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Beginnings–

By Tom Ran

Published: August 31, 2012 under Art

Beginnings–, a new gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Beginnings–, a new gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Big things have small beginnings. For a group of friends that beginning is now. A collective of artists and designers have come together to open a storefront gallery in Greenpoint, aptly titled Beginnings. Off the main drag of Manhattan Ave, this area is more akin to the neighborhood bodega than a gallery. But with Eat just up the block and a location bordering Williamsburg, it was an ideal situation that the group couldn’t pass up. When an opportunity presented itself, they capitalized on the moment. It was a way for them to break the confines of a traditional gallery system that was restrictive and exclusive. This offered a space for their network and beyond to exhibit work in ways that other institutions might avoid. The do it yourself mentality isn’t new to the team, many of whom have had gallery experience. Matt Leines and Anni Altshuler were former Space 1026 members, a gallery founded by artists for artists in Philadelphia. The crew also includes artist Caroline Hwang, designer Joel Speasmaker of Forest, Archie Lee Coates IV from Playlab, artist and organizer of Artypes, Matthew Giordano, and artist Andy C. Jenkins a former gallerist himself. The inaugural exhibition will take place on September 27th with a massive group show consisting of nearly 30 artists. Beginnings is located at 110 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn.

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