Gagosian Gallery Launching Pop-Up for Urs Fischer in Former Chase Bank on Delancey

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 at 6:09 am by

chase-delancey-graffiti

Even after Chase Bank purchased the Washington Mutual assets back in 2009, the branch at 104 Delancey Street remained. And for longer than we had anticipated. Three years passed with two Chase locations operating across the street from each other. Consolidation happened nearly two years ago, and the storefront has remained a black hole ever since; not much activity to report other than the slow decay of the office leftovers (e.g. ATM guts in the lobby).

Yet now 104 Delancey is headed for gallery-dom, albeit temporarily.

Gagosian Gallery is expanding again, this time unveiling a storefront showroom at 821 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side. The inaugural show on April 3 is to feature the work of sculptor Urs Fischer. And on the exact same day, a Lower East Side connection – a monthlong pop-up gallery inside 104 Delancey that will feature twenty additional sculptures.

The gallerists apparently chose the site due to the “bland features of the bank’s architecture and decor,” which jive with Fischer’s “guilelessly expressionistic and exuberant sculptures.”

The cast bronze sculptures, some of which are silver- and gold-plated, are a heterogenous bunch that includes a one-legged boy in an armchair, a big foot, a fireplace, some columns, a bust of Napoleon, a Louis XIV chair, a mermaid (conceived as a functional fountain), a depiction of sleep, a man copulating with a pig, a man and woman embracing, a hat on rocks, a man in a boat, a faceless cat, a pile, a Pièta, a lion in chains, and so on.

The Urs Fischer show at the former Chase Bank runs through May 23.

Recent Stories

10-Story ODA Condos Amidst Ascent on Chrystie Street

Ten stories of additional upper-crust glitz is on its way for the Chrystie Street midsection… Indeed, the ODA-designed condo at 165 Chrystie Street started its ascent last month, and is progressing upward quite quickly. As of now, the structure is sitting at over six stories. This sudden burst in activity follows more than a year […]

Celebrating 50 Years of ‘A.N. Headwear’ on Orchard Street

A.N. Headwear is throwing its hat into the art exhibit ring. Longtime Greek Jewish community member, Aris Negrin, has peddled hats for fifty years on upper Orchard Street. At the same address, in fact – 145 Orchard. He initially amassed his collection from hat warehouses or hat stores, being particularly drawn to pieces that people brushed […]

CB3 Votes to Co-Sponsor Controversial Rezoning of LES Waterfront in Bid to Thwart Supertall Development

Thanks to a confluence of election year politics and incessant grassroots organizing, development along the Lower East Side waterfront is firmly in the spotlight. It’s a rare moment when the voice of the people is being heard, albeit barely. There is definitely traction, but a race against the clock is afoot. Nevertheless, Community Board 3 […]

‘HiFi’ will Close at the End of the Month After 23 Years on Avenue A

The best jukebox in Alphabet City will be muted. The HiFi Bar, the long-running rock hang on Avenue A, is closing at the end of the month. Yet another end of an era – 23 years, to be precise. Owner Mike Stuto took to Facebook last night to announce the imminent closure of the much-loved […]

‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ Eyes Rivington Street Debut this Weekend

After a build-out period of more than five months, including utilities-based delays, a new Vietnamese restaurant is all but ready to open on Rivington Street. The newcomer here is an offshoot of the Queens-based Ginger & Lemongrass, described by owner-chef Petra Rickman as a contemporary Vietnamese fusion restaurant. Having debuted in Whitestone just last year – […]