Friedrich Petzel is the founder of Petzel, a contemporary art gallery with locations in New York City’s Chelsea and Upper East Side neighborhoods. Representing over 40 distinguished international artists working across a diverse range of media, genre and artistic style, Petzel also operates the joint exhibition space Capitain Petzel in Berlin in collaboration with Cologne’s Galerie Gisela Capitain.
Friedrich Petzel Gallery first opened its doors in New York City in 1994 on Wooster Street in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood. In 2000, the gallery relocated to 537 West 22nd Street in Chelsea’s newly burgeoning arts district, further expanding in 2006 to include a separate neighboring space dedicated to smaller exhibitions, artists' projects, and performances. In the fall of 2008, Petzel Gallery and Galerie Gisela Capitain joined forces to open Capitain Petzel, which is housed in a glass-encased, architecturally significant 1964 Modernist building from the Socialist era located in Berlin’s Mitte section. This collective effort created the unique opportunity to unite artists represented by both galleries on a global scale, with ambitious exhibitions being presented in tandem with the development of an original program specific to the Berlin-based space.
After over a decade on 22nd Street, Petzel Gallery moved into a new location in lower Chelsea at 456 West 18th Street in 2012. In March of 2015, the gallery, now known simply as Petzel, expanded to open a second New York outpost in a townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at 35 East 67th Street. Acting as an active platform to consign historical works by artists within the Petzel program in addition to placing focus on curatorial projects and collaborative exhibitions, Petzel’s Upper East Side location promotes the gallery’s long-standing interest in fostering artistic exchange and dialogue. In the Fall of 2022, Petzel opened a new 16,000 square foot flagship location at 520 West 25th in the heart of Chelsea, where the gallery will continue to thrive in its commitment to cultivating a dynamic program dedicated to the innovation, diversity, and ambitions of each of its artists.
Petzel’s program is centered around an eclectic group of international contemporary artists, all of whom are critically acclaimed for their distinct creative processes: Yael Bartana, Walead Beshty, Ross Bleckner, Cosima von Bonin, Troy Brauntuch, Hanne Darboven, Simon Denny, Keith Edmier, Thomas Eggerer, Derek Fordjour, Nikita Gale, Robert Heinecken, Stefanie Heinze, Georg Herold, Charline von Heyl, Dana Hoey, Christian Jankowski, Asger Jorn, Sean Landers, Rezi van Lankveld, Maria Lassnig, James Little, Allan McCollum, Rodney McMillian, Malcolm Morley, Sarah Morris, Jorge Pardo, Joyce Pensato, Seth Price, Stephen Prina, Jon Pylypchuk, Willem de Rooij, Pieter Schoolwerth, Dirk Skreber, Emily Mae Smith, John Stezaker, Hiroki Tsukuda, Nicola Tyson, Corinne Wasmuht, Xie Nanxing, Samson Young, and Heimo Zobernig. Each artist has exhibited widely in both museums and galleries throughout the world and are regularly included in international exhibitions such as Documenta, the Whitney Biennial, The Carnegie International, and the São Paulo and Venice Biennals. Petzel also deals in outstanding artworks from the last thirty years. Books by Petzel artists are available via the gallery’s publishing division, Petzel Publications.