Anita Shapolsky Gallery opened in a pristine, large, minimal space in Soho in 1982 with a collection of American Abstract Art from the 50’s. By 1989 Latin American Artist and Women Artist exhibitions were also included in her schedule.
In 1997 the Anita Shapolsky Gallery moved to a Brownstone house in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and established an Art Foundation in a large church in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.
All these different venues showed the abstract art in other environments and established an interplay between visual art, architecture and landscape . In so doing this create an unmistakably American setting and a haven for people with a serious interest in contemporary art.
The exhibits create something that you can enter, that attracts your gaze and confronts you, not something like an icon. Anita Shapolsky Gallery wants something more porous, that you can inhabit, that is more alive because you became part of the exhibit and you can play with narratives. You are not only playing the role of a passive viewer.