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Nicholas Wilder (Nicholas Walter George Wilder) was born on 1937 in Rochester, New York, U.S., is a painter. Discover Nicholas Wilder's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 52 years old?

Popular As Nicholas Walter George Wilder
Occupation Art dealer, painter
Age 52 years old
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Born 1937
Birthday 1937
Birthplace Rochester, New York, U.S.
Date of death (1989-05-12)
Died Place N/A
Nationality New York

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In 2005, the Franklin Parrasch Gallery and Joan T. Washburn Gallery of New York City showed an exhibition in tribute to Wilder of works associated with his gallery. The catalogue to the exhibition featured an essay by art historian Katherine Bishop Crum.


The archives of the Nicholas Wilder Gallery were donated to the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art in 1998 by Matthew Curtis Klebaum, a friend of Wilder's. The bulk of the records date from 1968 to 1979 and include inventory cards, correspondence and financial records.


Nicholas Walter George Wilder (1937 – May 12, 1989) was an American art dealer and owner of an eponymous contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. He later closed his gallery, returned to his native New York, and developed a second career as a painter.

He died in 1989 of complications from AIDS. Wilder was sanguine about his AIDS diagnosis saying that "the bad news is that I have AIDS. The good is that I am going to live to be 80. ...I don't feel cheated. I never have. My whole life has been adventure and this is just one more". He was survived by his partner, Craig Cook, his mother and two siblings. Wilder's library was acquired by the Osaka Art Museum in Japan following his death.


Wilder closed his gallery on December 31, 1979, having previously given his clients a year's notice to find new representation. Following the closure, several of his most important clients moved to the James Corcoran Gallery for representation. Wilder returned to his native New York. In an interview in 1988, a year before his death, Wilder spoke of the early years of his gallery saying that "In those days, art was all about art and artists. Now it's all about institutions and money" and commentated that one of the reasons for the closure of his gallery was that "Big name artists were getting too expensive".


Wilder was friends with the British artist David Hockney and became Hockney's dealer in California. Hockney depicted Wilder in his 1966 painting Portrait of Nick Wilder. Hockney included a drawing of Wilder in Friends, his 1976 collection of lithographs of acquaintances.


Wilder helped promote the work of many New York-based artists in California, including Helen Frankenthaler, Barnett Newman, Jules Olitski, Kenneth Noland, and Cy Twombly. In 1962 Wilder established a gallery in San Francisco before opening the Nicholas Wilder Gallery in 1965 at 814 North La Cienega Boulevard, in Los Angeles. To help finance the opening of the new Los Angeles gallery Wilder sold shares in his venture to his friends, and bought the shares back following the gallery's successful opening. Edward Avedisian was the subject of the inaugural show at the gallery. A new exhibition was shown for every month of the 14 years that Wilder's gallery was open. In the initial years of the gallery Wilder was selling $2 million of art annually (equivalent to $15,584,689 in 2021) and later stated that there were only "about six galleries and 30 artists that counted". In 1970 the gallery moved to 8225 ½ Santa Monica Boulevard before its closure in 1979. Wilder's gallery suffered financial problems before its closure. Wilder displayed the work of Ronald Davis, Robert Graham, Allan McCollum, John McCracken, Bruce Nauman, Peter Young, Bill Pettet and several others at the early stages of their artistic careers. Wilder also promoted painter John McLaughlin. Wilder estimated that he had made over 100 trips outside the United States seeking clients and selling art during the 14-year tenure of his gallery. The art market had changed by the mid 1970s and Wilder's gallery became less financially viable, which Wilder attributed to his "extravagance and lack of business sensibilities" and less appetite among buyers for the work of unknown and younger artists.


Wilder was born in Rochester, New York. His father was a scientist for Kodak and helped develop Kodachrome film. His father died when Wilder was aged 11 from cancer, which Wilder believed was related to the industrial nature of his work. The Los Angeles Times says that Wilder was falsely believed to be an heir to the Kodak company, which helped create a mystique upon arrival in Los Angeles. He suffered from dyslexia throughout his life. He graduated from Amherst College in 1960, having studied under Henry Steele Commager. He developed an interest in art after working as a guard at Amherst College's museum and helping as a projectionist for slide lectures on art history. Wilder met Marcel Duchamp at Amherst when Duchamp lectured there when the college recreated the 1913 Armory Show. Determined to live in California, Wilder began a law degree at Stanford University, but immediately changed his degree to art history. Wilder worked at the Lanyon Gallery in Palo Alto before establishing his eponymous gallery in Los Angeles in 1965. Wilder moved his gallery from La Cienega Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard in 1970 and he entered psychotherapy. Despite his profligate spending on artists, he had difficulty paying bills in the late 1970s and he was pursued by the Internal Revenue Service as his taxes were three years late. In the last decade of his life, Wilder lived in New York on Manhattan's 11th Street and developed a second career as a painter, creating "abstract assemblages". He continued to sell art privately. Wilder's first solo show was at Los Angeles's James Corcoran Gallery in 1986, his last was in Chicago at the Compassrose Gallery in 1988.