It’s a big year for anniversaries. From Carrie Bradshaw’s first Cosmopolitan to the day Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hit U.S. bookstores (has it really been 20 years?), there’s a lot to feel nostalgic about.
Reminiscing about iconic pop culture moments isn’t the only reason we here at ArtBinder are getting sentimental. Some of our favorite local galleries are celebrating huge anniversaries this year, and we couldn’t be happier for them! Here’s a quick look back at some of their earlier days and a review of how they’re marking these milestones in 2018:
Joshua Liner Gallery, 10 Years
Happy anniversary, neighbor! Ten years ago, Joshua Liner opened his namesake gallery in Chelsea and was immediately thrust into the spotlight with its highly anticipated inaugural show, Locked & Loaded. Since its debut in the New York City art scene, the gallery has continued to draw crowds with its engaging exhibition schedule, providing a platform for artists both established and emerging. 21 of these artists—some of whom, like Aaron Johnson and Kris Kuksi, have been there since the beginning—were represented in 10 Years, the gallery’s anniversary exhibition. Though this particular show closed on January 27th, their upcoming exhibition schedule is already packed with new, exciting reasons to visit.
David Zwirner, 25 Years
David Zwirner has been with ArtBinder since our very first art fair! It’s hard to imagine the gallery as anything other than the internationally renowned institution it is today. Yet, twenty five years ago, it was just a small gallery in SoHo. A quarter of a century and hundreds of exhibitions later, it has become one of the most recognizable names in the art world. Bringing together some of its most memorable artists, including Jeff Koons and Yayoi Kusama, David Zwirner: 25 Years is a jaw-dropping tribute to the gallery’s success, past, present, and future.
Paula Cooper, 50 Years
Paula Cooper celebrating its golden anniversary is more than a commemoration of 50 years in the business: it is a moment to honor an institution that has helped shape the New York art world as we know it. In 1968, it was the first art gallery to open in SoHo, repeating trendsetting history in 1996 as one of the first to relocate to Chelsea. Over the years, Paula Cooper launched the careers of some of our favorite minimalist and conceptual artists, from Jennifer Bartlett to Donald Judd. Reflecting on its rich history, the gallery has begun to share weekly images from its archives on Instagram, though we hear plans for special events to mark the occasion are underway.