After returning in 1980 from her course of study at Sotheby’s in London, Ms. Donahue established a fine arts brokerage dealing in American Painting, French and Impressionist, European and American Modernist paintings, and then began a collaborative effort with Mr. Sosinski and the Museum of American Folk Art in New York to open their first exhibition space. The gallery, located on historic property in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania featured the Edward Leight collection of reverse painting on glass and a Barbara (Christina) Johnson Collection of quilts, and several important shows of 19th Century objects.
In 1984, Ms. Donahue and Mr. Sosinski refocused their energies to New York and opened E.M. Donahue Gallery for Contemporary Art in the East Village, which was later renamed Donahue/ Sosinski Art after a move to Soho on the corner of Prince and Broadway, being among the founding members of 560 Broadway. Donahue/Sosinski Art specialized in promoting the work of New York-based, mid-career painters receiving reviews and recognition by Art in America and The New York Times throughout their 14 years.
Continuing their business partnership in the art world, Ronald Sosinski and Ellen Donahue opened The Proposition on West 22nd Street in Chelsea in 2002. Re-opening as The Proposition, Donahue and Sosinski broadened the scope of the previous incarnation of the gallery by including international artists and new media installations, with an emphasis on emerging artists. The Proposition eventually closed its doors in Chelsea in 2009 to relocate in Spring 2010 to Extra Place (the alley behind the historic CBGB’S), steps from the New Museum off of Bowery.
In its new location, The Proposition will present a series of shows juxtaposing artists shown during its seven years in Chelsea with an exciting group of architecturally and sculptor based practitioners. We will also explore multi-media artists’ adventures into furniture making and other functional objects with the emphasis on line, process and surface.