A lot has happened at Gallery 98 over the last year. Most significantly, we have introduced a redesigned website that not only looks and functions better, but also includes a cart that makes purchasing items easier. This year has also seen the long-awaited publication of Gallery 98 director Marc H Miller’s book, Bettie Ringma & Marc H. Miller: Selling Polaroids in the Bars of Amsterdam, 1980 (Lecturis NL), thanks to the efforts of Dutch writer and cultural historian Leonor Faber-Jonker.
As in previous years, Gallery 98 has continued the ongoing series of newsletters highlighting special items in our inventory, as well as, interesting new acquisitions. Sent out weekly, there have been close to fifty newsletters this year alone. Featured below is a selection of eight of our favorites.
As the year comes to an end, Gallery 98 would like to extend holiday greetings to all our customers and online visitors. Special thanks go to Folder Studio who designed and implemented the new website. Acknowledgements also go to Amani Marshall who keeps the website up-to-date and helps prepare the weekly newsletters. We also are grateful for the work of Katherine Jánszky Michaelsen whose expert editing keeps our newsletters grammatical and, we hope, entertaining to read.
When Art and Nightlife Intermixed: New York Nightclubs In The 1980s
For art lovers in the 1980s, it was not just about attending gallery openings and theater events, it also involved participating in New York’s lively nightclub scene. Although the staple for clubs was live music, they also hosted art exhibitions, performance art, and experimental film and video. Read more.
— Newsletter January 26, 2023
Deitch Projects: Dan Colen & Dash Snow, Swoon, David LaChapelle, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring
Gallery 98 has recently acquired a large collection of announcement cards and posters of the legendary gallery Deitch Projects (1996–2010). It will take us a few weeks to post all this ephemera, but we are eager to spotlight some of our favorites here. Read more.
— Newsletter February 2, 2023
Marcel Duchamp: Homages, Variations, Imitations
Of all early 20th century artists, Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) stands out as perhaps the one who had the most influence on the generation of artists that rose to fame at the end of the century. With the rejection of art that appealed only to the eye for an art about ideas; the invention of the readymades… Read more.
— Newsletter February 20, 2023
The Vanitas Still-Life Paintings of Audrey Flack, 1976 – 78
Gallery 98 has obtained a collection of vintage art ephemera connected to Audrey Flack, a leading photorealist painter whose work dates from the movement’s earliest years. Now in her 90s, Flack has the distinction of having participated in every major photorealist exhibition and being the first photorealist to have a work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art… Read more.
— Newsletter June 15, 2023
A Public Sculpture Makes An Easy Target: Richard Serra & David Hammons
Every example of art ephemera tells a story, and sometimes, when two items connect, the story can get very interesting. That’s certainly the case with two items currently in Gallery 98’s inventory: a poster featuring a photo of Richard Serra’s public sculpture TWU (the initials for the Transit Workers Union), and a copy of Franklin Furnaces’ magazine Flue with… Read more.
—Newsletter September 6, 2023
Jean-Michel Basquiat & AREA Nightclub: Invitations Capture the Connection, 1985
For the talented and prolific Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1985 shaped up to be a banner year. In February, his portrait was on the cover of The New York Times Magazine as part of an article touting “New Art New Money.” In March, he had a major show at the prestigious Mary Boone Gallery… Read more.
— Newsletter September 21, 2023
Jenny Holzer & The Artist Group COLAB, 1978 – 1983: Posters, Stickers, and The Black Book
Gallery 98 is fortunate to have recently acquired a collection of early Jenny Holzer items from 1979-82, a fertile period when Holzer first developed important aspects of her art. These were also the years when Holzer was an active participant in Collaborative Projects Inc. (COLAB), an artist’s group… Read more.
— Newsletter October 12, 2023
Ephemera From The Texas Gallery: Houston as an Art Center in the 1970s and 80s
Thanks in part to our new high-visibility website, Gallery 98 is increasingly being approached by artists and galleries who want their history to be part of our ever-expanding collection of art ephemera. Recently, we were fortunate to obtain a large collection of announcement cards from the Texas Gallery… Read more.
— Newsletter November 2, 2023