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The Bishop Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY. Launched in 2012, The Bishop is an offspring of the Lamont Bishop Gallery, started in 2009, in Washington DC. The owners, Erwin John and Stevenson Dunn, Jr. were born and raised in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. After the duo’s first location was dubbed by the Washington Post as exhibiting “the most divisive work…[and making it]…their forte.” They decided a gallery at home base was imperative for the ever-changing borough.
Since its inception, The Bishop Gallery has produced over 150 exhibitions, and has worked with over 300 emerging and established artist located throughout Brooklyn, the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Curating shows with a wide range of Artist such as Abstract Expressionist Ed Clark, Neo-Expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Street Artists Richard Hambleton and Al Diaz. Working with photographers like Barron Claiborne, Ernie Paniccioli, Brittany Sensabaugh, and Victoria Ford, while also working with multidisciplinary Artist such as Juan Carlos Pinto, Sophia Dawson, and Zeph Farmby.
In 2016 the Bishop Gallery became the first gallery outside of the Brooklyn Museum to show a solo exhibition of Basquiat, in his hometown of Brooklyn in over 25 years. The Bishop Gallery has produced a total of 5 public exhibitions with work by JMB, including two during Miami Art Basel (Florida, 2016) and Art Basel (Switzerland, 2018). In 2020, the gallery looked to provide additional support to artist effected by the Covid-19 pandemic, as a result The Bishop Gallery has started its first Artist In Residency Program. In 2021 The Bishop Gallery continues its journey to bring world-class art and artists to Bed-Stuy, in a way that’s illuminating, entertaining, and most importantly accessible.