About Van Der Plas Gallery
Van Der Plas Gallery brings the lost history of the Lower East Side and East Village art scene back to life. Fusing Outsider, Contemporary, and Street Art, the gallery is a sanctuary for artists seeking to channel the authentic, unabashed creativity that has blossomed in the area for generations. By celebrating the neighborhood’s important heritage and building upon its foundations, Van Der Plas fosters a community committed to the artistic customs ingrained in the very fabric of the Lower East Side.
While engaging with this important history, Van Der Plas seeks to promote art that falls outside of the traditional canon. Home to artists willing to explore unconventional modes of creativity, the gallery represents artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat’s partner in graffiti, Al Diaz; notorious downtown art-world scamp and ‘Van Gogh of the East Village,’ Kevin Wendall, aka. “FA-Q”; and subway-card collagist and Artista de la Calle Juan Carlos Pinto.
Work by institutionalized artists is also an area of focus for the gallery, representing the evocative and sensuous works of Frank Boccio and John Tursi from the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Other gallery artists include Argentinian art brute/neo-expressionist Alejandro Caiazza and the ever-quirky, autobiographical Canadian multi-media artist Jason McLean.
A special group exhibition series titled ‘All Art+’ provides a platform for promising emerging artists to present in a themed, salon-style exhibition.
Van Der Plas Gallery is located on Orchard Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and is open seven days a week from 12pm-5pm (Monday-Wednesday) and 12pm-6pm (Thursday-Sunday).
156 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002