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‘Olsen Gruin Gallery’ Moves East to 30 Orchard Street

Posted July 27, 2017 at 5:08 am

Until this month, the commercial condo unit at 30 Orchard Street had been vacant for nearly two years. Warehoused while waiting for the highest bidder. That seems to have happened, as the space now boasts a new showroom. The Olsen Gruin Gallery, a transplant from Elizabeth Street. “Sharing Country,” curated by Adam Knight, is the […]

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‘Mega-Galleries’ Spell the End for Smaller Area Showrooms

Posted June 30, 2017 at 5:04 am

Small galleries on the Lower East Side are closing left and right. For the last decade, headlines ad nauseum described an influx of smalltime galleries defecting from Chelsea and landing in the neighborhood. Critical mass has apparently been reached, where only the big box can now survive. Galleries with deep pockets apparently make it impossible […]

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Amsterdam’s ‘GRIMM Gallery’ Debuts Next Week on the Bowery

Posted May 23, 2017 at 5:08 am

The mid-section of the Bowery, long a bastion for restaurant supply businesses, is awash in art galleries. The latter comes at the expense of the former. Between Delancey/Kenmare and East Houston Street there are nearly a dozen such showrooms, including dedicated buildings like Sperone Westwater and the New Museum. But it’s not all roses, as […]

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‘Front Room Gallery’ Relocates from Williamsburg to Former Barzinho Space on Hester Street

Posted March 7, 2017 at 5:03 am

Brazilian eatery, Barzinho, shuttered back in November after a four-year run at 48 Hester Street. This had been the second incarnation of the restaurant; the first was in Tribeca. A few short months (and some remodeling) later, its replacement just emerged. You guessed it – another gallery. The Front Room Gallery relocated from Williamsburg and […]

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200-Year-Old Row of Federal Houses on Grand Street to be Razed for this 8-Story Gallery-Condo Building

Last modified April 25, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Gentrification, visualized, as the eastern fringe of Chinatown Grand Street is willed to become the new art destination. To fulfill the dream, one local stakeholder is about to take a huge chunk out of the area. The historic row of federal houses comprising 282-286 Grand – on this block since roughly 1820 – is on […]

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15 Orchard Street Sold for $5.25M [Updated]

Last modified February 20, 2017 at 7:29 am

Last month, wholesale apparel shop T-Shirt Express was forced up the block to 29 Orchard Street. We learned at the time that the move was a function of the building being sold just weeks prior. Now comfortable in its new digs – way larger and less cluttered than the former – let’s take inventory of […]

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The Essex Street Gallery Moves to 55 Hester, Joins ‘Art Strike’ Against Trump’s Inauguration

Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Essex Street Gallery is returning home. For the last five years, the showroom held court on Eldridge Street, having been forced from its namesake. And it’s happening just in time for a coordinated “gallery strike” against Trump’s inauguration. Moving to 55 Hester Street, formerly home to the Tracy Williams gallery, provided a massive opportunity […]

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London’s ‘Seventeen’ Gallery is Born on the Bowery

Posted November 22, 2016 at 5:10 am

Seventeen inaugurates its new Bowery showroom tomorrow. Headquartered at 314 Bowery, this Lower East Side outpost is a first for the London-based gallery, which now has an anchor along the trendy thoroughfare. Its first exhibit is a show called “Lies,” featuring the artwork of Marianna Simnett. According to the official website, Seventeen is a “Modern gallery […]

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In Reverse Trend, LES Gallery Relocates to Chelsea

Posted November 10, 2016 at 5:14 am

In a city where galleries relocate from Chelsea to the Lower East Side by the truck-full, it’s not often these days to see the reverse. After all, that’s been the trend for the better part of the last decade. Yet, for the Castor Gallery, the opposite is true The two-year-old gallery announced its departure from […]

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‘Able Fine Art NY’ Takes Over from Louis B. James Gallery on Orchard Street

Posted October 7, 2016 at 5:09 am

The script was written years ago, yet still followed to the tee: noted Chelsea gallery defects from its perch only to settle on the Lower East Side. Usually, somewhere along the former “bargain district” of Orchard Street. The latest bandwagoner is the Able Fine Art Gallery which just planted a flag (nay, canopy) at 143B […]

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