Chelsea Gallery Luhring Augustine Sets Opening Date for Bushwick Outpost

01/10/2012 4:28 PM |

Charles Atlas, Painting By Numbers, 2008 (installation view).
  • Charles Atlas, “Painting By Numbers,” 2008 (installation view).

It’s been a long time coming, but in an announcement this afternoon the Chelsea gallery Luhring Augustine released the details about the inaugural exhibition at its (game-changing?) new outpost in Bushwick. The exhibition, Charles Atlas’s The Illusion of Democracy , will open at 25 Knickerbocker Avenue on February 18 (following a reception on the 17th) and remain on view through May 20.

The New York-based video and film artist will show two video installations that have never been exhibited in the city, “Painting by Numbers” (2008) and “Plato’s Alley” (2009). In addition to those recent pieces Atlas is creating a brand new large-scale video installation in the gallery space.

The former warehouse, located a couple of blocks from 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick’s foemost gallery building, was purchased by the gallery for $2.05 million just over a year ago. Since then the building has been converted into a top-shelf art storage and exhibition space, its exterior tellingly Chelsea-ified with a light-gray paint job. No word yet on Luhring Augustine Bushwick’s opening hours during exhibitions, but it’s probably safe to assume they won’t be the usual Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm hours kept by most Manhattan galleries.

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  • Definitely a game changer in Bushwick, the opening of Luhring Augustine here will be a mixed blessing for the creative economy already in place in this neighborhood. On the one hand, brace for rent hikes, on the other, prepare for more traffic through your places of business. (I’ve had a design business here for two years, and I am also developing an art dealership.)

    It will be very interesting to see how “Bushwick” (by which I really mean this nook of East Williamsburg around Morgan Avenue) develops in the next few years. Brooklyn Fire Proof, Main Drag Music, 3rd Ward, galleries, artisan shops, boutiques, bars, and cafes hither and yon. Add to this the extension last year of the Loft Law to this neighborhood, to the degree that entire warehouses are aglow now in the evenings, and you have a lot of ducks in a row for what could turn out to be a blast of limelight on the hood in the near future. Put your shades on.

  • This really looks quite amazing specially the graphics and the design it looks awesome, would love ti have such features in the a painting ..