Lorcan O’Neill Opens New Gallery In 17th-Century Roman Palazzo

Lorcan O'Neill's second gallery in Rome. Entrance to Vicolo dei Catinari.
Lorcan O'Neill's second gallery in Rome. Entrance to Vicolo dei Catinari.

Lorcan O’Neill is opening a new gallery in the former stables of the 17th-century Palazzo Croce, in Rome. This will be the gallerist’s second space in the city, where represents the likes of Martin Creed, Tracey Emin since 2003. Local buyers and visitors are the intended audience, the dealer says.

Opening on July 5, with shows by Jeff Wall and Richard Long, the new gallery will feature two exhibition spaces, four viewing rooms, and a roof garden suitable for sculpture display. It is meant to function as an “arts hub” in a city not yet known for its vibrant art market but which is hoping to build a place for itself in Italy and indeed Europe as a center for contemporary art.

Others have opened new spaces in Rome recently: Gagosian opened a gallery here, and, after Milan, Rome is one of Italy’s few expanding center’s for contemporary art galleries. The energy is also attracting younger dealers. Not yet 30, the Glaswegian James Gardner has received much praised for his gallery Frutta, which is focusing on up-and-coming artists such as Gabriele De Santis and Oliver Osborne.

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