Daniel Cooney Fine Art opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in August 2003 before relocating to Chelsea in June 2004. The gallery, which specializes in showing artists such as Nir Arieli, Benjamin Fredrickson and Joseph Maida and Scot Sothern, also conducts fine art auctions online presented by iGavelAuctions.com featuring works by Walker Evans, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Avedon, Edward Weston, and Alfred Eisenstadt, among others.
Daniel Cooney observes, “To make a good living in this business is nearly impossible. Even if it looks shiny and sparkly on the outside, it’s a different story on the inside.”
It is this empathy and understanding that makes Cooney the perfect gallerist for artists such as Arlene Gottfreid, whose exhibition, “Sometimes Overwhelming: New York in the 70s & 80’s” will be on view through December 20, 2014.
Born in Brooklyn, Gottfried started photographing her personal experiences around the City during a time when it was rough, rugged, and a raw, a time so long ago and far away that her photographs are more than art, they are part of the historical record. They are evidence of a way of life that has all but disappeared, a way of life that said, Do It Yourself, an ethos Cooney embodies to a T.
The exhibition will feature 29 vintage prints of images made in Brooklyn, Soho, the Lower East Side, Riis Beach, Riker’s Island, Central Park, Coney Island, and other parts of the city that Gottfried photographed. Her portraits, at once beguiling with an innocent knowingness, are becoming icons of a New York that has all but slipped away.
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