Tennis, Anyone?: A Look Inside Paddlecourt Gallery in Suburban Westport, Connecticut
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Tennis, Anyone?: A Look Inside Paddlecourt Gallery in Suburban Westport, Connecticut

Installation view of a 2016 group exhibition at Paddlecourt Gallery, featuring work from Mark Milloff, Evan Roberts and Brian Belott. PADDLECOURT As its name might imply, the Paddlecourt gallery in suburban Westport, Connecticut was founded in a former paddle-tennis court next to artist/gallerist Alex Zuckerman’s mother’s house. Beginning in 2015, the gallery—which Zuckerman, 23, founded with fellow artists Jake Shore, 22, and Jack Lawler, 23—has hosted a mix of solo and group exhibitions, mainly from an extended network of friends. Last fall, the gallery added an additional storefront at nearby 58 Saugatuck Avenue, close to an artisanal market and a hair salon. On Saturday, Paddlecourt opens a new two-person show there featuring drawings and paintings by the artists Alicia Gibson and Butt Johnson, both of whom have a history exhibiting in New York venues decidedly more on the beaten track than Paddlecourt. “It’s been pretty much a joke the whole time, one big mistake after another, but it’s kind of turned into, I guess, a real operation,” Shore said of Paddlecourt. The project started as a “kind of spur of the moment” enterprise, he said, occasioned by a series of large paintings Zuckerman had made while in England. Zuckerman […]

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