Gallery 98 is an online resource for art and ephemera from downtown New York in the 1970s and ’80s. Our weekly e-mails inform collectors and fans about new additions to the inventory, online exhibitions, and relevant news from around the art world. The Gallery 98 newsletter is archived at gallery.98bowery.com/news. Below, find some highlights from 2016.
Gallery 98 regularly features works from the artists’ group Colab, and its members like Tom Otterness, Christy Rupp, and Walter Robinson. We were pleased to see Printed Matter’s publication of A Book about Colab (and Related Activities), edited by Max Schumann.
One of Gallery 98’s most successful exhibitions starred M. Henry Jones, a tech artist whose temperament belongs to the Jurassic age before digital media. Anthony Haden-Guest’s excellent article “Innovative provocations” occasioned this news item. Look for Henry’s appearance at the Museum of Modern Art in November 2017.
Controversy followed the decision, by the proprietors of the newly opened Hotel Indigo on Ludlow Street, to name the hotel’s bar after late Lower East Side fixture Adam Purple. Patrons could agree, however, on the excellence of Lee Quiñones’ ceiling mural, an LES pantheon whose portrait of Purple is based on a photo by Harvey Wang available at Gallery 98.