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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…

November 6, 2015
COLAB’s Christmas Store, 1980

Fueling downtown New York’s creativity in the late 1970s and ’80s was the do-it-yourself spirit that infused all the arts. Everyone was starting a band, a night club, a newspaper, or a gallery. This was the context in December 1980, when the artists’ group Collaborative Projects, Inc. (COLAB) organized the…

October 29, 2015
Selling Polaroid Portraits in Bars, 1979

A one-of-a-kind collection of Polaroid portraits, taken in the bars and cafes of Amsterdam by Bettie Ringma and Marc H. Miller, has long been featured on This week, the photographs have received much wider exposure, on media conglomerate Vice’s European websites.

October 15, 2015
The Bowery, CBGB, a Porfolio of Snapshots, 1976–78

David Owen, the co-founder of London vintage booksellers IDEA Books Ltd, has chosen Marc H. Miller and Bettie Ringma’s “Bettie Visits CBGB” as what he calls a “Superbook”: a rare work of exceptional cultural significance. Owen makes his point in an entertaining and evocative radio program just released by Radio Wolfgang.

October 8, 2015
Colette’s Soho Street Art, 1973

While the early graffiti writers paved the way for the ambitious top-to-bottom subway art that would later spread throughout the world, Colette’s illegal art found a lineage in the unbroken stream of art students who would reject galleries in favor of the urban canvas and its wide audience.

October 1, 2015
Christof Kohlhofer, Colab, East Village Eye

Among the works that Gallery 98 has lent to the exhibition “The Downtown Decade: NYC 1975-1985” at Glenn Horowitz RARE (17 W. 54th Street, NYC) is Christof Kohlhofer’s Susan B. Anthony shopping bag, originally made in 1981 for the second A More Store…

September 24, 2015
Island of Negative Utopia, a Poster by Kiki Smith, 1984

The creative spirit of the Lower East Side in the 1980s is encapsulated in the phrase “The Island of Negative Utopia,” the title of an exhibition about ABC No Rio (a still operating LES art space) held at the Kitchen in Soho in 1984.

September 17, 2015
Baird Jones, Mark Kostabi, East Village Art, 1980s

Baird Jones’s scrawled-upon and rubber-stamped photograph of artist Mark Kostabi at a “Kosthappening” is an unusual relic of the glory days of the East Village in the mid-1980s. Gallery 98 has lent this standout image to the exhibition “The Downtown Decade: NYC 1975-1985,” open for viewing through October 10th at…

September 10, 2015
Bettie Visits CBGB: Photo Portfolio and Watercolor Painting

Gallery 98 is pleased to be participating in the exhibition “The Downtown Decade: NYC 1975-1985” at Glenn Horowitz’s New York exhibition space RARE. The gallery describes the show as “a multi-genre overview of the intensely fertile and interconnected creative scene that developed on New York City’s Lower East Side during…

August 27, 2015
Mike Malloy’s “Insure the Life of an Ant,” 1972: Documents Discovered for Transgressive Art Piece

Not much remains of J. Michael Malloy’s pioneering interactive art work “Insure the Life of an Ant,” shown at OK Harris Gallery in 1972. Today few people have even heard of Malloy, who abruptly stopped making art soon after this controversial exhibit closed.

August 20, 2015
Cara Perlman’s Finger Paint Portrait of Taylor Mead, 1971

Gallery 98 continues its online exhibition of portraits by Cara Perlman, created at the legendary Times Square nightclub Tin Pan Alley in 1981 and 1982. Done directly from life, these unconventional, finger-paint portraits capture likenesses with a striking immediacy. You can judge the success of these depictions in the Polaroids below, showing photographer…

August 13, 2015
New Scholarship: Colab, Real Estate Show, Times Square Show

Gallery 98 was founded in part to help promote the legendary artist group Collaborative Projects Inc. (COLAB), whose activities in the 1980s still resonate in today’s art world. COLAB organized the Real Estate Show and the Times Square Show (both in 1980), and was intricately connected to two influential alternative…

August 6, 2015
Press Coverage: Carson, Jones, Perlman, Rupp

Gallery 98’s online exhibitions continue to resurrect important art and artists from the 1970s and ’80s. The art press and blogs have noticed. Here are some informed articles that expand the focus on artists we have featured. “Poster Boy,” by Bruce Helander, Huffington Post, September…

July 30, 2015
Some Recent Articles about 98 Bowery

Gallery 98 has been featured in recent articles, highlighting alternative publications and exhibitions, as well as interviews with curator Marc H. Miller.

July 16, 2015
Early ’80s posters: Basquiat, Haring, Holzer

Gallery 98 has added new items to our inventory, including a rare 1985 poster—illustrated by a pointed Jenny Holzer text—for what proved to be a controversial exhibition curated by the Guerrilla Girls. When the Guerrilla Girls, in their campaign for gender equality, criticized the Palladium for ignoring women artists, the nightclub…

July 9, 2015
New York underground press, 1970s-’90s

At the heart of the cultural renaissance in downtown New York during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s was a DIY (do-it-yourself) attitude that spawned not only new music, art, clubs and galleries but also a host of alternative publications that covered all the new action.

July 2, 2015
No Wave Film Stills, 1970s & ’80s

The No Wave films produced in downtown New York in the 1970s and 1980s remain an intriguing hybrid of art, fashion, music, and performance. No film was more evocative of the No Wave genre than Amos Poe’s The Foreigner, with its noir narrative and glamorous cast of musicians, artists and nightlife…

June 25, 2015
Crying Policeman, 1980

Much of the art featured on Gallery 98 is connected with Collaborative Projects Inc.(COLAB), a loosely organized artists’ group that helped lead the shift towards more socially engaged art in the 1980s. One of COLAB’s most notorious actions was The Real Estate Show, a theme exhibition about real estate that took place…

June 16, 2015
Opening Tomorrow: The Last Party

Gallery 98 is participating in The Last Party, an exhibition curated by Anthony Haden-Guest spotlighting the “creative ferment” that surrounded the New York club scene in the 1970s and ’80s. The exhibition includes many of Gallery 98’s favorite artists, such as: Roberta Bayley, Neke Carson, David Godlis, Curt Hoppe, Marc H. Miller, Anton Perich, Marcia Resnick, Bettie…

June 11, 2015
When Art Was Part of the Party, 1970s and ’80s

Gallery 98 is lending works to the The Last Party, an upcoming exhibition curated by Anthony Haden-Guest that will spotlight the “creative ferment” that exploded around the New York club scene in the 1970s and ’80s. The Last Party opens next Wednesday, June 17, at the non-profit art space White Box on Broome…

June 4, 2015
Fashion Moda T-Shirts

The downtown art world of the 1970s and ’80s was mostly separate from the established uptown galleries where works sold for high prices to the art elite. Downtown was a low-budget affair, a place where artists exhibited in shabby do-it-yourself spaces that catered mostly to other young and broke artists.

May 20, 2015
Art and Punk

Last week’s email calling attention to the historic “Punk Art” exhibition catalogue (1978) posted on seems to have struck a responsive chord. Most gratifying is the Huffington Post article “16 Images That Capture The Dark And Beautiful Love Affair Between Art And Punk.”…

May 14, 2015
Punk Art Catalogue, 1978

Gallery 98 features art and ephemera from the radical fringes of downtown New York during the 1970s and ’80s. These were the years when artists turned away from abstraction and began to confront real-life issues, including politics and sexual identity. 98 Bowery, the parent site of Gallery 98, tells this history as…

May 7, 2015
Street Posters by Anton Van Dalen, Early 1980s

Artist Anton Van Dalen has long found both a purpose and an audience in the community of the East Village, where he has lived for more than forty years. In the 1980s, his street posters—which addressed the neighborhood’s rampant social ills—became familiar sights for local residents. These were the years when much of the…

April 30, 2015
East Village Yuppie (1986) and More…

Working closely with the artists and musicians who were at the center of East Village culture in the 1970s and 1980s, Gallery 98 offers collectors and institutions rare objects that bear witness to one of New York’s most creative periods. We have recently replenished our supply of the East Village Eye, Leonard Abrams’…