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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…

December 23, 2021
GALLERY 98’s DOWNTOWN ROOTS IN THE 1970s AND 80s A Feature Length Article in Kaleidoscope

Today Gallery 98 promotes all kinds of art ephemera from the US and Europe, but its original focus was on the alternative art scene that emerged in the East Village and the Lower East Side in the 1970s and 80s. The Italian magazine Kaleidoscope, just now published a…

December 16, 2021
IN PRAISE OF DRUNKENNESS A Bar Coaster by Marlene Dumas, 1992

When Marlene Dumas was commissioned to design a coaster for Café Schiller, a popular bar in Amsterdam, she found her inspiration in Charles Baudelaire’s poem, Be Drunk. The poem resonated with Dumas, whose youth was spent on her family’s vineyard in South Africa, and whose personal “drunkenness” of choice has always been art making.

December 9, 2021

All our newsletters going back to 2015 are posted on the Gallery 98 site. Our focus is on the art from the last half of the 20th century as illustrated on gallery announcements, posters, catalogues and other art ephemera. Chock-full of information and unique visuals, these newsletters continue to be prominently featured…

December 2, 2021
HISTORY OF A PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY Cards From Light Gallery, 1971 – 1987

Gallery 98’s rich inventory of announcement cards from Light, the pioneering photography gallery, are now featured in a new online exhibition Light Gallery & Fine Arts Photography, 1971 – 1987. Over its seventeen-year history, Light helped define the genre of art photography and launched many of its leading practitioners.

November 18, 2021

Collecting vintage art ephemera is a way to own a piece of art history.  A top tier announcement card – with an image, the name of the artist, the gallery, and the exhibition date – is more than memorabilia. Carefully curated collections of art ephemera allow art enthusiasts to trace…

November 4, 2021
RARE EPHEMERA BACK IN STOCK Basquiat, DeSana, Futura, Hambleton, Lady Pink, Sprouse

It’s not easy for Gallery 98 to keep vintage art ephemera in stock. The best items sell quickly, and it’s becoming harder to find great new ones to replace what has sold. Fortunately, there are art lovers like Bodi Lucas, who back in the 1980s amassed a large collection of gallery cards and publications…

October 28, 2021

The revival of painting that took place in the 1980s moved in many directions but the term that most appropriately defined and marketed this change was Neo-Expressionism. In New York, the Mary Boone Gallery was the headquarters for the movement, especially after she teamed up with Michael Werner whose Cologne gallery…

October 21, 2021
THE THEORETICAL GIRLS Women Artists of The Pictures Generation

The 1988 announcement card (above) from a Metro Pictures exhibition featuring eleven successful women artists illustrates the gender diversification that was slowly taking hold in the art world in the 1980s.

October 14, 2021
GRAFFITI, POST-GRAFFITI, MODERN EXPRESSIONISTS Four Catalogues from the Sidney Janis Gallery, 1983 – 1985

It was big news back in December 1983 when the venerable Sidney Janis Gallery mounted the exhibition Post-Graffiti featuring canvases by top urban street artists. The embrace of graffiti culture was an unexpected and surprising turn for a gallery first established in 1948 and famous in the artworld for its exhibitions of…

October 7, 2021
WRAPPING BUILDINGS AS ART The Audacious Art of Christo & Jean-Claude

Over the years Christo and Jean-Claude’s wrappings have frequently been at a colossal scale and involved prominent public structures. These projects are by necessity short term (usually two weeks) but they live on through copious documentation created by the artists themselves.

September 30, 2021
A NEGLECTED ART MOVEMENT Pattern and Decoration: Cards and Catalogues, 1970s-90s

The 1970s was a particularly fertile moment for new art movements. With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972 – 1985, an exhibition at the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College (through November 28th), spotlights one of the most distinctive — the Pattern and Decoration movement (also known as P&D).

September 22, 2021
A FORGOTTEN ART MOVEMENT Photorealism: Cards and Catalogues, 1970s–90s

The success of Pop Art in the 1960s opened the way for other new styles of representational art. “Photorealism” was a term applied to a group of artists whose fastidious paintings strove to imitate photography. Like pop artists, photorealists favored imagery drawn from everyday life and the American vernacular. OK Harris Gallery and the …

September 16, 2021
FOLLOW GALLERY 98 ON INSTAGRAM New Vintage Art Ephemera Posted Daily

Depending on your age, collecting vintage art ephemera is either nostalgic or educational. Since Gallery 98’s founding over five years ago, we have amassed a huge collection of art gallery cards and posters covering the years 1964 to 2001. Although our specialty is the art of downtown New York,…

September 8, 2021
EUROPEAN ART EPHEMERA, 1970s – 1990s Christo, Koons, Abramović, Sherman, Currin

When a collection of art ephemera only includes items from American galleries it inevitably does not convey the full picture. During the final decades of the 20th century Europe was not only the birthplace of important artists (e.g., Christo, Marina Abramović, Anselm Kiefer) but it was also a key market for American artists. Gallery 98’s goal is to capture…

September 2, 2021
JENNY HOLZER, JEFF KOONS, RICHARD PRINCE German Magazine Gives Artists Editorial Control, 1990s

Selected issues of the German Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) magazine from the 1990s are today coveted collector items because of the publication’s radical decision to give famous artists editorial control in the design of the magazine’s cover, as well as lengthy picture spreads featuring whatever images they chose.

August 26, 2021
CHUCK CLOSE (1940 – 2021) An Artist’s Ephemera Lives On

Last week the art world was fixated on the death of Chuck Close, a pioneer photorealist painter who was also connected with conceptual and post-minimal art. As one of the most celebrated artists from the 1970’s, Close’s personal story also fueled media interest.