Hauser & Wirth Opens Massive Upper East Side Gallery

10/02/2009 11:36 AM |

William Pope L.s YARD at Hauser & Wirth

The art world may be reeling from the global economic recession (or, at least, its smallest and most underfunded branches), but one sector seems to be relatively healthy: top-tier galleries. One such gallery, Hauser & Wirth, has finally opened its New York space in the former home of Martha Jackson Gallery (32 E 69th St). As reported by Art in America, Hauser & Wirth’s new Upper East Side space—following their original location in Zurich and two in London—has undergone a major renovation to make all four floors of its 99-year-old townhouse into galleries.

Their opening exhibition is appropriately grand and ambitious, a recreation of Allan Kaprow’s 1961 installation Environment Yard (which basically involved turning the gallery into a tire yard), reinterpreted by three artists in three venues. At the gallery it’s William Pope.L’s “Yard (To Harrow)” (pictured), along with Josiah McElheny’s photo projection at the Queens Museum of Art and Sharon Hayes’s hand-painted signs at the New York Marble Cemetery. Click here for full details on the multi-location inaugural show at Hauser & Wirth.

(photo: 16 Miles of String/Flickr)