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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

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Palo Gallery’s September exhibition, “Maison Palo: The Encyclopedic Collector,” featured artists including Ai Weiwei, Walton Ford, and David Smalling.

Nov 3, 2023 – Feb 4, 2024
30 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

In 2018, Paul Henkel started organizing pop-up exhibitions around Manhattan with Louis Vaccara, an aspiring dealer he met in Florence. They called the venture Palo, a combination of their names. Crowds gathered outside their first show, on the Bowery, which featured work by Dean Dempsey, a young multi-media artist from Arizona. A few months later, the duo organized a show with the British painter Alexander James. Then, last year, Henkel officially opened Palo Gallery, in Manhattan, when he was only 25. Despite his age, there isn’t anything amateur about the sleek, 3,400-square-foot space on Bond Street, equal parts White Cube and traditional salon. On November 3, he unveiled the gallery’s latest exhibition, “Source,” which features work by the cutting-edge Indian artist Sagarika Sundaram, who creates striking large-scale textile sculptures with natural dyes. “When I went to her studio, it was like a religious experience,” Henkel says. “When I come across people like her, I feel so lucky to be doing this job.” —Elena Clavarino