Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bushwick-Bound Chelsea Gallery Will Have Public Exhibition Space

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM

(Courtesy of Rexrode Chirigos Architects and Luhring Augustine.)
  • (Courtesy of Rexrode Chirigos Architects and Luhring Augustine.)

Last winter when we learned that the major Chelsea gallery Luhring Augustine had bought a building in Bushwick (pictured, at the corner of Knickerbocker Avenue and Ingraham Street), we wondered whether it would strictly be used for storage and showing works to collectors, or if there would also be an exhibition area open to the public. ArtInfo has learned that the gallery's outpost will indeed host long-duration public exhibition of artists' projects, starting in November.

The first show in the blue chip gallery's cinderblock chic space will be an exhibition by filmmaker and artist Charles Atlas, his first in eight years—excluding his current installation at the New Museum. That will open on November 4th and remain on view through March 2012.

The gallery's senior director, Natalia Sacasa, tells ArtInfo that the new location will allow Luhring Augustine to

install ambitiously-scaled artworks that would be too big for its Manhattan location, as well as installations previously on view in Chelsea for longer periods of time.

The article also reveals that one of the other competitors in the bidding war for that building—which the gallery eventually paid $2.05 million for—was a company wanting to convert it into artists' studios.

The gallery comes off less concerned with the local community than it is with its ability to draw Manhattanites so many L train stops into Brooklyn. Sacasa concludes: "Roberta's ... draws people in from 'the city' and we hope that some of those individuals make their way over to our space."

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