Hauser & Wirth has recently announced the location of the new branch to be 511 West 18th Street in Chelsea and will open this autumn in conjunction with the gallery’s 20th anniversary.
The 23,000 square foot space was originally constructed in the 1930s as a working stable and garage, before later becoming the famous Roxy roller skating rink and discotheque. The large space with high ceilings will be able to exhibit much larger artworks, a feature that the more intimate East 69th Street gallery lacks. It will no doubt rival the Gagosian Gallery space on 24th Street and 11th Avenue.
Iwan Wirth, president and owner of Hauser & Wirth said in a press statement, “ New York is the world’s art capital and its cultural ecology is unlike that of any other city.” “It offers the world’s largest audiences, which are extraordinarily diverse and sophisticated, along with the highest concentration of great museums, galleries, alternative spaces and arts organizations. We are excited to expand our capabilities as a social and cultural shop in such a rich, dynamic, creative environment. Hauser & Wirth’s entire global team is delighted and honored to be able to increase our participation in the life of New York City, and to create another special destination where the public can engage the work and ideas of the artists we represent.”
The Hauser & Wirth on East 69th Street, New York opened in 2009. Hauser & Wirth also has galleries in Zurich and London and it represents over 50 emerging and established contemporary artists.