Helen Toomer Closes Gallery, Will Direct Collective Design Fair

The gallery. (Courtesy Toomer Labzda)

Amid the flurry of gallery e-mails announcing fresh shows and new locations came this sad bit of news: Toomer Labzda, the Lower East Side gallery co-owned by Helen Toomer and Chris Labzda, will not reopen following its summer hiatus. Ms. Toomer, who helped to launch the Collective Design Fair last May, will now act as its director and is focusing her attention on producing the second iteration of the fair. The tiny gallery space at 100A Forsyth Street will become the Collective office “and a hub for design and discussion on the Lower East Side,” according to the statement. 

“I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with so many incredible artists over the past couple of years, many of whom had their first New York solo exhibitions at the gallery,” wrote Ms. Toomer. The gallery, which opened in 2011 with a solo show of work by British artist Mia Taylor, primarily exhibited a roster of young and emerging artists from all over the world.

Helen Toomer Closes Gallery, Will Direct Collective Design Fair