Collective Hardware

No New Enemies Network

Posted in 169 Bowery, Collective Hardware, Events by collectivehardware on April 14, 2010

Anonymous Gallery hosted a live painting brunch with seminal New York “street artist” ( I feel weird using today’s definition of that term here) Kenny Scharf on Saturday, as he prepared the walls for Wednesday’s opening of “In Dialogue”, which is guest curated by Peter Makebish.I love seeing Kenny Scharf pieces around town, although they are few and far between. They feel like part of a time capsule from the Lower East Side of the 80s when he ran around painting the streets with Keith Haring and showed with the likes of the infamous Fun Gallery and Tony Shafrazi. Ever influenced by television and cartoons, Scharf has always tried to test the line between high and low art with his spacey cartoon characters, which seems more playful and poppy than younger street artists today.

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Posted in 169 Bowery, Collective Hardware, Events by collectivehardware on April 12, 2010

IN DIALOGUE – Four Generations of Painting

APRIL 14 – MAY 23


Curated by Peter Makebish

Donald Baechler . Ross Bleckner . Kadar Brock

Brendan Cass . Sante D’Orazio . Matt Jones . John Newsom

Hermann Nitsch . Bill Saylor . Kenny Scharf . Ouattara Watts . Dustin Yellin

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Posted in Uncategorized by collectivehardware on April 5, 2010

24-hour arty people

Collective Hardware, an art space on the Bowery, revives the spirit of Andy Warhol’s Factory


The Bowery has played host to CBGB, homeless bums and, more recently, upscale museums, hotels and bars. But now there’s an underground art scene straight out of the debauched ’60s era of Andy Warhol’s Factory.

Collective Hardware, housed in a rundown building between Broome and Delancey streets that used to be Weiss Hardware, has nothing to do with wrenches. Instead, it’s a five-floor party-studio-gallery-music space filled with a never-ending parade of pretty people, downtown artists and hangers-on.

Last Thursday, at a launch party for the nonprofit Fund Art Now, jazz floated through the first-floor gallery from a rented Steinway. On the second floor, members of the cool set were lounging, either getting a trim from the Astor Place haircutters while sipping a no-brand cocktail from a makeshift bar or participating in a séance — there’s an oversized hand-painted Ouija board on the floor.

Co-founder Stuart Braunstein (above) attracts creative types, such as screaming singer Louise Bradshaw.

Co-founder Stuart Braunstein (above) attracts creative types, such as screaming singer Louise Bradshaw.

“I can give an unknown artist an opportunity to show in a place that consistently attracts tastemakers and patrons of the arts,” says Stuart Braunstein, a self-proclaimed “urban instigator” and deejay who launched the space with his business partner, Rony Rivellini, in 2007. The buzz about their venture has grown ever since.

“Where else can you meet MIT think-tank guys, Astor Place haircutters, beautiful models/actors and high-profile gallerists?”

Warhol’s Factory, the art studio where the pop artist made silk-screens from 1962 to 1968, drew all sorts of artists, actors and celebrities (from Dylan to Factory-made “Superstars” such as Edie Sedgwick), who made music and movies among the druggy scene.

Braunstein never met Warhol but was inspired to create a similar environment by Factory alumnus, artist and friend Ronny Cutrone.

The building’s top three floors (which house offices, artist studios and plenty of hard-partying scenesters) are off-limits unless you’re invited. Now Braunstein has a newly minted liquor license, and says he’s negotiating to open a rooftop restaurant.

Andy Warhol, welcome to 2010.

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Posted in Events, Press/Media by collectivehardware on March 10, 2010


MARCH 7 – 28

Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Crash, Lee Quinones, Dondi White, Tauba Auerbach, Swoon, Futura, Jose Parla, Eric Haze, David Ellis, Doze Green, Faile, Bast, Greg Lamarche, Kostas Seremetis, Rostarr, Chris Mendoza, Yuri Shimojo, Kenji Hirata, Cope2, Indie 184, Erik Foss, Henry Chalfant, Dan Witz, Ricky Powell, Shelter Serra, Eric White, Jamel Shabazz, Michael Holman, Eve Sussman, Joseph Ari Aloi, Kenzo Minami, Daze, Aaron Sharp Goodstone, Koralie and more!

On Sunday March 7,  2010, Anonymous Gallery @ Collective Hardware, SCOPE Art Show, {he}Art  For Haiti and Prographix New York City joined forces to present N’AP  BOULE: A BENEFIT FOR THE PEOPLE OF. Hosted by Joseph Henrikson, Andrew  Lockhart, Raquel Cepeda, Sacha Jenkins, Henry and Kathleen Chalfant, Lisa Shimamura, and Christie’s auctioneer Xan Serafin, the event proved  to be a memorable and successful evening, raising tens of thousands of  dollars (as of this press release, we are still tallying and will  announce the final sum at closing) in  financial support for the people of Haiti. All of the proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières <> (MSF)  Haitian mission after the show’s closing on March 28.

The benefit   featured a live auction where pieces by Jose Parla,  Eric Haze, Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, SWOON, COPE2 and others were  sold at or above their retail prices. Artists Erik Foss, Koralie, Henry  Chalfant, CRASH, Kenzo Minami, ROSTARR, Lee Quiñones, and many others  sold equally as well during our silent auction. Throughout the evening, legendary Deejays  D-Nice and Prince Paul, DJ Soul and Treats donated their time to spin  an eclectic mix of dance, old-school hip-hop, techno and soul music.

Prographix New York City <> donated their services—with a kind   assist  from American Apparel—producing commemorative T-shirts featuring  original artworks by John CRASH Matos, Greg Lamarche, Ricky Powell,  COPE2 and Indie184, Doze Green, Aaron SHARP Goodstone, FUTURA 2000 and  Jose Parla. The limited edition T-shirts are being sold for $30US at  the gallery: all proceeds will go to DWB/MSF. To view and purchase,  please visit <>

The exhibition itself—primarily curated by Anonymous Gallery, Sacha Jenkins and Raquel Cepeda—has particular historical significance. The N’AP BOULE exhibition is sequenced in chronological order, including artwork from some of the earliest graffiti “writers” starting with Philadelphia’s Cornbread and New York’s TAKI 183 (thanks to writing legend Cope 2) to visionaries like Lee Quiñones, John CRASH Matos and FUTURA 2000, to photographers Henry Chalfant and Ricky Powell–all of whom are pioneers of the bustling downtown Manhattan underground scene of the 1980s. The exhibit then continues its voyage through the ages via  talents like Barry McGee and Shepard Fairey, who similarly were first known for their art on the streets in the early ’90s before they became principals in the contemporary art world.

Due to increasing public demand for an   opportunity to view the  exhibition and purchase artworks that are still available for purchase,  Anonymous Gallery and {he}ART For Haiti have agreed to continue the  display until March 28th. For available artwork, please contact

Brian Ormond : 10001 : new paintings

Posted in 169 Bowery, Collective Hardware, Events by collectivehardware on February 9, 2010

Brian Ormond debuts his first independent art show at Collective Hardware’s gallery space.

Dates: Thursday 4th February – Saturday 20th February inclusive

Gallery opened daily : mon – sun : 12 noon – 6pm

(broome & delancey streets)
subway B/D at grand

Feel free to stop by and check it out!


Rhong Tiam and Collective on Eater NY.

Posted in 169 Bowery, Collective Hardware, Press/Media by collectivehardware on December 16, 2009

(via Eater NY)

Last night marked the beginning of a new chapter in the Kurve/Rhong Tiam saga. Community Board 3 had no trouble greenlighting Andy Yang, owner of those two locations, for a full liquor license at 169 Bowery, the 3,000 square foot Collective Hardware space, as mentioned last month. 169 Bowery was once home to vaudeville house Miner’s Theater. After nearly burning down in 1922, the space turned into a Chinese theater and then eventually became Weiss’s hardware store. Now it’s Collective, a gallery space/designer boutique/hair salon/music venue/pop-up store, and according to its website, Rhong Tiam will be moving into the second floor…

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Posted in 169 Bowery, Collective Hardware, Events by collectivehardware on November 30, 2009

As the 53rd Venice Biennale enters its last days and the world’s art community reflects, Anonymous Gallery, curator Spy Emerson and the artist Swoon provide a glimpse of what critic Jerry Saltz called “…The most moving moment I had at the Biennale…”

Pankabestia: Punk Beasts of the Swimming Cities of Serenissima, is a retrospective of artist Swoon’s “Swimming Cities of Serenissima”, the artist’s recent invasion of the Venice Biennale. Traveling from the Karst region of Slovenia to Venice, Italy, Swoon and more than 30 other artists braved the waters of the Adriatic Sea and navigated a fleet of three intricately hand crafted vessels. The exhibition, curated by Spy Emerson, opens on November 20, 2009 and will include large-scale wall drawings, original Swimming Cities boat installations, portions of the ships, found objects acquired from sea. The exhibition will also feature performers Moses and Spy, Tianna Kennedy and Adina Bier, beautiful photographic documentation from artist Tod Seelie, and original artwork from Swoon, Spy Emerson, Monica Canilao, plus many more.

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Retina Overload— the Photography of Scott Alger.

Posted in Behind the scenes, Collective Hardware, Photographers, Photography, Press/Media, Scallywag and Vagabond by collectivehardware on November 5, 2009

“One-one thousand, two-one thousand,” Scott Alger counts time as he shines a bright yellow light in the face of a frozen Juliet. He is in the middle of composing his first of twelve photographs in a set depicting the tale of the star-cross’d lovers and their journey through the predestined tragedy…

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The Demise of the Nightclub.

Posted in Uncategorized by collectivehardware on October 28, 2009

Special Guest Contribution from Stuart Braunstein of Collective Hardware.

Night life in NYC: what happened, where did it all go wrong? There are lots of reasons. I’ve been a derelict in the biz for over 20 years and I have to say I am disappointed in…

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Randy Lebeau; Journey of a Male Model.

Posted in Uncategorized by collectivehardware on October 28, 2009

Check out the story written by our in-house magazine Scallywag and Vagabond on Collective’s very own Randy Lebeau.

Written by Christopher Koulouris