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Paula Cooper names Steve Henry, Anthony Allen, Lucas Cooper, and Alexis Johnson have been named partners of Paula Cooper Gallery, the gallery she independently founded in 1968.

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The formation of the partnership will enable the gallery to maintain a well established context for the gallery’s artists, ensuring continuity for years to come. It provides a sense of trust and optimism in an ever-evolving art world and reflects Cooper’s dedication to building a robust future for the gallery.

The four partners have a combined sixty years of experience working at Paula Cooper Gallery nurturing the careers of a wide range of influential artists. They will continue to work closely with Paula Cooper to direct the gallery’s future.

Steve Henry, Senior Partner, joined Paula Cooper Gallery as Director in 1998. Henry has organized numerous exhibitions at the gallery, from major one-person exhibitions to important group shows. In 2020, Henry oversaw the opening of the gallery’s first location outside of New York City in Palm Beach. Prior to 1998, Steve was a director at the Margo Leavin Gallery in LA. He previously worked at the New Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Anthony Allen, Partner, joined Paula Cooper Gallery in 2000, following a position on the faculty of the Department of French & Italian at Ohio State University. A published writer and translator, Allen has an MA and PhD in French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been actively involved with the gallery’s adjunct organization, 192 Books, since its inception in 2003.

Lucas Cooper, Managing Partner, joined Paula Cooper Gallery in 2013. A native New Yorker, Lucas grew up with the gallery; since joining it officially, he has worked closely with gallery artists and collaborated with Paula Cooper on planning for the gallery’s future. He previously worked at the influential independent record label ROIR, becoming its president in 2001.

Alexis Johnson, Partner, joined Paula Cooper Gallery in early 2021, after working at Paula Cooper from 2010 through 2016. From 2016 to 2020, she was a Director and Artist Liaison at Lévy Gorvy, New York. She was previously a director at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York and 1301PE Los Angeles, and managed the studio of artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome these four remarkable individuals as my partners. Their dedication and that of the staff, community of professionals, and collectors with whom we collaborate has made clear that there is a place for a focused, artist-driven gallery like ours—even in an art world that has continued to change dramatically since we opened our doors in 1968. Lucas, Steve, Anthony, and Alexis understand what has made this gallery possible for fifty years. They not only understand the culture, but also how to evolve in the next chapter. I look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of the gallery’s artists.” – Paula Cooper

“Artists are the driving force of everything that we do at the gallery. We are profoundly committed to providing artists with the support they need and will be for years to come.” – Steve Henry, Senior Partner

The formation of the partnership coincides with a particularly active moment for the gallery. In the winter of 2020, Paula Cooper Gallery opened a pop-up location in Palm Beach, which will continue for future seasons. The gallery will reopen its refurbished 534 West 21st Street location following renovations in late 2021.

Read more about the future of the gallery in the New York Times.

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April 16, 2021 Gallery News Permalink

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Paula Cooper Gallery is thrilled to announce representation of artist Veronica Ryan, born in 1956 in Plymouth, Montserrat and raised in England. Ryan’s first exhibition with the gallery, The Weather Inside, was presented in 2019.

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March 25, 2021 Veronica Ryan Gallery News Permalink

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Alexis Johnson rejoins Paula Cooper Gallery in a senior role on February 16. This marks a return to the gallery for Johnson, who worked at Paula Cooper from 2010 through 2016.

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February 12, 2021 Gallery News Permalink

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Artnet News spoke with Steve Henry and Mabel Gantos about the opening of the gallery’s new space in Palm Beach at 243A Worth Avenue.

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December 8, 2020 Gallery News Permalink

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Paula Cooper Gallery celebrates the launch of a new seasonal gallery in Palm Beach, Florida from December 2020 to May 2021.

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PALM BEACH, FL—Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a new seasonal gallery in Palm Beach, Florida from December 2020 to May 2021. The temporary gallery will be located at 243A Worth Avenue—the historic commercial street in the heart of Palm Beach and home to many of the town’s most dynamic and celebrated businesses.

“The opportunity came to us rather serendipitously through Jane Holzer, who has a residence there and is a partner in Le Bilboquet, a new French restaurant opening nearby on Worth Avenue,” says Steve Henry, Senior Director of the gallery. “With the cancellation of art fairs and constraints on travel, the pandemic has propelled us to adapt—to find new ways to share our artists’ work. There has always been a passionate and discerning art community in Palm Beach and, of course, in neighboring Miami. With so many people planning extended stays there this year, it made a lot of sense for us to open a temporary space. Our location on Worth Avenue is particularly exciting—we will be nestled between historic businesses, restaurants, and lively pedestrians vias. We look forward to welcoming the sunshine while engaging with collectors, colleagues and friends with whom we have a long history as well as those new to us.”

In celebration of the vibrant life of Palm Beach and the surrounding area, the inaugural exhibition will present drawings and sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen with a focus on their images of food, sport, music, and other symbols of pleasure. Subsequent exhibitions will present exemplary works of painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed-media by artists including Cecily Brown, Sol LeWitt, Eric N. Mack, Paul Pfeiffer, and Dan Walsh, among others.

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December 5, 2020 Gallery News Permalink

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The gallery will be closed on Friday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth. Sign the Black Lives Matter petition to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

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June 19, 2020 Gallery News Permalink

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Paula Cooper Gallery stands in solidarity with the Black community in the fight against racism and police brutality. Please join us in contributing to organizations that advance this work.

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The Equal Justice Initiative

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

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May 31, 2020 Gallery News Permalink

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Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce two digital initiatives that will soon be available on our website. A new online Viewing Room will present curated selections of artworks accompanied by a range of didactic, archival, and expository materials. A second initiative titled PCG Studio will provide a platform to share ideas and projects by and about our gallery artists. Combining new content and rarely seen materials pulled from the gallery’s archives, PCG Studio will showcase screenings, performances, conversations, and editorial features. Watch for our first posts to be announced soon.

March 28, 2020 Gallery News Permalink

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Due to the growing public health concerns, Paula Cooper Gallery will temporarily close until further notice. We are taking this precautionary measure in order to promote the safety of our staff, artists, and community. Gallery operations will continue remotely during this time. Digital packets for Ja’Tovia Gary, flesh that needs to be loved, and the group exhibition, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sarah Charlesworth, Sherrie Levine, are available upon request. We will continue to monitor the situation and share updates as things progress.

March 13, 2020 Gallery News Permalink

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Steve Henry and Paula Cooper on the In Other Words podcast by Art Agency Partners.

April 25, 2019 Gallery News Permalink

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Paula Cooper and Steve Henry reflect on the gallery’s 50 years for Art Basel’s Meet the Gallerists video series.

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November 6, 2018 Gallery News Permalink

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“Paula Cooper. The Shape of Water,” L’Officiel Art International.

October 9, 2018 Gallery News Permalink