Charles Cowles

Art dealer, Person

1941 –


Who is Charles Cowles?

Charles Cowles is an American art dealer and a collector of contemporary art. Cowles was also a curator of Fine Art at the Seattle Art Museum from 1975 until 1979.

He opened his contemporary art gallery at 420 West Broadway in SoHo in lower Manhattan in 1979, mounting the first public exhibition there in April 1980. The Charles Cowles Gallery was finally located on 537 West 24th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in Chelsea in New York City.

In June 2009 After thirty years as a successful art dealer Cowles closed his contemporary art gallery and retired to a more private life.

Charles Cowles was the publisher of Artforum magazine from the mid-1960s until the early-1980s. He graduated from Stanford University in the early-1960s and originally operated the magazine in 1965 from Los Angeles, California. By 1967, he moved Artforum to Manhattan where it quickly became one of America's leading contemporary art magazines. His family was also connected to publishing via the Cowles Media Company.

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  • Stanford University
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  • Manhattan

on July 23, 2013


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