Fergus McCaffrey Will Open Outposts in the Caribbean and Japan

Fergus McCaffrey gallery in Chelsea. Photo: Fergus McCaffrey.
Fergus McCaffrey gallery in Chelsea.
Photo: Fergus McCaffrey.

Fergus McCaffrey gallery, which recently moved from the Upper East Side to a prime Chelsea storefront on 26th Street, is looking beyond New York, with its second location slated to open in November on St. Barthélemy. It will be the French Caribbean island’s first permanent, year-round fine art gallery.

Although St. Barths is known as a winter vacation hot spot among the international jet-setting crew, the 600-square-foot Fergus McCaffrey space will offer programming all year on the harbor in the capital of Gustavia.

The gallery has had a presence on the island before. From 2005 until 2008, Fergus McCaffrey co-ran an artists’ residency and gallery program, drawing on the island’s history as an artist colony. Since the late 1960s, such artistic luminaries as Jasper Johns, Brice Marden, Francesco Clemente, and Cy Twombly have found inspiration on the shores of St. Barths.

During its four-year run the residency program hosted artists such as David Noonan, Kelley Walker, and Douglas Gordon, while the gallery offered solo shows of artists including Andy Warhol and Mike Kelley.

Fergus McCaffrey St. Barths will offer both innovative historical exhibitions and new work from the gallery’s growing stable of international artists. The gallery’s expansion will continue next year, with a planned third location in Tokyo.


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