The Little Gallery

Back in the 90s


Recently a collector contacted me about a work in my inventory. It was the Rita McBride piece, which I love, and in fact, I gave her her first shows in New York at my gallery on Wooster St. When I started thinking about its origins, I started thinking about the era in which it was made and what was going on and what I was interested in then and other artists I championed. It was a fun stroll down memory lane.

For this edition of the newsletter, I’d like to invite you to join me in looking back– in remembering and being surprised. Here are great examples that are available for the discerning collector.

We’ve added a timeline to illustrate how much has and hasn’t changed. 

Alice Aycock Project forTriennial Di Milano Wood, 16 x 16 x 3′, 1985 $250,000

1986 –   Pixar Animation Studios opens
1987 – Thomas and John Knoll develop first version of Photoshop Pixar Animation Studios opens
1988 – NASA scientist James Hansen testifies to the Senate that man-made global warming has begun

Kate Ericson / Mel Ziegler Statue of Liberty Etched glass jars and paint on metal shelves, 72 x 5 x 5 inches, 1988 $25,000


1989 – Opening of the Berlin Wall in November


James Nares 38 Blind Hydrostone discs with pigment on wood shelf, 1988-89 $35,000


Emil Lukas Untitled Mixed media on paper in hand made wooden box, 9 3/8 x 11 3/8 x 1 3/8 inches, 1989 $25,000


Rita McBride Parking Garage Bronze, 6.5 x 12 x 12, edition of 3, 1989 $25,000


1990 – Reunification of Germany


Elaine Reicheck Double Blackfoot Teepee Hand color photograph and wool knit constructions, 47 x 70 inches, 1990 $50,000


1991 –  Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins with air strikes against Iraq

Matt Mullican Untitled Ink jet print, 66 x 180 inches, edition of 3, 1991 $65,000


1992 – United States presidential election, Bill Clinton is elected 42nd President of the United States
1993 –  World Trade Center bombing in New York, NY. A van parked below the North tower of the WTC explodes, killing 6 and injuring over 1,000

Thom Merrick Untitled Mixed media installation, 1993 $55,000


1994 –  The Channel Tunnel, which took 15,000 workers over 7 years to complete, opens between England and France, enabling passengers to travel between the 2 countries in 35 minutes

Cary Leibowitz Please Dont Be Mean Enamel on wood, 23 7/8 x 24 inches, 1994 $7,000

James Casebere Study for Asylum Unique b/w polaroid, 3.5 x 4.25 inches, 1994 $6,000


Beverly Semmes Cloud Clothing Studio View C print 1/10, 8 x 10 inches, 1994 $4,000


1995 –   Oklahoma City bombing: 168 people, including 8 Federal Marshals and 19 children, are killed at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Timothy McVeigh and the one of this accomplices, Terry Nichols, set off the bomb 


Christian Marclay Telephones 7.5 minute video, edition of 250, 1995 (sale in progress)


1996 –  The General Motors EV1, the first production electric car of the modern era, is launched and becomes available for lease
1997 –   Steve Jobs returns to Apple Computer, Inc.
1998 –   Microsoft releases Windows 98
1999 –   The euro is established



Michael Ashkin Untitled No 100 Mixed media construction (and detail),1999 $18,000