BROADWAY 1602 is a contemporary art gallery of the highest reputation with a decade of expertise in representing the pioneering work by women artists and the avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s. Evelyne Axell, Rosemarie Castoro, Babette Mangolte, Idelle Weber, Marjorie Strider, Lenora de Barros, Lydia Okumura, Penny Slinger, and Sylvia Palacios Whitman are among the women avant-garde artists represented by the gallery.
BROADWAY 1602 re-establishes the legacy of these seminal artists institutionally and through the highest market recognition. The gallery is equally dedicated to the representation of cutting edge emerging and established artists from the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Established in 2005 in New York by museums curator, critic and estate management specialist, Anke Kempkes, BROADWAY 1602 has since expanded its alliances with the most prominent private collections and museums worldwide.
BROADWAY 1602 has realized shows and acquisitions with the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Jewish Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Drawing Center, New Museum, Hammer Museum, MOCA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, ICA Boston, Art Institute Chicago, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, Barbican Art Center, Centre Pompidou, Pompidou-Metz, Migros Museum, Kunsthalle Basel, Reina Sofia, MACBA, Museu Serralves, Museum Ludwig, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Inhotim, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Bergen Kunsthall, Kunsthalle Wien, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, among others.
In 2015 BROADWAY 1602 launched a new OUTDOORS program section producing site-specific art projects on international and local platforms. First editions of BROADWAY 1602 OUTDOORS have been realized with Lenora de Barros in Sao Paulo, Lydia Okumura in Connecticut and the Estate of Rosemarie Castoro in New York.
In 2016, the year of the gallery’s 10th Anniversary, we are exited to announce our new locations: BROADWAY 1602 UPTOWN and BROADWAY 1602 HARLEM.
Since its beginnings, BROADWAY 1602 represented outstanding Polish sculptor Alina Szapocznikow whose groundbreaking work was rediscovered by Anke Kempkes in 2003, and established as a new classic in the commercial arena. Due to this exceptionally successful reintroduction Alina Szapocznikow received a U.S. retrospective tour in the The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and further venues in 2011/12.
BROADWAY 1602 has since deepened its engagement with the Female Pop Art milieu representing the Estate of Belgian painter Evelyne Axell, French sculptor and designer Nicola L, British collagist and sculptor Penny Slinger, New York artists Marjorie Strider and Idelle Weber, and Spanish painter Angela Garcia. In 2015, the Tate acquired a major work by Evelyne Axell from BROADWAY 1602; the work was on view in the Tate Modern exhibition “The World Goes Pop” – one of the highest evaluations ever achieved by a female Pop Artist.
Another pioneer and founding artist of the gallery is New York performance photographer and experimental filmmaker Babette Mangolte. In 1970, Mangolte arrived from Paris to New York and established herself as an acclaimed photographer and cinematographer of the SoHo minimal dance and experimental theater realm. Through the installations based on her extensive archive, Mangolte created her own genre: ‘documentation as art from’.
Since 2010 BROADWAY 1602 has represented the Estate of Swiss born Bauhaus artist, Xanti Schawinsky. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1936 to fulfill an invitation to The Black Mountain College by by Josef Albers. Through the 1940s Xanti Schawinsky worked in New York in close association with the circle of Surrealists frequenting the legendary Julian Levi Gallery. In 2014 and 2015 respectively, Xanti Schawinsky received retrospectives at the Drawing Center in New York and at the Migros Museum in Zurich, Switzerland. His work is prominently on view in the exhibition “Unorthodox” (2015/6), at the Jewish Museum, New York.
In 2013 – after project based collaborations with New York’s 1960s pioneer Robert Whitman – the gallery began to represent the archive of Experiments in Art & Technology (E.A.T.), an organization founded by Swedish artist engineer Billy Klüver in New York in collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Whitman and other central 1960s artists, to promote the exchange between artists and engineers. In 2015 the first comprehensive E.A.T. retrospective was on view at the Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg, Austria.
In 2015 the gallery began representing the work of electronic Sound Art pioneer David Tudor and Composers Inside Electronics (CIE ), and subsequently realized acquisitions of the 1972 “Rainforest” sound art installation to the Museum of Modern Art and Museum der Moderne Salzburg.
In the same year BROADWAY 1602 started to work with the George Segal Foundation. Segal is one of the great masters of post-war American art associated with New York’s Pop Art milieu.
The contemporary program of BROADWAY 1602 represents the U.S. painter Devin Leonardi, U.S.-Polish photographer Margarete Jakschik, Polish conceptual filmmaker Anna Molska, and since 2013 British painter Mark Alexander and Canadian painter and writer Paul P., who also designs functional objects as synthetic parts of his painterly environment.