Thomas Erben began his professional involvement in the art world in 1989, as a private dealer focusing on contemporary American art. In 1993, Lorraine O’Grady’s show Photo Images 1980-91 was the first exhibition organized in his private space, eventually leading to the opening of Thomas Erben Gallery, first located on Broome Street in SoHo. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition in September of 1996 – the installation “Pilgrim’s Song” by now internationally recognized artist Senga Nengudi – was acquired by the DIA Art Foundation in 2023.

Over the years, the gallery has organized numerous, often first US exhibitions – now considered historical – with artists like Helena Almeida, Chitra Ganesh, Gauri Gill, Sheela Gowda, Jutta Koether, Fang Lijun, Dona Nelson, Adrian Piper, and Rose Wylie. The gallery has also introduced contemporary art from various geographic areas including India, Pakistan, Iran, and Germany. From the outset, the program has been multidisciplinary, intergenerational, and internationally oriented, showcasing emerging as well as established artists. Conceptually minded, the gallery strives to either recontextualize or expose work that contributes to contemporary discourse.

Thomas Erben has been successful in placing works with important national as well as international institutions such as MoMA, the Whitney, Guggenheim New York, Walker Art Center, MoCA Los Angeles, SF MoMA, the Art Galleries of Queensland and New South Wales, Lehnbachhaus Munich, Museu Serralves, and the Centre Pompidou, to name a few. The gallery has also fostered ties with other prominent galleries, and been accepted at global fairs, including Art Basel Hong Kong and Miami, Frieze London as well as New York, The Armory Show along with more nationally oriented fairs such as the India Art Fair or Art Cologne.

Gallery Space

Between Stars IV (installation view)

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