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Mitchell Algus, Doll I, 1987, fabric, trim, vitrine, 10 3⁄4 × 36 3⁄4 × 13 1⁄2".

Mitchell Algus

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Mitchell Algus is best known as a gallerist of a particularly rare stripe—one with a singular heart, famous for resuscitating the careers of great artists such as Barkley Hendricks, Lee Lozano, Joan Semmel, and Betty Tompkins, who, once upon a time, were nearly swallowed up by obscurity. He’s been showing art in New York for more than three decades, in various spaces and capacities, though he’s rarely made a proper living at it. (He was a science teacher for twenty-three years at Long Island City High School in Queens, which allowed him some freedom from having to sell art to pay the bills). His tastes and passions have never been dictated by art-world consensus. Part thanatologist, part reanimator, Algus loves scrutinizing the histories everyone else has left for dead in order to gently coax them back into existence, even for just one last breath.

So it’s no surprise that the man is

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