|Sperone Westwater Announces Move to the Bowery
1 November 2008
Sperone Westwater is pleased to announce that the gallery will move to a new building at 257 Bowery in Spring 2010. British based Foster + Partners, headed by Norman Foster with Architects of Record, Adamson Associates, have been commissioned to build the new eight-story gallery located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, one block north of the New Museum. Prompted by Sperone Westwaters increasing need for larger and more flexible space, the Foster + Partners design will double the exhibition area and provide a variety of rooms for the gallerys ambitious and diverse program.
A distinctive innovation in the design is a moving exhibition space, a 12 x 20-foot moving hall that connects the five floors where works of art will be on view. The exhibition space allows visitors to move gradually between levels and will be a prominent feature along the Bowery, visible from the street, its gentle pace contrasting with the fast-moving traffic. At any given floor, the exhibition space can be extended by parking the moving hall as required. This moving exhibit will set a new standard in experiencing art and pioneer a novel approach to vertical movement within a gallery building.
The design incorporates a mezzanine floor and double-height display area at street level, a sculpture terrace towards the park and a private viewing gallery at the top of the public floors. A setback marks the location of the offices. Works of art will be stored primarily in the basement, while an extensive library is located at the top of the building below the mechanical floor. Daylight filters into the library through a light well, defining the reading space below.
The two layers of facade that house the moving exhibit acts as a buffer zone, protecting the building from extreme temperatures and acoustically insulating the galleries. A series of openings in the outer layer of this façade, together with the moving exhibition elements, provide a natural flow of air a part of the buildings sustainable agenda.
In speaking about the project, Norman Foster stated:
The concept for Sperone Westwater Gallery is both a response to the Bowerys dynamic urban character and a desire to rethink the way in which we engage with art in the setting of a gallery. The moving exhibit Hall animates the exterior of the building and creates a bold vertical element within. Like a kinetic addition to the street, it is a lively symbol of the areas reinvention and a daring response to the Gallerys major program.
ABOUT SPERONE WESTWATER
Sperone Westwater Fischer was founded in 1975, when Italian art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone, Angela Westwater, and German art dealer Konrad Fischer opened a space at 142 Greene Street in SoHo, New York. (The gallerys name was changed to Sperone Westwater in 1982.) The original goal of the gallery was to showcase European artists who had little or no recognition in the United States, along with a collection of American painters and sculptors to whom the three founders were committed. Notable early exhibitions include Aspects of Recent Art from Europe, a 1977 group show featuring important work by Joseph Beuys and Jannis Kounellis; a 1977 exhibition of minimalist works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Sol Lewitt; German artist Gerhard Richters first solo exhibition in New York in 1978; and the installation of one of Mario Merzs celebrated glass and neon igloos in 1979 part of the gallerys ongoing dedication to Arte Povera artists, including Alighiero Boetti. Other early historical exhibitions in the Greene Street space featured the work of Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni.
In 2002, Sperone Westwater moved from SoHo to a 10,000 square foot space on West 13th Street in the Meatpacking District. Today, almost 35 years after its conception, the gallery continues to exhibit the work of prominent artists of diverse nationality and age, who work in various media. Renowned American artists Bruce Nauman and Susan Rothenberg have been with Sperone Westwater since 1975 and 1987, respectively. They are joined by established and internationally-recognized artists, including Malcolm Morley, Richard Long, Guillermo Kuitca, Evan Penny and William Wegman as well as a younger generation of artists like Tom Sachs, Charles LeDray, Wim Delvoye and Liu Ye. The gallerys 2008-2009 exhibition schedule includes two major group shows, Sculpting Time and ZERO in New York, and solo presentations of work by Evan Penny, Susan Rothenberg and Bertozzi & Casoni. Also in 2009 Bruce Nauman will represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in an exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Carla Accardi, Josef Albers, Bertozzi & Casoni, Alighiero Boetti, Nicola Bolla, Giorgio de Chirico, Wim Delvoye, Kim Dingle, Aaron van Erp, Lucio Fontana, Andrew Grassie, On Kawara, Guillermo Kuitca, Charles LeDray, Liu Ye, Richard Long, Sebastian Ludwig, Piero Manzoni, Mario Merz, Frank Moore, Giorgio Morandi, Malcolm Morley, Nabil Nahas, Bruce Nauman, Evan Penny, Francis Picabia, Susan Rothenberg, Tom Sachs, Mario Schifano, Julian Schnabel, Laurie Simmons, Richard Tuttle, Not Vital, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Jan Worst
For more information please contact Maryse Brand at Sperone Westwater at (212) 999-7337, or email@example.com