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August 18, 2020
A GOLDEN AGE OF NYC NIGHTLIFE – Nightclub Ephemera from the 1980s

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.

August 11, 2020
“BETTIE VISITS CBGB” AND “JOHN WATERS CLOSET PORTRAIT” Benefit Auction for the WPA Ends Thursday, August 13

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).

August 5, 2020
BENEFIT AUCTION FOR THE WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS John Waters Closet Portrait by Neke Carson, 2009

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…

July 30, 2020
BENEFIT AUCTION FOR THE WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS “Bettie Visits CBGB” & WPA’s Punk Art Exhibition, 1978

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…

July 23, 2020
ARTIST’S PAGES BY ANA MENDIETA AND DAVID HAMMONS From Franklin Furnace’s Flue Magazine, 1981

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.

July 15, 2020
ART/NEW YORK, A VIDEO MAGAZINE ON ART Announcement Cards from the 1980s

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.

July 10, 2020
GALLERY CARD FOR LYLE ASHTON HARRIS’ WHITE FACE SERIES The 1990s roots of today’s social discourse

What makes for a collectible gallery announcement card? The key quality is a powerful iconic image by a well-known artist that evokes the concerns of the particular time the exhibition took place.

July 1, 2020
ARTIST COLLABORATOR OR HIRED HAND? The Story of Keith Haring and Angel Ortiz (aka LA2)

Artist/documentarian Clayton Patterson’s recent article in the Village Sun adds a new perspective to some Keith Haring announcement cards in the collection of Gallery 98. Patterson has been a longtime advocate of artist Angel Ortiz (better known as LA2) who worked with Haring in the early 1980s but who is now increasingly excluded from the Haring story.

June 24, 2020
YOUR CHOICE: NANCY SPERO OR RICHARD PRINCE? A Franklin Furnace Card with Two Displayable Sides, 1991/1992

Some of the most desirable gallery announcement cards are those with a portrait of the featured artist. In this regard Franklin Furnaces’ Food for Thought card is an exceptional example of art ephemera because it displays two high profile artists, one on each side of the card.

June 18, 2020
ART EXHIBITIONS WORTH REMEMBERING Gallery Invitations, Posters and Catalogues, 1960s to 90s

Art ephemera – the advertising and promotional material created by galleries to publicize and sell art – is now a coveted collectible onto itself.  Collecting ephemera is a way to own vintage objects connected to famous artists, and at the same time, learn more about the history of art as it actually…

May 27, 2020
JOHN FEKNER’S “DECAY” and “BROKEN PROMISES” The South Bronx, Street Art, and the Election of 1980

Dramatically sited amidst the ruins of Charlotte Street in the South Bronx, John Fekner’s 1980 murals –DECAY and BROKEN PROMISES — are the best known work of this early street artist noted for his use of stencils for a political purpose.

May 25, 2020
GALLERY CARDS & NIGHTCLUB INVITES, 1970s-90s Browse by Artist, Venue, and Collecting Theme

For those nostalgic for that still memorable fin-de-siècle moment in downtown New York when art, nightlife, fashion, politics and decadence mingled and thrived, the more than 5,000 items of paper ephemera from the 1970s – 90s posted online at Gallery 98 might be the perfect remedy.

May 13, 2020
NIGHTCLUBS – ART – FASHION – 1980s New issues of Details Magazine added to inventory

Details Magazine, founded by Annie Flanders in 1982, is best known for its fashion coverage. Starting with the very first issue the magazine was brimming with creatively designed ads from small downtown boutiques and newly launched clothing lines.

May 7, 2020
SELECTED VINTAGE ART MAGAZINES, 1970s-90s Collectible Covers, Historic Advertisements, Rare Titles

Since going into lockdown six weeks ago Gallery 98 has been busy unpacking and sorting through thirty-three massive boxes containing the library of art critic Edit deAk (1948-2017).   Most of the boxes contained art books and gallery catalogues but about a quarter of them were filled with art magazines from all…

April 29, 2020
$50 Lockdown Sale Art Catalogues: Top Artists & Galleries, 1970s-90s

Gallery 98 has received and organized 33 boxes of art critic Edit deAk’s library, and are now selling vintage catalogues, books, and periodicals, in a $50 Lockdown Sale featuring important and rare items.

April 22, 2020
“PRIMITIVISM” IN 20th CENTURY ART Press Packet for the Controversial MoMA Exhibition, 1984

Gallery 98 offers the press kit from MoMA’s controversial 1984 exhibition, ‘Primitivism’ In 20th Century Art. The kit includes photos, press releases, and critical essays illuminating the exhibition’s cultural bias, a significant event in the discussion around diversity and multiculturalism in the art world.

April 16, 2020
Francesco Clemente Conquers the Art World; Gallery Invitations, Catalogues and Art Periodicals, 1970s-90s

Gallery 98’s recent acquisition of a large collection of books and ephemera from the library of art critic Edit deAk (1948-2017) brings to light many interesting art world stories.

April 7, 2020
Greer Lankton & Civilian Warfare Gallery, Offset Print Portfolio Signed by the Artist

Among the treasures that Gallery 98 discovered sorting through the boxes of books from the late art critic Edit deAk’s library was this signed offset print portfolio promoting Greer Lankton’s first exhibition at Civilian Warfare Gallery in May 1983.

April 2, 2020
Avedon, Basquiat, Piper, Schnabel, 1970s-90s: Magazines and Catalogues from the Library of Edit deAk

Before being confined by quarantine, Gallery 98 was fortunate to have acquired the library of the late art critic Edit deAk (1948-2017). Edit Deák was a rebellious artistic teenager living in communist Budapest, Hungary who engineered her escape in the trunk of a car and made her way to New York.

March 26, 2020
POSTERS THAT CHANGED THE ART WORLD Guerrilla Girls – Rarities from the 1980s & 90s

When the Guerrilla Girls began wheat-pasting posters on walls near galleries and museums in downtown NY in the mid-1980s, they didn’t know what effect these posters would have on the art world nor exactly how long that effect would last.

March 16, 2020
Indulge in Your Love of Art Online Browse over 5,000 Gallery Cards and Posters, 1960s – 90s

For the last five years Gallery 98 has been marketing art ephemera, continuously posting new items online from our vast inventory of over 60,000 cards and posters. Art ephemera is not just for collectors – items that we have sold remain posted so that art researchers can continue to access the important information that…

March 10, 2020
Downtown Publications before the Internet

Gallery 98’s recent acquisition of a large collection of Night and Details has put the spotlight on our extensive inventory of downtown periodicals from the 1970s and 80s.

March 2, 2020
Large Bill Cunningham Bus-Stop Poster (1989) added to Bill Cunningham & DETAILS Magazine, 1982-90

Gallery 98 has just added a large bus-stop poster to its online exhibition on fashion photographer Bill Cunningham’s work for DETAILS Magazine from 1982-90.

February 25, 2020
Black ART History Month Some Exhibitions from the 1980s and 90s

Perusing Gallery 98’s inventory of thousands of announcement cards, posters and other art ephemera is like a trip through the history of art from the 1960s – 90s. Every art movement, gallery and artist is represented allowing visitors to explore the art that interests them the most.The traditional designation of…

February 13, 2020
Anton Perich’s NIGHT The Studio 54 Issue

Next month, the Brooklyn Museum will be celebrating New York’s most infamous nightclub of the 1970s with the exhibition Studio 54: Night Magic, from March 13 to July 5. One of the artists featured in the exhibition will be Anton Perich who frequently made photographs at Studio 54 and also published NIGHT, a…

February 4, 2020
BILL CUNNINGHAM & DETAILS MAGAZINE, 1982-90 Street Photography and Fashion

For readers of the weekend style section of The New York Times Bill Cunningham (1929 – 2016) was a perennial favorite particularly appreciated for his weekly picture column On the Street, a sharp-eyed compendium of the fashion he encountered on the street.

January 23, 2020
Marc H Miller Interview on Hyperallergic

The artist Freda L. Reiter may not be a household name, but her work, particularly a series of drawings she completed in the mid-1970s, is widely recognized as an important visual record in the impeachment of President Nixon.

January 6, 2020
GALLERY 98 IS ON INSTAGRAM

Gallery 98 is on Instagram.  Each day, we post new images from our extensive inventory of announcement cards, posters, flyers, photographs and multiples connected to the downtown New York art world from the 1960’s through 2000.  Gallery 98 is a place for both collectors and researchers.  Follow us on Instagram…

December 16, 2019
GALLERY 98 IS ON INSTAGRAM

Gallery 98 is on Instagram.  Each day, we post new images from our extensive inventory of announcement cards, posters, flyers, photographs and multiples connected to the downtown New York art world from the 1960’s through 2000.  Gallery 98 is a place for both collectors and researchers.  Follow us on Instagram…

December 3, 2019
TWIN SISTERS ILLUSTRATE WATERGATE TRIALS – Freda L. Reiter (ABC-TV) – Ida Libby Dengrove (NBC-TV)

Gallery 98’s online exhibition Watergate Courtroom Sketches by Freda L. Reiter, 1973 – 75 is inspired not only by the current interest in presidential impeachment but also by our ongoing interest in featuring successful woman artists in the fine arts as well as in the commercial art fields, which have often provided…

December 2, 2019
RICHARD NIXON / WATERGATE – Freda Reiter’s Illustrations for ABC-TV, 1973-75

Freda Reiter’s color pastel recreations of Richard Nixon’s resignation and other Oval Office scenes, as well as, her life sketches of the Watergate trials are the products of an era with very different rules for the media. In the 1970s, news photographers had only limited access to an increasingly reclusive president, and laws…

November 12, 2019
THE ART OF IMPEACHMENT: Freda Reiter’s Watergate Pastels, 1973 – 75

With the whiff of impeachment once again in the air, Gallery 98 has resurrected its online exhibition Watergate Courtroom Sketches by Freda L. Reiter, 1973 – 75. Back in the 1970s photography was prohibited in courtrooms, so it was up to sketch artists like Freda Reiter (1919-86) to provide the visuals…

November 7, 2019
EXHIBITIONS BY WOMEN ARTISTS, 1970s – 90s: Surveying a Collection of Gallery Announcement Cards

One does not usually think of the late 20th century as a great period for women artists, in part because of the Guerilla Girls’ successful poster campaign that revealed how few women exhibited in NYC’s major museums and galleries. Yet a survey of the announcement cards from this period shows…

October 10, 2019
Marc H Miller at Howl! Happening: 98 Bowery, 1969-89 / Stories of Downtown New York

Artist and curator Marc H Miller will be talking about his life in downtown New York City at Howl! Happening on Saturday, October 19th. The occasion is the unveiling of an updated version of his website 98 Bowery, 1969-89, a picture memoir of the 20 years he lived in a Bowery…

October 9, 2019
A Performance Artist in the Making: William Pope.L & the band Jon Waine

You will rarely, if ever, see a reference to the rock band Jon Waine in bios of William Pope.L, the celebrated artist who this month has simultaneous exhibitions opening at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. But it was during his six years (1976-83) as the group’s lead singer and co-composer…
please kill me

October 1, 2019
Please Kill Me: An Interview With Marc H Miller

Gallery 98’s Marc H Miller is the subject of a long interview by Eric Davidson now featured on PLEASE KILL ME, the popular website that takes its name from a Richard Hell t-shirt made famous by Legs McNeil and Gilliam McCain when they co-opted it as the…

August 30, 2019
Keith Haring’s Party of Life: Rare Clothing Items, 1984 – 86

Gallery 98 has recently acquired souvenir clothing items from Keith Haring’s annual Party of Life.  Planned around his May 4th birthday, Haring staged three Party of Life events from 1984 – 86.

August 27, 2019
Anton Perich’s NIGHT Magazine: STUDIO 54, CLUB CULTURE AS ART, 1978-79

Gallery 98 has recently acquired a collection of rare early issues of NIGHT magazine, perhaps the most visually compelling of the many independent publications that emerged in downtown New York in the 1970s and 80s. Founded by artist Anton Perich, NIGHT focused on NYC nightlife capturing an important “post-pop” moment…

July 30, 2019
Jean-Michel Basquiat Ephemera, 1981-88: Gallery Invites, Posters, & Publications

Over the years Gallery 98 has handled some of the best examples of Basquiat ephemera. Most of these items have already sold but since we are a research site for art historians, as well as an online gallery for collectors, we often leave sold items posted on the site. …

July 23, 2019
A Survey of Basquiat Ephemera, 1981-88: Announcement Cards, Posters & Publications

Similar to the way paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat have played a key role in the frenzy surrounding contemporary high-end art auctions, the same is happening in the more limited market of vintage contemporary art ephemera. The cards, posters and publications that feature Basquiat and chart the important moments in his short…

July 22, 2019
Downtown Art – Soho, Tribeca – 1970-78

The rise of downtown New York in the early 70’s as both an artist neighborhood and a gallery district is charted in this online exhibition featuring vintage invitation cards and posters. This carefully curated selection captures the moment pop and minimalism evolved into new forms of conceptual and political art.

July 9, 2019
Rise of the East Village 1977 – 86: ANNOUNCEMENT CARDS, POSTERS AND PUBLICATIONS

The glory days of the East Village in the late 70’s and early 80’s are captured in this selection of vintage invitation cards, posters and other art ephemera. This carefully curated online exhibition includes gallery announcements, nightclub invites, and underground publications. Among those featured are David Wojnarowicz, Madonna, Richard Prince, Lady Pink,…

June 13, 2019
Posters by Wojnarowicz, Eisenman & others: ART GALLERY POSTERS FROM THE 1970s – 90s

For this poster, made not long after his diagnosis with AIDS, Haring pasted his own baby picture inside an image of an about-to-burst soap bubble: a frank metaphor for the life that would be cut short barely a year later.

June 10, 2019
Posters by Kusama, Haring & others: ART GALLERY POSTERS FROM THE 1970s – 90s

Amongst artist Joseph Beuys’ innovations was the idea of “social sculpture”, a concept that expands the definition of art to include human activity, and considers art’s potential to transform society.

June 5, 2019
A NEW COLLECTION OF ART POSTERS FROM THE 1980’S at Gallery 98

The title of the 1987 exhibition by Julian Schnabel in the poster above may have political resonance today, but it actually comes from The Recognitions, a 1955 novel by William Gaddis about art, forgery, corrupt art critics and spiritual truths.

May 23, 2019
Curt Hoppe Downtown Portraits Catalogue Available Online

Glad to hear that Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project has now posted for free online viewing the catalogue for Curt Hoppe’s exhibition Downtown Portraits, 2010 – 2019. The 100-page catalogue includes reproductions of all of Hoppe’s twenty-four painted portraits and the 105 portrait photographs, along with essays by Walter Robinson, Carlo McCormick and…

May 16, 2019
WALTER ROBINSON: ARTIST PROVOCATEUR

On Friday, May 17th, there will be a screening at 7pm at Howl! Happening (6 East First St. NYC, 10003) of Walter Robinson: Artist Provocateur (2018), the most recent addition to Paul Tschinkel’s long-running videotape series ART/new york.

May 7, 2019
Remembering Mary Boone Gallery: VINTAGE ANNOUNCEMENT CARDS CHRONICLE A FABLED HISTORY

Mary Boone’s decision to close her galleries as she awaits her 30-month jail sentence for tax evasion brings to at least a temporary close one of the most public and successful careers in art dealing.