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Magda Sawon speaking to a group at Postmasters in 2014
Magda Sawon speaking to a group at Postmasters in 2014

Magda Sawon is a contemporary art gallerist and art world figure who founded and owns New York's Postmasters Gallery (with her husband Tamas Banovich), a gallery for young and established contemporary artists, especially those working in new media, in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. The gallery is considered to be one of the "leading experimental galleries" in New York City.[1]

Early career

Magdalena Sawon came to Manhattan from Poland in 1981, having studied art history with an emphasis in Japonism in Warsaw, earning a Master's degree.[2] After a job in a shoe store, and emboldened by a class she took at the New School taught by Estelle Schwartz, she struck out with partner Tamas Banovich, opening an art gallery in the East Village on Avenue A between 4th and 5th Streets[3] in December 1984.[4] The name of the gallery referenced being "post" the European masters, alludes to Postmodernism, and also points to an early interest in mail art and its distribution by the postal service.[2]

In 1988, Sawon and Banovich moved Postmasters Gallery to a Soho loft space at Greene and Spring Streets.[3][5] Later, the gallery was relocated to Chelsea (1998)[6] and Tribeca in October 2013.[4] Sawon lived in the East Village and Chelsea prior to her move to Soho.[7] In 2002, Sawon sold a work from her gallery (by artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy) to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which she described as a highlight of her career.[8]

Other contributions

In addition to her directorial and curatorial activities at Postmasters Gallery, Sawon was elected to the board of Rhizome in 2002.[9] She also is a founding member of SEVEN art fair,[3] started in 2010.


  1. ^ Viveros-Faune, Christian (February 6, 2013). "How Uptown Money Kills Downtown Art". The Village Voice. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ann Fensterstock (17 September 2013). Art on the Block: Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 271–. ISBN 978-1-137-27849-4.
  3. ^ a b c Lanfranco, Katerina. "tArt roundtable discussion with Magda Sawon at Postmasters Gallery". Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  4. ^ Smith, Roberta (October 4, 1992). "ART VIEW; The Gallery Is the Message". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Friend, David (2011). Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11. Macmillan. p. 251. ISBN 9781429933155.
  6. ^ Wilson, Claire (December 18, 2005). "Turning the High Line Into the High Life". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Joseph-Hunter, Galen. "Electronic Arts Intermix - Conversation with Magda Sawon". Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  8. ^ " Elects Magdalena Sawon to Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.

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