GEMINI G.E.L. AT JONI MOISANT WEYL has recently relocated to 465 West 23rd Street in Chelsea for the summer before the gallery moves into a new permanent location at 535 West 24th Street. Previously located on the 5th floor of 980 Madison Avenue, New York, the gallery was established in 1984 to exhibit and represent the publications of the Los Angeles-based artists’ workshop, Gemini G.E.L. Gallery owner Joni Moisant Weyl is married to Gemini G.E.L. co-founder Sidney B. Felsen and the pair split their time between their home in Los Angeles and Joni’s gallery in New York. The gallery’s East Coast Director Chris Santa Maria and West Coast Director Kalyn Olson are cheerfully assisted by Jae-Min Hwang. The couple travels frequently in support of the Gemini artists and as exhibitors in the annual art fairs, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach. This blog is intended to follow Joni and Sidney and the gallery staff through through their travels and meetings with artists, galleries, and the Gemini workshop.
About the Gallery
GEMINI G.E.L. AT JONI MOISANT WEYL was established in 1984 as the New York gallery exhibiting and representing the publications of the Los Angeles-based artists’ workshop, Gemini G.E.L. The gallery shows new editions as they are published, and has mounted many historical survey exhibitions, including A Tribute to Robert Rauschenberg: Prints and Objects; The Private Eye of Philip Guston: The Gemini Editions; Ellsworth Kelly: Diagonals and Panels 1970-1990; Claes Oldenburg: Editions in Two and Three Dimensions 1969-1995; Ken Price: Prints and Ceramics 1970-2005; Frank Stella: Prints from the 1960’s & 70’s; and Artists at Gemini G.E.L.: In Celebration of Gemini’s 25th Anniversary. The gallery began in a by-appointment loft space on Crosby Street, followed by a relocation to West Broadway in the heart of Soho during the years 1990 to 2000. In January 2007, after six years in midtown, the gallery moved to 980 Madison, where it remained until July 2011. The October 2011 relocation to 24th street in Chelsea will allow for a continuation of the gallery program on a grander scale. The gallery continues to organize special events in conjunction with its exhibitions, including book-signings, “Q & A”’s with the artist and Gemini printers, as well as private docent-led tours through related museum retrospectives. The gallery also participates in a number of local and international art fairs throughout the year and has been a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) for over 20 years.
Gemini G.E.L. began in 1966 as an artists’ workshop and publisher of hand-printed limited edition lithographs. Responding to the expanding interests of its artists, work began on its first sculpture edition in 1968 with Claes Oldenburg’s Profile Airflow, and in 1970, Frank Stella’s Pastel Stack was started as the first project in the screenprinting workshop. The etching workshop opened in 1977 and woodcuts were being made by 1980. Since 1966, Gemini has collaborated on major bodies of work with many of Contemporary Art’s most accomplished painters and sculptors.