Taste-Making and Taste-Flouting New York Dealer Mitchell Algus: ‘The Gallery May Be Unable to Continue’
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Taste-Making and Taste-Flouting New York Dealer Mitchell Algus: ‘The Gallery May Be Unable to Continue’

Installation view of “Masterpieces” at Mitchell Algus Gallery with work by George Ortman, Henry Pearson, Morgan O’Hara, Bill Bollinger, and Steve Keister. COURTESY MITCHELL ALGUS GALLERY This morning, the proudly idiosyncratic, relentlessly iconoclastic New York art dealer Mitchell Algus posted a startling message on Instagram : “The Mitchell Algus Gallery is on the verge of closing. After nearly 27 years of exhibitions and with a lease pending renewal, the gallery may be unable to continue.” That would be a tremendous loss for the Manhattan art industry, and the art world as a whole. Since 1992, Algus has been a dependable purveyor of work by outré and obscure artists, from Harold Stevenson , who christened one of the dealer’s spaces with a 39-foot-long nude painting, to Bill Bollinger, a lesser-known Post-Minimalist whose work has since achieved posthumous renown. As a handful of international mega-galleries with thousands and thousands of square feet of exhibition space around the world have hoovered up artists at a rapid pace in recent years, becoming one-stop emporiums for collectors wanting to acquire the same depressingly predictable examples of blue-chip art, Algus has operated as a potent example of another kind of dealing: an art obsessive with […]

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