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1999-09-10 until 1999-10-17
White Colmns
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Curated by Paul Ha and Lauren Ross, White Columns will exhibit work by 179 local artists who live and/or work outside of Manhattan, selected from the White Columns slide file.

White Columns consists of an ongoing program of culturally diverse exhibitions and services for visual artists. It is a not-for-profit gallery which is open to the public, free of charge, eleven months per year and presents new exhibitions every six weeks. We commission new large-scale installations by emerging artists, and publish both artists books and limited editions. Many of this country's most prominent artists received their first major exposure through a White Columns show. These artists include Gordon Matta-Clark, Alice Aycock, William Wegman, and more recently, Lorna Simpson, Andres Serrano, Ashley Bickerton, Cady Noland, Richard Phillips, Sean Landers, and John Currin. Our reputation has grown tremendously over the years as we have continued to occupy a unique place in New York's cultural arena. In March of 1998, we relocated and expanded the organization to further meet the demand for quality visual arts programs. Our new custom-built space near the Meat Packing District enables us to exhibit the works of dozens of artists each year and draws an average of 1,200 visitors each month.

White Columns is New York's oldest alternative art space. It was founded in 1969 to present and uphold the most challenging and creative visual arts by under-supported artists. Today this commitment continues with an ongoing exhibition and review program. The Executive Director personally meets with and advises more than 800 artists each year. Slide File artists from many locations throughout the U.S. bring artwork and other documentation to our gallery for their 30-minute interview. Through this unparalleled program, hundreds of young artists get their start, and the public can visit exhibitions of new painting, sculpture and photography never before seen in the New York community.

Our mandate is to represent the best work being done today by emerging and under-supported artists. Although we concentrate on local artists, we try to represent a number of artists from other regions in the U.S. by traveling to other locations such as Chicago or Los Angeles to make studio visits, and by accepting proposals from out-of-town artists. To do so requires a tremendous amount of responsibility to the artists who approach us. Unlike most other galleries, we accept and review slide submissions all season, and make studio visits with hundreds of artists each year. We currently exhibit approximately 200 artists each year and meet with many more. Our slide file includes over 2,000 selected artists and is used frequently by curators, writers, and dealers looking for new art. Our exhibitions program consists of extensive main-gallery shows, which include thematic group shows and commissioned installations, and the White Room Program, a series of introductory solo shows by emerging artists who have no gallery representation in New York City.

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