Hal Bromm

Four Decades in the New York Art World


After spending two years in London, where David Hockney introduced him to a circle of his talented contemporaries, Hal Bromm started showing art first in his Tribeca loft and later in a gallery on Franklin Street, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Bromm talks to us about discovering Keith Haring and introducing other up-and-coming artists like David Salle and Richard Longo in “new talent” shows, beginning in 1976. He was also a close friend of the late Rosemarie Castoro, a groundbreaking artist whose works will be on exhibit at the gallery through June 2016.


Bromm has had an unusually wide-ranging career, becoming involved with historic preservation fresh out of Pratt and later spearheading the movement that conferred landmark status on much of Tribeca. He’s also been active in preservation of Key West’s historic houses and helped establish Sculpture Key West, a survey of outdoor works that takes place each winter.

After you’ve listened, and if you’re in New York, please go have a look at the survey of Castoro’s works at the gallery (90 West Broadway). As Bromm remarks, “she was doing work that other artists made famous.” A slide show is included above.

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