Andrew Edlin Cancels Inaugural Event After Giant Condo Wall Collapse
Art dealer Andrew Edlin had planned to inaugurate his new Lower East Side gallery space on the Bowery this evening with a performance by artist and filmmaker Brent Green, but then something big happened next door.
This morning, the gallery tweeted and sent out an email indicating that the event, titled “If I Could Have Any Superpower,” has been postponed due to a wall collapse at the construction project that adjoins the gallery space. artnet News inquired about alternate plans and Edlin wrote in an email: “We will try to reschedule but need to wait until the Building Dept gives us the all clear sign. Brent and his band are on standby.”
Edlin assured us that there was “no damage to our space at all.” There is a major gut renovation going on to build the condos but he was not sure exactly what caused the wall to collapse. Two workers were injured.
Last month, Edlin announced plans to close his Chelsea space on Tenth Avenue and relocate to the space at 212 Bowery, which is already home to a growing art scene around the nearby New Museum. Galleries who made the leap include Sperone Westwater and Eleven Rivington.
The move will mean a considerable increase in exhibition space for Edlin, from 1,700 square feet to about 2,500 square feet.
Edlin held the Chelsea space for 13 years, alongside nearby galleries Lori Bookstein Fine Art, and Alexander and Bonin.
The final show on view at the Chelsea space is a group show entitled “Anthems for the Mother Earth Space,” featuring works by Brian Adam Douglas, Chris Doyle, Peter Fend, Katerina Lanfranco, Rigo 23, Kevin Sampson and Saya Woolfalk. It is on view until August 14.
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