For proof that the Lower East Side's cementing its status as the city's second-richest—and very often its most rewarding—gallery district, one need only stroll up the Orchard Street gallery gauntlet. But another nearby concentration of galleries around Sara D. Roosevelt Park just got another blue chip dealer on the block: Upper East Sider Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects is moving in right next to Half Gallery on Forsyth Street.
According to Bowery Boogie, the gallery's new location at 208 Forsyth Street (between Stanton and Houston streets) is in the midst of construction—presumably painting the walls white, installing climate control, that sorta thing—and there's no projected opening date, though one would assume they'll launch their fall season in the new space.
For now the only semi-credible evidence that this move is even happening comes from an Artnet tweet, which reads: "Steven Harvey Fine Arts opening next to Half Gallery on the Lower East Side."
What's perhaps most intriguing about this move, though, is that Steven Harvey is very much an Upper East Side gallery—relatively new, founded in 2007—dealing strictly with painters, including the estates of several deceased artists (Gandy Brodie, Earl Kerkam, Seymour Remenick, and Bill Rice). This is a marked departure from the trendier, more conceptual fare in which most Lower East Side galleries trade. Speaking of which, next-door neighbor Half Gallery's latest show of young, edgy, conceptual artists opens Monday and looks amazing.