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

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

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