I first stumbled upon Clic Gallery last year while photographing on a clear winter day in SoHo and Nolita. I was drawn in by the books in the windows – books on Tom Ford, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Mick Jagger, Patti Smith, and on and on. That hit me – fashion, music, photography and art – one stop shopping for a culture junky like myself. Clic was founded by Christiane Celle in 2008 as a gallery for emerging and established photographers, as well as a storefront stocking books on art, music and photography. It is without question one of my favorite spaces in all of Manhattan. There is so much to see in the space that it is impossible to say you’ve seen it all in one trip.
On that first visit last year, it was Lyle Owerko’s The Boombox exhibit that really grabbed me. It was love at first sight. Then I perused the book selection and realized I didn’t have the money, the shelf space or the hands to take home all of the books that I really wanted to delve into. The gallery frequently does book signings with the artists and authors, adding to the legacy of this hidden gem in the south end of SoHo.
Currently, the gallery is featuring Bruno Hadjadj’s exhibit Bye Bye CBGB. It’s a wonderful exhibit featuring several images taken by Hadjadj on CBGB’s final night. There is an entire movement’s history captured by Hadjadj in these photos – most definitely a worthy dedication to the mecca of punk that spawned the careers of the likes of The Ramones and Blondie.
Next up is Peter Tunney’s Skull Session on March 14th & 15th featuring a book signing with the artist from 6p-10p.
Be sure to check out Clic Gallery during your next visit to NYC. Meticulously appointed and curated, this is a playground for the creative mind. They are located at 255 Centre St. at Broome St. and are opened daily from 11a-7p.