McNally Jackson opens a new art shop

Manhattan independent bookseller McNally Jackson has stocked the shelves of New York literati for nearly a decade, and now boutique NoLIta will upgrade the walls too, with a new offshoot, Picture Room. Located around the corner from the bookstore, the store offers vintage posters, rare prints and artists’ books. “We wanted buying artwork to be an accessible process,” says Sandeep Salter, director of Picture Room. “[We wanted] collecting art is as easy as walking into a store and picking out something you like.”

Vintage posters and rare prints line a wall.

The stock includes works at a wide range of prices – from 50 cents to $12,000 – and for a variety of tastes. Bibliophiles will appreciate the original framed book jackets of classics by Franz Kafka, Ezra Pound and Tennessee Williams, while art lovers will appreciate the posters of notable exhibitions, prints by Cy Twombly and Dan Graham and original posters by Jenny Holzer “Inflammatory Essay”.

Framed book jackets and artists’ editions line a ledge.

While Picture Room is set up to look more like a store than a gallery, one section is devoted to a rotating program of featured artists. Currently, a retrospective of artist duo Dexter Sinister is on display, and the next is a showcase of the work of graphic designer Herb Lubalin.

Image room; 236 Mulberry Street, New York;

McNally Jackson Books; 52 Prince Street, New York;

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