Eric Firestone Gallery was established in 2010 at 4 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, New York. In 2015, the gallery expanded with an additional location — Eric Firestone Loft — in an historic artist live/work building at 4 Great Jones Street in New York City. Eric Firestone Gallery exhibits post-war and contemporary artists, and has a unique commitment to re-examining historic work and presenting major figures deserving of reintroduction. The gallery supports this mission with rigorous scholarship and archival research, looking at the entirety of an artist’s mission, creative vision, and life, in collaboration with institutions and collectors.
A special focus of the gallery is re-establishing women artists in the canon, such as Miriam Schapiro and Marcia Marcus. Another area of focus includes artists who worked on the East End of Long Island, such as Howard Kanovitz and Philip Pavia. Photographers who documented the underground art scene of the 1980s is yet another specialization; the gallery represents the work of Henry Chalfant and Tseng Kwong Chi. The gallery’s program establishes a dynamic conversation between major art movements of the 20th century and contemporary artists. This has been demonstrated with exhibitions such as Womanhouse (May – June 2015, East Hampton), which juxtaposed the work of Miriam Schapiro and Judy Chicago alongside contemporary artists including Orly Genger, Wendy White, and Nina Chanel Abney. The gallery furthers this dialogue through the publication of catalogues and public programming in conjunction with its exhibitions. Notable exhibitions include: Sanford Biggers: Dark Star (July 2013, East Hampton); Miriam Schapiro: The California Years, 1967–1975 (February – March 2016, New York City); Henry Chalfant: 1980 (November 2016 – January 2017, New York City); and Montauk Highway: Postwar Abstraction in the Hamptons (August – September 2017, East Hampton).