Thursday, January 08, 2009

Show Your Love for PPOW

The lovely folks at PPOW entered their gallery yesterday morning to find nearly utter destruction in their space caused by a fire in the space above them. Not only had the water from the fire hoses used to extinguish the flames claimed all their office equipment and computers, but firemen had trampled across framed drawings they had laid (lain?) out in preparation for installation and destroyed them. Thankfully the work in their storage area and main gallery was spared.

Where many people might have simply been devastated to wake up to this, however, PPOW unleashed a Herculean effort to move their art and what remained of their office, and against any reasonable expectations will actually host the opening reception tonight for their artist, Teun Hocks, who had travelled from Holland, in a temporary location:

The temporary location for the Teun Hocks exhibition will be:
PPOW
511 West 25th Street Room 301
New York, NY 10001
Opening Reception January 8, 6-8pm

info@ppowgallery.com
If you're heading out to any of the openings in Chelsea this evening, I encourage you to show your support and stop in to wish Wendy, Penny, Teun and the whole gang the best as they regroup and move on. They picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and worked their asses off yesterday to make this show happen. Show your love.

UPDATE: See this updated report on artforum.com. Wendy told me how truly gracious and extraordinarily generous some of the people in the gallery community were when they heard the news. Unfortunately, there were also a few folks who had the means to help but who decided to take advantage of the situation to gouge them instead. Those people know who they are and should be wholly ashamed of themselves.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Aaron Wexler said...

An absolute nightmare. I feel for them, especially the artist whose work got trampled due to something out of his control. I will definitely send fellow gallery goers to the show (although I will be in Philly).

There are a ton of emergency grants easily researched online which they would definitely qualify for. Check NYFA too.

1/08/2009 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger kalm james said...

They were able to do all that with out the Federal Guberment…hu?

1/08/2009 02:55:00 PM  
Blogger Pretty Lady said...

That's awful. I really like that gallery; my best wishes to them.

I've been wondering lately about the ethics of reporting the names and circumstances of 'people who have the means to help, but take advantage of the situation to gouge them instead.' It strikes me that our national economy might be in better shape if more of this behavior were called out, loudly and publically, sooner. I know that anyone who does so risks looking petty and vindictive, but a lot of damage gets done by predatory people, not the least because it takes so long for their behavior to be generally exposed.

1/08/2009 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger Balhatain said...

Wow... not a good way to start 2009.

1/08/2009 08:41:00 PM  

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