The Great Gallery Boom of 2012: A Guide to New York Galleries That Are Expanding, Moving, Branching Out

  • In recent months a breathtaking number of established New York galleries have announced that they plan to move or grow. A space race is on. Throughout Manhattan dealers are expanding the size of their galleries. Some are opening up a second shop, securing a spot in a new neighborhood, or even a new country. (Larry Gagosian is opening his 12th space, in Paris.) No less than three blue-chip players have sizable London galleries on tap for this fall. It’s wild out there in the art world.

    As dealers finish work on these projects, visits to gallery neighborhoods are going to become a bit more complicated. (Where, for instance, will be the right place to start a walk of the increasingly diffuse Lower East Side?) The slide show above offers a look at the galleries on the move.

  • <> on March 12, 2012 in Lewisham, England.

  • Pace Gallery, which represents Chuck Close, Kiki Smith and Agnes Martin, is seeing expansion both in Chelsea and across the pond. It is moving from its 22nd Street gallery to a new 4,000-square-foot space at 508 West 25th Street, right under the High Line, right next to its existing space there. In London, Pace will open a 9,000-square-foot space at the Royal Academy building. —R.J.

    The site of Pace's new London space, 6 Burlington Gardens. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

  • Andrea Rosen's current space (Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery)

    After picking up a few new young artists, like Josephine Meckseper and Ryan Trecartin, Andrea Rosen will open a second space just down the block from her flagship gallery, at 544 West 24th Street. She hopes to encourage experimentation and, as she told us back in June, exhibitions that are not so influenced by profit. —M.H.M.

    Her current space is pictured. (Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery)

  • Dealer Friedrich Petzel snatched up 10,000 square feet of space back in April, at 456–465 West 18th Street, pushing the Chelsea art district a touch to the east. The gallery has 25-foot-tall ceilings and 6,000 square feet of exhibition space.

    (Courtesy Petzel Gallery)

  • Horton Gallery, currently with one location in Chelsea, is expanding to a 2,100- square-foot space in the L.E.S. building that formerly housed Canada. The gallery, which represents Aaron Spangler and Peter Gallo, among others, plans to bring on six to eight new artists. —R.J.

    (Courtesy Google)

  • Michael Werner's gallery portfolio—with spaces on the Upper East Side, in Cologne and in Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Germany—will grow larger on Sept. 27 with the opening of a gallery in Mayfair in London. Peter Doig will inaugurate the space with his first show in the city in 10 years. —A.R.

    The London gallery. (Courtesy Michael Werner)

  • Envoy Enterprises—the Chrystie Street gallery that represents many downtown artists with performative or theatrical elements, like Desi Santiago and Narcissister is opening another space, on 87 Rivington Street, which will serve as its main exhibition venue. The Chrystie Street space will host curatorial and project-based exhibitions, like an upcoming show of Travess Smalley. —R.J.

    The new gallery. (Courtesy Envoy Enterprises)

  • Longtime Chelsea gallery 303 is definitely shopping for a second location in the neighborhood, and may be headed to a brand new space currently being developed under the High Line on West 24th Street. “I will confirm that there’s interest,” owner Lisa Spellman told us. “We haven’t called the moving trucks yet.” —D.D.

    Rendering of the new space under the High Line. (Courtesy studioMDA)

  • Hong Kong has become a main site of many international galleries' expansion plans. Lehmann Maupin, with spots in Chelsea and the Lower East Side, has said that it will open a space there in the future future. —A.R.

    The gallery's Chelsea location. (Courtesy Lehmann Maupin)

  • Larry Gagosian is planning to open gallery number 12 in a 1950s factory on the periphery of Paris, in Le Bourget, with more than 6,000 feet of space. Architect Jean Nouvel is at the helm of that project. The first show: an epic Anselm Kiefer exhibition. And Mr. Gagosian is also at work on a cafe and shop at his 980 Madison headquarters. —A.R.

    The new Paris gallery. (Courtesy Jean Nouvel Ateliers/Gagosian)

  • This fall LESer Laurel Gitlen moves her eponymous gallery from 261 Broome Street to a new space at 122 Norfolk. The new space gives her much more room, around 1,900 square feet. “It’s just time to grow,” Ms. Gitlen told us earlier this year. —D.D.

    The new Gitlen space. (Courtesy Google)

  • Since 2005 former Gagosianite Fergus McCaffrey has enjoyed 2,000 square feet on the Upper East Side, and now he’s opening a second location, with double that footage, in Nicole Klagsbrun’s old space at 508 West 26th Street. —D.D.

    508 West 26th Street. (Courtesy Google)

  • The dearly departed alternative space Exit Art, which closed in May after 30 years of adventurous exhibitions, is being taken over by Sean Kelly, the dealer of Marina Abramovic and Terence Koh. The space is enormous—22,000 square feet, and a little removed from all the Chelsea hubbub, at West 36th and 10th Avenue. —M.H.M.

    A floorplan for 475 Tenth Avenue. (Architectural rendering of Sean Kelly at 475 10th Avenue, Front Desk © Toshiko Mori Architect, 2012. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York)

  • Founded 160 years ago, Driscoll Babcock Galleries is New York’s oldest gallery. (A title once held by the now-closed Knoelder & Co.) On Sept. 8, it opened a new space in Chelsea, having moved from its midtown location. The gallery handles work by artists like Will Barnet, Chuck Close, Ross Bleckner and Elaine de Kooning, and is planning to expand its contemporary program.

  • (Courtesy Corcoran.com)

    Michael Rosenfeld, who represents the estates of John Biggers and Charles Seliger, opened up shop on 57th Street in 1989, but back in the spring he announced he’d be moving downtown, to a 6,500 square foot space at 11th Avenue and West 19th Street. The new space is located on the ground floor of the Jean Nouvel-designed condo complex at 100 11th Avenue. —M.H.M.

    The Nouvel building. (Courtesy Corcoran)

  • Canada, which represents Matt Connors, Xylor Jane and others, had been in a space within a building on Chrystie Street until its lease expired this summer. Now it’s moving into a spacious 4,200-square-foot space that was formerly a printing shop at 333 Broome Street. But the deal is even sweeter, as it’s subletting out the next-door space, a 2,000-square-foot project space at 331 Broome, to Marlborough Chelsea, which represents a younger generation of artists, including Rashaad Newsome and art team Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe. —R.J.

    The new building. (Courtesy Google)

  • (Courtesy Nicelle Beauchene)

    Nicelle Beauchene, currently located on Orchard Street, and Jack Hanley, way over on Watts in Tribeca, will be moving in together at the two-floor building at 327 Broome Street. That stretch of Broome, between Bowery and Chrystie, is bracing itself to become the next miniature gallery district on the Lower East Side, with Canada and Marlborough opening up shop there as well. —M.H.M.

    The new space. (Courtesy Nicelle Beauchene)

  • Already the king of the far western end of 19th Street, David Zwirner has a five-story, 30,000-square-foot space in the works on West 20th Street. He also has a London branch on tap—five stories across nearly 10,000 square feet in Mayfair. Both new galleries are being designed by Annabelle Selldorf. —A.R.

    The London branch. (Courtesy David Zwirner)

  • Though there's no word yet on where the duo are planning to move to, their website states that they will debut a new location this winter. In the meantime, the Upper East Side is down one contemporary art gallery. —A.R.

    Lutz Bacher's 2012 show at AZPC. (Courtesy AZPC)

  • In the 508 West 26th Street building in Chelsea, Alexander Gray Associates is expanding next door, doubling its second-floor space from 2,000 square feet to 4,000. The newly enlarged gallery opens Sept. 12 with a Luis Camnitzer show. —A.R.

    Pictured is an exterior view of Regina Silveira's Shadow Line (2011) at the gallery. (Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates)

  • Uptown mover and shaker Hauser & Wirth will make a big play downtown this fall, opening a gallery at 511 West 18th Street, former home of the Roxy rollerskating rink and discotheque. —D.D.

    511 West 18th Street. (Courtesy Hauser & Wirth)

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