Location of Soho Gallery Kesting/Ray’s Bushwick Outpost Revealed

01/23/2012 2:24 PM |

Kesting/Rays new project space at 257 Boerum Street, the hangar-like building at left.
  • Kesting/Ray’s new project space at 257 Boerum Street, the hangar-like building at left.

Though it’s less confounding and ominous a move than Chelsea mega-gallery Luhring Augustine‘s about-to-open outpost on Knickerbocker Avenue, Christina Ray and David Kesting’s Soho gallery Kesting/Ray will also be opening a Bushwick project space next month. The new space, in a charmingly decrepit old warehouse on one of the industrial area’s more residential blocks—Boerum Street between Bushwick Avenue and White Street—marks a return to Brooklyn for the gallerist-couple, both of whom ran spaces in Williamsburg in the aughts.

The new Kesting/Ray project space on the ground floor of 257 Boerum Street is currently visitable only by appointment, but will officially open on an unspecified date in February, Artnet reports. The nature of the programming at the new space remains a mystery, but one imagines that the gallery will use the extra room for artists’ projects rather than conventional exhibitions. Kesting, speaking about how Luhring Augustine’s game-changing move will affect the local scene, tells Artnet:

Of course it will… I wouldn’t expect a ton of galleries to suddenly focus on selling work—the focus will still be on the projects themselves—but my guess is you’ll see more success and you’ll see finance come and support it.

Kesting/Ray, with its street artist-heavy roster, seems well-suited to its new neighborhood—note the nice wheatpaste piece by Swoon on the gallery’s façade.

A wheatpaste piece by Swoon guards the door to Kesting/Rays Bushwick project space. (Courtesy Kesting/Ray)
  • A wheatpaste piece by Swoon guards the door to Kesting/Ray’s Bushwick project space. (Courtesy Kesting/Ray)