Conceptually minded, Thomas Erben Gallery strives to either rediscover or expose work that contributes to contemporary discourse and expands beyond the boundaries of the artists’ chosen media.
Thomas Erben began his professional involvement in the art world in 1989 as a private dealer focusing on contemporary American art. In 1993, he began organizing exhibitions in his private space, which led to the opening of Thomas Erben Gallery, located, until 2000, on Broome Street in SoHo. His inaugural exhibition in September of 1996 was an installation by Senga Nengudi. From the outset, the program has been multidisciplinary and internationally oriented, showcasing emerging as well as established artists.
Pivotal exhibitions at the gallery include:
Dona Nelson Stretchers Strung Out On Space, 2021 | Harriet Korman Notes on Painting: 1969 – 2019, 2020 | ecofeminism(s), 2020 | Mike Cloud Tears in abstraction, 2019 | Harriet Korman Permeable/Resistant: Recent Drawings and Paintings, 2018 | Aditi Singh So much the less complete, 2018 | Mike Cloud Quilt painting, 2018 | Kathrin Sonntag Problems and Solutions, 2017 | Photography Out of Germany, 2017 | Dona Nelson models stand close to the paintings, 2017 | Painting Forward, 2016 | Soft Haze, 2016 | Aditi Singh All that is left behind, 2016 | Dona Nelson New Paintings, 2015 | Rose Wylie Girl and Spiders, 2015 | Mike Cloud Bad Faith and Universal Technique, 2014 | Gauri Gill ‘Balika Mela’ and ‘Jannat’, 2014 | Dona Nelson Phigor, 2014 | Yamini Nayar an axe for a wing-bone, 2013 | Barbad Golshiri Curriculum Mortis, 2013 | Newsha Tavakolian Look, 2013 | Senga Nengudi Performances 1976 – 81, 2013 | Yve Laris Cohen Waltz, 2012 | Iran Via Video Current, 2011 | Yamini Nayar Head Space, 2011 | Focus Shanghai, 2010 | Rose Wylie What with What, 2010 | Barbad Golshiri Nothing Is Left To Tell, 2010 | Thomas Erben at Travancore Palace, 2009 | Looped and Layered – Contemporary Art from Tehran, 2009 | Sheela Gowda, Yamini Nayar Arrested Views, 2009 | Thomas Erben at Chatterjee & Lal, 2008 | Krishna Reddy A Life's Movement, 2008 | Dona Nelson in situ, 2008 | Ashok Sukumaran Glow Positioning System and Other Forms of Address, 2008 | Contemporary Art from Pakistan, 2007 | Chitra Ganesh Upon Her Precipice, 2007 | Tejal Shah What are You?, 2006 | Dona Nelson Brain Stain, 2006 | Senga Nengudi Asp-rx, 2005 | Jutta Koether I Is Had Gone, 2005 | Contemporary Art from India, 2004 | Fang Lijun Woodcuts, 2004 | Senga Nengudi Répondez s’il vous plaît, Nylon Mesh Pieces, 1975-77, 2003 | Tom Wood Looking for Love, 2002 | Adrian Piper Early Drawings and Other Works, 2001 | Preston Scott Cohen Toroidal Architecture, 2001 | Helena Almeida Pintura Habitada, 2001 | Tom Wood The Bus Project, 2000 | Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé The Unmasking, Part II, 2000 | Adrian Piper The Mythic Being, 1999 | Lorraine O'Grady Studies, 1998 | Adrian Piper Food for the Spirit, 1997/98 | Lyle Ashton Harris Early Works 1987-88, 1997 | Senga Nengudi Wet Night – Early Dawn – Scat-Chant – Pilgrim’s Song, 1996 | Lorraine O’Grady Photo Images 1980-91, 1993