More Art on the Bowery

Posted on: September 2nd, 2008 at 11:37 am by

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Another art gallery is poised to open at 276 Bowery (at Houston), further priming the recent trend war with Chelsea; the Chelsea Challenge, if you will. However, before you dismiss this as another newbie indie-installation suckling on the teet of the New Museum, know that Feature Inc. [link] has been in the game for over two decades.

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In 1984, Feature Inc. began its life on West Huron Street in Chicago, but transplanted to NYC after four short years. Since then, the gallery has occupied various locations citywide, with the most recent being 530 West 25th Street.

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Without question, the Bowery north of Delancey is sanitized to the point of disgust, and is too far along to save. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this stretch of real estate is later re-named in another clandestine conspiracy to raise property values (think Cooper Square).




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