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Thursday, 08 October 2015 14:07

Hauser & Wirth to Open a New Gallery in Chelsea

International powerhouse gallery Hauser & Wirth has filed papers for a new home in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, four blocks north of its current location on 18th Street, which it has occupied since January 2013.

The gallery put in a permit application with the city Tuesday to knock down the two-story white building on 542 West 22 Street.

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Skarstedt announces an exhibition of work by American artist Keith Haring, at their Chelsea gallery this March. The exhibition uniquely presents 5 major works on canvas, all at a monumental scale and dating from 1984-1985, exposing a lesser-known side to the iconic artist. "Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell" is on view at Skarstedt (550 W. 21st Street) through April 18, 2015.

The exhibition’s title, "Heaven and Hell," recalls William Blake’s 18th century poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell—a study in opposites of good and evil, angels and devils. As William Blake wrote, “Without contraries is no progression.” Haring similarly examined the duality between two sides of contemporary life in his 1984-1985 paintings. The apparent antagonism and struggle between the figures is one of the key features of Haring’s art.

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Iwan Wirth, President and co-founder of the internationally acclaimed modern and contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth, announced that the company will build a permanent home in New York City’s west Chelsea arts district. One of the most sought-after locations in New York, Chelsea is brimming with top-notch galleries, including David Zwirner Gallery, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery, and Lehmann Maupin. This new venue will replace Hauser & Wirth’s current temporary downtown gallery, which will continue to host exhibitions and various programs until its lease expires in 2017. The 7,400-square-foot, multi-level space will complement Hauser & Wirth’s townhouse on East 69th Street.

The new Hauser & Wirth  gallery will be designed by Annabelle Selldorf of Selldorf Architects, who has worked with the gallery since the 1990s on its various locations in Zurich, London, and New York.

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The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, which offers a nine-week summer residency for artists in Skowhegan, Maine, opened a permanent New York space on 18 November. The new Chelsea-neighborhood location features two floors and 5,000 sq ft. of space, half of which will be devoted to archives and event space.

The artists Daniel Bozhkov and Mary Mattingly, both alumni, were due to finish a site-specific fresco and an “edible forest garden,” according to the school.

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On Wednesday, September 11, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the Dia Art Foundation announced that it has chosen Jessica Morgan, a curator at Tate Modern in London, to be its new director. Morgan, who has held her current position at the Tate since 2010, was previously the chief curator at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art as well as a curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Morgan will make the move to New York in January 2015.

Dia, which turned forty this year, has offices in Manhattan’s artsy Chelsea neighborhood as well as a sprawling exhibition space in Beacon, New York -- an up-and-coming town about 90 minutes north of New York City.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:54

Marianne Boesky Gallery Names New Director

News from Marianne Boesky Gallery includes a new director and representation of a new artist.

At Boesky’s flagship gallery in Chelsea, Kristen Becker joins as a director. Since 2007, Becker had been a director at Luhring Augustine, where she served as a sales director and managed gallery artists including Ragnar Kjartansson and Glenn Ligon. Prior to that, Becker worked at SLP Arts Culture Commerce, L&M Arts, and Gorney Bravin + Lee.

Meanwhile  the new Boesky East, the gallery’s third location, located on the lower east side, welcomed co-directors Kelly Woods and Veronica Levitt.

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One of the buildings changing the visual landscape of Chelsea, and causing rents in the area to bubble, is the Norman Foster-designed residential tower at 551 W. 21st Street, right down the street from Casey Kaplan Gallery (which is moving to the Flower District). It’s also the building that Lisa Spellman’s 303 Gallery will be moving back into when it’s complete in 2015.

The building is one of four Manhattan towers designed by Foster that are either under construction or on the cusp of breaking ground, according to an article in the New York Times, which examines the moment that Norman Foster is currently having in New York. Also in the works by the Starchitect are two more condominiums at 50 United Nations Plaza and 610 Lexington Avenue, as well as an office tower at 425 Park Avenue.

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While there’s an ongoing mini-exodus of smaller galleries from Chelsea due to rocketing rents, not everyone is leaving the neighborhood. In early 2015, Lisson Gallery — which currently has two locations in London, one in Milan, and a private showroom on the Lower East Side of Manhattan — will open an 8,500-square-foot space at 504 West 24th Street. That address situates them on a block with peers like Gagosian, Luhring Augustine, Andrea Rosen, and Gladstone Gallery.

“Designed by Markus Dochantschi of Studio MDA in collaboration with Studio Christian Wassmann, the gallery will be constructed around the foundational elements of the High Line,” according to press materials

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When Robert Blumenthal decided to open his first gallery, he didn’t consider Chelsea, where most of his local contemporary-art peers operate.

He thought about the Lower East Side, where several younger art dealers have found lower rents, but in February, he opted for a third-floor location with distinctly un-Chelsea crown molding at 1045 Madison Ave., near 79th Street.

“The Upper East Side is so unhip, it’s hip,” said Mr. Blumenthal, 33 years old. “Chelsea is a generation before me.”

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When demolition begins on 540-544 West 26th Street in New York, three prominent contemporary art galleries -- Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, and Stephen Haller Gallery -- will say goodbye to their current spaces. Located in Manhattan’s booming Chelsea neighborhood, the two-story property, which includes a neighboring parking lot, will be transformed into a 130,000-square-foot commercial and office space with community facilities. The site will be co-developed by commercial real estate broker, The Manhattes Group LLC, and Savanna, a real estate private equity firm and asset management company.

Stephen Haller Gallery, which has been in Chelsea for over a decade, plans to open a new location in the neighborhood. Lehmann Maupin and Tony Shafrazi Gallery have yet to announce their plans for the future. Lehmann Maupin has a second gallery on Chrystie Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The Manhattes Group and Savanna have not released a start date for the project.



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