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Stable Gallery

The Stable Gallery,[1] originally located on West 58th Street in New York, was founded in 1953 by Eleanor Ward. The Stable Gallery hosted early solo New York exhibitions for artists including Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol.


  • History 1
  • List of artists who participated in all the Stable Annuals 1953–57 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The Stable Gallery, which was originally located in an old livery stable on West 58th Street in New York, received its name from the origin of its location. Initially, the gallery sold mannequins and exhibited photography that was fashion related. Eleanor Ward had received much encouragement for her gallery from important figures such as Christian Dior, and by the mid 1950s the Stable Gallery would begin to annually host[2][3][4][5][6] a homage exhibit to the “9th Street Art Exhibition[7] of 1951 where Ward would bring forth notable Abstract Expressionist artists including Willem de Kooning, Phillip Guston, Varujan Boghosian, Howard Kanovitz, Franz Kline, Nicolas Carone, Knox Martin, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Fritz Bultman, and Jack Tworkov to exhibit. This yearly event, which would come to be known as the "Stable Annual", was a great success for the gallery. The Stable Annuals represented what came to be known as the New York School abstract expressionists of the 1950s.

List of artists who participated in all the Stable Annuals 1953–57


However, the first and second generation Abstract Expressionist artists began to go in their own directions, and new Andy Warhol’s first one-man show in 1962, after Leo Castelli turned him down; the exhibition included eight of the 12 single images of Marilyn Monroe that came to be known as the “Flavor Marilyns,” because each had a colored background.[9] By doing this Eleanor Ward established a reputation for the Stable Gallery as a meeting place for both great emerging and established artists of the time.

By 1960, the Stable Gallery had moved to 33 East 74th Street in New York, a location that possessed enough space for the gallery exhibition area. The building was also large enough to contain living quarters for Ward on the ground floor, opening to the garden at the rear. 1970 would mark the closure of the Stable Gallery, which came about very quickly and unexpectedly after Eleanor Ward stated that: due to the evolving commercialization of Fine Art and her personal loss of interest in what was becoming contemporary in the art world, that she would prefer to act as a private art consultant rather than operate a gallery, which she considered to have evolved into simply a business and no longer a passion.


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  8. ^ New York School Abstract Expressionists Artists Choice by Artists, (New York School Press, 2000.) ISBN 0-9677994-0-6. p. 15–39
  9. ^ Carol Vogel (April 3, 2014), 'White Marylin' For Sale New York Times.
  • Marika Herskovic, New York School Abstract Expressionists Artists Choice by Artists, (New York School Press, 2000.) ISBN 0-9677994-0-6. p. 10–39

External links

  • Brooklyn Rail interview with Nicolas Carone
  • Abstract expressionism 1950s-New York School Artists of the 9th St Show Reminisce—YouTube video 13:34
  • 9th Street Art Exhibition-abstract expressionist artists reminisce—YouTube video 9:27
  • Nicolas Carone-Abstract Expressionism-Artist of the 9th Street Art Exhibition—from 10:00

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