

Bullet Space, Andrew Castrucci, Fishook, Silkscreen Print, 1990

Bullet Space, Andrew Castrucci, New Law of Righteousness, Silkscreen Print, 1990

“Survival of the Fittest,” silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

“By Betsy,” silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

Fekner poster slowdown children growing

John Fekner, “Slowdown Children Growing,” silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

Lady Pink, Under the Brooklyn Bridge, Silkscreen Print from Your House Is Mine, 1990

“I 💔 NY,” silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

Bullet Space, Miguel Piñero & Andrew Castrucci, Book of Genesis According to Saint Miguelito Silkscreen Print, 1990

Lee Quiñones and Eduardo Galeano, Century of the Wind, Silkscreen Print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

“We’re Concerned. Are You?” silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

“¿Dónde Está Mi Casa,” silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

Stash Two, Subway Map, Spray Paint on Subway Map, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

“Umbrella House,” silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

“Home, Family, Work, Community,” silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

“Democracy,” color silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

“Democracy,” black & white silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

“Viva tu Vida en Loisaida,” silkscreen print, from Your House Is Mine, 1990

Bullet Space, John Fekner & Andrew Castrucci, We, the People, Exhibition Poster, 1991

"Your House Is Mine" tabloid for Bullet Space

Bullet Space, Your House Is Mine, Tabloid Newspaper, 1993