The Gallery Program
Stux Gallery shows a diverse group of artists, drawn from a broad international spectrum including the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. We highlight innovative work by mid-career, established, and emerging artists that challenges traditional notions of genre and medium, often with a deep conceptual bent.
The History of Stux Gallery: 1980 - 2014
In 1980, Stefan Stux and his wife, Linda Bayless Stux, founded Stux Gallery in Boston. Initially concentrating on the lively Boston art scene, the gallery exhibited work by significant artists in the region including Doug Anderson, Gerry Bergstein, Alex Grey, and Paul Laffoley, among others. An early discovery was Doug and Mike Starn (billed at the time as the Starn Twins), who had their first commercial gallery exhibition at Stux, not long after their graduation from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
In 1986 Stefan and Linda opened the gallery’s first New York location on Spring Street in SoHo, which then was the center of the contemporary art scene. At this point the gallery focused on the development and promotion of young, emerging talent and its roster grew to include not only the Starns but also Vik Muniz, Fabian Marcaccio, Lawrence Carroll, and Andres Serrano, among others. The gallery also exhibited more established, but lesser-known artists, most notably Gerhard Hoehme (an artist well-known in his native Germany, and whose work may have been an influence on the young Eva Hesse), and Elaine Sturtevant, whose early use of appropriation anticipated its deployment by artists like Sherrie Levine by decades.
Riding on the high tide of success in its primary market representation of emerging contemporary artists, in 1990 the gallery expanded its operations to include a new space, dubbed Stux Modern, in order to engage art historically significant work. The inaugural show for this new endeavor was “Abstract Expressionists: Studio 35/Downtown,” a select but powerful array of early works by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Hans Hofmann, Lee Krasner and Joan Mitchell. The inspiration for Stux Modern arose in Stefan’s conviction that there was a real need for a masterworks gallery downtown, as a way to provide deeper historical context for the contemporary work presented by the gallery.
In 1996, Stux Gallery relocated to Chelsea, which at the time was just beginning to emerge as the new contemporary gallery neighborhood. It occupied a space in a large gallery building on West 20th Street, where its focus shifted to representing a larger proportion of established and mid-career artists, including Land Art pioneer Dennis Oppenheim and the French conceptual/performance artist Orlan.
Linda Stux passed away in 2000, and her vision and guiding presence at the gallery is still sorely missed. Her shoes were filled, in part, with the arrival of Andrea Schnabl in 2002 as a new Partner and Gallery Director. The German-born Schnabl brings with her a refined expertise in European Contemporary Art and Culture, and she continues today to serve as a leader of the gallery’s program.
In 2004, the gallery relocated once more, to occupy a prominent, expansive ground floor space on West 25th Street. Stux continued to maintain a broadly international roster of artists, and in addition to one-person shows, it regularly presented curated group shows of the latest work from emerging regions such as China, Africa, and the Islamic world.
The Gallery at West 57 Street
In the Spring of 2014, Stux Gallery relocated uptown to the historic 57th Street district, renowned for the birth of early American Modernism in fine art. The gallery occupied an expansive 4,000 sq. foot space on the 6th floor of the noted New York Gallery Building at 24 West 57th Street near 5th Avenue, neighboring the Marian Goodman Gallery’s 3rd and 4th floor domain.
In the Fall of 2014, Stephen Haller Gallery of Chelsea, venerated for their renowned 50 year history in New York, joined Stux Gallery as a new affiliate. The merged quartet composed of Stefan Stux, Andrea Schnabl, Stephen Haller, and Cynthia Griffin Haller, known as 57 STUX + HALLER. The Hallers have contributed to this new entity five iconic artists: Lloyd Martin, Bruno Romeda, Johnnie Winona Ross, Linda Stojak, and Larry Zox. By the end of 2016 the Stux Haller affiliation was discontinued.
The vision of Stux Gallery remains centered on challenging, cutting-edge contemporary work in a context that recognizes its potential, eventual contribution to the larger narrative of art history, an undertaking that we have vigorously pursued for more than three decades, and to which we at Stux remain steadfastly dedicated today.
The Gallery Now | Salon STUX West
After an exciting 35+ years STUX has compiled an online catalogue index of the hundreds and hundreds of artists showcased since 1980, representing 35 years of operations. To view this index, alongside visual highlights, please click here.
Stux Gallery in the fall of 2017 has launched Salon STUX West on Manhattan's historic Upper West Side, a Contemporary Art Gallery Space predicated on solo art exhibitions and cultural events centered around performance, music, lectures and lively curated conversations. For the full mission statement click here.