Four Young Galleries on the Move


Four young New York galleries are planning moves this fall.

Fitzroy Gallery, which opened in December 2010 at 77 Mercer St. in SoHo, shows artists including Colby Bird, Sean Dack and Kianja Strobert. In a phone interview, director Maureen Sarro told A.i.A. that the gallery is relocating to 195 Chrystie St., on the Lower East Side, where its neighbors will include Lehmann Maupin Gallery and Eleven Rivington at its new location. “We’re excited to be closer to more of our colleagues,” she said. “I think we’ll get a lot more traffic.”

“A lot of artists have space in that building,” she added. “I’ve done so many studio visits there.”

Fitzroy will more than double its exhibition space, to 4,000 square feet over two floors. A show by Gibb Slife, “Thick as a Brick,” opening Sept. 15, will inaugurate the new venue. Slife was the first artist Sarro showed at 77 Mercer.

Laurel Gitlen is also moving her eponymous gallery. In business since 2009 (and previously under the name Small A Projects, which Gitlen used while in business in Oregon in 2005–08), she shows artists including Corin Hewitt and Jessica Jackson Hutchins.

While earlier reports had Gitlen moving in September, she now expects to take up residence in her new space at 122 Norfolk St. in October. She will have about 1,300 square feet of exhibition space and will be close to Thierry Goldberg and Lisa Cooley galleries. She hopes to open a show of installations by Erik Wysocan, who works in sculpture and photography, on Oct. 28.

“But I’m wary of even mentioning any dates!” she told A.i.A. in a phone interview, in view of the delays she’s already experienced in obtaining permits because the building has long been in disuse. “It might open a week later,” she added.

Currently open by appointment, Gitlen will mount a final show, “WimIpeNrsGonSat!ion,” at her current location, at 261 Broome St., in September. It will feature prints on painted panel by Jesse Willenbring and sculptures by Ara Dymond. “The work is really over the top, so I think it will be a good way to end our time in the space,” Gitlen said.

Horton Gallery, currently in Chelsea, announced this month that it will expand to a 2,100-square-foot space at 55-59 Chrystie St. on the Lower East Side. Horton will take over the facility from Canada Gallery, which will move to 333 Broome St., perhaps as early as November.

Alex Zachary Peter Currie, which has been operating at 16 East 77th St. since January 2010, has reported it will move. The gallery has received favorable notices for shows including Ken Okiishi and Jordan Wolfson. No new location has been announced.