Founded in 1987, David Nolan Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary works by an array of international artists working in a variety of media. The gallery’s original mission was to exhibit contemporary works on paper by American and European artists and to produce monographs together with tightly curated historical exhibitions. The first show at the gallery – an exhibition of early drawings by Sigmar Polke – was followed by presentations of now-canonical German artists, including Georg Baselitz, Martin Kippenberger, Dieter Roth, Gerhard Richter, Rosemarie Trockel and Albert Oehlen. In this same period, the gallery began showing works by major American artists including Mel Bochner, William Copley, Carroll Dunham, Fred Sandback, Al Taylor and Barry Le Va.
In 1993, the gallery had its first exhibition with Richard Artschwager, which was succeeded the following year with a show of work by Scottish artist, Ian Hamilton Finlay. In the late 1990s, the gallery introduced two further key American artist to the program, Jim Nutt and Peter Saul. Further growth was marked by the addition of New York-based artists, Mel Kendrick and Steve DiBenedetto in the mid-2000s, a time that the gallery also began working with the George Grosz estate.
In 2007, the gallery mounted an important survey of contemporary Romanian art, which included work by Adrian Ghenie alongside Ciprian Mureşan and Şerban Savu, both of whom continue to work with the gallery. The following year saw the gallery’s expansion and relocation from SoHo to its present location in Chelsea, a move that was inaugurated by a major Artschwager exhibition. The same year, the gallery had its first shows with Sandra Vásquez de la Horra and Alexander Ross.
In the past five years, the gallery has continued to build on its reputation of showing leading international artists working in the medium of drawing, adding Neil Gall, Jorinde Voigt, Julia Fish and most recently, Wardell Milan, while continuing a focus on conceptually-oriented practices of those such as David Hartt and Gavin Turk.