JOHN MOLLOY GALLERY is a New York City Upper East Side gallery specializing in antique Native American & contemporary art.
JOHN MOLLOY opened his antique Native American Art gallery in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 2008. Several years later, he included contemporary paintings and sculpture with new work by mature artists.
John is the consultant for antique American Indian art for Sotheby’s, following 15 years in that position at Christie’s. He has been on the board of ATADA, the organization devoted to upholding professional standards in the tribal art trade, for the past fifteen years, where he formerly served as President. He also sits on the board of the Global Heritage Alliance, an advocacy organization for museums, collectors and the trade in indigenous and archeological objects.
Prior to his NYC gallery, John was a principal in the Spanish & Indian Trading Co. in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1989 until 2011. He has exhibited in the annual Santa Fe summer shows since the mid-1980’s.
A classicist in In the realm of Native American art, John focuses on 19th century works of art, wherein the artist created the archetypal work that comes from the time of tremendous cultural upheaval that manifests itself in the iconic forms that the different groups are best known for.
A native of Queens, NYC, John studied at Fordham University with Marshall McLuhan and his assistant Edmund Carpenter, both of whom have been major influences on his approach to antique indigenous and contemporary visual arts.
“The harmony between the art and its surroundings is a source of elation and melancholy; the beauty of the installation, unlike that of the individual pieces, can never be revisited. That the gallery happens to be in a space that was once a private home (and can easily be converted back into one) holds a special poignancy; there is a sense of the serenity that comes from living with art, which is absent from larger, more intentional and streamlined venues. And within that serenity there’s a glimpse of an art world that is less frenetic, less star-struck, less bombastic and money-driven. It’s a nice place to linger.”
- HYPERALLERGIC review of Excavations & Certainties, Theresa Hackett’s paintings and Shari Mendelson’s sculptures at John Molloy Gallery , Thomas Micchelli, October 14, 2017; see the show images ->