new-york

Group Show

O.K. Harris Gallery and Paula Cooper Gallery

The O.K. Harris Gallery, named for a wheeling zoot suiter (and forgotten affirmative locution of the early ’40s), opened spacious, bright quarters in a refurbished castfront below Houston Street. The name of the gallery, as everyone knows, is an undisguised pseudonym for but one of Ivan Karp’s many avatars. Karp’s setting-in on West Broadway after an historically influential run as Leo Castelli’s Uptown associate, attests to the vitality and importance of the whole loft area, which is, after all, where the artists live and work. The move away from the bourgeois stratifications of Madison Avenue had first been made by Paula Cooper, who founded the Park Place Gallery, as I recall, as early as 1964. (The gallery did not survive, but the Minimalism and pictorializing trends in sculpture, which it fostered, remained.) Richard Feigen also established a downtown outpost, but it has not as yet

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