Taking its catchy acronym from the initials of its founders Penny Pilkington and Wendy Olsoff, P.P.O.W. was established amidst the first wave of New York City’s East Village art scene in 1983.Read More
Over the decades, the gallery has remained true to a vision of presenting a diverse selection of contemporary art from across all media, with a particular focus on pioneers of the East Village scene and political art addressing social, racial, gender, and sexual inequality.
Keeping close to the heart of New York’s ever-developing art scene, the gallery moved to SoHo in 1988, followed by Chelsea in 2002, and is soon destined for Tribeca.
P.P.O.W. Gallery Artists
P.P.O.W. represents a diverse roster of established and emerging American and international artists, each with their own distinctive character.
The gallery represents several pioneering artists from New York’s East Village scene, including the estates of writer, filmmaker, photographer, multimedia, and performance artist and prominent AIDS activist, David Wojnarowicz; Chinese-American painter Martin Wong, whose works explore racial and ethnic identity, language, queer sexuality, and his own encompassing urban surrounds; and celebrated feminist performance artist Carolee Schneemann, whose works explore perspectives of the body, sexuality, gender, and strong political themes.
Also supporting a younger, emerging generation of contemporary artists, the gallery represents the likes of New York artist Elizabeth Glaessner, who paints vibrant, post-apocalyptical images of surreal human-like forms with objects indicative of human existence. Mexican-American artist Ramiro Gomez’s works highlight social injustices experienced by California’s Latino migrant community. Brussels-based Iranian artist Sanam Khatibi makes paintings, embroideries, tapestries, and sculptures exploring the dynamics of power between the sexes.
P.P.O.W. Gallery Exhibitions and Art Fairs
From its inception, the gallery has presented solo and group exhibitions shedding light on emerging talent, including holding some of the first shows for pioneering artists like Wong, Schneemann, and Wojnarowicz.
In keeping with the times and new technological opportunities, P.P.O.W. has begun presenting exhibitions in an online format. In 2020, the gallery held Hell is a Place on Earth: Heaven is a Place in Your Head, presenting eight films made by six key artists who have challenged the spiritual, psychological, and sexual restrictions placed on them.
Presenting its artists to a broader global audience, P.P.O.W. participates in several major international art fairs, including ARCOmadrid, Frieze London, Frieze New York, ADAA: The Art Show, EXPO Chicago, Art Basel, Art Basel Miami, Art Basel Hong Kong, and the Armory Show.
In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head.
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