“One of the quirkiest spaces in Williamsburg is Holland Tunnel, on South Third Street, a front-runner for first place as the tiniest gallery in the metropolitan area.”—Roberta Smith, The New York Times November 6, 1998
Williamsburg pioneer Paulien Lethen, a Dutch artist, started the Holland Tunnel Gallery in 1997 in her newly installed 8 x 10 ft Home Depot garden shed. The mini art space rapidly gained recognition in the art world and became a neighborhood icon. On Nov 7, 8 and 9, Lethen and her sister Heleen Schuttevaêr will present their collaboration, the Holland Tunnel Gallery Book. It captures “the land of Holland Tunnel,” the extraordinary things that happened in the gallery over a period of 17 years, as the neighborhood changed from a rough area where artists were moving in — the New Bohemia — up until today’s hipster and developer paradise. The book includes 550 photos, all shows, events, introductions by art critic and curator Dominique Nahas and others, and much more.