There are many ways to open a new gallery. On Tuesday night, the irrepressible Frenchman Emmanuel Perrotin opted to inaugurate his new Upper East Side space, at East 73rd and Madison, with a ridiculous, remarkable carnival-themed blowout at the Russian Team Room, the sort of party that seems likely to be remembered with mixtures of affection and horror for years to come.
And then, last night, it was another dealer’s turn, as Dominique Lévy, formerly of L&M, opened her debut show, “Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly,” in the space just above Mr. Perrotin’s. Her post-show affair was at a church, Madison Avenue Presbyterian, just across the street.
Art dealer Emilio Steinberger has joined New York’s Dominique Lévy Gallery, The Observer has learned. Mr. Steinberger comes to the gallery from Hauser & Wirth, which he joined earlier this year, after Christie’s closed its Haunch of Venison gallery, where he was senior international director. Ms. Lévy told The Observer that while she isn’t very interested in titles, “if you had to give him a title, it would be senior director.”
The Upper East Side
Today dealers Dominique Lévy and Robert Mnuchin, the former partners in the L&M Arts gallery who parted ways last September to run galleries independently, announced that they will close the space in Venice, Calif., that they had continued to run. When they split last year, they said they planned to continue operating the L.A. gallery together.
It’s possible that the Upper East Side changed the night last September when the fire department broke up the disco party at 980 Madison. The building houses, among other businesses, a luxury spa and Gagosian Gallery. Soon it will have a Gagosian-owned “neighborhood restaurant,” as Larry Gagosian described it in a recent interview with Peter Brant. There will be chili. And waffles.
On the third floor of 980 Madison is Venus Over Manhattan, an art space opened last year by Adam Lindemann, a contributor to this paper and the disco party’s host. The crowd had gathered to celebrate a show by the artist Peter Coffin. Young women carried trays of tequila shots. Around 8 p.m., the festivities moved down the hall to a room dimly lit with red lights. From the street, you could hear DJ Harvey playing records. Professional roller skaters skated around on glowing LED wheels. A cluster of young men and women nonchalantly smoked near the entrance.
When the fire trucks came, part of the crowd decamped across Madison Avenue to Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle, where a pianist played selections from the Great American Songbook and the martinis cost $21.
The Upper East Side continues to sprout new galleries. This spring, Dominique Lévy, formerly a partner in the gallery L&M Arts on East 78th Street, will open a new, three-floor gallery, called Dominique Lévy, at 909 Madison Avenue, on the southeast corner of East 73rd Street. Joining her in the 9,000-square-foot former bank building will be the Paris-based dealer Emmanuel Perrotin, who is opening a New York branch.
Dominique Lévy and Robert Mnuchin, partners since 2005 in L&M Arts, are parting ways. Carol Vogel has the scoop in her New York Times Inside Art column today. Ms. Lévy plans to open up shop elsewhere on the Upper East Side. The Dominique Lévy Gallery will open in the spring. Mr. Mnuchin will continue to helm the gallery that the two ran on East 78th Street as the Mnuchin Gallery.