The Crystal Palace

June 28 - August 16, 2014

Press Release

Named after the site of the first World's Fair in London in 1851, and on the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, this exhibition aims to take advantage of New York City's cultural and neighborhood-based diversity in the cacophonous spirit of the Fair, which evolved from focusing on industrialized innovation to a thematic form of cultural exchange.

In an attempt to infuse the growing contemporary art district of the Lower East Side with the historical weight of Upper East Side institutions, Rachel Uffner Gallery will exhibit artwork from the vast archives of Richard L. Feigen & Co., and additional private lenders and Estates, in conjunction with contemporary artists conversing with their fore-bearers in a thoughtful manner. A cross-cultural-pollination is to be formed, spanning over neighborhoods and over time.

The exhibition will include a significant selection of works by Ray Johnson (1927-1995), a complex figure whose re-evaluation in the last decade has shed light on the interrelation of artists and the inherent cross referencing in artistic practices. Also included will be examples of Pop, Surrealism, Figuration, and Expressionism, alongside contemporary artists touching and expanding on some of these themes and movements.

Participating Artists:
Balthus, Joseph Cornell, Daniel Gordon, Van Hanos, Robert Indiana, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Ray Johnson, Anya Kielar, Claes Oldenburg, Dushko Petrovich and Roger White, James Rosenquist, Pierre Roy, Peter Saul, Johannes VanDerBeek, and Stan VanDerBeek

Gallery hours are Wed-Sun from 10-6pm or by appointment (July and August hours are Tues-Sat from 10-6pm). For further information and images, please visit or contact Dmitry Komis at



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August 6, 2014

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