Fergus McCaffrey to Open Gallery in Nicole Klagsbrun’s Former Chelsea Space

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This February, Upper East Side gallery McCaffrey Fine Art, headed by dealer Fergus McCaffrey, will open a second space, in Nicole Klagsbrun’s old location at 508 West 26th Street, the multi-floor building that is home to Greene Naftali and Alexander Gray Associates, among others.

“I remember being in there 10 or 15 years ago and just thinking how beautiful the light is in the gallery,” Mr. McCaffrey said over the phone. “So we were offered it and we took it.”

The gallery will keep its base of operations on the Upper East Side, at East 67th and Madison Avenue, but the new space offers nearly double the square footage of the old one, clocking in at around 4,000 square feet.

“We set up here in 2005,” Mr. McCaffrey said of his current neighborhood, “and it has its own attractions in terms of the quality of clients, but in terms of footfall and space, it’s not that suitable for showing younger, more emerging things.” With a growing focus on postwar Japanese art, Mr. McCaffrey noted, the gallery has come to need more space, since much of the work associated with the 1960s to the early 1980s tends to be “not on a gallery scale, it’s more on a warehouse scale.”

Mr. McCaffrey has an idea for his first show downtown, but declined to say what it was, except that it would play well with the aforementioned light. “It’s going to be a joy to install paintings and sclupture there,” he added.