Rachel Uffner Moves to Suffolk Street


Another change of address on the Lower East Side! Rachel Uffner, one of the early dealers to open in the neighborhood, has joined the gallery game of musical chairs, trading her Orchard Street space for new digs at 170 Suffolk Street, the former home of Show Room, which has moved to Brooklyn.  Read More


Helen Toomer Closes Gallery, Will Direct Collective Design Fair


Amid the flurry of gallery e-mails announcing fresh shows and new locations came this sad bit of news: Toomer Labzda, the Lower East Side gallery co-owned by Helen Toomer and Chris Labzda, will not reopen following its summer hiatus. Ms. Toomer, who helped to launch the Collective Design Fair last May, will now act as its director and is focusing her attention on producing the second iteration of the fair. The tiny gallery space at 100A Forsyth Street will become the Collective office “and a hub for design and discussion on the Lower East Side,” according to the statement.  Read More


Domestic Art: Dealer Jose Martos Is Bringing It All Back Home

Martos's home in East Marion. (Courtesy Martos Gallery)

On an overcast afternoon in mid-July, a teenaged punk band was performing on the roof of a garage in East Marion, N.Y., near the easternmost tip of Long Island’s North Fork, half-singing, half-screaming “When the Saints Go Marching In.” The party guests, mostly artists sipping beer sourced from a keg, seemed to be enjoying the concert, if not a conventional art exhibition opening. Then again, Jose Martos, to whom the garage with the howling high schoolers belonged, isn’t a conventional art dealer.

Much of what Mr. Martos does flouts the standard operating procedure of his Chelsea peers. In a manner somewhat reminiscent of Jeffrey Deitch, he doesn’t represent artists so much as work with them, project to project, showing more emerging talent than big names and subsidizing it all with secondary market sales of established artists like Keith Haring. Then there’s Shoot The Lobster, his nomadic project space that has popped up everywhere from Milwaukee to Marseilles. (A month-long run as part of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise downtown ended last week.) That his 29th Street headquarters, Martos Gallery, lies on the outskirts of Chelsea proper feels appropriate. Mr. Martos does things differently. Read More


Invisible-Exports Priming New Lower East Side Space for September Show

The oddly shaped Orchard Street gallery. (Courtesy Invisible-Exports)

Invisible-Exports, the Lower East Side gallery co-owned by Risa Needleman and Benjamin Tischer, is moving to a spacious new location five years after it opened on Orchard Street. Recently, the gallery website has sported an all-caps footer reading, “Invisible-Exports is moving to a larger, taller, squarer space,” but details were scarce. According to the dealer duo, who spoke on speakerphone as they drove through Queens, the relocation was largely prompted by their Orchard Street lease ending, though it was also “time to grow.” The new gallery at 89 Eldridge Street will, indeed, be larger, taller and squarer, with 11-foot ceilings and what the owners estimate is about two-and-a-half times the amount of space they have now. Read More


Miguel Abreu Plans Second Lower East Side Gallery

Miguel Abreu Gallery. (Courtesy Miguel Abreu Gallery)

Dealer Miguel Abreu, who opened his eponymous Orchard Street gallery in 2006, is creating what might be the closest thing that the Lower East Side has to the multi-location enterprises common in Chelsea. Once the work permits are processed, he will begin renovating two 7,500-square-foot loft spaces that he is renting at 88 Eldridge Street. “It’s going to be a very dynamic, active space with lots of different options for artists, but also we’re going to have a bookstore in there and our Sequence Press book division,” said Mr. Abreu, who works with artists like Liz Deschenes, Sam Lewitt, R. H. Quaytman, Eileen Quinlan, Pamela Rosenkranz and Blake Rayne. He has enlisted Common Room, a local architecture firm, for the job. According to the dealer, it’s the biggest project the firm has ever undertaken. Read More


Bureau Moving to Norfolk Street

178 Norfolk. (Courtesy Google Maps)

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