With the contemporary art market on an upswing—many dealers did well at last month’s Art Basel Miami Beach and its satellite fairs—at least one New York dealer is moving and expanding. After four years in a small space on Orchard Street, Lisa Cooley will move her gallery next month to a 4,800-square-foot space at 107 Norfolk Street, between Delancey and Rivington.
The new gallery, which is being designed by Reinaldo Leandro, of Ashe + Leandro, features a 2,500-square-foot ground floor space with 14-foot wood-beamed ceilings and concrete floors. It is divided to feature a second exhibition space that will accommodate additional programming, like film screenings and private presentations. There is more space on a lower level. Altogether, the new gallery will more than quadruple the size of Ms. Cooley’s current space on Orchard Street. The new location previously served as home of the legendary avant-garde music venue Tonic.
Lisa Cooley currently represents the artists Michael Bauer, Andy Coolquitt, Frank Haines, Alex Olson and Erin Shirreff, among others. Recently, the gallery signed Cynthia Daignault and Alice Channer.
The inaugural exhibition at the new space will be a group show of gallery artists called “Today,” named for a poem by Frank O’Hara. The gallery has not made available an exact opening date.
Reached by e-mail in London, Ms. Cooley said the she was excited about “how [the new space] will inspire the artists.”
Ms. Cooley’s move is significant for the Lower East Side, which, aside from a handful of large Chelsea-size galleries, like Salon 94, Untitled, Lehmann Maupin and Sperone Westwater (which opened in 2010 in a tower that rivals the New Museum in height), has mainly been known for modestly sized spaces and emerging dealers.