After three years on 20th Street in Chelsea, Claire Oliver Gallery designed and built its present two-story, ground floor location at 513 West 26th Street in 2005. May of 2012 will mark the Gallery's twentieth anniversary.
Claire Oliver's program balances conceptual concern with a highly visual approach. Its exclusively represented artists mix traditional disciplines like painting, drawing, and sculpture with new media, methodology, and mindset. A dedication to physical process, a commitment to craft, and an intensity of detail are common to all of the Gallery's artists. This emphasis is seen clearly in the innovative stained glass work of Guggenheim and USA Artist Fellowship recipient Judith Schaechter; it is evident in Beth Cavener Stichter's ceramic sculptures, anthropomorphized animals shown this year at Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin and the Bellvue Art Museum, Seattle, Washington.
The Gallery's determination to showing experimental, time-based and multi-sensory works is seen in the projects of Norbert Brunner, whose digital photo installation "Imagine This Could Be Reality" is a bridge, literally and figuratively, between two buildings in Vienna, Austria. A five-story installation of Brunner's Positive Feedback will grace the façade of The Museum of Art and Design at 2 Columbus Circle, New York in the summer of 2012.
Exposing both emerging and mid-career artists of distinction, the Gallery has introduced to the United States exceptional European talent, holding the first U.S. gallery exhibition of Russian collective AES+F group and Catalán Bernardí Roig in 2002. For the fourth consecutive installment, Claire Oliver artists have been included in the Venice Biennale, this year represented by Judith Schaechter and Bernardí Roig.
Claire Oliver Gallery is committed to long-term relationships with serious international artists, expanding their careers and helping to promote their fascinating and important projects. Gallery artists are represented in the permanent collections of most major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate Modern and the Smithsonian Institution.
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