International Galleries Making Moves Into and Out of Chelsea

05/03/2011 9:47 AM |

Yvon Lamberts Chelsea space during a recent Nick Van Woert exhibition.

  • Yvon Lambert’s Chelsea space during a recent Nick Van Woert exhibition.

Yvon Lambert, the gallerist who runs two self-named commercial galleries in Paris and Chelsea, and whose private museum in the south of France was recently the site of an attack on “Piss Christ” by Andres Serrano, the New York-based photographer whom he represents, is calling it quits, closing his States-side location and handing the reigns to a Parisian underling. But what will happen to his stunning West 21st Street space?

Lambert’s upcoming group show Play Time will be the gallery’s last in New York (running May 20 to June 4), and In the Air reports that international powerhouse gallery Haunch of Venison—whose New York gallery is currently in Rockefeller Center—has nabbed the lease on 550 West 21st, and will open its first show there in September.

ArtInfo reports that Olivier Belot, the current general director of both Lambert locations, will take the reigns in Paris. Lambert claims the decision to semi-retire has nothing to do with the recent “Piss Christ” controversy. Between his West Chelsea space’s June 5th closing and its reopening as Haunch of Venison on September 23, famous architect Annabelle Selldorf will redesign the space, surely making it a worthy successor to Lambert’s generally very strong enterprise.