Eli Ping Preps New Gallery, 247365 Takes Space for Manhattan Outpost

Installation view of Amanda Friedman's 2012 show at Eli Ping. (Courtesy the artist and Eli Ping)

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


Lia Gangitano Talks Participant, Thread Waxing Space, More

Emily Roysdon, Mari Spirito,  Gangitano. (Courtesy Rhizome)

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


Marisa Newman and Irena Popiashvili Close Chelsea Gallery, Pursue Projects Overseas

Newman Popiashvili at Volta 5. (Courtesy Volta)

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


Soho’s OK Harris Gallery Will Close


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


Collector Robert Blumenthal Plans Upper East Side Gallery

Blumenthal, assisting JPW3 with work at his Miami Beach home. (Courtesy Robert Blumenthal)

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


Family Business Gallery Goes to Paris

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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


Orchard Street Gets a New Gallery

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As several older Orchard Street galleries play musical chairs, trading in their tiny storefronts for bigger spaces nearby, some new kids are arriving on the block. Jane Kim, who founded and ran Thrust Projects on the Bowery from 2005 to 2010, is setting up shop at 33B Orchard Street.  Read More


Leslie Fritz Will Close Her Gallery


Leslie Fritz Gallery will close its doors a year after moving to the Lower East Side, according to an e-mail sent yesterday evening. Originally opened as Renwick Gallery in Soho in 2007, the gallery relocated to 44 Hester Street last November and grew its roster to represent seven artists: Andy Boot, Robin Bruch, Talia Chetrit, Meredith Danluck, Keith Farquhar, Ilja Karilampi and Caitlin Keogh. Read More