About Lesley Heller
Lesley Heller started her first gallery, The Work Space, in 1994 as a curatorial venue in SoHo with a program presenting thematic group exhibitions in a non-commercial space. After 10 years of programming she moved to the Upper East Side and reopened as Lesley Heller Gallery, with a focus on salon-style solo exhibitions set within a residential space. In 2010, she was among a handful of pioneering dealers to open galleries on the Lower East Side. Combining her two past programs, she opened as Lesley Heller Workspace, with a dual focus of presenting solo exhibitions by represented artists in the front gallery, and guest curated group exhibitions in the back gallery. This program ran for 7 years, with exhibitions showcasing many groundbreaking and influential artists.
In 2017, the gallery refocused once again, mounting solo exhibitions of represented artists paired with small solo exhibitions by more emerging/early-career artists in the project space.
The gallery’s exhibitions have been featured in major publications including in Artforum, The New York Times, Art In America, Sculpture Magazine, ArtNews, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Village Voice, and was regularly ranked amongst the top galleries to visit in the Lower East Side neighborhood.
The gallery closed April 30, 2020.
Lesley continues to work with artists as an art career coach and independent curator. She also continues to advise private and institutional cllients on collection development.
The website will remain visible for private viewing.