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Two Contemporary Galleries Launch Spaces in Chelsea

Contemporary art galleries PaceWildenstein, New York, and Jenkins Johnson, San Francisco, recently announced plans to open new branches in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. PaceWildenstein, which is headquartered on 57th Street and already has a branch gallery on West 25th Street, is taking a 15-month lease for another west Chelsea space, a former garage at 545 West

NEW YORK—Contemporary art galleries PaceWildenstein, New York, and Jenkins Johnson, San Francisco, recently announced plans to open new branches in Manhattan’s Chelsea district.

PaceWildenstein, which is headquartered on 57th Street and already has a branch gallery on West 25th Street, is taking a 15-month lease for another west Chelsea space, a former garage at 545 West 22nd Street that is owned by the

Dia Art Foundation. (Dia is moving south to new premises in the meatpacking district.)

The need for a third space was “simple math,” PaceWildenstein president Marc Glimcher told ARTnewsletter. He reports that in recent years the gallery has taken on nine new artists—Tara Donovan, Tim Hawkinson and Fiona Rae, among others. PaceWildenstein plans to inaugurate the space on Oct. 21 with a show of about 45 works by John Chamberlain.

PaceWildenstein’s current lease for West 22nd Street is a 15-month agreement. Describing the location as “a perfect space,” Glimcher says the gallery is interested in a longer lease or the possibility of buying the property, but that 15 months “was as far as the board of Dia was willing to go” at present.

The Jenkins Johnson Gallery is opening a New York branch on Nov. 12 at 521 West 26th Street. The inaugural show will be a group exhibition of a dozen artists, representing a variety of media. Owner Karen Jenkins Johnson told ARTnewsletter the move to Manhattan was two years in the making, noting that she had looked at midtown spaces, on 57th street, before finding the 4,200-square-foot location. “It’s a good time to have a gallery in Chelsea,” she says. “There is a lot of activity, a lot of buzz.”

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