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257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
By Appointment
212 999 7337
Sperone Westwater Fischer was founded in 1975, when Italian art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone, Angela Westwater, and German art dealer Konrad Fischer opened a space at 142 Greene Street in SoHo, New York. (The gallery's name was changed to Sperone Westwater in 1982.) An additional space was later established at 121 Greene Street. The founders' original program showcased a European avant-garde alongside a core group of American artists to whom its founders were committed. Notable early exhibitions include a 1977 show of minimalist works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Sol Lewitt; seven of Bruce Nauman's seminal early shows; eleven Richard Long exhibitions; and the installation of one of Mario Merz's celebrated glass and neon igloos in 1979 -- part of the gallery's ongoing dedication to Arte Povera artists, including Alighiero Boetti. Other early historical exhibitions at the Greene Street space include a 1989 group show, "Early Conceptual Works," which featured the work of On Kawara, Bruce Nauman, Alighiero Boetti, and Joseph Kosuth, among others; a 1999 Fontana exhibition titled "Gold: Gothic Masters and Lucio Fontana"; and selected presentations of work by Piero Manzoni. From May 2002 to May 2010, the gallery was located at 415 West 13 Street, in a 10,000-square foot space in the Meatpacking District.

In September 2010, Sperone Westwater inaugurated a new Foster + Partners designed building at 257 Bowery in New York. Today, 40 years after its conception, the gallery continues to exhibit an international roster of prominent artists working in a wide variety of media.
Artists Represented:
Carla Accardi
Barry X Ball
Ali Banisadr
Bertozzi & Casoni
Alighiero Boetti
Wim Delvoye
Braco Dimitrijevic
Kim Dingle
Lucio Fontana
Guillermo Kuitca
Wolfgang Laib
Helmut Lang
Liu Ye
Richard Long
Emil Lukas
Heinz Mack
Piero Manzoni
Mario Merz
Frank Moore
Malcolm Morley
Nabil Nahas
Bruce Nauman
Evan Penny
Otto Piene
Alexis Rockman
Susan Rothenberg
Tom Sachs
Julian Schnabel
Andrew Sendor
Richard Tuttle
Fabio Viale
Not Vital
William Wegman
Martin Wilner
Jan Worst

 

 
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Past Exhibitions

Alexis Rockman

Lost at Sea

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

April 8, 2020 - May 8, 2020

Richard Long

MUDDY HEAVEN

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

April 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020

Susan Rothenberg

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

January 9, 2020 - February 29, 2020
Sperone Westwater is pleased to present eight new paintings and six works on paper by Susan Rothenberg for the artist’s twelfth solo show at the gallery. Inspired by the artist’s surroundings in New Mexico, the animals and birds in these new works – pack rats, doves, and ravens – are caught in intense, fleeting moments. Rothenberg’s brushstrokes convey urgency and movement while building images that not only charge abstraction with representation but also confound figure and ground. These new works signal that she continues to be an independent figure, reimagining painting at a time when a new generation of artists is vitally taking up the question. Susan Rothenberg’s first New York solo in 1975 took place at 112 Greene Street, an alternative space in SoHo. It consisted of three large paintings of horses. Almost 20 years later Peter Schjeldahl, when writing about Rothenberg’s 1993 Albright-Knox retrospective, called that 1975 exhibition, a “eureka” moment because, for him and some artists, it brought painting back from the dead. He described the critical significance of those paintings as having “introduced symbolic imagery into Minimalist abstraction” and characterized them as having “powerful vulnerability or vulnerable power” simultaneously. Early on, her practice encouraged many other female artists, who continue to regard her with admiration and gratitude. For example, Amy Sillman selected Rothenberg’s 1977 Untitled work on paper for her current curated show at MoMA, “Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman – The Shape of Shape.” Susan Rothenberg has had numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including early solos at Kunsthalle, Basel (1981-82), the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1982) and an exhibition organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that traveled to seven institutions in the US and abroad (1983-85); a retrospective organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo that traveled to the Hirshhorn Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Seattle Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art (1992-94); a survey at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Monterrey, Mexico (1996-97); “Susan Rothenberg: Paintings from the Nineties” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1999); and an exhibition of drawings and prints at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University that traveled to the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu and the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe (1998-99). A survey, “Moving in Place,” was organized by Michael Auping at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and traveled to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe and the Miami Art Museum (2009-11). Her work can be found in important public and private collections, including Albright-Knox Art Gallery; the Hall Collection; Hirshhorn Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Stedelijk Museum; Tate, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Whitney Museum, New York. In 1987, Rothenberg had her first solo at Sperone Westwater, where she exhibits regularly (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2016).

David Lynch

Squeaky Flies in the Mud

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

November 1, 2019 - December 21, 2019
Sperone Westwater is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by artist and filmmaker David Lynch, his first with the gallery. The show will feature paintings, works on paper, watercolors, lamp sculptures and furniture. Lynch’s five-decade career includes an extensive range of art-making— painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, music and film. While studying at the Boston Museum School and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in the late 1960s, Lynch envisioned his first ‘moving painting’; a multidimensional painting beneath a moving projection titled Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times) (1967). This multimedia work marked Lynch’s first foray into video and filmmaking. Since that time, his prolific career has touched on subjects of the organic body and industrial sites in various states of decay, describing a deeper human experience both beyond and within the everyday. Often depicting these scenes with a language of surrealism and mystery, Lynch’s work balances at the porous divide between the body and the world it inhabits. Lynch has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including, most recently, a survey at HOME, Manchester (2019). Retrospectives include “Someone is in my House” at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2018-19), “Silence and Dynamism” at the Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland (2017-18), “Between Two Worlds” at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia (2015), and “The Air is on Fire” at the Fondation Cartier, Paris (2007). In 2014-15, a survey was presented at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) where he studied. In 2013-14, Brett Littman curated a thematic selection of works utlizing “naming” through narrative text at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, which traveled to the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2014-15). Other earlier important solos included “David Lynch: The Factory Photographs” at the Photographers’ Gallery, London (2014), the GL Strand in Copenhagen (2010-11), and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow (2009). Born in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch now lives and works in Los Angeles. Lynch is also known as a filmmaker and recording artist who over the past three decades has written and directed critically acclaimed films such as Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001), Inland Empire (2006) and the television series Twin Peaks (1990-91). He is also represented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles.

John Giorno

DO THE UNDONE

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

September 5, 2019 - October 26, 2019

Andy Warhol

By Hand: Part II, Drawings 1950s – 1960s

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

April 25, 2019 - July 19, 2019

Katy Moran

I want to live in the afternoon of that day

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

March 1, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Emil Lukas

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

January 9, 2019 - February 23, 2019

Peter Halley

Unseen Paintings 1997 – 2002, From the Collection of Gian Enzo Sperone

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

November 2, 2018 - December 22, 2018

Malcolm Morley

Tally-ho

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

September 12, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Michael Landy

Summer Sale

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

June 27, 2018 - August 3, 2018

Alexis Rockman

New Mexico Field Drawings

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

June 21, 2018 - August 3, 2018

Jitish Kallat

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

April 26, 2018 - June 16, 2018

Wolfgang Laib

Where the Land and Water End

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

March 9, 2018 - April 21, 2018

Kim Dingle

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

January 10, 2018 - March 3, 2018