A Time Capsule From Downtown New York’s Most Interesting Decade

A Time Capsule From Downtown New York’s Most Interesting Decade

T Magazine, September 10, 2015

As Edmund White notes in T’s Fall Men’s issue, our current culture is fascinated by the late ’70s and early ’80s in New York, a period when the city was veering toward financial ruin and downtown looked like a war zone. “The was a reason there was a bar downtown called Downtown Beirut,” says the curator Lauren Miller Walsh. But downtown New York was where artists, actors, musicians and playwrights could afford to live and work, forming a vibrant artistic community.

To commemorate that intensely creative scene, Miller Walsh has curated a number of artworks, photographs and ephemera that will be on display at Rare/Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in New York this fall, starting today. Her inspiration for the show was a monumental portfolio of photos, originally assembled for MoMA PS1’s influential “New York New Wave” show in 1981, and recently acquired by Glenn Horowitz. The photos depict icons of the era: Debbie Harry, Divine, Rene Ricard and Joey Ramone, to name a few. Miller Walsh also mined the archive of the East Village Eye, a monthly avant-garde magazine that was published from 1979 through 1987. Collectively, the show feels like an intimate scrapbook of the Downtown Decade, when a city in ruin hosted a riot of artistic cross-pollination unlike any other time in recent history.

“The Downtown Decade: NYC 1975 – 1985” is on view Sept. 10 – Oct. 10, 2015, at Rare/Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 17 West 54th St., ground floor, New York, glennhorowitz.com.

Weekend Edition: 7 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before August 3

Weekend Edition: 7 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before August 3

Philip Taaffe, Untitled III, 1982. (Photo: Courtesy Philip Taaffe)

New York Observer, July 30, 2015

Opening: “Philip Taaffe: Works on Paper and Illustrated Books, 1982-2012” at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller

Paper, printmaking and books have always played an essential role in Philip Taaffe’s elegant artwork. Writer, curator and publisher Raymond Foye—Mr. Taaffe’s longtime collaborator—has organized this show to present facets of the artist’s varied career. From early collages inspired by William Burroughs and collaborations with Paul Bowles, to works influenced by psychedelic and optical art of the 1960s, the exhibition provides an inside look into three decades of his dynamic practice.

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, 6-8 p.m. 

Jack Walls at RARE

Jack Walls at RARE

Hillbilly Magazine, May 29, 2015

Watch Legendary Artist Jack Walls Talk About His New Exhibition at RARE Gallery in New York

Watch Legendary Artist Jack Walls Talk About His New Exhibition at RARE Gallery in New York

Autre, June 12, 2015

In the above video, legendary New York artist Jack Walls talks about everything from his early experiences with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe to the AIDS crisis and his exploration as an artist. On view now at rare bookseller Glenn Horowitz's RARE gallery, the exhibition of new paintings, and the African carvings that inspired them is the first in a series of artist spotlights. The exhibition will be on view until June 27, 2015 at RARE Gallery, 17 West 54th Street New York, NY

A Video Interview with Jack Walls by Michael Kasino

Vimeo, June 11, 2015

A short video interview with the subject of RARE's initial Artist Spotlight, Jack Walls, by filmmaker Michael Kasino, shot on-site in the gallery:


Jack Walls - RARE Gallery - through June 27th from Redux Pictures on Vimeo.

Jack Walls Solo Exhibition at RARE, New York

Jack Walls Solo Exhibition at RARE, New York
Jack Walls Solo Exhibition at RARE, New York

Entrance foyer with Young Paris, Maasai 2, and Lingua Rojo

Jack Walls Solo Exhibition at RARE, New York

Jack Walls at opening reception

Purple Diary, June 9, 2015

A slide show of images from the exhibition.

Daily Heller: Constructivist Film

Daily Heller: Constructivist Film

The Daily Heller, Print Magazine, May 11, 2015

Свет, камера, действие (Lights, camera, action!). If you think you’ve seen Constructivist and Soviet film ephemera before, think again. Or look again at the current exhibition at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller’s Rare Gallery, “Constructivist Design for Soviet Cinema,” on view at 17 W. 54th St., NYC, until May 31. See the digital catalog here.

I asked Lauren Miller Walsh, the director of Rare, how this amazing collection (that includes printed media published in the 1920s and designed by the leading Constructivist designers of the period, including Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, Gustav Klutsis, Konstantin Vialov and the Stenberg Brothers) was assembled:

“All the materials in the exhibition were—quite remarkably—assembled by a single collector, and constitute only a portion of his overall Russian holdings. He was initially introduced to Constructivism through photography, but was soon equally captivated by the movement’s fearless and distinctive design aesthetics.”

“He was especially drawn to the materials created for the Soviet cinema of the 1920s, not just for the stunning caliber of the work and the designers involved—Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, Gustav Klutis and the Stenberg Brothers, among others—but also for its diversity, which included posters, actor profiles, film prospectuses, advertisements, periodicals and books, as well as original photocollages and maquettes. Over 300 of these pieces are currently on display in the gallery, as well as some of the actual films related to them.”

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to present such an outstanding and comprehensive design collection, and one in such impeccable condition. Its range and quality are testament to the ingenuity of the period’s artists, the patent political and societal importance of the cinema to the nascent Communist regime, and to this particular collector’s clear vision and discernment.”

You may be familiar with the posters, but these actor profiles, prospectuses, advertisements, periodicals and books, as well as original photocollages and maquettes representing the revolutionary design aesthetics of the era and the political importance of the cinema to the nascent Communist regime will be entirely new.

Among the periodicals on display will be scarce issues of Ekran: Kino-Gazety, Sovetskii Ekran, Proletarskoe Kino, Kino-Fot and Sovetskoe Kino—many in complete annual volumes. Period books on the cinema and filmmaking will also be shown, as will rare original photocollages by Petr Galadzhev and outstanding examples of the Constructivists’ vibrant and visually innovative design.

RARE Gallery Presents James Evanson

RARE Gallery Presents James Evanson

Fine Books & Collections, February 6, 2015

RARE’s next exhibition will focus on the work of New York City-based architect James Evanson. A vintage collection of Evanson’s 1980s furniture and lighting designs—including his unique light sculpture Galileo—will be on display from February 19 through March 14, 2015, as well as framed examples of his graphics work, original drawings, and related archival material. This will be Evanson’s first solo show since 1984, and the first to present the full scope of his creative output. The opening will be held February 19th from 6-8 pm.

Trained at both the Art Center College of Design in California and Pratt Institute, Evanson began foray into the decorative arts with a line of custom wooden flat files that quickly caught the eye of Art et Industrie founder Rick Kaufmann, who started offering them in his ground-breaking SoHo showroom.

Inspired by that success, Evanson expanded his range of work, combining architectural elements, applied graphics, and unusual materials into unique furniture and lighting designs which Interior Design magazine praised as “very much au courant, very much ‘New Wave,’” yet also at “the vanguard of what later was to become a pronounced style.” Evanson believes that decoration “should be integral to the shape of furniture and buildings.... To make art is simple, but to make art furniture means integrating many aspects so that the whole piece is not arbitrary and whimsical, but holds together.”

His work has been prominently featured in numerous national galleries and museums, including Novo Arts, Art and Architectural Design, Art et Industrie, Tower Gallery, Gallery 91, and MIT’s Hayden Gallery, and was also selected for several influential Memphis shows. Among Evanson’s ample press notices are articles in magazines and newspapers ranging from the A.I.A. Journal, Metropolitan Home, Progressive Architecture, and Art Week to New York Magazine, Details, International Design, and The New York Times.

In addition to the pieces on display, RARE will also be offering a number of more recent works through a special consignment with the artist, as well as signed, limited editions of his prints.

RARE • 17 West 54th Street, ground floor • New York, NY 10019 • 646.559.0499 rare@glennhorowitz.com • www.glennhorowitz.com/rare • @RareGallery54

Glenn Horowitz Opens New Space in Manhattan

Glenn Horowitz Opens New Space in Manhattan

ArtForum, January 8, 2015

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will open Rare, a gallery showcasing editions, manuscripts, letters, and archival as well as fine and decorative art from the nineteenth century to the present, reports M.H. Miller of Artnews.The new space is located across from the Museum of Modern Art. Rare's first show is slated to open January 15 and will focus on a book about Alberto Giacometti compiled by photographer Herbert Matter.

Rare Design in Midtown

Rare Design in Midtown

The Daily Heller, January 21, 2015

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is a prestigious name in antiquarian literature and has had both feet in the literature of design history too. The design bibliographic expert Lauren Miller Walsh has taken the helm of Horowitz’s new Midtown gallery, GHB/Rare, located at street level in the Rockefeller Apartments at 17 West 54th Street, across from MoMA’s Sculpture Garden. The gallery’s launch exhibit, “Matter/Giacometti,” opened last Thursday, after which Walsh answered questions about the future of the new venture.

What prompted this extension of Glenn Horowitz Bookseller?
GHB has had a gallery in East Hampton since 1992, and until 2012, we also had a gallery in Manhattan. Since that closed, however, we’d been looking for another space in the city, as we missed having a public venue here, and when the opportunity for this unit opened up—in such an incredible building and location—we jumped at it.

What will be your strongest holdings and earliest shows?
Graphic design is most definitely an important part of our program, but we will also be showcasing fine and decorative arts, literature, photography and history. Our inaugural show, “Matter/Giacometti,” is an examination of Herbert Matter’s 1986 book on Alberto Giacometti, and features both Matter’s vintage photographs for the publication as well as his process materials, including hand-drawn font designs, storyboards, layouts and maquettes. The next show, opening in February, will display the architect James Evanson’s furniture and lighting designs, in conjunction with his original drawings and posters for the pieces. Following will be the artist Sari Dienes in March, and, in May, 1920s Constructivist graphic design for the Soviet cinema. We are also planning shows on modernist furniture, contemporary pop-up books, art pottery, and portraiture.

Do you have a process for selecting content?
One of our goals at Rare is to present material that is not only unique, but also expands the cultural discourse. With that in mind, we search out concepts, artists, authors and mediums which we feel are significant both intellectually and aesthetically, and that also deserve greater attention. In some cases the content will be derived from collections we are currently working on, in others by reaching out to individual artists and authors we admire. In all cases, though, related archival and process materials will also be displayed in order to provide greater insight into the creators, their techniques and their motivations.

How will the gallery make an impact on the design community?
Both because the material we’ll be presenting will often be one-of-kind and rarely—if ever—seen in public, and because the dynamic, scholarly and multidisciplinary manner in which we’ll be presenting it will promote discussion, discovery, reassessments and—hopefully—inspiration.

Glenn Horowitz’s New Manhattan Gallery, RARE

Glenn Horowitz’s New Manhattan Gallery, RARE

Gallery Interior, Courtesy of Glenn Horowitz Bookseller.

Fine Books and Collections Blog, January 14, 2015

Tomorrow evening Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will open RARE, a 1,000-square-foot gallery space to showcase "first editions, manuscripts, letters, archival material, fine art, photography, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present," according to a press release.

Horowtiz—who assisted in the sale of Tom Wolfe's papers to the New York Public Library and, more recently, in the Ransom Center's acquisition of Gabriel García Márquez's papers—has long had his office in New York City, where he buys and sells manuscripts, archival material, and inscribed first editions. The company also publishes illustrated catalogues and monographs, such as the recent Don DeLillo/Richard Prince collaboration, The Word for Snow.

For the last few years, Horowitz has relied on his gallery space in East Hampton for exhibits, a trek for many visitors. RARE, located at street level in the Rockefeller Apartments at 17 West 54th Street, across from the Museum of Modern Art's Sculpture Garden, alleviates that by offering a more convenient exhibit space.

The gallery opening also launches its first exhibit, "Matter/Giacometti." Featuring vintage photographs, storyboards, typeface designs, posters, and letters, the show explores Swiss designer and photographer Herbert Matter's working materials for his book about Alberto Giacometti, nearly 25 years in the making. This is the first time the book (published in 1986) and its associated archives have been the focus of an exhibit. "Matter/Giacometti" will be on display through February 7.

Future exhibits at RARE will include 1920s Constructivist graphics for Soviet cinema and contemporary pop-up books, among others.

Ouverture d’une nouvelle galerie à Manhattan pour Glenn Horowitz

Ouverture d’une nouvelle galerie à Manhattan pour Glenn Horowitz

Art Media Agency, January 13, 2015

(Opening of a New Gallery in Manhattan for Glenn Horowitz)


Le libraire Glenn Horowitz a ouvert un nouvel espace à Manhattan, la Rare Gallery, au 17 West 54th Street, en face de la sculpture de jardin du MoMA.

La galerie offre d’uniques objets représentant un riche éventail de techniques et de documents culturels allant de l’édition aux matériaux d’archive, en passant par les beaux-arts, les photographies et les objets d’art décoratif du XIXe siècle à nos jours. Elle accueillera pour son inauguration « Matter / Giacometti », une exposition qui se tiendra du 15 janvier au 7 février. Seront exposées des œuvres du designer et photographe suisse Herbert Matter (1907-1984), issues de son livre visuellement époustouflant sur son camarade de campagne, l’artiste Alberto Giacometti. Ce livre, pour lequel Herbert Matter a travaillé pendant 25 ans, figurera pour la première fois au centre d’une exposition. Publié à titre posthume en 1986, il présente des photographies du sculpteur et de son travail. Elles seront exposées aux côtés de 26 photographies vintage encadrées de l’artiste suisse, dont certaines comportent des notes écrites de sa propre main, en conjonction avec des matériaux et des documents préparatoires inédits.

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