Amsterdam’s ‘GRIMM Gallery’ Debuts Next Week on the Bowery
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 competition is cutthroat. One need only look to the nascent Seventeen Gallery which bottomed out after a mere two months on the Bowery. It’s since been replaced with something called Arsenal.
Into the fray steps GRIMM Gallery, an Amsterdam-based business that just signed a lease on 202 Bowery. The new gallery will be inaugurated June 2 with a two-floor show by sculptor Nick van Woert called “Organ Donor.” The exhibit focuses on counter-cultural, radical environmentalist figures such as MOVE, a group of radical black-liberation, hunter-gatherers that lived in Philadelphia “until it was firebombed by police in the 1970s.”