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Art & Design: West Street Gallery

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Matt Moravec and Alex Gartenfeld opened West Street Gallery in New York City’s Greenwich Village in June 2010 with “Over Before It Started,” a group show featuring works by Grayson Revoir, Daniel Turner, and Kon Trubkovich. Since then, the duo’s racked up  a number of impressive shows, created a bit of an art world stir, and become the center of a scene à la mode.

Moravec and Gartenfeld—who actually lives in the gallery—share the space with Joel Mesler who curates shows in the Spare Room space, which, as its name suggests, is simply a spare room in the apartment.

Gartenfeld, the online editor for Interview, is a young, rising art world star, famous first for his previous apartment gallery, Three’s Company, run with his former roommate and it-girl-to-be, Piper Marshall, in Chinatown.

Moravec first cut his art world teeth with “New Deal,” a show he curated with Kyle Thurman at the Art Production Fund space on West Houston Street. O.H.W.O.W. subsequently published a catalogue for that show.

West Street Gallery’s has shown work by up-and-comers Jo Nigoghossian, David Scanavino, Uri Aran, and Paul Cowan. The space’s openings are also social affairs that draw the young and cool, like artists Aurel Schmidt and Matt Cerletty, as well as model and writer Mikaela Bradbury. Currently, West Street Gallery is showing Blue Mango Moqueca featuring work by Rita Ackermann, G.T. Pellizzi, and Daniel Turner.

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