Anita Shapolsky Gallery

Coordinates: 40°45′55″N 73°57′52″W / 40.7653°N 73.9645°W / 40.7653; -73.9645

Anita Shapolsky Gallery
Formerly called
Arbitrage Gallery
Art gallery
Founded 1982 (1982)
Founder Anita Shapolsky
Headquarters 152 East 65th Street, New York City (Upper East Side, Manhattan), United States

The Anita Shapolsky Gallery is an art gallery that was founded in 1982. It is located at 152 East 65th Street, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, in New York City.

The gallery specializes in 1950s and 1960s abstract expressionist art, known as the New York School. It exhibits expressionism, geometric abstraction and painterly abstraction. The gallery most frequently exhibits works in oil and acrylic, as well as sculpture. It focuses on second-generation abstract expressionists, while also representing younger artists, older Latin American abstract artists, women artists, African-American artists and established artists.


Anita Shapolsky was born in New York as Anita Kresofsky.[1] She attended Hunter College, where she earned a B.A. and where her interest in art began, and New York University, where she earned an M.A.[1][2] She married Martin (Meyer) Shapolsky, a realtor who died in 1992, and has a son, Ian, and a daughter, Lisa.[1] She performed social work, was subsequently a guidance counselor and teacher, and was chapter chairperson of the United Federation of Teachers.[1] She began collecting ancient art, and in the 1970s started to collect contemporary art, focusing on abstract expressionism.[1]

Anita Shapolsky opened the gallery in 1982 on the second floor of 99 Spring Street in SoHo, in Manhattan.[1][3][4][5] It was originally known as the Arbitrage Gallery, or alternatively the Arbitrage Art Gallery.[1][6] At the time, it housed a collection of American abstract art from the 1950s.[5]

In 1984, she changed the name to the Anita Shapolsky Gallery, and moved to the larger first floor and lower level at 99 Spring Street.[1] By 1989, "Latin American Artist" and "Women Artist" exhibitions were also displayed.[3][5][7][8]

In 1997, the Anita Shapolsky Gallery moved to two floors in a brownstone townhouse at 152 East 65th Street in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.[1][3][5][9] Art critic Peter Plagens described it in The Wall Street Journal in 2012, saying:

With its brick walls, several well-chosen pieces of classically modern furniture, an in-wall wine rack, her space is a refreshing change from the cold, laboratorylike chambers in Chelsea.[10]

Art and artists

The gallery specializes in 1950s and 1960s abstract expressionism, known as the New York School, and exhibits expressionism, geometric abstraction, and painterly abstraction.[1][2][4][11][12] It most frequently exhibits works in oil and acrylic, as well as sculpture.[4] The gallery focuses on second-generation abstract expressionists, while also representing younger artists, older Latin American abstract artists, women artists, African-American artists, and established artists.[1][4][13]

In the spring and summer of 2014 the gallery exhibited "Symbolic Abstraction" by Karl Hagedorn.[14] The gallery has also exhibited artists including painters Edward Avedisian, Bascove, Cecile Gray Bazelon, Mario Bencomo, Seymour Boardman, Ilya Bolotowsky, Ernest Briggs, James Brooks, Lawrence Calcagno, Nicolas Carone, Pérez Celis, Emilio Cruz, Nassos Daphnis, Nanno de Groot, Beauford Delaney, Lynne Mapp Drexler, Edward Dugmore, Friedel Dzubas, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Perle Fine, John Hultberg, Albert Kotin, Michael Loew, Clarence Major, Stephen Pace, Misha Reznikoff, William Scharf, Ethel Schwabacher, Kendall Shaw, Thomas Sills, Merton Simpson, Jack Stewart, and Yvonne Thomas. The gallery has, in addition, exhibited writer/painters William Saroyan and Derek Walcott, sculptors Peter Agostini, Haydn Llewellyn Davies, Ibram Lassaw, Clement Meadmore, Louise Nevelson, Linda Stein, and Wilfrid Zogbaum, and painter/sculptors Karel Appel, Fernando de Szyszlo, Claire Falkenstein, Betty Parsons, and Antoni Tàpies.[4][9][10][13][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation

In 1998, the gallery also set up the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation in a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2), 1859 former Presbyterian church in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, a two-hour drive from New York City.[1][5][13][23] There, through the non-profit 501(c)3 organization, during the summer Anita Shapolsky provides educational programs for children, and exhibits abstract artists and contemporary artworks.[1][5][13]


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  2. 1 2 Jane Maulfair (August 7, 1987). "Her Concrete Love of Abstract Art Turned a Jim Thorpe Church into a Gallery". The Morning Call.
  3. 1 2 3 Marcia G. Yerman (March 18, 2014). "The Expressive Edge of Paper". The Huffington Post.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 2010 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market. Writer's Digest Books. 2009. ISBN 1599635682.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Anita Shapolsky Gallery and AS Art Foundation". ArtSlant.
  6. Suzan Campbell; Lawrence Calcagno (2000). Journey without end: the life and art of Lawrence Calcagno. Albuquerque Museum.
  7. "Anita Shapolsky Gallery". NY Art Beat.
  8. Latin American Art. 5. Latin American Art Magazine, Incorporated. 1993.
  9. 1 2 Holland Cotter (July 13, 2005). "'Betty Parsons and the Women'; An Artist and Dealer and the Women She Promoted", The New York Times
  10. 1 2 Peter Plagens (May 26, 2012). "Art Confronts Issues of War And Bigotry". The Wall Street Journal.
  11. Marika Herskovic (2003). American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s: An Illustrated Survey: with Artists' Statements, Artwork and Biographies. New York School Press. ISBN 0967799414.
  12. "About". Archived from the original on March 7, 2015.
  13. 1 2 3 4 "Anita Shapolsky Gallery; About the Gallery".
  14. "The Art of Karl Hagedorn", Highbrow Magazine, May 7, 2014
  15. Stephen Pace; Christine A. Berry; Lisa N. Peters (2011). Stephen Pace:Abstract Expressionist. Spanierman Gallery LLC. ISBN 1935617117.
  16. Keith Eldon Byerman (2012). The Art and Life of Clarence Major. University of Georgia Press. ISBN 0820330558.
  17. 2009 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market – Listings. F+W Media, Inc. 2008. ISBN 1582976546.
  18. Art Now Gallery Guide: National & international. 18. Art Now, Incorporated. 1999.
  19. The Studio Museum in Harlem: Twenty-Five Years of African-American Art. The Studio Museum in Harlem. 1994. ISBN 0942949110.
  20. Marcia G. Yerman (March 9, 2015). "A Conversation With Amaranth Ehrenhalt". The Huffington Post.
  21. David Cohen (July 10, 2008). "The Location of the Second Generation". The New York Sun.
  22. "The Writer's Brush". CBS News. December 16, 2007.
  23. Victoria Donohoe (August 19, 1990). "Resourceful – Not 'Resort' – Art Found In Jim Thorpe, Pa.". Philadelphia Inquirer.

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