Marianne Boesky to Launch Boesky West in Aspen

The gallery will open in a cabin that once belonged to photographer James “Horsethief” Kelly.

Rendering of Boesky West including Frank Stella, Puffed Star II (2014). Courtesy of Selldorf Architects. Artwork © 2017 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

New York’s Marianne Boesky Gallery has unveiled plans for a new Aspen, Colorado, outpost that will open on March 8.

Boesky has tapped into local history in Aspen, setting up shop in a cabin that was once home to James “Horsethief” Kelly, a photographer active during the late 1800s. Selldorf Architects is working with local architecture firm David Johnston Architects to execute the 3,000-square-foot space, mere blocks from the Aspen Art Museum.

The new location follows on the heels of a massive expansion of the gallery’s Chelsea flagship at 509 West 24th Street in June 2016. By taking over the building next door, the gallery more than doubled its exhibition space to 13,000 square feet. The extra room in Chelsea, however, came at the expense of the gallery’s Upper East Side and Lower East Side locations, which shuttered ahead of the unveiling of the larger space.

“I have long been inspired by Aspen’s extreme landscape, and the creativity that it has fueled among artists, musicians, writers, and so many other individuals of diverse backgrounds and interests,” said Marianne Boesky in a statement. “I see Boesky West as a space to present the work of our artists in a completely different context and environment than New York, expanding the experience of their work and introducing it to new audiences.”

Boesky West will kick off with a presentation of new and recent work by Frank Stella and Larry Bell, who have rarely been exhibited together. The gallery plans, according to a press release, to “highlight both artists’ ongoing fascinations with abstraction, material, light, and space, creating a dynamic dialogue between their distinct practices.”

A solo show of photographs by John Houck will follow over the summer, while the gallery plans to host a residency program for curators, historians, and writers during the off-season.

Marianne Boesky Gallery will open Boesky West at 100 South Spring Street, Aspen, Colorado, with an exhibition of work by Frank Stella and Larry Bell on March 8, 2017.

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