Update: Collective Hardware Artwork
In response to our post last Thursday, owner Stuart Braunstein wrote in to allay artists’ fears regarding retrieval of hostage artwork from the recently-shuttered Collective Hardware at 169 Bowery. It appears the artists will be permitted to grab their work from the five-story gallery space.
This image has been archived or removed.
From the inbox:
Sorry, we did everything we could do to keep it going.
When asked about possibly reopening Collective Hardware elsewhere in the neighborhood, Braunstein responded with the following:
Honestly, I don’t think so. I just don’t think NYC wants something like this or someone would have come to our rescue when we need it. We got a liquor license and had great plans to put a restaurant in CH. But we couldn’t get financing. I am proud of what we built and do not regret anything. I still have CH productions and just put out our first production with studio 13. it’s called Mlarky ( www.mlarky.com), it was created by Dan Fogler. We are also doing a feature with them as well called “Don Peyote.” I also shot 1000’s of hours of footage during our fight to keep CH going, so I will be cutting a film together with that footage as well.
It was a beautiful sandcastle.