Saturday, October 1, 2016

Elizabeth Dee Gallery Is Ready to Take On Harlem

By Robin Pogrebin
"GOD IS MAN MADE" (2015) by John Giorno. Screenprint and enamel linen. Inspired by his atheistic poem of same name, Giorno is a devoted Tibetan Buddhist
NEW YORK---It’s too soon to declare Chelsea over. Elizabeth Dee Gallery is among those establishing new turf. In January, Ms. Dee closed her gallery on West 20th Street after 15 years, in preparation for a move to Harlem, where she has significantly increased her space — to 12,000 square feet from about 2,500 — and where she has lived for the last four years. We caught up with Ms. Dee this week, just days before her new two-story space, on Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th Streets — the original home of the Studio Museum in Harlem. The inaugural show, appropriately called “First Exhibition,” offers an introduction to the gallery by featuring several of Ms. Dee’s longtime artists, like Carl Ostendarp, Miranda Lichtenstein and John Giorno. [link]
The Elizabeth Dee Gallery’s “First Exhibition” in Harlem includes works by John Giorno, left; Lisa Beck, center; and Julia Wachtel, right. Credit Etienne Frossard/Elizabeth Dee, New York
Poet and artist John Giorno is a devoted Tibetan Buddhist