Mark Ryan Chariker
Founded in September 2016, 1969 has established itself as a contemporary art gallery devoted to painting. Through group and solo exhibitions, external gallery exhibitions and art fair presentations, 1969 has cultivated the careers of its five roster artists and the next generation of artists devoted to figurative and representational art.
Our programming maintains a committed interest in the conversation between the contemporary and historical, regularly exhibiting the works of established artists such as Lois Dodd, Roy Dowell and Gary Kuehn alongside emerging talent, recent MFA graduates / international artists. Our independently curated exhibitions allow us to expand our audience by exhibiting different forms of art and artists represented by other galleries worldwide.
Over 4.5 years, we have organized 38 exhibitions, participated in 6 art fairs, and published 2 catalogs. Our roster of represented artists includes members of the LGBTQ and BIPOC communities, including three Latinx artists and one gender non-binary artist. Last year, we also successfully placed three of our represented artists into museum collections (Taubman Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, and Nerman Museum).
In January 2021, 1969 moved to a significantly larger 2,000 sq-ft, ground floor gallery space in the new art neighborhood of Tribeca, NYC. Signaling the growth of the program, 39 White Street will allow 1969 to exhibit larger-scale works and increase the number of participants in our group exhibitions. Moreover, we are renovating a project space in the Gallery that will “make real” our online viewing room, allowing in-person visits and for experimental exhibitions and projects.