Update: Collective Hardware Artwork

Posted on: May 24th, 2010 at 6:18 am by

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.

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From the inbox:

To all concerned, If anyone needs to get something from Collective please contact us on Facebook. or email me at stj@collectiveharware.com.

Sorry, we did everything we could do to keep it going.
Stuart Braunstein

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.

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