The Bowery Notches Another Gallery with SoHo’s ‘Pop Gallery’
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Down at 195 Bowery, the Manhattan Stone Industry showroom is through. The tile supplier entered the scene in 2011, but will soon vanish from the streetscape. After four months of tombstone signage, landlord Thor Equities found its match.
With the CitizenM Hotel bun in the oven, as it were, and gentrification all around, it seems a gallery was the most befitting replacement. (DKCT had also operated here once upon a time.) Pop International Galleries is relocating from its longtime space on West Broadway, and joins the rash of art spaces on the midsection of the corridor – New Museum, Sperone Westwater, Salon 94, On Stellar Rays, and the International Center of Photography.
The Pop Gallery, which specializes in pop art and urban art, will occupy 1,700 square-feet of space on the ground level (plus 500 square-feet in the basement). Their cartoonish signage is already visible through the windows.
Pop International Galleries was founded in 1997 by gallerist Jeff Jaffe. Below is an excerpt lifted from their mission statement:
Pop International Galleries strives to de-mystify the art buying experience. We aim to facilitate a uniquely fun art buying “event” that brings world class artists, in an ethically managed, easygoing and accessible environment, to collectors from around the globe.
Thor Equities acquired 195 Bowery back in October 2014 with a deal valued at approximately $4 million. The controversial development company is certainly increasing its Lower East Side footprint. It also purchased 176 Bowery last spring, and threw some cash at Hell Square with the $9.5 million acquisition of 92 Rivington Street.