On March 15 the Lower East Side will welcome a new gallery to its swelling ranks. Two Rams at 215 Bowery (and Rivington) open with a show by Lia Chavez, whose work has been featured in the Venice Biennale. Read More
Shoot the Lobster, the project space founded by Chelsea dealer Jose Martos, has departed the back room of his West 29th Street gallery for new digs on the Lower East Side, landing in a semi-subterranean space on Eldridge Street. Read More
Young artist-run galleries are on the move.
After showing work by a number of promising artists for the past year and a half in one of Manhattan’s smaller spaces (and also one of the trickier to spot from the street—it was in a Lower East Side basement), artist and art dealer Eli Ping is moving a few blocks southeast. In March, he plans to open in a larger, second-floor space in 55–59 Chrystie Street, the building that Canada gallery made famous and occupied until last year, when it decamped for larger digs on Broome Street. (Frances Perkins will also become a name partner, making the full gallery name Eli Ping Frances Perkins.) Brooklyn upstarts 247365, who have also been showing the work of emerging artists, in Carroll Gardens’ Donut District, since November of 2012, will take over Mr. Ping’s old location, running it as a second, satellite gallery. Read More
Early on Saturday evening, as snow began to fall on Manhattan, I was at Invisible-Exports on the Lower East Side seeing their very beautiful Kazuko Miyamoto show, when I had the good fortune to come upon the 15th issue of San Francisco Art Quarterly, which has on its cover an image of a metal bar-wielding Vito Acconci, from his 1971 piece Claim. It’s a great publication (and impressively thick), offering up interviews with artist Kembra Pfahler, Japanese-postwar-art scholar Reiko Tomii and Lia Gangitano, the founder of L.E.S. mainstay Participant Inc. Read More
Callicoon Fine Arts, which has been located on Forsyth Street, between Delancey and Broome, since 2011, announced today that it is moving around the corner to a space at 49 Delancey. The new location, formerly a pet store with a specialty in fish, will measure about 1,100 square, making it roughly three times the size of its current home. Read More
RH Contemporary Art, a foray into the gallery world by the home furnishings company Restoration Hardware, will hold a show focusing on 12 Chinese artists, all from Beijing or Shanghai, at their Chelsea outpost starting Jan. 31. Read More
Dealers Irena Popiashvili and Marisa Newman, who ran an eponymous gallery located on West 22nd Street in Chelsea, have parted ways to embark on independent ventures. The pair closed the gallery, which represented a roster of artists including Michel Auder and Basim Magdy, last August when their lease came to an end. “I decided to reconsider how a gallery could function and I was excited to explore the idea of working with artists without a permanent space/location,” wrote Ms. Newman in an email to Gallerist. Read More
OK Harris, the independently minded Soho gallery started by Ivan Karp that specialized in photorealist art and was almost certainly the only art dealership in history to include a cigar shop, will close after almost a half century in business. (OK Cigars will continue at least for a while.) The gallery (whose namesake was fictional: “a tough, American name that sounded like that of a riverboat gambler,” Karp once explained) made the announcement in an email, saying that its final public day will be April 19. Read More
The contemporary art galleries just keep coming!
The latest businessperson to throw his hat into the ring is art collector and real estate investor Robert M. Blumenthal, who’s planning to open up shop in a 1,000-square-foot third-floor space at 1045 Madison Avenue, between East 79th and 80th Streets, which puts him right next door to Barbour and about a block from Skarstedt, Acquavella and Michael Bloomberg’s house. Read More
It may have been the smallest gallery in Chelsea, but Family Business was impossible to miss. Strolling down West 21st Street, one might find raspberry bushes growing inside the tiny space, an impromptu tea party spilling out onto the sidewalk, artists raising hell on homemade instruments or the latest exhibition getting set on fire or smashed to bits. Sadly, the oddball operation founded by “retired” artist Maurizio Cattelan and New Museum associate director Massimiliano Gioni, is on the move. The gallery “ended its current reincarnation and will be reborn some day on planet Earth again,” wrote Daria Irincheeva, the former director, in an email. It has, in fact, already cropped back up in Paris, where guest curator Nadja Argyropoulou is working on projects with Chalet Society and the Palais de Tokyo. Read More