Welcome to the James Cox Gallery web site where we invite you to acquaint yourself with our style, taste and inventory. Located in the historic art colony of Woodstock, NY, our emphasis is on fine art, with special attention devoted to twentieth (and now twenty first) century American artists.
We have an extensive inventory of both contemporary and historic art created by Woodstock painters, sculptors and printmakers. Prices for individual pieces range from $1,000 to $1,000,000. You will find a particularly broad group of selections from $2,000 to $25,000. We hope your visit to our web site will entice you to come to Woodstock.
Famous for music festivals that were named after and even organized (but never held) here, Woodstock has been a magnet for major talent in all artistic disciplines for a century. Woodstock itself is located two hours from New York City and our gallery in the hamlet of Willow is just seven miles west of the town's colorful Village Green. Combining a visit to our gallery with lunch or dinner in one of Woodstock's numerous fine restaurants makes a rewarding day trip to the Catskills any time of year.
We always feel most comfortable working with artists and collectors on a personal basis. If you are interested in any aspect of our art or services a phone call during our regular business hours (M-F, 10-5 EST-see Contact Information) is the best way to begin a relationship. After 25 years in the art business we are very enthused about this new opportunity to make the public aware of what we have to offer. We appreciate your interest in our web site and hope to hear from you.
James Cox Gallery at Woodstock
Established in 1990, the James Cox Gallery at Woodstock is the culmination of twenty-five years of professional experience in the field of American Art. The owners have a long history of accomplishment dating from 1972 when The Cox Gallery first opened in Allentown, New Jersey. In 1976 James Cox moved to New York City and assumed the position of director of the venerable Grand Central Art Galleries, a position he held until December 1989.
His wife Mary Anna Goetz is an accomplished landscape painter and well-known teacher.
Seeking and idyllic rural environment while maintaining cultural ties to Manhattan, the Cox’s have established a compound in the historic art colony of Woodstock, New York. On a six-acre site, visitors are able to enjoy outdoor sculpture gardens, the Goetz studio and modern gallery facilities all surrounded by the famous Little Beaverkill Creek (renowned for trout fishing).
The gallery’s focus is on twentieth century American Art. The extensive inventory includes works from the estates of five American painters and sculptors all of whom are exclusively represented by James Cox. Additional selections of historic American art are always available and change weekly.
Moreover, James Cox has maintained close working relationships with and represents the work of many of the country’s top artists. See Gallery Selections for an overview of these emerging and established artists. There is a special emphasis on artwork produced by artists of Woodstock, both past and present.
The gallery is perhaps the only full-service art gallery in the Hudson Valley and, as such, offers extensive services including appraisal, restoration, estate management, auction, research and consultancy in virtually any area of American art.
The Town of Woodstock, New York, has an international reputation as a cultural and intellectual center. The history of this unique village is the focus of constant study and debate. Few would dispute that its origin as an art colony began in 1902 when an Englishman named Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, student of John Ruskin and friend of William Morris arrived in the idyllic mountain valley and set about establishing a utopian arts and crafts community known as Byrdcliffe.
Shortly after the first artists and intellectuals arrived, a series of reactions and scenarios began to unfold. The Maverick colony, founded by Hervey White, allowed musicians, writers and artists greater freedom of expression. New York’s Art Students League established its summer school in Woodstock, attracting both students and teachers of renown.
Many societies and groups have formed over the past ten decades, promoting an astonishing array of philosophies, art forms and means of expression. Depending upon what time period you examine and your focus, you will find one art form or another the more ascendent, the more lively. Theater, opera, poetry, music, literature, painting, sculpture and crafts all vie for prominence in our cultural crucible and seem to ebb and flow in vitality and importance depending on the energy and makeup of the local citizenry.
If the lively arts are the warp of Woodstock, the weft is made up of the social and political forces that enjoy unusual tolerance and freedom of expression. Socialism, the peace movement, ecological concerns and numerous philosophical and religious cults have all enjoyed important moments and found haven in Woodstock.
The list of famous names associated with the town would fill a volume. In the distant past Isadora Duncan danced, Helen Hayes debuted, John Burrows lectured, Edward G. Robinson acted, Robert Henri taught, George Bellows painted, John Reed organized, Archipenko sculpted, Kuniyoshi printed, Will and Ariel Durant chronicled. All in Woodstock. A skip to the 1960s and 70s would find the townsfolk intermingling with fellow Woodstockers Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Milton Avery, Janis Joplin, Philip Guston. Today Milton Glaser designs, Robert De Niro dines, Peter Shickle reminds… us all that, as in decades before, people debate if Woodstock is changing for the better of for the worse. All agree that the one constant is change itself
Fifty years before the world watched with amazement at the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Festival "Three Days of Peace and Music"... Woodstock artists, writers and musicians were producing artistic festivals with theatrical extravaganzas and bohemian revelry.