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March 30, 2017
Irreverent Art and Music of the Downtown Era

Gallery 98 has created a timeline of the “Downtown Era,” drawing from our extensive inventory of gallery invitations and posters. One of the rarer items is the invitation to the “Punk Art” exhibition at the Washington Project for the Arts, opened on May 15, 1978. Organized by Alice Denney with…

March 23, 2017
Guerrilla Girls, Jenny Holzer, Palladium, 1985

Gallery 98 has created a timeline of the “Downtown Era,” drawing from our extensive inventory of gallery invitations and posters. The spirit of the period is evident in this 1985 poster, for an exhibition curated by the Guerrilla Girls at the nightclub Palladium: what proved to be an uneasy meeting…

March 15, 2017
Fashion Moda: A South Bronx Outpost

When Stefan Eins opened the art space Fashion Moda in the South Bronx, in 1978, he hoped that the unlikely setting, one of the country’s most devastated neighborhoods, would stir the creativity of his Downtown peers. One of the first to respond was John Ahearn, who in 1979 turned Fashion…
A closeup of an announcement for artist Basquiat's exhibition

March 9, 2017
Basquiat’s Last Exhibition, 1988

The most conspicuous painting in Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1988 exhibition at Vrej Baghoomian Gallery was “Riding with Death,” a stark depiction of an emaciated figure with a featureless black face, seated atop a few white bones loosely arranged like a horse. At the exhibition’s opening, the dark forebodings of “Riding with…

February 28, 2017
Rating the 40 Top Art Events of the Downtown Era

Gallery 98, a specialized outlet for art and ephemera from 1970s and ’80s downtown New York, has done something special with its new online exhibition, spotlighting announcements and posters from its inventory.

February 15, 2017
Unusual Richard Prince Collaboration, 1979

Perhaps the most unusual item currently available at Gallery 98 can only be described as the chance collaboration of “Pictures Generation” superstar Richard Prince and COLAB theorist Alan W. Moore. The story is simple enough: having grabbed a handful of the hand-outs that accompanied Prince’s 1979 window display at Three…

February 9, 2017
Activist Art from the Reagan Era

One place to see the activist art of the 1980s is Gallery 98, where online exhibitions have highlighted the agitprop work of artists’ groups like COLAB and Guerrilla Girls. A quick scroll through Gallery 98’s inventory reacquaints us with historic exhibitions like the “Real Estate Show,” “Artists against Nuclear Madness,”…

February 2, 2017
Art and Ephemera from the “Downtown Era”

Marc H. Miller’s website 98 Bowery describes the downtown New York art and music scene as Miller observed it, from a top-floor Bowery loft, in the years 1969–1989. Gallery 98 is the online store for 98 Bowery: a place for students and collectors to find art and ephemera created during this dynamic era.

January 25, 2017
“Art for All” brings COLAB to Uniqlo

Gallery 98 is pleased to lend objects to the historical section of “Art for All,” an exhibition of low-priced artists’ multiples organized by Jeffrey Deitch for Uniqlo’s SoHo store. The idea of art for the masses was a central tenet for young artists in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly those affiliated with the artists’ group…

January 17, 2017
Wojnarowicz’s Pitch-Perfect Political Print

It’s a rare artwork that shows us the persistence of our political ills. Back in 1992, David Wojnarowicz’s silkscreen print “Democracy” appeared in the street poster exhibition and artists’ book Your House Is Mine, now featured in Gallery 98’s new exhibition, “Andrew Castrucci and Bullet Space: An Art Squat in…

January 12, 2017
Andrew Castrucci and Bullet Space: An Art Squat in the 1980s & ’90s

Few visual works capture the spirit of the East Village and the Lower East Side in the 1980s like Your House Is Mine, a street poster project begun in 1988 and compiled into an oversize artists’ book in 1992.

December 7, 2016
2016 Highlight: The Complete 98 Bowery Story

We have finished our website 98 Bowery, which documents Marc H Miller’s life through a history of the art and music of downtown Manhattan and the Lower East Side…

November 30, 2016
Colab, M. Henry Jones, Adam Purple

Gallery 98 is an online resource for art and ephemera from downtown New York in the 1970s and ’80s. Our weekly e-mails inform collectors and fans about new additions to the inventory, online exhibitions, and relevant news from around the art world. The Gallery 98 newsletter is archived at…

November 1, 2016
Robert Mapplethorpe documentary screens this Thursday

Another great Howl! Happening event: this Thursday, November 3, the gallery will host a free screening of Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Tschinkel’s rarely seen 2006 documentary. The film features interviews with the photographer’s closest colleagues and family, including his father and his childhood priest. The original footage of Mapplethorpe himself shows…

October 27, 2016
“The Ramones Way” street naming this Sunday

New York City, and the borough of Queens, continues to honor the Ramones during this 40th-anniversary year. On Sunday, October 30, the corner of 67th Avenue and 110th Street, in front of their alma mater Forest Hills High School, will be christened “The Ramones Way.”…

October 20, 2016
Lower East Side portraits, 1981

Gallery 98 is happy to add to its inventory two photo-composites by Tom Warren, compiling images from his early-1980s itinerant “portrait studios.” At a time when artists were feeling cut off from the “real world,” Warren set up public studios in different neighborhoods, where he could provide professional-quality portraits to…

October 18, 2016
Postscript to a Lower East Side story

98 Bowery, Marc H. Miller’s personal pictorial scrapbook of Lower East Side bohemia, covers the years 1969 through 1989, when he inhabited the top-floor loft at the title address. Part autobiography and part history, the website captures historic developments in art and music.

October 6, 2016
Action at a downtown loft

In the eight years since Marc H. Miller started the website 98 Bowery, more than half-a-million people have explored its pages. The site charts the art and music scene in downtown New York from 1969 through 1989, as experienced by Miller from the top floor loft at the address of the title.

October 4, 2016
Last chance for East Village Eye exhibition

From the moment the first issue of the East Village Eye hit the streets, in January 1979, this independent paper, published on a shoestring, became the voice of a dynamic new downtown scene. Under the direction of Leonard Abrams, it would have an eight-year run, ultimately totaling 72 issues. During…

September 29, 2016
East Village: When art was a game, 1985

It was inevitable that the East Village art scene of the 1980s would make a comeback: it was just too much fun, and too profitable. Not only does Howl! Happening now have an exhibition about the East Village Eye—whose succession of arts editors, including Walter Robinson and Carlo McCormick, charted…

September 27, 2016
When nightclubs were art galleries

Gallery 98’s extensive new online exhibition resurrects the anomalous Baird Jones: the curator, club party promoter, photographer, author, and celebrity gossip who personified the free-wheeling, polymorphous spirit of fin-de-siècle downtown New York. When Baird died, in 2008, the New York Times ran the headline “Man Departs a Life Lived on…

September 8, 2016
Ephemera from New York’s fin-de-siècle bohemia

Gallery 98 recently got hold of a large collection of postcards and flyers from the downtown art and club scene, spanning the late 1970s to early 2000s. Here’s a preview of some of the treasures, before we add them to our Nightclub Ephemera page over the next…

August 10, 2016
East Village Eye exhibition opens in September

Since its launch, a little over a year ago, Howl! Happening gallery at 6 East 1st Street has consistently celebrated the East Village’s 1970s and ’80s heyday. The gallery’s fall season opens on September 16 with an exhibition devoted to the East Village Eye, the independent publication founded by Leonard…

July 28, 2016
Last week for Ramones exhibition

After sixteen weeks at the Queens Museum, “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk” closes this Sunday, July 31. It’s been a memorable run, with crowds exceeding 3,000 on opening day, causing 90-minute lines for the exhibition. The final attendance is not yet in, but it’s certain to…

July 21, 2016
Ramones events now on YouTube

Did you miss the Queens Museum’s special programming for Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk earlier this month? No need to fret: thanks to Joly MacFie’s indispensable online video series Punkcast, these enlightening and entertaining events are now available on YouTube.

June 21, 2016
Ramones Mania Saturday at Queens Museum

This Saturday, June 25, in conjunction with the exhibition Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk, the Queens Museum gets taken over by hordes of punks and hipsters for a full day of Ramones events. …

June 14, 2016
Pop to Punk: Ramones and visual art

This coming Sunday, June 19, two discussions at the Queens Museum will explore the relationship between the Ramones and visual art, in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk.

June 9, 2016
Life of a Curator, 1980s

When Marc H. Miller was hired as a curator in 1985, the Queens Museum was a much smaller place, sharing its building (a former World’s Fair pavilion in Flushing Meadows Park) with an ice-skating rink. Miller’s first exhibitions drew from the thriving downtown art scene he knew as a longtime…

June 6, 2016
Ramones Mural Unveiled in Forest Hills

Yesterday’s rainfall did little to dampen the spirits of the many Ramones fans and local residents who turned out for the unveiling of a new mural at the “Thorneycroft Ramp” in Forest Hills, Queens. The unveiling concluded a day of events organized by the Queens Museum, which also included a…

May 27, 2016
Ramones bus tour and Thorneycroft ramp mural unveiling, June 5

Next week, on Sunday, June 5, the Queens Museum presents a day of events to accompany the exhibition “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk.” The day begins at 2 p.m. at the museum, with an exhibition tour by co-curator Marc H. Miller (founder of Gallery 98).

May 18, 2016
East Village Eye’s coveted hip hop issue (1982)

Gallery 98 has recently re-stocked some of the most coveted issues of the East Village Eye. A major stand-out is the “Chilly Xmas” issue of January 1982, with its prime early coverage of hip hop culture. Futura 2000 designed the centerfold; Lee Quiñones also contributed art.

April 28, 2016
Art and music collide in Ramones exhibition

“Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk” opened to enthusiastic crowds Sunday, April 10th at the Queens Museum. Upwards of 3,500 people attended, breaking the museum’s record and creating 90-minute waits to get into the exhibition.

April 14, 2016
Colab book launch and A. More Store exhibition

In the 1980s, the A. More Stores were one of the signature activities of the artists group COLAB: artist-run pop-up shops selling low-priced artworks and multiples by group members and friends. Over the years, Gallery 98 has been a principal promoter of COLAB, through online exhibitions like “Collecting COLAB.” Our…

April 6, 2016
Ramones opening Sunday

After many years of preparation, “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk“ will be opening this Sunday, April 10th at the Queens Museum. This multi-media exhibition not only tells the story of the Ramones, but also puts special emphasis on the explosion of visual art that surrounded…

March 31, 2016
1-2-3-4! Ten days to go

A three-year project nears completion, as the Queens Museum prepares to open “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” curated by Gallery 98’s Marc H. Miller. The opening, on Sunday, April 10, is now only ten days away.

March 17, 2016
Arturo Vega: insult paintings and the Ramones

Arturo Vega (1947–2013) had an unusual career. Arriving in New York in 1971, Vega was attracted as much to the excitement of music as to the isolated life of a gallery artist. Luck was with him. Just as the East Village music scene was beginning, Arturo met Dee Dee Ramone,…

March 10, 2016
Book signing for performance art pioneer Neke Carson

Gallery 98 will be celebrating and participating at the launch party for Neke Carson’s newly released book, Works on Art and Rectal Realism. The celebration is hosted by Anthony Haden-Guest and Lorraine Leckie, and takes place this Saturday (March 12) from 5 to 7 PM at Printed Matter’s new store, 231…

March 3, 2016
New: First book on artists group COLAB

Those with long memories can recall Printed Matter’s October 2011 exhibition “A Show about Colab (and Related Activities).” The exhibition revealed how the loosely organized artists group Collaborative Projects, Inc. (or “COLAB”) changed the art world’s priorities through a series of exhibitions, new alternative spaces, and other do-it-yourself projects between…

February 25, 2016
Conceptual and performance photography from the 1970s

In the 1970s, conceptual art and performance art both relied on photography as a means to express or document the ideas and events that constituted the works’ content. In most cases, the photographs were largely an afterthought, a means to an end. Generally small and done in black & white, these…

February 11, 2016
Ramones exhibition upcoming at Queens Museum

Marc H. Miller of 98 Bowery and Gallery 98 has co-curated the upcoming exhibition Hey! Ho! Lets Go: The Ramones and the Birth of Punk, announced last week in the New York Times. The exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ first album (Ramones), with an opening April 10…

February 4, 2016
Neke Carson’s bizarre Works on Art

Along with M. Henry Jones and Colette, Neke Carson is the third artist in Anthony Haden-Guest’s important article “Innovative provocations: meet the new art-world rebels.” As a pioneering performance artist in the 1970s, Carson epitomized Haden-Guest’s description of someone “making work that was of its nature hard to buy and…

January 28, 2016
Art foreshadowing digital technology

M. Henry Jones is another Gallery 98 favorite featured in Anthony Haden-Guest’s excellent article “Innovative provocations: Meet the new art-world rebels.” The article touts three artists—Colette, Neke Carson and Jones—who since the 1970s have stubbornly pursued their own creative interests apart from the “mainstream” art establishment.

January 21, 2016
Vintage art by Colette found in Germany

In an eloquent article on the “New Art-World Rebels,” Anthony Haden-Guest describes three 1970s provocateurs—Colette, Neke Carson, and M. Henry Jones—all of whom have previously had online exhibitions at Gallery 98. Haden-Guest sets these artists against the background of the current art boom, and heralds the return of “interesting art” by artists…

January 14, 2016
Punk magazine at Howl!

Forty years after the first issue of Punk, an exhibition honoring the influential magazine opens tonight at Howl! Happening, 6 East 1st Street. Founded by John Holmstrom, Legs McNeil and Ged Dunn, Punk became the model for a subsequent wave of do-it-yourself fanzines.

January 8, 2016
Spotlight: Harvey Wang’s Portrait of Adam Purple, 1981

In the last few weeks, much attention has settled on the artist Adam Purple, the widely credited inspiration of the urban garden movement and a hero in the battle against the gentrification of the Lower East Side. Purple’s best-known work, the 15,000-square-foot Garden of Eden, grew from its first planting in…

December 30, 2015
Looking back at 2015

Looking backward is nothing new for the website 98 Bowery and its commercial offshoot Gallery 98. These sites aim to keep alive the radical fringes of the downtown New York art scene of the 1970s and ’80s by recounting tales and selling art and ephemera.

November 19, 2015
Art Direct: A Mail-Order Catalogue for Art, 1982

If the number of inquiries that Gallery 98 receives from graduate students is any indication, there is much curiosity about the way artists in the 1970s and ’80s sought to democratize the distribution of art. A leader in this effort was the artist group Collaborative Projects, Inc. (COLAB), which sponsored…

November 12, 2015
Artist Spotlight: Walter Robinson

Gallery 98 features some of Walter’s earliest works, from the years he was a central part of the artist group Collaborative Projects, Inc. (COLAB). “Man with Broken Bottle” and “Woman with Cocktail” both date from 1980, and were featured at the first A. More Store, a pop-up outlet for artist…