Shoot the Lobster Headquarters to Open in Luxembourg


Chelsea dealer Jose Martos‘s semi-nomadic project space Shoot the Lobster has cropped up on the Continent before, materializing temporarily in places like Düsseldorf and Marseilles, but it will be in Luxembourg that it puts down permanent roots. The new headquarters will open on Nov. 21 with a group show organized by former Marlborough Chelsea director James Cope, who will be the space’s curator. His debut exhibition will bring together a number of STL veterans such as mystery monochrome painter Henry Codax, photographer Ryan Foerster, Anges Lux and Servane Mary, among others, in addition to few new faces. Read More


Kaufmann Repetto Gallery to Move In With Andrew Kreps in New York

Work by  Pierpaolo Campanini. (Courtesy Kaufmann Repetto)

Milan’s Kaufmann Repetto Gallery has announced the first in a series of New York exhibitions, which will be “temporarily located” at the project space at Andrew Kreps Gallery at 535 West 22nd Street. “Future plans,” according to a release from Kaufmann Repetto, “are aimed toward the opening of a permanent gallery space in New York.” The first exhibition, which opens Nov. 9, will feature Italian painter Pierpaolo Campanini. The next show on the schedule will focus on the work of Judith Hopf and opens in February. Read More


Dealer David Lewis to Open Gallery on Eldridge Street


David Lewis, formerly of the now-defunct Hell’s Kitchen gallery Balice Hertling & Lewis, is setting up shop on the Lower East Side. As we reported earlier, he will be subletting part of the sprawling duplex at 88 Eldridge Street recently acquired by dealer Miguel Abreu. The Observer caught up with the former art critic to talk about his plans for his first solo gallery.

“There’s very little like it down there,” said Mr. Lewis, who began talking with Mr. Abreu about moving into the Chelsea-size space over a year ago. “It was so exciting and unusual an opportunity that I waited for it.” Read More


Max Hetzler Plans Paris Gallery, Opens Two New Berlin Locations

Berlin. (Getty Images)

It’s not just the New York art world that is experiencing some major gallery-location changes. Over in Berlin, Galerie Max Hetzler is planning to open two new spaces in West Berlin this weekend, one with an Albert Oehlen solo show, the other with a group show. Hetzler said it will close its gallery in the Wedding neighborhood in December, following a 40th-anniversary show that opens in November. Read More


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