Gladstone Gallery is one of the design galleries in New York that you should visit. In the early 1990s, Gladstone collaborated with Christian Stein, an Italian art dealer, on SteinGladstone. Located in a renovated firehouse at 99 Wooster Street in Soho, the gallery concentrated exclusively on rarely seen installation works by both Italian and American artists.
This art world pioneer opened her first gallery when she was 40 and has remained on top for three decades by making relationships as important as the work.
Barbara Gladstone was a 40-year-old, twice-divorced mother of three when she gave up teaching art history at Hofstra University to open a tiny art gallery in Manhattan in 1980.
Gladstone Gallery today represents many contemporary artists, including Ugo Rondinone, Shirin Neshat, Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas, Matthew Barney, Rebecca Quaytman, Victor Man and Andro Wekua.
Along with her two Chelsea spaces, she now has a European outpost, a townhouse gallery in Brussels. “It’s very domestic and I always loved spaces with a kind of humanity. Work looks different there than in a white cube.”
Gladstone’s path to prominence has had its share of heartache. After the flush times of the ’80s, she rode out the bust of the ’90s only to lose her son, Stuart Regen, a Los Angeles art dealer, to cancer at the end of that decade. In 2008, Richard Prince, one of her biggest names, jumped ship to rival dealer Larry Gagosian.
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