Lehmann Maupin to Move to Massive New Peter Marino-Designed Chelsea Space in 2017
The Chelsea expansion arms race continues.
Lehmann Maupin will move into a new space next to the High Line at West 24th Street and 10th Avenue in Chelsea, the gallery has confirmed. Construction is already underway, and the gallery expects to move into the so-called Getty building in 2017.
Rumors over which dealer will move into the new space—which is being built on the site of the Getty Gas Station—have been circulating ever since Manhattan real estate developers Michael Shvo and Victor Group filed permits with the DOB that included space for a 3,392 square-foot art gallery last spring, as reported by Yimby. However, as it turns out, the space that Lehmann Maupin will occupy will be substantially larger.
The new location will be designed by the renowned architect Peter Marino, and is set to encompass a staggering 8,500 square feet spread across three floors. The column-free space will feature hardwood floors, skylights, and ceiling heights of up to 23 feet. Aside from the primary exhibition space, the new building will also house private viewing rooms and offices.
“The gallery has experienced tremendous growth in the past few years, both in terms of our artist roster and staffing,” galley co-founder Rachel Lehmann said in a statement. “With higher ceilings, more square footage, and state-of-the-art lighting and infrastructure, this new bespoke space has been designed to meet our expanding needs, as well as the ever-evolving creative needs of our artists.”
“West 24th Street will be the primary location of our business,” added gallery co-founder David Maupin. “Chelsea remains an important hub of the New York contemporary art scene. We represent a growing roster of renowned international artists, and it is important for us to be able to offer additional exhibition options and exposure within the area.”
The gallery has had a tough time with real estate in recent years. In October 2014, the gallery was forced to leave its 26th Street space and relocate to its current location on 22nd Street. Dealers Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin will hope that this move will put an end to the gallery’s somewhat nomadic recent history.
Whilst construction is underway, the gallery stressed that it will continue to operate from its existing West 22nd Street and Chrystie Street locations in New York, and in its Pedder Building space in Hong Kong.
News of the expansion comes as fellow Chelsea gallerist Marianne Boesky announced the expansion of her space, which will cover a vast 13,000 square feet. More broadly, its also a strong indication that despite the attention surrounding the burgeoning art scene on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Chelsea arts district is here to stay.
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