Tue-Sat, noon-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm; Mon, closed
1, 2, 3 at 14th St.
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The West Village’s 150-square-foot outpost of Los Angeles/Miami-based OHWOW gallery is hidden behind a black gate and down a set of treacherous stairs. The art bookstore is hardly a traditional art space—a blocky yellow SONY boombox buzzes FM radio, Lou Reed vinyls and vintage Parisian comic books stand next to fairly profane books from Dan Attoe and Terence Koh, and the teal walls are covered in silver and burnt orange lightning streaks. “Bookclub” is perhaps the better descriptor, since the space seems to act as an exclusive meeting place for those in the street-based art world. The highly-curated merchandise tends to be staff-selected or produced, with limited-quantity books and consigned items and pieces from the gallery’s circle of friends. Bill Powers, co-owner of Half Gallery, offered a signed copy of a Jasper Johns book and a 1987 Interview magazine; the man who painted the “Bookstore” sign was KAWS’s assistant, and on any given day, Nate Lowman or Leo Fitzpatrick (whose prints occasionally hang on the walls) may stop by, taking a break before heading back to the studio.