Coates Wyllie, a gallery in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood, was founded in the fall of 2012 by Kristen Coates and Chris Wyllie. The 2,000 square-foot space lends itself as an excellent backdrop for the work of Chris Wyllie and other emerging artists such as Mark Reigelman, America Martin, Travis Blue and Stephen Neidich.
Chris Wyllie describes his work as “Just past happy” commenting on the period 1968 – present with images of beauty and desire set on decaying and ageing found objects.
Wyllie had his first New York solo show at the Hionas Gallery in TriBeCa in January of 2012 following a successful career as a gallery owner in Newport, Rhode Island. Wyllie’s pieces hang proudly in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, Emily Fisher Landau Center for Art and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as several important private collections and businesses in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Miami and Providence.
In September 2012, Wyllie opened his first gallery in New York City with partner, Kristen Coates. Coates, known for her business management in Los Angeles and New York and her creative fashion collections including full-size tepees, was a natural match.
The two will celebrate the opening of Wyllie’s next solo show, Sample Sale, on Saturday, March 9, 6-9pm at Coates Wyllie, 12 West 29th Street, New York City.