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Nicholas Wilder Gallery

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role Dealer/Gallery
dates 1965-1979
city Los Angeles
gender n/a
historical notes Art gallery; Los Angeles, Calif. Est. 1965; closed 1979.

Nicholas Wilder was considered Los Angeles' leading contemporary art dealer during the 1960s and 1970s. He opened the gallery on La Cienega Boulevard in 1965 during the street's heyday as a "happening place." He discovered emerging young artists and made them known not only in Los Angeles but in New York City as well.

In 1970, he moved his gallery from La Cienega to Santa Monica Boulevard and by 1979, his best known artists had moved next door to the James Corcoran Gallery, prompting Wilder to leave Los Angeles for New York City, where he worked not as a dealer but as an artist, specializing in abstract assemblages.

Wilder exhibited the work of, among others, Barnett Newman, Jules Olitski, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Cy Twombly, Joe Goode, David Hockney, Don Bachardy, Alexis Smith, Bruce Nauman, William Brice, Ed Moses and Kenneth Price.
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Wilder, Nicholas