“50 years of Viridian Artists” Exhibition

Viridian Artists, Inc.

poster for “50 years of Viridian Artists” Exhibition
[Image: Bruce Rosen "Untitled" 14 3/8 × 19 1/2 in.]

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Viridian Artists presents past and present Viridian Artists in a celebration of 50 years of being.

As one of the first artist-owned galleries in the New York City art world, Viridian began its existence in Soho when Soho was just beginning to be an art destination. In 1968, a group of Long Island artist formed a gallery just off West Broadway called Second Story Spring Street, the parent of Viridian Artists before SoHo was SoHo.

Viridian moved from SoHo to becoming the only artist owned gallery on 57th St where it remained until 2001 in the NY Gallery Building. As the city was digging out from under the tragedy of 9/11, Viridian was moving to 530 W 25th in Chelsea where it remained until 2011, moving then to its current location at 548 West 28th Street.

The artists of Viridian draw from the complicated and often contradictory currents of modern life and contemporary culture to create their art. The gallery has always prized esthetic diversity and each Viridian Artist, past and present, has a particular approach to representation and a unique way of decoding reality. Among the more recent additions to the roster are

Srividya Kannan Ramachandran who creates digital images and now has created a digital avatar who also creates and Ernesto Ruiz Bry whose gigantic collages take nearly a year to create. Viridian continues to reach out to incorporate the diverse branches of creativity that are exploding in our contemporary international art world.

Over the years some of the original artists have remained with the gallery while others have departed and then returned. With the gallery since its inception are Bernice Faegenburg, and Virginia Evans Smit and for nearly as long, Susan Sills, who served as gallery president until recently turning over that honor to photographer Alan Gaynor. Other artists with the gallery since before 2000 include May DeViney, Renee Borkow, Robert Smith, Bob Tomlinson, Deborah Sudran.
Viridian prizes its international roster with Japanese artists Namiyo Kubo, Toto Takamori and Oi Sawa, and Tazuko Fujiiwho continue as honorary members. Viridian has added an estate affiliation with the estates of Henry Coupe, Barbara K Schwartz, who died recently and Bruce Rosen, enabling their work to continue to be shown, as well as a Young Artists category for artists under thirty years of age.

As commercial galleries become artist-owned and cooperative galleries become more equally respected for their outstanding art and the freedom they give their artists, Viridian has maintained that critical balance necessary to compete in today’s diverse art community. Today, surviving the heyday of “commercialism as art” and “art as real estate”, Viridian continues. A catalog will become available in the near future.

Alan Gaynor ~ Susan Sills ~ Barbara K. Schwartz ~ Kat King ~ Ellen Burnett ~ May DeViney ~ Renee Borkow ~ Mary Tooley Parker~ John Nieman~Kiffi Diamond ~ Bob Tomlinson ~ Bernice Faegenburg~Wally Gilbert~Namiyo Kubo ~Henry Coupe ~Tazuko Fuji ~Oi Sawa ~ Ron Moore ~ Nancy Nicol ~ Stacey Clarfield Newman ~ Angela Smith ~ Srividya Kannan Ramachandran ~ Virginia Evans Smit ~ Robert Smith ~Deborah Sudran~Toto Takamori~Bruce Rosen ~ Diana T Soorikian ~ Diane Root ~ Richard Karp ~ Rufus Snoddy ~ Carol Brookes ~ Bill Heard ~ Rick Mullin ~ Carol Yoshimine ~ Dorothy McGahee Braudy ~ Jeff Melzack ~Paul Matthews ~ Marilyn Miller ~ Kelynn Alder ~ Sally Fine ~ Jain Hutzell ~ Judy Tummino ~ Arthur Dworin~ Sabine Carlson ~ Carol Crawford ~ Mary-Ellen Campbell ~ Darryl Moody ~ Katherine Ellinger Smith ~Robert Mielenhausen ~ Marjorie Zelman ~ Dave Dorsey ~ Carol Benisatto ~ Meredeth Turshen ~ Naomi Blum ~ Rosemary Lyons ~ Rima Grad ~ Elizabeth Hoff ~ Jordan Zweifler ~ Matthias Merdan ~ Phyllis Smith ~Don Zurlo ~ Susan Hockaday ~ Ernesto Ruiz Bry ~ Ben Wohlberg ~ and others



from April 24, 2018 to May 19, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-04-26 from 18:00 to 20:00

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