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Roland Flexner Sumi ink drawing, shown at D’Amelio Terras in 2008
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Revolving Doors

by Rachel Corbett

In 1996, Christopher D’Amelio and Lucien Terras left their jobs at Paula Cooper Gallery to open their own space -- in a small storefront in desolate West Chelsea, and with just four artists. But over the next 15 years, the partnership matured into the respected D’Amelio Terras Gallery, which went on to represent Polly Apfelbaum, Nicole Cherubini and Robert Moskowitz, as well as Tony Feher, who was among those first four. Then, in December 2011, the dealers abruptly parted ways -- or so it seemed to outsiders -- and D’Amelio took over the West 22nd Street space while Terras went on to launch a private artist agency.


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