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


Balice Hertling Will Run Temporary Exhibition Space in New York

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Earlier this year, Parisian duo Daniele Balice and Alexander Hertling closed the doors of the Hell’s Kitchen gallery it ran with art critic David Lewis, who has since opened a solo venture downtown. Today they announced that they will run a “temporary exhibition space” in the same location that “will present exhibitions and events organized by curator, critic and artist friends.” Things kick off Nov. 9 with a group show called “Fearful Symmetry,” which is being organized by Zoe Stillpass. Read More


Office Baroque Moves From Antwerp to Brussels

The new home of Office Baroque in Brussels. (©Marie Françoise Plissard)

Just a quick public service announcement: The next time you’re planning to pay a visit to the Office Baroque gallery, make sure to head to Brussels, not Antwerp. Today the gallery announced that it is setting up shop in the capital of Belgium and the European Union, in a building that was once home to a brewery, “a 1909 cast iron building by the Brussels architect Paul Hamesse who was part of the Art Nouveau generation.” Read More


Capricious Plans Lower East Side Gallery

The building. (Courtesy Capricious)

Today, three years after the Capricious curatorial and publishing outfit closed its project space in Williamsburg, it announced it will open a gallery on the fifth floor of 88 Eldridge Street, the building that is also home to the David Lewis Gallery and a still-to-come Miguel Abreu space. Read More