Arias New York starts photo exhibition with the artist James Welling

The newly opened boutique Arias New York offers New Yorkers in the city center not only rummaging through fashion but also a bit of art. The store, which opened on Broome Street last August, is home to a five-part exhibition by artist James Welling. Never seen before in person, Wellings pieces are inkjet prints on rag paper, UV curable ink on dibond aluminum, and electrostatic printing with oil pigment on polyester.

Welling, who lives around the corner from Broome Street Store, is connected to Arias New York’s Nins Arias through a mutual art collector friend. One day he was walking past the store and came over to chat with Arias and a friendship was born. Since opening her store, Arias has focused on rejuvenating downtown New York by both opening a brick and mortar store in the middle of the pandemic and looking for unique art moments to entice people.

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“Part of the brand’s mission was to really celebrate the world of fashion and art and bring downtown New York back to life,” says Arias.

Welling first moved to SoHo 40 years ago and started his neighborhood career, which he first featured in 1979.

“I first showed in SoHo on The Kitchen when it was on Broome and Wooster, and I also showed on Metro Pictures, which is right now on Mercer Street,” he says.

It is the second time that Welling has worked with a fashion brand. In 2004 he worked with Brioni to design fabric for them that would be made into suits, bomber jackets and more.

His photos will be with Arias New York by June.

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