P·P·O·W was founded by Wendy Olsoff and Penny Pilkington in the first wave of the East Village art galleries in New York City in 1983.

Since its inception, the gallery has remained true to its early vision, showing contemporary work in all media. There is a commitment to the work of pioneering artists and the next generation of artists who create work exploring issues of gender, sexuality, race and social inequality.


535 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor
New York NY 10011

In a career spanning five decades, Betty Tompkins has been celebrated and scorned for her provocative feminist iconography. A pioneering artist, Tompkins is best known for her direct depictions of the female body, sexuality, and sexual desire. In her ongoing WOMEN Words series, Tompkins combines images with collected phrases about women to respond to ongoing political and cultural debates about inequity, harassment and violence. Tompkins’ most recent iteration of the series, made in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, considers the current emphasis placed on online platforms while taking into account the history of censorship of Tompkins' work. In works such as Scrawl 18 (No One Will...), 2020, the text, "No One Will Believe You", hovers in block letters above furious and energetic mark making, scrawled in various colors. Amidst the digital deluge of daily life, Tompkins' new works underscore the confrontational hand of the artist, and its ability to communicate histories of oppression and violence.

Betty Tompkins (b. 1945) has presented recent solo exhibitions at The Flag Art Foundation, New York; J Hammond Projects, London; Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland; and P·P·O·W, New York. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including Strategic Vandalism: The Legacy of Asger Jorn’s Modification Paintings, Petzel Gallery, NY (2019); Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2018); Histórias da sexualidade, Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paolo, Brazil (2018); Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas (2016) and Elles, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011), among others. Tompkins’ work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at MO.CO. Montpellier Contemporain, France in 2021.