Off Paradise Hosts 'Telephone Telephone #21' on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Off Paradise is delighted to host Darling Green on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 for Telephone Telephone #21. Please join us at 6pm at 120 Walker Street, New York. We will be discussing emptiness, empty exhibitions, absent or invisible artworks, and who owns the void. Inspired by the works of Christopher D’Arcangelo and others, we are especially interested in the difference between the experience of nothing and the representation of nothing.

Dedicated to UBU 1996–2024.

The readings for this meeting will be Amelia Groom’s “There’s Nothing to See Here: Erasing the Monochrome,” Nana Adusei-Poku’s “On Being Present Where You Wish to Disappear,” and Audrey Wollen’s “GIRLS OWN THE VOID.”



Off Paradise is delighted to announce that Hurricane (1985) by Peter Nadin has entered the collection of the Parrish Art Museum through the generosity of Diane L. Ackerman.

Peter Nadin
Hurricane, 1985
Oil on paper
14 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. (35.88 x 28.26 cm)
Gift of Diane L. Ackerman to The Parrish Museum

Hurricane (1985), a previously unseen work, was exhibited for the first time as part of “Peter Nadin: Views,a presentation of historical Nadin works at Independent 20th Century in September 2023.

Robert Hawkins Featured in “Looking Back / The 14th White Columns Annual" Selected by Randy Kennedy

This Robert Hawkins work from 2005, “Entrance to Hell,” was previously unseen, stashed away in a private collection for close to two decades on the Isle of Man. Somewhere along the way, its owners got busted for embezzlement, and were sent to jail. Trust was liquidated. We rescued it, in extremis, over the summer, and brought it to New York all the way from that remote fraudsters’s paradise. And now it is making its thunderous debut to the world in Randy Kennedy’s brilliant “Looking Back” exhibition at White Columns, and just landed itself in The New York Times. A very strange, rather beautiful, and remarkably circuitous route to White Columns for this banger of a painting!

Robert Hawkins
Entrance to Hell, 2005
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Off Paradise, New York

Looking Back / The 14th White Columns Annual
Selected by Randy Kennedy
January 19 — March 9, 2024
White Columns, 91 Horatio Street, New York


Off Paradise is delighted to announce that two works by Peter NadinView II or the Artist (1986) and Curt and Mert Landscaping (2020)—have entered the collection of Centre Pompidou, as a loan from The American Friends of the Centre Pompidou through the generosity of Raymond J. Learsy.

View II or The Artist, 1986
Oil, acrylic, and enamel on canvas
72 x 63 ½ in. (182.88 x 161.29 cm)
Gift of Raymond J. Learsy to the American Friends of the Centre Pompidou

Curt and Mert Landscaping, 2020
Oil on panel
77 3/8 x 48 1/2 in. (196.53 x 123.19 cm)
Gift of Raymond J. Learsy to the American Friends of the Centre Pompidou


September 7 – 10, 2023

Off Paradise is pleased to announce our participation in Independent 20th Century. The gallery will exhibit historic works by Peter Nadin (b. 1954, Bromborough, U.K.). A key figure of the downtown New York art scene of the late 1970s and 1980s, Nadin is a painter, sculptor and poet whose work explores the practice of mark- and image-making as fundamental, evolutionary human functions.

Off Paradise will present for the first time in over three decades View II or The Artist, (1986), a striking self-portrait of the artist, and the anchor piece of the 1987 “Views” exhibition at Brooke Alexander Gallery, and, subsequently, of “Peter Nadin: Recent Work and Notes on Six Series,” his retrospective at Yale Center for British Art in 1992.

On loan from a Distinguished American Collection, this important work is entering the collection of a major European Institution.

This presentation in the historical setting of the landmark Battery Maritime Building is conceived as a send-off celebration for View II or The Artist to its new home.

The gallery will also debut a selection of watercolor and pastel works on paper from “Views II” (1987), the companion series to “Views” (1986-88), presented here for the first time since their creation.

Nadin’s work is in public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Yale Center for British Art.

See a preview here

VIP Preview Day:
Thursday, September 7, 11am – 8pm

Public Fair Days:
Friday, September 8, 12 – 8pm
Saturday, September 9, 12 – 8pm
Sunday, September 10, 11am – 6pm

For tickets and information on attending the fair, please visit


Off Paradise is pleased to present Two Minutes to Midnight, a two-person exhibition debuting new work by Michael St. John and Mitchell Charbonneau on view May 11–14, 2023 at Independent New York.  

A rigorous chronicler of contemporary American culture, St. John explores notions of violence, tragedy, narcissism, indifference, and consumerism through strategies of appropriation and assemblage. Charbonneau’s sculptural interventions similarly deconstruct and recast everyday commercial objects, from folding chairs to air fresheners, with material exactitude and visual wit. 

VIP Preview Day:
Thursday, May 11, 10am – 8pm

Public Fair Days:
Friday, May 12, 11am – 8pm
Saturday, May 13, 11am – 8pm
Sunday, May 14, 11am – 6pm

For tickets and information on attending the fair, please visit

Envisioning the Future of an Artist Estate or Foundation: Evolving Legacy Plans

Monday, February 27, 2023  

Off Paradise  
120 Walker Street, New York  
6:30pm in person and live-stream 

How do artist estates and foundations think about legacies? How can an artist’s work and ideas remain necessary and relevant after their passing? In this discussion Jessamyn Fiore, Co-Director, Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark and Lisa Le Feuvre, Executive Director, Holt/Smithson Foundation think together about different approaches to engaging with creative and sustainable artistic legacies. Moderated by Chelsea Spengemann, Co-founder, Soft Network and AFELL.  

The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark is a small, private, family-run artist estate that was started by Jane Crawford, the artist’s widow, after Matta-Clark’s untimely death in 1978 at the age of 35. In 2012, Crawford’s daughter, Jessamyn Fiore, officially joined as co-director of the Estate. In 2002, Crawford moved the archive of Gordon Matta-Clark to the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, officially gifting it to the institution in 2011. Since 1998, the Estate has been represented by the David Zwirner Gallery.  

Holt/Smithson Foundation develops the distinctive creative legacies of Nancy Holt (1938-2014) and Robert Smithson (1938-1973). Collaborating with artists, writers, thinkers, and institutions the Foundation realizes exhibitions, publishes books, initiates artist commissions, programs educational events, encourages research, and develops collections globally from its headquarters in New Mexico. Holt/Smithson Foundation was willed into being by Nancy Holt in 2014, became active in 2018, and will terminate in 2038, a century after both artists were born.  

Gordon Matta-Clark‘s work is currently on view in Gordon Matta-Clark and Pope L.: Impossible Failures at 52 Walker in Tribeca, through April 1, 2023. Nancy Holt‘s work is currently on view in Ecstatic Land at Ballroom Marfa through May 7, 2023 and Robert Smithson‘s work is currently on view in Rome is Still Falling at MACRO—Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome through May 21, 2023.

Watch the full conversation here


Sunday, December 4, 2022

Off Paradise will host a performance by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Raven Chacon, as part of Paint the Protest, this Sunday, December 4 at 3pm.

Chacon will perform an encore of a sonic meditation on the histories of Alcatraz—recently staged in situ—and its occupation for nineteen months beginning in November 1969 by the group Indians of All Tribes, as a protest regarding civil rights abuses at that time. The sound piece draws in part on archival audio footage of Radio Free Alcatraz, which broadcast news of the occupation from the island every weeknight for most of the first year of the protest.

Photograph by Adolphe Pierre-Louis, courtesy of The Albuquerque Journal.

Watch the full performance here

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Off Paradise will host a conversation on art, activism, and democracy, as part of Paint the Protest with Marilyn Minter, Hank Willis Thomas, and Tanya Selvaratnam on Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm.

Marilyn Minter is an artist based in New York. Her work has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, including, most recently, All Wet, at MOCO Montpellier, France in 2021. From 2015 through 2017, her retrospective, Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, traveled to the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (TX); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (CO); the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (CA); and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn (NY). Minter is represented by LGDR, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong/Seoul, and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen.  

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, community, media, and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including the International Center of Photography, New York; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands. Thomas received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Art and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts in 2017. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Pace Gallery, Los Angeles; Ben Brown Fine Arts, London; Goodman Gallery, South Africa; and Maruani Mercier, Belgium.

Tanya Selvaratnam Is a writer and an Emmy-nominated and multiple Webby-winning producer. She is the Senior Director, Gender Justice Narratives for the Pop Culture Collaborative. She is the author of THE BIG LIE and Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, ELLE, Cosmo, CNN, NBC News, and McSweeney’s. She has produced for the Ms. Foundation for Women; the Vision & Justice Project; Joy To The Polls; Aubin Pictures; Story Syndicate; Glamour Women of the Year; The Meteor; For Freedoms; NGO Forum/Fourth World Conference on Women in China; and Planned Parenthood.

Watch the full conversation here

October 27, 2022 – January 27, 2023
Opening Thursday, October 27, 4-8pm

A group exhibition curated by Nancy Spector, featuring works by Andrea Bowers, Raven Chacon, Sharon Hayes, Aaron Huey, Jacqueline Humphries, Francisco Masó, Richard Prince, Dread Scott, Hank Willis Thomas, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Please join us for the opening reception of Paint the Protest on Thursday, October 27, 4-8pm.


July 7 – August 17, 2022
Opening Thursday, July 7, 4-8pm

Off Paradise is pleased to present Some Kind of Mind Thing, a group exhibition featuring works by Clark Coolidge, Philip Guston, Olivia DiVecchia, Natasha Tiniacos, J Grabowski, Jason Morris, Bernadette Mayer, Colter Jacobsen and Cedar Sigo.

Please join us for the opening reception of Some Kind of Mind Thing on Thursday, July 7, 4-8pm.

Off Paradise is delighted to announce our return to Independent New York, taking place at Spring Studios from May 5-8, 2022.

The gallery will show new and historical work by Peter Nadin and Maximilian Schubert

Presented to the public for the first time in 30 years will be House and Dream, a key work from Peter Nadin’s final exhibition at Brooke Alexander Gallery in 1993; its companion painting, Hooton’s Lightning (The Child Wills the Accident to Happen so the Rescue May Begin), 1991–92, entered the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1992. 

Maximilian Schubert’s work often straddles the boundary between painting and sculpture.

Debuting at Independent will be a new body of work, titled Nocturnes. Straddling the boundary between painting and sculpture, Schubert’s newest body of work is cast from translucent urethane resin, capturing the depth and palette of the city’s transient sky. Deep black and ultramarine coalesce with electric greys and magenta, forming atmospheric and crepuscular meditations on the night sky over New York. Nocturnes marks the first quasi-representational work by Schubert.

For tickets and information on attending the fair, please visit

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Wonderful interview of Peter Nadin with Daniela Steinfeld for Voices on Art. This is a special episode created in collaboration with Independent for the upcoming edition of the fair. Listen to the full conversation here.

“Peter Nadin is an artist, poet, farmer and avid observer of human and animal nature. He talks his beginnings in England, his moving to NYC as a young man and his experiences and observations on consciousness and perception through the years. Peter was a key figure of the New York City downtown art world of the late 1970s and 1980s. After realizing that he needed more time to get to the bottom of things, he decided to leave New York City to live and work on his own farm. For quite some years he didn’t exhibit his work at all or only in special places. The direct experience of life resonated in a more profound way with him than the cultural interpretation of it. To him there is no hierarchy between art making, farming or sanding the floor. He acknowledges the different perception systems of humans and animals and realized that the beauty of this is, that no one perception is more real than another…. Peter’s primary focus in his own art is and was the representation of consciousness and direct life experience through painterly marks. To him the time and dedication that are spent to create a painting leave traces in the surface, in the paint itself, which enables us to understand—in a quite deep way—someone else’s experience.

His exhibition The Distance from a Lemon to Murder is up at Off Paradise through June 23, 2022, and he will show his paintings with the gallery in a two-person presentation with Maximilian Schubert at the upcoming edition of Independent New York.”

Recorded March 15, 2022, 39 min., language english. Portrait by Alon Koppel.

“Across the two exhibitions, lemon is both color and fruit, a product of the mind and matter—one still life is even titled Lemon or Yellow. As Peter Nadin writes in an accompanying poem: “I eat the lemon, it moves through the body / I paint a lemon, it moves through the mind.” To cultivate the citrus in his greenhouse, Nadin grafted a scion from a Marrakesh lemon onto the rootstock of a sour orange (a horticultural process he illustrates in one painting). Here, the graft is a metaphor, not only for two exhibitions spliced together, but also for how the world implants itself in the root of the mind, bearing fruit in the form of art.” —Chris Murtha

Many thanks to Chris Murtha for the insightful review of ‘Claude Rutault & Peter Nadin’ in the new issue of The Brooklyn Rail. Read it here.

March 3 – May 8, 2022
Opening Thursday, March 3, 4-8pm

Off Paradise is pleased to present The Distance from a Lemon to Murder, a solo exhibition by Peter Nadin, introducing his return to unconditional painting—painting “from life”—for the first time since 1992, after the completion of his conceptual Mark Series cycle. This exhibition of new work directly follows A Proposal to Peter Nadin, based on a “protocol,” or proposal, made by Claude Rutault, a pioneer of Conceptualism, to Nadin in June 1979, an exhibition of painting that Nadin realized at long last this year.

The installation views are available here

Claude Rutault, A Proposal to Peter Nadin, 1979; realized 2022

January 13 – February 19, 2022
Opening Thursday, January 13, 12-6pm

Off Paradise is delighted to present Claude Rutault, A Proposal to Peter Nadin, a project forty-three years in the making, based on a proposal, or “protocol,” given by Rutault, one of the most important French artists of his generation and a pioneer of Conceptualism, to fellow artist Nadin in June 1979.

The installation views are available here

TriBeCa Gallery Guide: New York’s Most Vibrant Art Scene

The large-scale arrival of new and veteran dealers has given the neighborhood its first unifying theme in 60 years. Here are three walks with our critics, a springboard to explore.

Mitchell Charbonneau at Off Paradise
Through Dec. 7, 120 Walker Street; 212-388-9010;

“Distressing metal folding chairs with a sledgehammer is a young man’s game, and Mitchell Charbonneau, whose first show with this gallery includes more than a dozen such examples of abused furniture, is only 27. But the chairs, which are surprisingly expressive when grouped in pairs, like lovers, or uncanny towers, are actually cast, exactingly, in resin before being painted in muted office-work tones of beige, black or green. A few trompe-l’oeil Little Trees air fresheners, cast in bronze but painted to look as if they were just stolen from a taxi cab, add an entertaining accent to a promising debut. (…)” —WILL HEINRICH

Read the full article here

September 7 – December 7, 2021

Please join us this Friday, September 17, 4-8pm, for the opening of Senseless, an exhibition of new work by Mitchell Charbonneau at Off Paradise.

Mitchell Charbonneau’s newest series, Senseless, continues his sculptural exploration of utilitarian products such as chairs, stepladders and shelving; objects that can be expanded and collapsed as a function of their design. Every element of the precariously intertwined chairs in this new series has been meticulously sculpted in hard resins and painted after the factory-made original, creating a distorted matrix of geometries suggesting violence but also resilience.

Senseless debuted at the Independent Art Fair last week, as part of Off Paradise’s presentation at the Battery Maritime Building. The solo exhibition at the gallery will expand on this debut with a suite of seven cast-resin chairs in various formations, presented in a larger context.

September 9-12, 2021

Installation view of Off Paradise at the Independent Art Fair, September 9-12, 2021. Photograph by Guillaume Ziccarelli.

View the presentation here


September 9-12, 2021

We are pleased to announce our first-time participation in the Independent Art Fair, taking place at the Battery Maritime Building from September 9-12, 2021.

For Off Paradise’s Independent debut, the gallery will show new and previously unseen work by Scott Covert, Maximilian Schubert and Mitchell Charbonneau.

The exhibition will explore definitions of the body, primarily in its absence, at this marvel of a venue:

“The Battery Maritime Building’s unique design has come to define it as a landmark. Built in the Beaux-Arts Structural Expressionist architectural style, the building’s exposed trusses and rivets contribute to its ornate splendour. A bastion of civic and heroic architecture, it recalls the grandeur of 19th century World Fair halls, and “it is probable that no building designed in similar style will ever again be erected in the City of New York.”

VIP Preview Day
Thursday, September 9, 11am – 8pm

Public Fair Days
Friday, September 10, 12 – 7pm
Saturday, September 11, 12 – 7pm
Sunday, September 12, 12 – 6pm

For tickets and information on attending the fair, please visit


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

On Saturday, May 15, Off Paradise hosted an in-person conversation with artists Scott Covert and Peter McGough, moderated by Randy Kennedy. This is the 5-minute edit. The full conversation is available here


Thursday, May 27, 2021

The final day of NOTHNG OF THE MONTH CLUB will coincide with the launch of a book about the exhibition itself, published by the gallery and Hassla.

Please join us on Thursday, May 27, from 4-8pm for a closing reception and launch of our book, a slim and unconventional volume devoted to NOTHNG OF THE MONTH CLUB.



Saturday, May 15, 2021

On Saturday, May 15 at 5pm, Off Paradise will be hosting an in-person conversation with artists Scott Covert and Peter McGough, moderated by Randy Kennedy. It will also be streamed live on the gallery’s Instagram @offparadise.

Scott Covert (b. 1954, Edison, N.J.) is an artist based in New York but found more often on the road. A collaborator with Off-Broadway theater companies in the late ’70s, he was a founding member of Playhouse 57 at the storied Club 57 in the East Village, alongside friends Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman and Andy Rees. In the mid-1980s, at the urging of friend Cookie Mueller, he began a series of paintings and drawings that continues to this day, based on memento mori rubbings of gravestones, works that function as deeply-layered, text-based history paintings.

Peter McGough is an artist whose memoir, I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going, about his life the art world in the 1980s, was published by Pantheon/Knopf in 2019. McGough been included in three Whitney Biennials and has works in museums collections throughout the world. In recent years, his Oscar Wilde Temple was shown in New York City and London. The temple raises money to benefit LGBT homeless youth.

Randy Kennedy is a writer, editor and curator. His first novel, Presidio, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. For 25 years he was a staff writer at The New York Times, more than half of that time covering the art world. He is currently director of special projects at Hauser & Wirth and the editor of Ursula, the gallery’s magazine. 


Saturday, May 8, 2021

This Saturday, May 8, we are pleased to be participating in Tribeca Gallery Walk to celebrate our current exhibitions alongside all those of the neighborhood.

This will also coincide with the final day of the secret show, CONCRETE DRAWING.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Please join us on Saturday May 1 for the opening of a secret show at the gallery 🍷🐆🏹💻 {{{{{•

J Grabowski
May 1-8, 2021
Opening 4-8pm

The secret show runs May 1-8 and will end with Tribeca Gallery Walk, Saturday May 8, 12-7pm.

J Grabowski is a New York-based artist whose work includes writing, drawing, painting, movement and music. J cofounded PUSH Press, the Heliopolis Project and POMPEI.


Saturday, December 5, 2020

Off Paradise is pleased to participate in the forthcoming edition of Tribeca Gallery Walk this Saturday, December 5, from 11am to 7pm.

Participating galleries were invited to create a video that would offer insight on a chosen artwork in their current exhibitions.

We invited James Nares to lift a corner of the veil on the making of his seminal work Pendulum, a cornerstone of our current exhibition, Ascensions. We filmed the artist on Staple Street in Tribeca, in the exact same location where Pendulum was originally created, back in 1976.

Please visit Tribeca Gallery Walk and Tribeca Gallery Walk Map for more information on all the participating galleries.


September 12 – 20, 2020

Off Paradise is delighted to participate in the second edition of MESSE IN ST. AGNES with two works by Maximilian Schubert.

MESSE IN ST. AGNES will take place at KÖNIG GALERIE in the former St. Agnes church in Kreuzberg during Berlin Gallery Weekend, from September 12 – 20, 2020.

“Once again, the fair will present a high-profile selection of works from the primary and secondary market. The fair will be accompanied by a series of exclusive events such as dinners, concerts, readings, and panel discussions.”


September 10 – October 12, 2020

Off Paradise is delighted to participate in the newest edition of Tribeca Gallery Walk organized by  Independent New York.

The kick-off event features talks from six Tribeca gallerists, who discuss their current exhibitions, in conversation with Joan Young and X Zhu-Nowell, respectively Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curatorial Assistant at the Guggenheim Museum.

Following an introduction by Elizabeth Dee, this series of discussions features gallerists Stefania Bortolami, Phil Grauer of CANADAJames Cohan, Kerry Schuss of Kerry Schuss, Natacha Polaert of Off Paradise and Kari Rittenbach of Ortuzar Projects.


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Off Paradise is delighted to participate in Downtown Gallery Weekend this Saturday, July 25, 2020, when galleries across the neighborhood are open from 10am to 6pm.

Bodega, Bridget Donahue, Chapter, Company, David Fierman, Foxy Production, Essex Street, James Fuentes, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Martos, Miguel Abreu, Mitchell Algus, Perrotin, Rachel Uffner, Simone Subal and Spencer Brownstone.