JOHN MOLLOY GALLERY is a New York City Upper East Side gallery specializing in antique Native American & contemporary art.
JOHN MOLLOY, a native New Yorker, purchased his first Native American antique object in 1979 while in graduate school in Oregon. His interest in the field grew from this modest purchase and by 1985, he was a full time dealer. From 1989 to 2011, he was a partner in The Spanish & Indian Trading Co. in Santa Fe, NM. Since 2008, John has had his own eponymous gallery in New York City where he shows contemporary paintings alongside antique Native American art.
John has been a consultant to Christie’s since 2007 and for Sotheby’s since 2021. He also does appraisals for The Winston Art Group and Art Peritus.
For the past 15 years, he has been a board member of ATADA (The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association), the professional trade organization of tribal art dealers that uphold professional standards in the industry, and has served two terms as President. He is also on the board and serves as Secretary for the Global Heritage Alliance, an advocacy group for collectors, museums and the trade in indigenous and archaeological objects.
John has had numerous articles in this field published in Whispering Wind magazine and has lectured on Modernism and Native American art at the Greenwich Art Society and Marist College.
“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 ->