Ronald Feldman Gallery Ronald Feldman, Risk-taking Gallerist, Retires After Nearly 50 Years

The New York TImes Oct 24, 2019

Ronald Feldman, the pioneering contemporary art dealer, has stepped down from his role of director at the Ronald Feldman Gallery after nearly 50 years at the helm, for health reasons.

Mr. Feldman, 82, founded the gallery with his wife, Frayda Feldman, in 1971 on East 74th Street. In 1982, the gallery moved to SoHo, establishing an early beachhead in Lower Manhattan that seemed to suit an institution that broke boundaries and championed a wide range of risk-taking artists and their (often political) works. Some of his early partnerships included the German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys, the performance artist Chris Burden, the feminist artist Hannah Wilke, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, the longtime unpaid artist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation. He and Ms. Feldman also developed a friendship with Andy Warhol in the 1980s, and Mr. Feldman commissioned Warhol to do portfolios of paintings and prints.

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