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December 15, 2022
Keeping the East Village Alive: Exhibition Catalogues from Howl! Happening

Howl! is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the downtown spirit of the East Village and has been quietly publishing an impressive collection of exhibition catalogues featuring Arturo Vega, Ethyl Eichelberger, Curt Hoppe, and others.

December 8, 2022
The 8th Annual Acker Awards: Theater for The New City, December 11, 2022

The Acker Awards, an event honoring avant-garde excellence and the independent downtown spirit, was first initiated in 2012 by artist Clayton Patterson.

December 1, 2022
John Gibson Gallery: The Early Years

The John Gibson Gallery featured challenging Fluxus and Conceptual Art by Joseph Beuys, Richard Long, Christo, Vito Acconci, and Dan Graham, among others.

November 17, 2022
Search by Theme: Women—LGBTQ—African Diaspora

Explore art ephemera from the final decades of the 20th century, reflecting the heightened self-awareness and demands for political change that shaped the multicultural art world.

November 11, 2022
Andy Warhol Ephemera—Part 2: Posthumous Cards, Posters, Publications

Andy Warhol Ephemera—Part 2, showcases posthumous cards, posters, and publications from after Warhol’s death in 1987. Also check out Part 1, which features items from before Warhol’s death.

November 4, 2022
Andy Warhol Ephemera—Part 1: Cards, Posters, Magazines, Photos (up to February 22, 1987)

Gallery 98 presents an online exhibition of Andy Warhol ephemera from before his death in 1987. These cards, posters, magazines, and photos remind us of the importance of Warhol’s background in commercial illustration and mass-media.

October 27, 2022
The Comfortable World of Alex Katz: Art Ephemera from a 70-Year Career

Gallery 98 features a selection of announcement cards, catalogues, and other ephemera tracking the long career of Alex Katz, an artist who’s work offers a comforting escape from social issues and angst.

October 20, 2022
Ephemera Tells the Story: Gallery Owner David Zwirner

This week’s newsletter showcases art ephemera that tells the story of David Zwirner Gallery, from its origins in Germany to its representation of renowned artists like Stan Douglas, Marlene Dumas, and Gordon Matta-Clark.

October 13, 2022
New Additions: Gordon Parks, Issey Miyake, Madonna, Faith Ringgold

New additions at Gallery 98 include works by Gordon Parks, Issey Miyake, Madonna, and Faith Ringgold, showcasing greater ethnic and gender diversity, and a willingness to mix creative fields.

October 6, 2022
Portraits of Artists: Gagosian Gallery Cards, 1992–1993

This collection of folded cards from the Gagosian Gallery in the early 1990s, features black and white photographs of artists in their studios, highlighting the fame, drama, and romance of art making.

September 29, 2022
Artists and the Environment: Earthworks, Land Art, Ecological Art, 1970s–1990s

This week’s newsletter spotlights different modes of environmental art from the 1970s–1990s, and includes artists like Newton Harrison & Helen Mayer Harrison, Richard Long, Robert Smithson, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Alan Sonfist, and Patricia Johanson.

September 22, 2022
Artists Still in the Spotlight: Current Exhibitions—Reminders of Past Triumphs

Gallery 98 highlights seven artists from the 1970s and 80s who are still active today, with major exhibitions currently on view in New York City.

September 15, 2022
ART GALLERY POSTERS, 1965 – 1995: Rain Dance, Avedon’s Beekeeper, Marilyn Monroe

Explore vintage art gallery posters from 1965-1995, showcasing the works of Larry Rivers, Robert Rauschenberg, John Baldessari, and Andy Warhol, among others.

September 8, 2022
A ONE-TIME CAUSE CÉLÈBRE NOW TAINTED Adam Purple’s Garden of Eden, 1973–1986

Adam Purple’s Garden of Eden was a renowned urban garden in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 1970s. Despite its initial fame and efforts to save it from demolition, the garden was ultimately destroyed. In later years, it’s memory has been tarnished by revelations of Adam Purple’s sexual…

September 1, 2022
THE OFFENDERS BY SCOTT B & BETH B, 1979: No Wave’s Fusion of Art, Music and Club Culture

“The Offenders” by Scott B & Beth B is a 1979 no wave film that captures the essence of the downtown art scene through its fusion of art, music, and club culture. Set in a New York wasteland, the film features a celebrity cast of downtown musicians and art-scene trendsetters.

August 25, 2022
TWO NIGHTS AT CLUB 57 IN 1980 Vintage Photographs by Harvey Wang

Vintage photographs by Harvey Wang and club calendars showcase the energetic and creative performances at Club 57 in 1980, including Lady Wrestling and the Elvis Memorial Party.

August 18, 2022
SMALL, INTIMATE AND HISTORIC More Art World Snapshots from the 1980s

A collection of 1980s snapshots featuring art world celebrities like Keith Haring, Futura 2000, Alba Clemente, Maripol, and Diego Cortez, capture intimate moments at private events and gallery openings.

August 11, 2022
SNAPSHOTS AT AN ART RECEPTION, 1987/88 Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Stephen Sprouse

These amateur photos provide an authentic record of a reception attended by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Stephen Sprouse, and others.

August 4, 2022
THREE UNUSUAL ITEMS Remembering East Village Art, 1985

Gallery 98 presents three unusual items that provide a glimpse into the vibrant but short-lived art scene of the East Village in the 1980s. A board-game poster with art by Mark Kostabi is especially fun.

July 28, 2022
The Charlie Parker Book that Jean-Michel Basquiat Gave to Friends

Gallery 98 recently acquired a copy of Ross Russell’s book “Bird Lives!’ It was once owned by Jean-Michel Basquiat, who inscribed it to his friend Lisa Soto. Apparently, Basquiat once had a case of these books and frequently gave them out as gifts to friends.

July 21, 2022
ALTERNATIVE PERIODICALS Magazines and Newspapers from Downtown NYC, 1980s

Gallery 98 has restocked its collection of 1980s downtown periodicals, including East Village Eye, New York Rocker, Details Magazine, and more.

July 14, 2022
POSTAGE STAMPS AS ART EPHEMERA Commemorating “Love” and “The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial”

Featured here are two sets of postage stamps connected to the art world. The Love stamps were signed by Robert Indiana in 1991 and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial stamps were signed by Maya Lin in 1984.

July 8, 2022
ROBERT COLESCOTT (1925-2009) Master of Black Visual Satire

Robert Colescott’s gaudily colored, densely packed, transgressive, cartoon-like paintings continue to garner surprising success. …

July 5, 2022
MORE THAN EPHEMERA Three Treasures From Our Collection

While the three works featured below could technically be termed ephemera, their artistry and historical importance dispel any thoughts that they might be of fleeting interest.

June 23, 2022
M. HENRY JONES (1957 – 2022) Spanning the Digital Divide

Gallery 98 is sad to relay the passing of M. Henry Jones, a singular artist whose animated films, kinetic sculpture, and 3-dimensional photographs provide a fortuitous glimpse of future advances in technology, as well as the impact these changes had on art.

June 16, 2022

Traveling is not easy these days but it was well-worth it to visit Venice and have the opportunity to view the exhibition Marlene Dumas, open-end at the Palazzo Grassi.

June 3, 2022
TRY OUR NEW SEARCH OPTION Are You a Collector or Are You a Researcher?

Collectors can now click the “For Collectors” button and only items that are available for purchase will remain on the page. For the full inventory of posted items, click on the “For Researchers” button, and the sold items will reappear.

May 25, 2022
BOOK LAUNCH AT HOWL, MAY 28th, 7 – 9pm Art Worker: Doing Time In The New York Artworld By Alan W. Moore

Art Worker features Moore’s remembrances of the artist organization COLAB, The Real Estate Show, The Times Square Show, ABC No Rio, Fashion Moda, Art-Rite magazine, the East Village Eye, cable television and much more.

May 19, 2022
ART EPHEMERA FROM THE 1980s & 1990s Race – Abortion – Guns – War

It’s hard to focus on art ephemera from the 1980s and 1990s when the news of the day keeps intruding. But, unfortunately, racial prejudice, the threat to abortion rights, and the constant menace of war and gun violence are ongoing concerns.

May 12, 2022
ARTISTS AND ART DEALERSEphemera with Portraits

If you want to own just one item of art ephemera, a good choice might be a gallery invitation featuring a portrait of your favorite artist. This type of card has long been used as a way to advertise exhibitions, especially if the artist is well-known or has a distinctive…

May 5, 2022
DEITCH PROJECTS, 1996 – 2010 Art Ephemera Tells the Story

In the course of fourteen years in New York’s Soho arts’ district, Deitch Projects completely reconfigured people’s expectations about art. Its founder Jeffrey Deitch was already a well-known art advisor, curator and critic when in 1996 he decided to open his own gallery, where he remained committed to the populist and…

April 28, 2022
WILLIAM EGGLESTON: EXHIBITION CARDS From Our Collection of Photography Ephemera

When William Eggleston began taking pictures in the late 1960s and 70s, his use of color and his “democratic” approach to subject matter stood in sharp contrast to the work of other photographers who still favored working in black and white and seeking out “decisive moments” and exceptional subjects.

April 21, 2022
VIEW OUR ONLINE EXHIBITION Marlene Dumas: Fifty Years of Art Ephemera

Recognized as one of Europe’s most successful painters, Dumas has exhibited at top galleries and museums. For Americans who might be less familiar with her work, Gallery 98’s online Dumas exhibition of announcement cards and photographs, spotlights both career highlights and well-known images.

April 14, 2022
ANNINA NOSEI GALLERY A Story Told In Art Ephemera

Annina Nosei and Jean-Michel Basquiat in the 2,000 square-foot basement of her gallery at 100 Prince Street, NYC. Nosei later provided Basquiat with a studio on Crosby Street. Photo by Naoki Okamoto, courtesy Annina Nosei. Annina Nosei will forever be associated with Jean-Michel Basquiat whom she helped launch…

April 7, 2022
ANNIE FLANDERS (1939 – 2022) Details Magazine, Downtown New York, 1980s

The passing last month of Annie Flanders the founder of Details magazine has renewed interest in the most successful of the many independent publications to emerge out of New York’s downtown scene in the 1980s.

March 31, 2022
NEW ONLINE EXHIBITION Marlene Dumas: Fifty Years of Art Ephemera

The large solo exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice running through January 8, 2023, further expands the painter Marlene Dumas’ remarkable fifty-year career consisting of scores of exhibitions at top galleries and museums, as well as, impressive auction sales.

March 24, 2022
TEA PARTY AT THE ALGONGUIN HOTEL A Gathering of Women Artists, 1991

In the same celebratory spirit as Great Day in Harlem, the famous group portrait of jazz musicians, Tea Party at the Algonguin Hotel salutes women artists as a newly empowered creative force.

March 17, 2022
POSTHUMOUS BASQUIAT (August 12, 1988 – Present) Gallery Cards, Catalogues, Posters, Other Art Ephemera

The best art ephemera chronicles an artist’s career, and for most artists very little of significance happens after their death. Jean-Michel Basquiat is the exception here, an artist whose presence, popularity and importance continued to surge after he died.

March 10, 2022

One of the easiest ways to sort through the thousands of items listed at Gallery 98 is to go to our Artists Page. Below we have spotlighted some of our favorites, and March being Women’s History Month, all are women.

March 3, 2022
NICK ZEDD (1958 – 2022) Ephemera by a Cinema of Transgression Filmmaker

Over the weekend, news of the death of the underground filmmaker and East Village legend, Nick Zedd, reverberated over the Internet and set off numerous tributes. The uncompromising filmmaker lived hard, and died in near-poverty in Mexico City from complications of cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis C, and cancer.

February 24, 2022
GALLERY CARDS, POSTERS, CATALOGUES, OTHER ART EPHEMERA Organized By Artists, Galleries, Art Movements, Media, Themes

Gallery 98 offers different ways to explore our inventory of gallery invitation cards, posters and catalogs. One place to start is on our Ephemera Page.

February 17, 2022

When local Los Angeles artist Edward Kienholz debuted Back Seat Dodge at the Dwan Gallery in 1964, the life-size sculpture with two mannequins simulating sex in the back seat of a car inspired both chuckles and praise.

February 10, 2022
TWO STORIES: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT AND ANNINA NOSEI Rare Anatomy Card Found / Ishmael Reed Revives the Basement Story

It’s not often that original vintage copies of a rare and historic gallery announcement card suddenly appear. But this is exactly what happened with a highly prized 1982 card printed by the Annina Nosei Gallery to promote Jean-Michel Basquiat’s print portfolio Anatomy.

February 3, 2022
TWO 1980s STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS Bill Cunningham / Toyo Tsuchiya

For Bill Cunningham (1929 – 2016) and Toyo Tsuchiya (1948 – 2017) the term “street photography” is not limited to pictures taken on the street but also includes photographs of events and performances. Both photographers were part of a trend among artists in the 1980s to document and archive the…

January 27, 2022
VINTAGE EXHIBITION POSTERS, 1967 – 1996 Dwan Gallery, Civilian Warfare, Beuys, Haring, Goldin

A vintage exhibition poster is an especially good way to preserve a moment of art history. Posters are large, they can be framed and hung on the wall, and the best feature images and words in ways that effectively reveal the essence of an artist’s work at a specific time and place. Gallery…

January 20, 2022
Luxury Art Ephemera: Gagosian Gallery—Beverly Hills, New York, London, Rome

At Gallery 98 our diverse inventory includes many DIY flyers from downtown art spaces in the 1970s and 80s, mostly hand-lettered and cheaply printed on black-and-white xerox machines. Commercial galleries, on the other hand, hired designers, and used color-offset printers to produce the cards and posters that promoted their exhibitions.

January 13, 2022
THE TREASURE HUNT CONTINUES More Advertisements From Artforum, 1967 – 2010

With the expansion of the artworld in the 1980s and 90s, art magazines became an increasingly important tool to reach global audiences. Artforum, with its high international circulation, quality printing and paper, and distinctive 10 ½ x 10 ½ square format, was particularly popular among galleries wanting to advertise.

January 6, 2022
Finding Treasures in Art Magazines: Advertisements From Artforum, 1970–2010

Art ephemera is primarily a by-product of advertising and promotion. At Gallery 98 our main focus is announcement cards and gallery posters but we also have an interest in the advertisements that galleries place in art magazines. It is all part of our long-term ambition to make the Gallery 98…