New York's oldest art gallery will become Chelsea's newest art destination when Babcock Galleries reopens at 525 West 25th Street under the new name: Driscoll Babcock Galleries.
Prominent for its scholarship of American masterworks, the gallery’s inaugural Chelsea exhibition, This Is How We Do It, heralds both the inspired visions of important classic artists of the past and its commitment to presenting internationally pertinent contemporary art with a historical context. The focus remains on the symbiotic interface of classic and contemporary art and the significant relevance in contemporary experience.
"Classic historical art always has currency in contemporary cultures and great contemporary art informs not only our own moment, but our perspective on Classic art. When speaking of great works of art, Classic equals Contemporary, and Contemporary equals Classic." comments John Driscoll, President.
This Is How We Do It features masterworks that date from 1763 to 2012, surveying 249 years of American art drawn from the Galleries’ inventory within the venerable gallery’s 160-year legacy. The exhibition will include significant works by 25 artists, including masters such as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Sully, Thomas Eakins, Marsden Hartley, and Stuart Davis; to modern greats Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Jules Olitski and Andy Warhol; and contemporary artists Margaret Bowland, Marylyn Dintenfass and Jenny Morgan; amongst others.
Driscoll Babcock Galleries represents historic and current artists who have proven instrumental in extending visual and intellectual culture, and whose creative visions have resonance and pertinence beyond the time in which they were created. Accompanying the new location will be a renewed stable of international and contemporary artists who will join the likes of Winslow Homer, John Frederick Kensett, Alfred Maurer, Arshile Gorky, Alan Gussow and David Smith.
Driscoll Babcock’s new ground floor space merges classical Palladian proportions within 5,000 square feet of Chelsea’s predominant industrial architecture of brick and concrete.