In 2000, Ephemera Press began to commission artists to create illustrated maps of historic New York City neighborhoods that spotlight the homes and hangouts of the famous artists, writers and musicians. The inspiration for the project were the 1940s pictorial maps by Miguel Covarrubias, William Gropper and other name artists, published by American Associated Artists, an enterprise that sought to bridge the gap between the fine and popular arts.
Ephemera Press chose James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook to illustrate the East Village map on account of their talent, as well as their strong connections to the neighborhood. In 1984, Romberger and Van Cook started Ground Zero, one of the first East Village galleries. They are probably best known for their collaboration with David Wojnarowicz on “7 Miles a Second” (1992), an acclaimed comic-book autobiography written by Wojnarowicz with art by Romberger and Van Cooke.
Ephemera Press was founded by Marc H Miller, also the founder of Gallery 98. Only a few signed East Village maps remain.
Map Includes: Diane Arbus • Jean Michel Basquiat • Lenny Bruce • William Burroughs • CBGBs • Club 57 • Dorothy Day • Willem de Kooning • Five Spot • Fillmore East • The Fugs • Allen Ginsberg • Philip Glass • Emma Goldman • Graffiti Murals • Keith Haring • Debbie Harry • Jimi Hendrix • Abbie Hoffman • Jack Kerouac • Lee Krasner • Jasper Johns • LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) • Leadbelly • Madonna • Norman Mailer • Robert Mapplethorpe • Jonas Mekas • Joseph Papp • Charlie Parker • Jackson Pollack • Ramones • Larry Rivers • Patti Smith • Sun Ra • Talking Heads • Velvet Underground • Andy Warhol • and others
Gallery 98 offers different ways to explore our large inventory of gallery invitation cards, posters and catalogs. One popular option is to search by artist. More than 180 are listed on our “Artists’ Page” including David Hammons, Jenny Holzer, Joan Mitchell, William Pope.L,…
Gallery 98 features art and art ephemera connected to artists active in downtown New York in the 1960s to 90s. This was a time when artists were exploring their own real-life experiences, often creating works incorporating self-portraits and depictions of friends.
Website visitors can now explore Gallery 98’s large collection of vintage art ephemera using newly added sections devoted to the major art movements. Gallery 98 is designed as an online resource for both collectors and researchers, and we are constantly working to improve our finding aids. See items from selected…
While the bread and butter for galleries has traditionally been the sale of high priced art to a few wealthy collectors, this market is most successful when the art is also appreciated by a larger, less-privileged audience of art enthusiasts.
Back in the 1980s nightclubs were not just places to drink and cruise. They were also an important venue for the city’s cultural scene, a gathering spot where artists, musicians, designers, writers, performers and filmmakers exchanged ideas and networked during one of NYC’s most creative periods.
There is still time to bid on items in the Washington Project for the Arts’ Benefit Auction on Artsy, ending on Thursday, August 13th at 6:30 PM. Of special interest are two unusual forays into portraiture by artists who participated in the WPA’s infamous Punk Art Exhibition (1978).
Neke Carson’s John Waters Closet Portrait must be one of the more unusual works in the Washington Project for the Arts’ Benefit Auction that is now open for online bidding at Artsy through August 13. Carson, a pioneering performance artist with links to Fluxus and Neo-Dada, is a true original who over his 50-year career has produced…
The benefit auction for the Washington Project for the Arts (already canceled twice because of Covid-19!!) will finally be open for online bidding at 6:30 pm today (Thursday July 30th) at Artsy. In celebration of the WPA’s 45th Anniversary, the auction features many of the artists who over the years exhibited at this important venue for contemporary art…
Artists in the 1980s had a lot to say but not necessarily with a work hanging on a wall. The downtown art space Franklin Furnace (founded by Martha Wilson in 1976) was one of the first galleries to recognize this reality with programming centered around performance art, artists books and other new formats.
For those who were part of the New York art world in the 1980s and attended the exhibitions and events featured on the art ephemera sold by Gallery 98, these mementos preserve not only art history but also personal memories.