Tanager Gallery

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The Tanager Gallery operated from 1952-1962 in New York City. The gallery was one of the first artist cooperative galleries formed on 10th Street in Manhattan to provide an alternative to the larger upscale galleries of Madison Avenue.

In 1952, the artist cooperative Tanager Gallery opened at 90 East 10th Street in Manhattan. Co-founders included Charles Cajori, Lois Dodd, Angelo Ippolito, William King, and Fred Mitchell. The Tanager offered open spaces for young artists to show their work and to sell art on their own terms. Membership at the Tanager included American Realists Alex Katz and Philip Pearlstein, and the Pop art/found-art collagist Tom Wesselmann. Later artists to join the cooperatiive included Mary Abbott, Perle Fine, Sidney Geist, Joseph Groell, Nanno de Groot, Sally Hazelet, Ben Isquith, Lester Johnson, Nicholas Marsicano, George Earl Ortman, Charlotte Park, Philip Pearlstein, Frank Stout, Raymond Rocklin, and Sal Sirugo. From 1952 to 1962, the Tanager Gallery exhibited works from about 250 artists.

The opening of Tanager and other 10th Street galleries was a radical change for the New York arts scene and for emerging New York artists who generally found representation with uptown gallery owners and/or art dealers on 57th Street or Madison Ave. In the 1950s, Manhattan's 10th Street was a gathering place for young artist-bohemians. The galleries were often the centers for anything avant-garde or new, such as art installations, happenings, poetry readings, jazz sessions, and performance art. For example, Tanager Gallery hosted a series of forums with local artists who would discuss their work and objectives.

Tanager Gallery received attention and respect from the more established art galleries and critics in New York, including Dore Ashton, Leo Castelli, Tom Hess, Martha Jackson, and Dorothy Miller. The Tanager Gallery closed in 1962.

From the guide to the Tanager Gallery records, 1952-1979, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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creatorOf Tanager Gallery. Institutional file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Tanager Gallery records Archives of American Art
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Relation Name
associatedWith Arnold, Anne, 1925- person
associatedWith Brooks, James, 1906- person
associatedWith Burkhardt, Rudy person
associatedWith Cajori, Charles, 1921- person
associatedWith Cherry, Herman person
associatedWith Dodd, Lois, 1927- person
associatedWith Fine, Perle, 1908-1988 person
associatedWith Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011 person
associatedWith Geist, Sidney person
associatedWith Guston, Philip, 1913- person
associatedWith Hazelet, Sally person
associatedWith Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966 person
associatedWith Ippolito, Angelo person
associatedWith Katz, Alex, 1927- person
associatedWith King, William, 1925- person
associatedWith Pearlstein, Philip, 1924- person
associatedWith Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008 person
associatedWith Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002 person
associatedWith Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997 person
associatedWith Wesselmann, Tom, 1931-2004 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Art, Modern
Art, Abstract
Art galleries, Commercial

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