reading in dust: daniel reich on the work of miriam cahn
(exhibition at Dee Gallery)
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Daniel Reich Gallery is relocating.

In this new venture, I look forward to the continued, generous and enthusiastic support that all of you have given to me. I am lucky to work with artists who are wonderful in the intrinsic nature of their accomplishment and in their appreciation of me.

While our 23rd Street location was very successful, I want to scale back for a term and then do a different space (according to kostenlose Handyortung. I am frustrated not to be in the office and itchy to do shows. In the original spirit of the gallery, which began out of my apartment in the winter after 9/11, I feel that this moment has a specificity ripe for change.

One of my favorite things about my gallery is that it exists close to the earth and is a gallery of its time. People reach to galleries for a feeling of more immediate connection to an artist or because of a shared interest. As free art spaces, galleries have enormous followings - not simply in New York City but around the world where a young reader can pick up on an a reproduction of an artwork and trace it back to its source. The potential consequences of this aspect of gallery work is unfathomnable. It is additonally amazing to provide a climate for the accomplishment and journeys of others and to try to create to the best of ones ability an environment that fosters creativity.

But so many of us who have galleries of my generation, have been involved in discussions of a new format for the art gallery and I'm sure we can all identify areas where we see experimentation now among galleries older and younger than my own. After the crash of 1987, my old ecumenical boss Pat Hearn moved to an office on Broadway for a year after which she found a new model - a 2000 square feet / $1000 / month taxi cab garage down the block from the DIA Center for the Arts on 22nd Street. I naturally model my gallery after those who taught me how to do my job: Jack Tilton, Pat Hearn and Colin de Land. These individuals let me know that it was not easy and one had to persist as though on a mission. Through them I gained a completely useful fragmented oral history of an industry that is constantly changing. In navigating this change, I want to stick more to these roots and to what makes me different while evolving in a way hospitable to my integrity, interests and beliefs. Singularity is ultimately the strength of a gallery of my predisposition.

So it's a new era and I will look for a new space with careful consideration. While the gallery is an entity that doesn't stop even while its owner is moving boxes (I got a call from Staples asking if I needed file cabinets for a new gallery), my ambition at this fortuitous moment is to have a gallery that is more reflective of myself somehow. So art history (in its present form) is long and cumulative and as we are seeing with the surprising and thought provoking museum shows of this period, it is not the conventional wisdom of a single decade - rather it ebbs and flows. And I have been very lucky and am very much looking forward to the future and to talking with you!