Grand Century: Artist Trio Starts Lower East Side Project Space

The resto. (Courtesy Google Maps)

The Lower East Side art district is pretty much completely out of control at this point, spreading out in every direction and growing ever denser with galleries. It’s wild!

The latest entrant to the rapidly growing scene comes from artists Dora Budor, Alex Mackin Dolan and Olivia Erlanger, who are converting their studio on the second floor of 286 Grand Street into a project space that will be open one weekend a month. It’s called Grand Century. Read More


Pace Gallery Pops Up in Silicon Valley

Downtown Menlo Park. (Wikipedia)

In mid-April, Pace Gallery will open a temporary branch in Menlo Park, Calif., in the former Tesla Motors headquarters there. Notable for its Silicon Valley wealth, Menlo Park, a town bordered by Palo Alto and Stanford, was deemed by CNN two years ago to be one of the “best places for the rich and single.”  Read More


Dodge Gallery Will Close

Installation view of 'Age of Small Things' at Dodge, 2014. (Courtesy Dodge Gallery)

The Lower East Side’s Dodge Gallery announced today that it will close after four years in business in a spacious former sausage factory at 15 Rivington Street. Kristen Dodge shared the news in an e-mail sent to the gallery’s mailing list with the subject line “Thank You.” Read More


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