Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Your Massive But By No Means Comprehensive Gallery Relocation Report

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Kunsthalle Galapagos
As the fall art season roars into full swing, many galleries are inaugurating new spaces, or opening their doors for the very first time. Here are a few (but by no means all) of the galleries that made moves, or came into existence, over the summer and that you should check out in their brand new/upgraded digs.

Kunsthalle Galapagos: Dumbo's galleries are either massive and beautiful, or slightly cubicle-sized and squeezed into 111 Front Street, but Galapagos Art Space's new... art space looks like something else entirely, more like a post-industrial cathedral in the sky (pictured). Seriously, this has got to be one of the most beautiful gallery spaces we've seen outside of Chelsea in a long time. And the opening party for the space, and Ryan Humphrey's inaugural show, is tonight! With a live performance by Black Sheep! You should go.

Regina Rex: A new Bushwick gallery, our favorite kind! This one, not far from other favs like Sugar, Factory Fresh, English Kills and so on, has a beautiful white cube warehouse space and so far a very impressive group of artists to work with. Also, almost the neighborhood's best gallery name (if not for Famous Accountants).

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery: The little Williamsburg gallery—well, architecturally little, squeezed into a tiny Union Avenue storefront, but big on clout with some rising stars on its roster—is making the big move to Manhattan, setting up shop in a big West Chelsea space for the next month before settling somewhere else in the glitzy borough. Good luck in the city!

Hendershot Gallery: A new arrival to the Lower East Side gallery scene (from Chelsea, if memory serves), this makes Chrystie Street officially the area's second-most dense gallery row (after Orchard, see below). The inaugural show at the new location, Digression, looks pretty terrific and features current Greater New York artist Liz Magic Laser.

Untitled: As previously reported, one of our favorite Chinatown/LES border galleries, Rental, is moving into the properly Lower East Side ground floor gallery space of a new condo building on Orchard Street's increasingly fantastic gallery row. In the process they're changing their name to Untitled, and they just opened the new space's impressive inaugural show.

The Hole
The Hole: Also previously reported, but still worth mentioning, the successor to Jeffrey Deitch's Soho gallery, opened by Deitch Projects director Kathy Grayson, has all the makings of an equally or even more fun beacon for fun and unconventional projects. Also, per The Hole's Facebook page, they need some help today with painting the space for the next exhibition, if you want to get your foot in the door.

Bortolami: Again, a move we covered when it was first announced, but now the longtime 25th Street gallery's reopening on 20th Street is upon us—the inaugural reception for the new location is literally tonight. The first show looks ambitious (and scandalous), and walking by the space mid-installation last week, it looked rather promising (and huge!).

Sperone Westwater on the Bowery
Sperone Westwater: One of the last non-club/lounge/restaurant and non-boutique businesses in the Meatpacking District, this top-shelf gallery has been biding its time on West 13th Street while building its epic new Bowery building (by starchitect Norman Foster). Now that sexy slice of spaceship is ready to open its zero-G vacuum doors and suck us all up on its firetruck red Moving Room. Guillermo Kuitca's mid-career retrospective inaugurates the new super-gallery one week from today.

What did I miss? Lemme know in the comments.

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