Edward Winkleman began his career in the art world with a series of guerilla-style exhibitions organized in New York and London under the name “hit & run.” In 2001 he co-founded Plus Ultra Gallery in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn with artist Joshua Stern. Edward was a founding member and the first president of the Williamsburg Gallery Association (WGA) and an early member of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA). Plus Ultra Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, a group show about sleaze culture and a direct critique of the ongoing Disneyfication of New York City, received a rave review in The New York Times. Subsequent gallery exhibitions were reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, Art on Paper and many other publications.
Moving into Manhattan’s gallery district in Chelsea in 2006, Edward changed the name of the gallery to Winkleman Gallery, which participated in art fairs including The Armory Show, SEVEN, Pulse, ARCO, Art Chicago, NADA, INDEPENDENT, and Moving Image. Gallery artists exhibited in some of the world’s most important venues and biennials, including the Venice Biennale, the Vienna Kunsthalle, The Art Institute in Chicago, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Singapore Biennale, the Sharjah Biennial, and the Whitney Biennial. Winkleman Gallery closed in 2014.
In 2011, with Murat Orozobekov, Edward co-founded the Moving Image art fair, which took place in New York, London, and Istanbul. Moving Image was conceived to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms. Later editions of Moving Image featured special sections for artists working in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies.
Moving Image also collaborated annually with the Times Square Arts “Midnight Moment” program, the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight. Presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and curated by Times Square Arts since 2012, it has an estimated annual viewership of 2.5 million. Moving Image art fair ended in 2018.
In 2019, Winkleman became the advisor to the Conversations program for Art Basel Miami Beach. He also works as a consultant for new commercial art galleries and art market related start-ups.
He is the co-author of How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery with Patton Hindle and author of Selling Contemporary Art: How to Navigate the Evolving Market, as well as of numerous articles.
He lives in New York City and Andes, New York.