Through the years, artists creating murals on the storefront worked around the Ideal Glass signage ...
Unable to resist the easy answer, I think it’s bad karma not to have found a way to incorporate the sign. There are few archaeological remains of the neighborhood’s past. Not all are worth saving, I think this was one that was.— Barry Udoff (@BDYOU) July 8, 2021
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Ideal Glass sign disappears on 2nd Street
Updated: Karma is now open. Here's info (link) on their debut exhibit. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Renovations continue at the Ideal Glass building at 20-22 E. Second St. between Second Avenue and the Bowery... where, as we reported here and here, Karma Gallery is opening a new space.
Unfortunately, as multiple readers pointed out in recent days, the familiar Ideal Glass signage apparently isn't going to be part of the new exterior.
dates to the 1950s, when used as a glazier's workshop... and the remaining sign was from that era... Ideal Glass Studios, an artist-run film & TV production studio, in 2004 ... and the Second Street building was in use as a gallery and art collective. Morgan, who still owns the building, runs Ideal Glass Studios from space on West Eighth Street. (We reached out to Morgan to see if, perhaps, the sign had been preserved.)
As for the new tenant, this is the latest EV expansion for art dealer and publisher Brendan Dugan, who debuted Karma on Second Street between Avenue A and Avenue B in November 2016. (Karma Books opened in April 2018 at 136 E. Third St. between Avenue A and First Avenue.)
According to artnet News, who first reported on this deal, this "latest venue is set to be the crown jewel" for Karma. Why? "The ceiling height alone is enough to make a dealer salivate, and there will no doubt be a number of artists maneuvering for spots on the programming schedule."