Orchard Street Gallery District Loses 3 from its Ranks

Posted on: August 1st, 2016 at 5:10 am by

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Former home of the Bosi Contemporary gallery

The spine of the Lower East Side gallery district – Orchard Street South of Delancey – is down three galleries as of this month. Bosi Contemporary, Sasha Wolf, and Tracy Williams are all finished.

Bosi Contemporary vacated its 2,000 square-foot retail space in June after five years at 48 Orchard Street. The requisite leasing signage currently sits in the window. A tipster claims that increased rents from the store condo owners forced out gallerist and art dealer Sandro Bosi. However, we’ve been unable to confirm this. Judging by the signage, though, the space is now up for sale; it’ll cost you $2.28 million to own.

One block to the north, at 70 Orchard Street, the Sasha Wolf gallery just exited. The latest group exhibit, “Tinsel and Blue,” was its last. Showroom for this Chelsea transplant lasted four years, having replaced the short-lived James Coviello boutique in December 2012. And now, according to a printout attached to the windows, the 7,500 square-foot store is again for rent, $6,500 per month.

News of Wolf’s closure first circulated on the block several months ago. The rumors proved true.

And, lastly, just steps from Orchard, gallerist Tracy Williams is giving up on the scene altogether. She’s likewise departing her nascent HQ at 55 Hester Street, and with it, “announcing a change in my strategy of presenting contemporary art; I will move away from the gallery model.” The final exhibit, “People, Places, Things,” concluded July 27.

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