Just because the fall arts season has begun doesn’t mean all the city’s art galleries are done relocating and expanding/contracting. For instance, in an email sent on Wednesday Sloan Fine Art—a reliable gallery showing mostly figurative painting and sculpture at the corner of Rivington and Norfolk streets—announced that its aptly titled Nicole Etienne exhibition A Moveable Feast (closing tomorrow) will be its last at 128 Rivington.
Gallery owner-director Alix Sloan writes in the email announcement that, aside from operating a booth at the Scope Art Fair in Miami during the city’s busy art fair week in late November-early December, Sloan Fine Art will be dormant until reopening at an as-yet unknown location come early 2012.
Sloan Fine Art has occupied the storefront caddy-corner from Schiller’s on the hip Lower East Side bar strip since opening there in 2008. It joins another currently homeless Lower East Side gallery, DCKT Contemporary, which moved from its swank spot on Bowery to a sleepy Eldridge Street block last winter before shutting that location too. Meanwhile the slightly ramshackle gallery right next to Sloan Fine Art, Gallery Onetwentyeight, seems to be doing just fine.