Govinda Gallery at Montserrat House: William B. Adair’s “Golden Doors to Infinity”

                                              Removal of Doubt Door, 2015, Gold Leaf,                                                                                                    Acrylic, Ink & Oil.

Invitation to the opening on April 20th.

The Guilder’s Door, 2019, Amboy Crater, Mojave Desert.

William B. Adair is producing a multifaceted, ongoing conceptual art project, where abandoned doors become portals to cross-generational discourse, carrying with them the voices of artists and individuals. Collecting discarded doors and covering them with gold, Adair then presents them to the public to be written and marked upon. These “golden doors to infinity” absorb the thoughts, words and images of their surrounding communities on an ever-changing surface, overlapping, abrading and referencing the history and value that they are built upon. Functioning as living timelines of interpersonal histories, the doors are covered in gold and the viewers become participants in their creation.

Adair’s unique background as a visual artist has engrained in him a deep knowledge of visual history, he sees not just into a work of art from the outside, but out from the artwork and into the world it reflects.

This is the first public installation of the Golden Doors to Infinity project.

Cosmic Star Light, 2012, 18″ x 24″, Watercolor study.

                      William B. Adair in the Mojave Desert.

Tom Meyer


“Untitled” by Tom Meyer

Tom Meyer’s first exhibition in the spring of 2018 was a phenomenon. He showed 51 paintings and every one of them found collectors who wanted them. The exhibition sold out. It’s not everyday one discovers a fully realized collection of paintings by a self-taught artist.

During Meyer’s exhibition at Addison Ripley Gallery, organized in association with Govinda Gallery, the National Gallery of Art in Washington was presenting “Outliers and American Vanguard Art.” In his forward to the catalog of the exhibition, Earl “Rusty” Powell, the director of the National Gallery of Art, wrote that the exhibition was, “bringing to light suppressed and forgotten creators, artwork, and histories.” Tom Meyer is an outlier, and his work exists between the margins and the mainstream of the art world. It is compelling work.

Tom Meyer’s paintings are available through Govinda Gallery.

Paintings by Tom Meyer. Click an image to launch slideshow.

Christopher Makos


                            Copyright © Christopher Makos. All Rights Reserved.

Photographs by Christopher Makos. Click an image to launch slideshow.


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William Coupon

Cindy Lauper © William CouponCindy Lauper © William Coupon

William Coupon’s first exhibition was held at Govinda Gallery in the Spring of 2005. He is a self-taught photographer, known principally for his painterly studio portraits in classic square format as well as his covers for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” issues. His subjects range from ethnographic figures to world leaders and celebrities.

William Coupon’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.

Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler

John1John Lennon Copyright © Max Scheler. All Rights Reserved.

11545528_1The Beatles Copyright © Astrid Kirchherr. All Rights Reserved.

In 1964 Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler traveled from Hamburg to London to photograph The Beatles. Astrid already knew The Beatles well and had photographed them when they’d lived and worked, honing their craft, in the Hamburg clubs.

This new assignment for Astrid and Max involved shooting The Beatles on the set of A Hard Day’s Night and in their London homes. From there the pair traveled to Liverpool to photograph The Beatles’ haunts, other Liverpool groups, and to record lunchtime sessions at The Cavern Club. The result is an amazing archive of photographs.

Govinda Gallery first exhibited Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler’s photographs in June 1994. In the winter of 2000, Govinda Gallery exhibited Kirchherr’s photographs again along with the paintings and drawings by Klaus Voorman in the exhibit Hamburg Days.

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Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.

Ted Russell

bob dylan ted russell govinda galleryDylan at his desk #2. 161 W 4th Street. 1964. Copyright © Ted Russell. All Rights Reserved.

“There was no apparent reason to photograph Bob Dylan in 1961, apart from an ambitious freelance photographer wanting to get another story to pitch to a magazine. It is one of the reasons Ted Russell’s photographs are so rare. They offer a genuinely candid look at the young singer and guitar player. The images from his first photographs of Dylan performing at Gerde’s Folk City at the start of his remarkable career capture the spark in Dylan’s eyes. In Russell’s photographs, as in Dylan’s music, we can see his conviction and compassion, his humor, and his love

of song. Whether he was inspired by Little Richard or Woody Guthrie, Dylan remained rooted in tradition, yet contemporary and of his own time.

This collection of photographs by Ted Russell is a unique document of Dylan’s first years as a musical artist and his genesis in Greenwich Village. Dylan was a young bohemian poet who would become the most original and influential songwriter of our time. We are enriched by this portrait of the artist as a young man.” – Chris Murray, from Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964 (Rizzoli 2015).

Click on an image to view. All images are Copyright © Ted Russell. All Rights Reserved.

Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964 (Rizzoli 2015)
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Last spring, Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea, NY presented an amazing exhibition of Ted Russell’s photographs of Dylan. During that exhibition, both the NY Times and BBC did feature stories on Russell’s extraordinary early Dylan photos.


bob dylan ted russell govinda galleryAbout to go on stage. Gerde’s Folk City. Greenwich Village. 1961. Copyright © Ted Russell. All Rights Reserved.

Allan Tannenbaum

bed-laughing© Allan Tannenbaum

Allan Tannenbaum’s photographs give an intimate look into the final weeks of music artist, John Lennon. They document John Lennon’s time in New York City with his muse and wife, artist Yoko Ono. The photographs include candid moments of an optimistic Lennon shortly before the release of Double Fantasy, unaware that it would be his final album.

Photographer Allan Tannenbaum, an artist and musician himself, had long loved rock and roll and the vibrant creative life of downtown New York. By the time he entered John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s milieu, they had been living in New York City for several years. The couple were at a great point in their lives together, having settled into their home at the Dakota and having celebrated the birth of their son Sean. From Ono’s first visit to Tannenbaum’s studio in Tribeca to the walks in Central Park, his photographs are a rare document of that magical time in a special place. His skill and sensitivity as a photographer and the warm relationship he established with his subjects are apparent in his images.

Tannenbaums photographs allow us to see into some of John and Yoko’s tender and private moments and demonstrating their love for each other. Three weeks after the release of Double Fantasy in 1980, John Lennon passed away. The album went on to win Album of the Year at the 1981 Grammy Awards
Tannenbaum continued to photograph Yoko as well as the vigils and memorials that immediately sprung up throughout New York City after Lennon’s untimely passing. It is both a celebration of and a tribute to one of our greatest artists and an everlasting love affair.

“Thank you, Allan, for being there at the last chapter of our life together, and catching the way we were. You made John a very happy man.”

– From Yoko Ono’s preface to the book John & Yoko: A New York Love Story

“These are the most beautiful and sensitive photographs of John and Yoko that I have ever seen”

– Donovan from Allan Tannenbaum’s book John & Yoko: A New York Love Story (Insight Editions).

Allan Tannenbaum’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery

Ronnie Wood

DECADES 80s“Decades 80s” By Ronnie Wood.

Ronnie Wood was born in 1947 in Middlesex, England, into a musical and artistic family. Before beginning his musical career he received formal art training at Ealing College of Art, London.

Throughout the years the artist and the musician have been inseparable. As his musical career progressed, Ronnie continued his passion for painting and drawing, his subjects ranging from band members and musicians he admired, knew and sometimes played with, to family and close friends – and, of course, the self-portrait. It is as natural to find him with a pencil as with a guitar, drawing portraits of contemporaries and finding inspiration from his musical influences.

In America in the early 1980s Ronnie produced his first prints – three woodcuts and a series of monoypes. In 1987 Wood spent several months working in a professional printmaking studio in England. Since then he has devoted a considerable amount of time to printmaking and has produced a number of images using various techniques – etching, drypoint, screenprint and woodcut.

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Govinda Gallery was pleased to host Ronnie Wood’s “Decades” exhibit in December 1987.

Invitation to Ronnie Wood’s first exhibition at Govinda Gallery, December 1987.

Art Kane

ArtKane_ 001 The Who, New York City, 1968. Copyright © Art Kane Archive. All Rights Reserved.

In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, first as an art director and later as a photographer, Art Kane explored a number of genres, including fashion, editorial and celebrity portraiture, with a crisp and deliberate approach that was also innovative.

Kane started his career at the age of 25 designing page layouts at Esquire magazine. At 27, he was named art director of Seventeen magazine, the youngest art director at a major magazine in New York City. Kane went on to receive 14 medals and 24 awards of distinctive merit from the Art Directors Club of New York.

kane coverIn 1958, Kane assembled 58 of the greatest legends in jazz in what was to become his most recognized image, Harlem, 1958. The documentary film A Great Day in Harlem was made about this photo. In the 1960s and 1970s, Kane photographed many of the most celebrated musical acts of the time, including the Rolling Stones, Cream, the Doors, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and The Who.

Art Kane’s contributions to the medium of photography continue to resonate throughout the industry today. His work remains unmatched.

Govinda Gallery hosted an exhibition of Art Kane’s photographs in 2002. His photographs were featured in the touring exhibition Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography, organized by Govinda Gallery and The Columbus Museum.

Kane was one of the most profoundly influential art directors and photographers to have emerged in post-war New York. His contributions to the medium of photography still resonate throughout the industry today. A comprehensive book of his work, Art Kane, was released in December 2014 from Reel Art Press.

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Art Kane’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.

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