C24, a new 9,000 square foot gallery, will open September 9 on West 24th Street in Chelsea. The street is essentially the mainline of the gallery district, housing some of the most storied and important galleries in the city including Gagosian, Metro Pictures, Mary Boone and Andrea Rosen.
C24 will be dedicated to “presenting outstanding art from beyond the usual circle of U.S. and European cities,” according to a press release. The first exhibition is Double Crescent: Art from Istanbul and New Orleans. Dan Cameron is the guest curator. He’s the founder of the U.S. Biennial—which was founded to put on a biennial in New Orleans—and one-time artistic director of the Istanbul Biennial. He was also a former senior curator of the New Museum. In a statement, Mr. Cameron said the show will “examine the art of two great port cities that have channeled European culture into unexpected colors and shapes” and says the art of both is “as yet little known to New York audiences.” Artists from Istanbul in the exhibit include Hale Tenger and Ali Kazma. That image above is by New Orleans artist collective Generic Art Solutions and is a pretty faithful reference to Théodore Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa, which coincidentally, David Lachapelle recently reenacted, as it were, in his The Raft of Illusion piece.
“Our mission is to bring an exciting and sometimes provocative new international perspective to the street that has the highest concentration of important art galleries in New York,” said C24’s executive director Kristen Lynn Johnston, in a statement. “Thanks to our strong connections to burgeoning creative centers such as Istanbul, Mumbai and Saõ Paulo, we have the opportunity to expand the New York art world, and perhaps even bring it a new energy.”