stephen ROMANO gallery EXHIBITIONS, upcoming, present and past.


January 2022

"WILLIAM MORTENSEN CXXV" a celebration of the 125th anniversary of William Mortensen born January 27 1897. Announcement of participating venues coming soon.


November 17 - January 15 2022

"BEYOND THE PLEASUREDOME: THE LOST OCCULT WORLD OF BURT SHONBERG". Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick, Cleveland Ohio. August 17 - November 15 2021 Produced by Stephen Romano Gallery . Press release
"Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art" curated by Robert Cozzolino Works by Charles Dellschau and Folk Art Magic Poppets courtesy Stephen Romano Gallery. Press release


TRANSMUTATIONS: WITCHES HEALERS ORACLES Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick, Cleveland Ohio, curated by Stephen Romano featuring the art of ALEXIS KARL, COURTNEY BROOKE, NAHW YG, LORENA TORRES MARTELL, WITH WORDS BY KRISTEN J. SOLLEE MARCH 4 - MAY 30 2021 Press release.
BUCKLAND MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGICK and stephen ROMANO gallery present "APPARITIONS" specters, conjures and the paranormal ... Press release.

Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick Drector Steven Intermill and curator Stephen Romano in conversation

The art of Josh Stebbins at Elvis Presley's GRACELAND cancelled due to COVID.

Stephen Romano Curator in Residence at MONSTER BRAINS

"one of the best websites in the world" - director Guillermo del Toro

LE POITEVIN, Les Diables de Lithographies, 1832

Josh Stebbins

Barry William Hale

Wolfgang Grasse (1930 - 2008)

Das Kloster, weltlich und geistlich. r 1845-1849

Dance with Death as interpreted by David Deuchar 1778

Matthew Dutton

Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos

Ray Robinson - The Third Door.

Selections from lobby card and ephemera collection

Selections from Stephen Romano Gallery

SCOPE Art Show and Stephen Romano Gallery are pleased to announce that "WILLIAM MORTENSEN'S WITCHES", an exhibition that originated at the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in Cleveland Ohio, and featured in Hi Fructose magazine, will be presented at the SCOPE Art Show New York at the Metropolitan Pavilion March 5 - 8 2020.
Steven Intermill, Director of the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in Cleveland Ohio and Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn New York are pleased to announce a one person exhibtion of the works of internationally renowned Australian occult artist Barry William Hale. Press Release, Catalog and PDF.
www.witches.photos RAYMOND BUCKLAND'S MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGICK in Cleveland Ohio and Stephen Romano Gallery are thrilled to announce they will be collaborating on an exhibition of vintage photographic works by WILLIAM MORTENSEN (1897 - 1965) entitled "WITCHES". The exhibition will feature many previously unseen works along with some of Mortensen's most well known iconic occult themed photographs, which Huffington Post declared as "Some of the most beautifully terrifying images ever made". The exhibition will open August 3 and continue through November 3, 2019. Press release, Catalog and PDF.
William Mortensen (1897 - 1965) Untitled Pieta photograph circa 1926 courtesy Stephen Romano Gallery Morbid Anatomy Exhibition at Green-Wood Cemetery "Our Lady of Sorrows: A Visual Exploration of Grief and Femininity" curated by Joanna Ebenstein and Laetitia Ante Delictum.
www.no-stars-online.com Stephen Romano Gallery is thrilled to announce “No Stars” an exhibition of Twin Peaks themed works for the benefit of The Phillip C. DeMars Foundation, October 9 - 16 2019, at The Living Gallery Outpost in New York City. The exhibition is a collaboration with vocalist Rebekah Del Rio, who was seen in "Mulholland Drive" and "Twin Peaks: the Return". The exhibition will feature a new suite of drawings by Josh Stebbins, as well as new works by Natan Alexander, Alexis Palmer Karl, Jen Bandini, Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos, Daniel Gonçalves, Matthew Dutton, Barry William Hale, Blake Morrow, Jill Watson and Caitlin McDonagh. mmA special reception will take place October 10 from 5 - 10pm. Rebekah Del Rio will perform.
EXHIBITION: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Visions of the Afterlife in the Catholic Tradition April 20 – June 30, 2019 Featuring artworks by Mark Dion, Phyllis Galembo, José Guadalupe Posada, Jacques Callot, Shannon Taggart and pieces spanning the 17th century to the present from the collections of Stephen Romano Gallery, Evan Michelson, Eva Aridjis and Eye's Gallery and much more! In the Catholic worldview, when the body dies, the soul of the deceased is sent to a location in the afterlife to await the final judgment, at which point it will be reunited with the resurrected body. “Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Visions of the Afterlife in the Catholic Tradition” and the Morbid Anatomy Library are free and open to the public at the Fort Hamilton Gatehouse on Saturdays and Sundays, 12 –5 PM, from April 20 to June 30. To visit outside of these hours, email events@green-wood.com . The Gatehouse is located at Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place, easily accessible on the F and G trains at Fort Hamilton Station. The exhibition and library space are not handicap accessible.
The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair celebrates William Mortensen's golden Hollywood years with a special exhibition curated by Brian Chidester. The exhibition will feature works from William Mortensen's personal collection that have never been shown before, as well as works from the estate of his first wife Courtney Crawford that will also be exhibited for the first time ever. March 9 & 10, 2019, Sheraton Central Park / Times Square 811 7th Avenue New York His work was startling and new. It had the power to surprise, shock, even haunt the viewer. William Mortensen was a highly controversial artist during his lifetime, stirring up the photographic world in the early twentieth century with images that were in direct opposition to the prevailing realism of his contemporaries. Today we recognize Mortensen as the trailblazer he was —the first to use highly manipulated imagery in a way that wasn’t embraced until Photoshop almost a century later. The New York City Book & Ephemera Fair will mount a special exhibition of the artist’s work when it returns to the Sheraton Central Park/Times Square hotel on March 9 & 10. Curated by author/art historian Brian Chidester, courtesy of the Stephen Romano Gallery, “Celluloid Babylon” draws from the artist’s Hollywood years in the 1920s and '30s. more information at www.celluloidbabylon.com.
Stephen Romano Gallery presents "NOCTEM DIABOLI" (Devil's Night), a one night exhibition event at The Living Gallery Outpost at 246 East 4th Street NYC October 30 from 7pm to midnight. The exhibition will be a curated installation which blends works by established and emerging contemporary artists, historical and vernacular images, folk art painting and sculpture, acclaimed visionary and outsider artists, vintage photography and works by anonymous or unknown artists all addressing themes of animism, witchcraft, shamanism, voodoo, magic and demonology, celebrating the themes of the evening preceding ALL HALLOW'S EVE . more information at NOCTEMDIABOLI.com
"Bridging Two Worlds: The Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead" curated by Joanna Ebenstein and Laetitia Barbier through Sunday, Dec 2, 2018 at The Fort Hamilton Gatehouse at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn NY How do the dead find their way to the next life? Who directs them on their journey? And when they arrive, can they establish a connection to those left behind? Across time, and around the globe, people have imagined that the dead might live on in another, imperceptible world.
OPENING THE THIRD EYE curated by Stephen Romano October 3 - 7 2018 The Living Gallery NYC Stephen Romano Gallery is please to announce a four person exhibition of the works of Natsumi Goldfish, Alexis Palmer Karl, Daniel Goncalves and Barry William Hale at the Living Gallery Outpost on the Lower East side in New York City. The exhibition's theme will be further asserted with the inclusion of historical and vernacular images and objects including works by Jacob Bohme, Karl Kohl, Burt Shonberg, Jack Edwards, Darcilio Lima, Wolfgang Grasse, William Mortensen, spirit photography, as well as unknown artists. full press release.
Stephen Romano Gallery is thrilled to announce that the art of Charles A.A. Dellschau is included in the exhibition "Out of This World: Artists Explore Space", curated by Larry Gagosian for the 2018 Seattle Art Fair's Gagosian Gallery booth, courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery. "Gagosian is pleased to present Out of This World: Artists Explore Space, curated by Larry Gagosian for the 2018 Seattle Art Fair. The booth presentation gathers works involving artistic and scientific explorations of the cosmos, flight, and the unknown. Human fascination with outer space is enduring, as evidenced by the worldwide media spectacle sparked by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic moon landing in 1969. Gagosian juxtaposes the materials and technologies of astronomical and aeronautical research—including early celestial maps, meteorites, and space telescopes—with the many artistic fantasies and interpretations that they have inspired." Other artists in the exhibition include Richard Avedon, Andisheh Avini, Chris Burden, Alexander Calder, Jean-Dominique Cassini IV, Vija Celmins, Nicolaus Copernicus, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Johannes Honter, Neil Jenney, Mike Kelley, Yves Klein, Vera Lutter, Brice Marden, Marc Newson, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, John Senex, Taryn Simon, Joel Sternfeld, Yves Tanguy, Mark Tansey, Gaston Tissandier, and Andy Warhol, among others."
DARK MOFO FESTIVAL "INVISIBLE HOUSE" curated by Brendan Walls. First major exhibtion of the art of WILLIAM MORTENSEN outside of the USA. Opens June 14 2018 at the Salamanca Arts Centre.
GENUS SORORUM at THE LIVING GALLERY – "A witch is born out of the true hungers of her time."
Works by Wolfgang Grasse, Olga Frobe Kapteyn and anonymous masonic courtesy Stephen Romano Gallery.
SCOPE ART FAIR 2018 - featuring the art of William Mortensen, Charles Dellschau, Wolfgang Grasse, Vintage Spirit Photograhy, India Evans, Alexis Palmer Karl, Barry William Hale, Daniel Gonçalves, Vincent Castiglia. mmimages: l to r: Wolfgang Grasse 1990, Barry William Hale 2018, India Evans 2018, William Mortensen 1928.
"Vestiges and Verse: Notes From The Newfangled Epic" featuring Charles Dellschau courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery and others at The American Folk Art Museum January 21 - May 27 2018.
Loan Courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery.
Loan Courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery.
Darcilio Lima (1944 - 1991) included in the exhibition "DELIRIOUS" MET BREUER curated by Kelly Baum courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery.
Featuring William Mortensen, Alexis Karl, Kim Bo Yung, Nyahzul C Blanco, Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos, mVivien Masters,Tiffany Hsiang, Tine Kindermann, Aurore Lephilipponnat, Josh Stebbins, Barry William Hale, Ken Weaver, Zach Brown, Alessandro Keegan. curated by Stephen Romano Press Release Review Zeroequalstwo.net - FLEETING DARKNESS: WILLIAM MORTENSEN AND THE COVEN OF THE SIBYLLINE
Alexis Palmer Karl "THE ECSTASY OF FORBIDDEN DAYLIGHT" PRATT INSTITUTE Pratt Institute and Stephen Romano Gallery are pleased to present a solo exhibition by New York artist Alexis Palmer Karl entitled “ THE ECSTASY OF FORBIDDEN DAYLIGHT” Oct 12-Nov 12 with an opening reception for the artist OCT 12th 6-8. Press Release.
October 21 2017 - Stephen Romano Gallery is thrilled to announce the exhibition "DE DOMO DIABOLI" (The Devil's House) in association with The Living Gallery Outpost in New York City's East Village. The exhibition celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2017 and All Hallows' Eve (Halloween) 2017 by curating together some of the most celebrated contemporary and historical artists whose subject is the art of the esoteric, βλασφημέω (the old ways) and folkloristic magic. The exhibition will feature never seen before art from William Mortensen, William Hope, Jack Edwards. Press Release.
Darcilio Lima included in the exhibition at Reina Sophia Museum, Madrid. Mário Pedrosa: On the Affective Nature of Form April 28 - October 16, 2017 Courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery.
SCOPE ART FAIR 2017 - the art of William Mortensen (1897 - 1965) and Darcilio Lima (1944 - 1991).
"MATERIA PRIMA" BLAM GALLERY, Brooklyn curated by Stephen Romano Press release.


5 concurrent exhibitions May 3 - 29 2016.

GALLERY III curated by Stephen Romano. Includes works by Rithika Merchant, Gigi Chen, Deirdre Sullivan Beeman, Darcilio Lima, Martin Ramirez, Marko Velk, Lori Field, Robert Johnsson, William Mortensen, The Venus of Detroit, Dolorosa De La Cruz, Ray Robinson, Charles Dellschau and others.
May 3 - 29 2016
STATIM FINIS - a group exhibition curated by Stephen Romano featuring the works of Charles Dellschau, Darcilio Lima, Colin Christian, Jon Jaylo, Erin O'Shea, Travis Lawrence, mmWilliam Blayney, William Mortensen, Rithika Merchant, Linnea Strid, Steven Bradshaw, Jel Ena, Erna Kd, Masae Shimoichi, Marko Velk, Lori Field mmMatthew Dutton, Joel Lorand, Ray Robinson, Tim Kern, Anthony Mangicapra, Bree Jonson, Stephanie Lucas, Gigi Chen, Art Toulinov, Inge Vandormael mmCendrine Rovini, Bruna D'Alessandro, Cecilia Avendano Bobillier, Samuel D Gliner, Tine Kindermann, A. Fiorillo, Barry William Hale, Loic Lukas. Press release.

4 concurrent exhibitions April 1 - May 1 2016.

David Molesky "Riot Paintings" Press release.

"The Devils Reign" curated by Peter Gilmore Press release.

"Saint Bowie" reimagined and extended Press release.

CURIO SHOW curated by Stephen Romano

3 concurrent exhibtions March 2 - March 29

"Saint Bowie" Press release.

Matthew Dutton "Midnight Paracosm" Press release.

Paul Booth "Paintings" Press release.

3 concurrent exhibitions Dec 17 2015 - Feb 28 2016

"Charles A.A. Dellschau (1830 - 1923): American Visionary" Press release.
"Hieroglyphica" - Artists include Esther Pearl Watson, Gigi Chen, Cendrine Rovini, Tine Kindermann, Jodie Lynkeechow, Matt Nolen, Dolorosa De La Cruz, Rene Pierre Allain, Tamara Kostianovsky, Heiko Müller, Erin O'Shea, Shawn Thornton, Nyahzul C Blanco, David Molesky, Inge Vandormael, Erna Kd, Maria Kreyn, Lori Field, Jel Ena, El Gato Chimney, Barry William Hale, Colin Christian, Rithika Merchant, Darcilio Lima, William Blayney, William Mortensen and others. The exhibition borrows it's title from the 1735 Baroque illustrated book "Hieroglyphica or Symbols of Ancient People", a work by Dutch artist Romeyn de Hooghe, discovered and published only 25 years after his death. The book is compendium of religious and occult symbols throughout the history of various various cultures, who'se strange illustration are part Albrecht Dürer and part Hieronymus Bosch in their intricacy. The book is considered to be a treasure among collectors of esoteric objects and was recently featured in the exhibition "Opus Hypnagogia" at the Morbid Anatomy Museum July - October 2015. Press release.
Morbid Anatomy Benefit Print Portfolio Curated by Mark Dion ongoing through 2016. The Morbid Anatomy Museum is pleased to announce the launch of its first benefit print portfolio, curated by acclaimed artist Mark Dion. The portfolio includes eight 8 x 10″ limited edition prints made especially for the Museum by Dion, Kiki Smith, Alexis Rockman, Tessa Farmer, Dana Sherwood, Nathan Catlin, Robert Marbury, and Beauvais Lyons, printed by Nathan Catlin. Each artist has created an original print that responds to and celebrates the Morbid Anatomy Museum’s mission to explore the intersections of death, beauty, and that which falls between the cracks. Proceeds from the sale of the portfolio support the Morbid Anatomy Museum’s exhibitions and public and education programs. Each print is signed and numbered. Image: Mark Dion "Serpent Before the Fall, Fuji Mermaid, Snakestone, Basilisk, Mandrake, Cockatrice," 2015.

Concurrent exhibitions October 29 - Dec 13 2015

Jel Ena "Sanctum Infernum" This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with texts by Sas Christian, Samuel Gilner and Decadence Darling. Press release.
"Magika Sexualis" Co-curated by Stephen Romano and Barry William Hale. Featuring the art of Rithika Merchant, Barry William Hale, Colin Christian, John D. Monteith, David Molesky, Steven Bradshaw, Rik Garrett, Lizz Lopez, Meesha Goldberg, Lori Field, Steven Baines, Matthew Dutton, Lu Zhang, Lori Nelson, Rory Coyne, Caitlin McCormack, Samuel D Gliner, Lauren Levato Coyne, Jennifer Lin, Michaelanthony Mandrake, Jane Cox, Gemma Gary, Ellen Stagg, Terry Tapp, Matthew J Levin, Nyahzul Blanco, Jana Brike, Heiko Muller, Cendrine Rovini, William H Mortensen, Alexis Murray, Darcilio Lima, Elizabeth Shupe, Matt Nolen, Brittany Markert, Sergio Barrale, Roland Hendrickson, Eric Richardson, Jonathon Rosen, Steven Gibb, Maria Kreyn, Limor Gasko, Shonagh Adelman, Inge Vandormael, Dolorosa De La Cruz and others. Press release


"Lexicon Infernali" curated by Stephen Romano featuring the art of El Gato Chimney, Colin Christian, Jel Ena, A.W. Sommers, Barry William Hale, Lori Field, Loic Lucas, Alessia Iannetti, Cecilia Avendaño Bobillier, Caitlin Karolczak, Limor Gasko Caitlin McCormack, Shawn Thornton, David Molesky, Cendrine Rovini. Hunter Stabler, Stephanie Lucas, Steven Bradshaw, Elizabeth Shupe, Gigi Chen, Nyahzul Blanco, Kalyana Thiru Bree Jonson, Ray Robinson, Samuel D Gliner, Eric Richardson, Andreas Cellarius, Darcilio Lima, A. Fiorello, Heiko Müller, Charles Dellschau, William Mortensen, Brittany Markert Erna Kd, Matthew Dutton, Romney De Hooghe, Jen Jones, Ellen Stagg, Jacob Bohmer, Rob Bowen, Masea Shimoichi, Joel Lorand, Kim Bo Yung, Tine Kindermann. Press release.

July 18 - October 15 2015 at The Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn.

"OPUS HYPNAGOGIA: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular" curated by Stephen Romano , composed of works from the curator's esoteric personal collection, as well as works sampled from the collections of associates such as the Collection of J.K. O'Rourke, David Wheatcroft Collection, Joey Lin's Annonymous Works Collection, David Winter Works on Paper Collection, John Foster Collection, The Ashé Collection of Randall Morris, Shari Cavin, Simone Morrisand and the inclusion of some of the most highly respected and recognized contemporary artists of our time including Kris Kuksi, Kymia Nawabi, Martin Wittfooth, El Gato Chimney, Rithika Merchant, Rene Allain, Caitlin McCormack, Jel Ena, Ellen Stagg, Lori Field, David Molesky, Erna Kd, Matthew Dutton, Lizz Lopez, Joseph McVetty, Peca, Barry William Hale and Hunter Stabler. Press release.

stephen ROMANO gallery 111 Front Street Brooklyn New York

Ongoing rotating exhibition in Gallery II and III, December 5 2014 - June 30 2015

"ABUNDANTIA CORNU COPIAE" curated by Stephen Romano featuring works by: Henry Darger, Cecilia Avendaño, Hannah Faith Yata, Rene Pierre Allain, Martin Wittfooth, El Gato Chimney, Lu Ke, Sas Christian, Aunia Kahn, Hunter Stabler, Huston Ripley, Paul Campbell, Lori Field, Judith Scott, Erna Kd, Darcilio Lima, Joseph McVetty, C.T. McClusky, Lu Zhang, Pulu Zhao, Teiji Hayama, Adam Miller,Charles Dellschau, Rithika Merchant, Hermon Finney, Romeyn de Hooghe, Eric Van Straaten, Kalyana Thiru, Michael Anderson, Martin Ramirez, Joel Lorand, Dan Barry, Morton Bartlett, Robert Bowen, Amy Friend, Masae Shimoichi, Ben Hotchkiss, Peca, Nyahzul Art, Tine Kindermann, Gigi Chen, Eric Richardson, William A. Blayney, Steven Bradshaw, James Castle, Emile Josome Hodinos. Press release.
Henry Darger, Judith Scott, A. Fiorello, Charles A.A. Dellschau, Martin Wittfooth, William Blayney, Morton Bartlett, Leonard Fornalik, Illustration of the works of Jacob Bohme

Gallery IV October 15 - June 30 2015

Darcilio Lima "Opus Magnun" First US solo exhibtion of the works of Brazilian visionary Darcilio Lima (1944-1991) . www.DarcilioLima.com .

Jan 3 - Feb 28 2015

Colin Christian: TRYPOPHOBIA Press release.

Four concurrent exhibitions opening October 15 2014

"William Mortensen: American Grotesque" A survey of the works of "the father of pictorialism" William Mortensen (1897-1965) Press release.
Installation view of "William Mortensen American Grotesque" October 15 - December 30 2014 at Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn
"Rik Garrett: Earth Magic" Exploring historical and personal relationships between witchcraft, femininity and nature. Press release.
"Lu Zhang: All The Lost Souls". Press release.

Opening October 15 and continuing through June 30 2015

"In Missa Interfectionis, Verum" The Dance of Death, Hexes, Voodoo, Curses and Witchcraft, curated by Stephen Romano featuring the art of Colin Christian, Judy Chappus, Ana Bagayan, Soey Milk, Dan Barry, Jel Ena, Caitlin McCormack, Eric Richardson, Matthew Dutton, Pulu Zhao, Miki Saito, Caitlin Karolczak, Phillip Grant, Rithika Merchant, Aunia Kahn, Ted Victoria, Ellen Stagg, Tine Kindermann, Amber Groome, Jennifer Lin, Erna Kd, Lori Field, Amy Friend, Jana Brike, Allison Sommers, Rene Lynch, Kalyana Thiru, Damian Michaels, William Mortensen, Matt Nolen, Steven Baines, Chie Yoshii, Peca, Jane Rosen, Joseph McVetty, Colin Christian, vernacular and spirit photography and others. Press release.

June 6 - August 30 2014

"Mysterium Cosmographicum" curated by Stephen Romano featuring works by Shonagh Adelman + Steven Baines + Dan Barry + William Blayney + Jana Brike + Paul Campbell + Andreas Cellarius + Judy Chappus + Mahwish Chishty + Colin Christian + Edward Robin Coronel + Charles Dellschau + Matthew Dutton + A. Fiorelo + Sonya Fu + James Gallagher + Limor Gasko + Teiji Hayama + Romeyn De Hooghe + Alessia Iannetti + Jumaadi + Lu Ke + Pavel Kraus + Kris Kuksi + So Youn Lee + Darcilio Lima + Joel Lorand + Rene Lynch + William Mortensen + Heiko Müller + Matt Nolen + Peca + Phresha + Eric Richardson + Gromyko Semper + Masae Shimoichi + Martin Wittfooth Press release.

April 3 - May 31 2014 INAUGURAL EXHIBITION 111 Front Street Brooklyn New York

"Welcome To The Dreamtime" curated by Stephen Romano Press release.