York’s Shona Gallery at 1 Prince Closes

Posted on: October 7th, 2010 at 6:12 am by

While the Sperone Westwater tower on the Bowery continues to capture all the art headlines of late, a much smaller gallery store across the street just called it quits.  The cornershop at 1 Prince Street (aka 232 Bowery) closed within the last few days.

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York’s Shona Gallery first opened its doors at 99 Spring Street in 1985, where it resided until a couple years ago.  More than two decades later, the operation picked up and moved east to the Bowery.  Today, it’s gone.

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The gallery shop specialized in African artwork from the Shona tribes in Zimbabwe. Here is more on the art form via the inactive company website:

Shona art explores the worlds of spirituality, mythology and reality, combining the three elements to convey the sentiments and experiences of humanity within the African culture. Knowledge and understanding of the stone as an essential part of the Earth gives the artist a deeply rooted spiritual connection to his work.  By chiseling away the stone he is releasing the spirit trapped within. The result is an art form drawn from both reality and abstract symbolism, thus connecting the tangible world with the unseen ethereal world.

There were always interesting sculptures sitting in the windows.

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