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Manhattan Transfer
Curated by John Weber

Apr 20, 2006-Jun 17, 2006

Press Release | Works | Jack Shear | Richard Artschwager | Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick | Elizabeth Hall | Kate Butler | Rainer Judd | Ellsworth Kelly | Christopher Perez | Michel Auder | Mona Mark | Jane Laudi | Christopher Haun | Maia Muller | Jason Middlebrook | Dan Devine | George Quasha | Allyson Strafella

밠anhattan Transfer is an exhibition of nineteen artists who share the process of relocation from Manhattan to the area of Columbia County in upstate New York. The reasons for this relocation are varied, but generally include economic betterment and insecurity about living and working situations. Many of the contributing artists fell victim to landlords who used commercial leases which had no protection against price gouging. Manhattan had for decades been the mecca of the international art world and, as such, drew thousands of artists to its doors. With the exception of the A.I.R ( Artist In Residence program), nothing official was done by city and state governments to protect and encourage this great cultural asset and heritage. Consequently, artists began to leave the city, seeking someplace within which to function effectively and cheaply. Many came to the Mid-Hudson Valley of Columbia, Dutchess and Green Counties, specifically to the 18th-century city of Hudson and its immediate environs.

In the spring of 2004 I curated the first version of Manhattan Transfer in a small commercial art gallery in Chatham, NY. The intent of this earlier exhibition was simply a means of gathering this body of talent together to demonstrate the professional vocabulary of the newly arrived creative individuals in the area. In this revised version, using many different artists, it is hoped that this show will become a beacon depicting our locale where art can not only survive but flourish.

A big thanks to Jennifer Bahng of Zone Chelsea Center for the Arts.







Richard Artschwager

Jane Laudi

Jason Middlebrook

Christopher Haun

Ellsworth Kelly

Jack Shear

Kate Butler

Michael Tong

Rainer Judd

Dan Devine

Mona Mark

Christopher Prez

Maa Mller

Maximilian Goldfarb

Allyson Strafella

George Quasha

Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick

Elizabeth Hall

Michel Auder



Accompanying the exhibition, ZONE:Chelsea Center for the Arts presents

밆ialogues with John Weber and Participating Panelists

a discussion on the benefits and disadvantages to artists relocating from New York City.



R.C. Baker of the Village Voice

Artist Christopher Haun

Artist Rainer Judd

"Manhattan Transfer" curator John Weber

Juan Puntes of White Box

Filippo Fossati of Esso Gallery


Thursday, May 4th at 6:30pm


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