Gallery Henoch is pleased to present an exhibition celebrating director George Shechtman's golden anniversary as an art dealer. Entitled "50 Years a Dealer: George Henoch Shechtman," the show will feature a collection of work by current and past artists represented by the gallery, as well as selected pieces from the personal collection of Mr. Shechtman. A private reception will be held on Thursday, March 31st, from 6-8 pm. The exhibition runs through April 23rd.
April 2016 marks fifty years since George Shechtman took ownership of his first space, Christopher Street Gallery, in Greenwich Village. His interest in painting began a few years before on a trip to Europe when, at the age of nineteen, he was first exposed to the great museums of Madrid, Paris, and London. What most deeply impressed him about the works he saw was the capacity of artists to observe and record material reality. This so influenced him that upon his return to Rutgers University he switched his college major to Art.
By the mid-seventies Mr. Shechtman moved Christopher Street Gallery from the Village to Madison Avenue, renaming it Christopher Gallery but continuing to feature emerging and established realistic painters. After 10 years on Madison Avenue he set his sights on Soho, a New York neighborhood that was soon to become synonymous with the photorealistic movement. Gallery Henoch opened its doors in 1982. While acquiring a number of photorealists, Mr. Shechtman continued to exhibit many of his earlier artists and to invite a diverse selection of realist painters, sculptors, and furniture makers to show in his space. In the year 2000, as Chelsea began to emerge as the new art center of New York, he moved the gallery to West 25th Street. He has since continued to represent painters and sculptors who exemplify the best in contemporary American and European realism.
An important aspect of George Shechtman's career has been his personal aesthetic. He has not followed the fashions of a particular moment, although he's certainly been influenced by the currents surrounding him. Having never worked for another dealer, he's been largely self-taught. What he knows about the art business has been learned through experience. Perhaps most important, he has only shown those artists whose work he truly admired. This exhibition is a tribute to him.
Gallery Henoch, 555 West 25th Street (between 10th and 11th Ave). Subway: C or E to 23rd St. Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 am - 6:00 pm or by appointment. FREE & Open to the public. For more information, please contact Andrew Liss at 917.305.0003