Bureau, the enterprising Lower East Side gallery that has operated out of a roughly 250-square-foot space on Henry Street since 2007, is moving. Owner Gabrielle Giattino told The Observer today that they are in the process of renovating an 1,800-square-foot space at 178 Norfolk Street, between Stanton and Houston, next to the Angel Orensanz Foundation’s Gothic Revival home and just around the corner from Participant Inc. It plans to open there in the fall. Read More
Folks, just a reminder that, with the arrival of July, many New York galleries have shifted from a Tuesday-through-Saturday schedule to a Monday-through-Friday one, to allow employees to enjoy weekend getaways. And Lower East Side galleries, which are typically open Wednesday or Thursday through Sunday, are doing all sorts of interesting things with their hours. (Though, to be sure, some intrepid dealers are staying open through Saturday or Sunday, as usual.) Read More
Depending on who you ask, the Lower East Side is an incubator for cutting-edge art, or is on its way to becoming a Chelsea-esque art mall. Some old-timers—those whose galleries opened before 2008—will complain that the art scene, along with everything else down there, is swiftly gentrifying. Still, most will agree that it’s a more hospitable environment for avant-garde art than Chelsea. This month, a new space opens on the LES that harks back to its scrappier days. Part cooperative, part Kunsthalle, the artist-run Essex Flowers may just suggest a way forward in an art world increasingly dominated by mega-galleries. Read More
The seven-year-old gallery New York gallery Harris Lieberman has closed. The last exhibition at the gallery was that of Armin Boehm, which ended on June 15.
“We had a great seven years,” co-founder Jessie Washburne-Harris told The Observer, “but we decided it was time to make a change.” She added that she and her partner, Michael Lieberman, would “like to thank all the artists and all of our supporters.” Read More
Document Journal has posted online Linda Yablonsky’s interview with Participant Inc‘s founder, Lia Gangitano, which was published in the magazine’s second issue, a few months back. (Hunt one down, when you have a moment: there’s also a great interview with Marie Karlberg and a nice fashion spread by Bjarne Melgaard, among other things.) Anyway, their conversation is worth a read. Read More
The Lower East Side has long been the destination for New York’s most cutting edge contemporary art, and later this month the ranks of its already impressive gallery roster will gain a unique entry on the scene. Essex Flowers, set to open June 28, will be part cooperative, part Kunsthalle and a new direction in the increasingly malleable art gallery model. Read More
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. Read More
Just in case anyone was worried that Larry Gagosian is slowing down, he announced today that he will open a third gallery in London. Carol Vogel of The New York Times has the story in her Inside Art column.
The new 22,000-square-foot space is in the capital city’s Mayfair District, where rivals David Zwirner, Michael Werner and Pace have opened galleries recently. It sports 15 foot ceilings. Read More
The New York Times reports that federal agents have raided the Helly Nahmad gallery in the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East side, “as part of an investigation in a gambling operation that focused on a Russian organized crime group that ran high-stakes poker games involving Wall Street financiers, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes, according to people briefed on the matter.” Read More