Phoenix Gallery History From its origins as a prestigious artist cooperative in Manhattan, celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2008, the Phoenix Gallery has evolved into a community oriented center for all the arts. Founded in 1958 during the "Tenth Street" days, early gallery members included Elaine de Kooning, John Fischer, Red Grooms, Lenore Jaffee, Ted Jones, Alice Neel, Jay Milder and Cecily Barth Firestein who has been a member of the gallery since 1959.
Alice Neel (left) and Elaine de Kooning were featured artists at the gallery's 25th Anniversary, December, 1983. Their joint exhibition was held in March, 1984.
Just a word about some others who were there: our friend and collector Bill Littlefield, gesturing with his cigarette holder, tall, dignified and urbane in his Harvard 1913 football sweater; the sardonic David Rosenberg, brother of Harold and director of the Camino; Alex Katz, soon to be famous. The shy, simple Isser Aronovici, founder of the Phoenix Gallery and creator of magnificent, sharply satirical Biblical figures in black, brown and grey was followed by Alice Neel, his secular counterpart, blonde, buxom, and draped in a sleazy shawl.
Phoenix Gallery Today
The gallery now has artist members from around the world, all dedicated to the highest level of professionalism. Each brings his or her own unique style and vision to the diverse group that makes up the Phoenix Gallery. These artists, all carefully chosen for membership by Phoenix artist peers, work in all media and create art that encompasses and reflects wide cultural and ethnic interests. In addition to providing artist members an elegant space to exhibit, the gallery reaches out to members of the community scheduling juried competitions, fellowship awards, dance programs, poetry readings, book signings, plays and lectures.
In 2014 the Phoenix Gallery relocated to a Landmark Arts Building, 548 West 28th Street, Suite 528, a half block from the High Line in the exciting area of Chelsea, New York. The Gallery has a full time director who runs the gallery and promotes and develops contacts with private individuals, art consultants and corporations. The director also promotes sales and encourages visibility of artist members.
Phoenix Gallery Mission Statement
In continuous operation since 1958, the Phoenix Gallery represents a committed artist community that runs a non-profit public exhibition space for fellow professional and emerging artists. In addition, it awards fellowships, hosts juried exhibitions, and promotes the work of all its members.
Executive Board Open, President Harriet Sobie Goldstein, Secretary Joseph O'Neill, Treasurer