The Chelsea art gallery district continues to grow richer and denser along its edges. Friedrich Petzel Gallery announced today that it will open a 10,000-square-foot space in the fall, at 456-464 West 18th Street, just east of 10th Avenue, around the corner from Andrew Edlin and Alexander and Bonin galleries.
The new gallery, Mr. Petzel’s third in the area, sports 25-foot-tall ceilings and some 6,000 square feet of showing space. (Can’t wait to see what happens when artists like Dirk Skreber, Cosima von Bonin and Philippe Parreno let it rip under those well-lofted ceilings.) The release notes, “Adjacent to the main galleries, a three-story building will offer private showrooms and offices.” Petzel also has spaces next door to each other at 535 and 537 West 22nd Street, and is a partner in the Capitain Petzel gallery in Berlin.
It really is getting hot down there on West 18th Street. Hauser & Wirth announced back in January that it will open a 23,000-square-foot branch at 511 West 18th Street, in the old Roxy roller skating rink and discotheque, in the fall.
On the north edge of Chelsea, Sean Kelly recently announced he’s moving in the fall into Exit Art’s space, at West 36th Street and 10th Avenue, which measures 22,000 square feet. With Balice Hertling & Lewis now set up in a Deco office building between West 44th and 45th Street on 9th, Manhattan has almost a full gallery corridor from Chelsea up to the 57th Street gallery neighborhood.