The former Dia Art Foundation building on West 22nd Street—right across the street from where the institution will build its new museum space—will start being parceled out to galleries this week, with Zach Feuer and CRG Gallery already confirmed to be taking over ground floor spaces and Elizabeth Dee planning to rent room(s) upstairs. Many galleries in Chelsea (and elsewhere) have been upgrading and adding space over the last few months, taking advantage of a slumping commercial real estate market.
But none will be moving into such a pretty, pedigreed building, with its elegant brick facade, 18-foot ceilings, stunning rooftop, permanent Dan Flavin installation and colorful ground floor tiling designed by Jorge Pardo (pictured). This is exciting not because some of Chelsea’s biggest galleries will get bigger, but because some of New York City’s most beautiful spaces for the display of art will again be used to display art. The first new exhibitions are expected to open in October, when renovations are completed. (ArtInfo)