Walter Wickiser Gallery, located in the prestigious Fine Art Building in Chelsea – 210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 303, New York, NY – was established in 1992. As the son of artist and art educator Ralph Wickiser – who was the former Chairman of the graduate art program at Pratt Institute from 1962-1978 – Walter Wickiser was born and raised in the American art world amongst internationally renowned modern artists including Franz Kline, Jacob Lawrence, Barnett Newman, and Stephen Pace. Friendship, at a very early age, with the Milton Avery and Yasuo Kuniyoshi families provided a special mentoring and education, which proved very beneficial to his career as an art dealer.
Walter Wickiser’s career as an art dealer formally began in 1990 in Soho, NY, when he became the first director of the first gallery to be established in the United States, from mainland China. This led to establishing his primary direction as a gallerist to exhibit work by both American and Asian-American painters, as well as artists from China, Japan and Korea. It has always been the focus of the Wickiser Gallery to create a visual dialogue between these cultures, and simultaneously remind us of the ability of the arts to transcend cultural boundaries. Early in the history of the Wickiser Gallery in 1993, the United States State Department and Art For Embassy’s Program became interested in exhibiting Wickiser’s choice of Asian artist in United States Embassy’s in Seoul, Korea, Manila, Philippines, Quatar, Bucharest, Romania and Cypress, to name a few. Currently, Wickiser’s collection is being exhibited in the United States Embassy in Moscow. Both the Clinton and Bush administrations have invited Wickiser to the White House.
Since 2005, the direction of the Wickiser Gallery additionally has been to focus on international painters and Post-War Abstractionists while keeping the aesthetic of painters that synthesize Eastern and Western values.
The Wickiser Gallery has received numerous reviews in ARTnews, Art In America and many other internationally recognized publications. Work by many of the gallery’s artists have been exhibited at American museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art in Georgia, the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas, and the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut.