The Lower East Side's Eleven Rivington gallery is opening a new, larger space around the corner at 195 Chrystie St. on Apr. 29.
"We already had storage space in the building," director and partner Augusto Arbizo told A.i.A. Friday afternoon while viewing the new space. The dealer had just returned from a preview of the Dallas Art Fair, and would soon be on his way to Art Brussels. "And when the storefront became available, the landlord walked in our door and asked if we wanted to expand."
The gallery's first location, opened in fall 2007, measures only about 650 square feet. The new space, previously home to a photo lab, offers about 1,200. A stone arch, originally the entrance to the building lobby, will form a distinctive entryway from the street. When A.i.A. visited, workmen were painting the white egg-and-dart molding that remains along two of the main space's walls.
The new quarters are next-door to Lehmann Maupin's downtown outpost. The building has a rich creative history. "Talking Heads got their start on the ninth floor, and David Byrne still has space there. There are a lot of artists' studios too," Arbizo said, in addition to other hip tenants like fashion company Odin.
The main space at 195 Chrystie, about 40 feet deep by 15 wide—behind it is a tiny project room—will provide "much more flexibility in what type of work we show," Arbizo explained. "The space on Rivington is perfect for, say, an artist's first solo show. But now artists who work in more than one medium can show different works, divided between the spaces."
The gallery's roster focuses on young New York-based artists such as Chris Caccamise, Adam Schechter and market powerhouse Jacob Kassay, but also includes Berliner Volker Hueller and Brazilian painter Caetano de Almeida.
A two-venue exhibition by New York-based artist Michael DeLucia will christen the new location. To make his wall-hung sculptures, DeLucia uses an automated router to cut grooves, based on the artist's geometric computer drawings, into 8-by-4-foot sheets of painted plywood.
An inter-generational summer group show will include work by Daniel Buren, Mary Heilmann and Morris Louis, alongside emerging artists Sarah Braman, Sam Falls and Kyle Thurman.