This Friday, the Berlin gallery Mathew will open on the second floor of 47 Canal Street, New York, former home to that eponymous gallery (which kept its name, despite opening its new location at 291 Grand Street yesterday).
Mathew owner David Lieske said the opportunity to move into the 47 Canal space was the main motivation for opening in New York.
“[47 Canal co-owner] Margaret Lee helped make a lot of this possible,” Lieske said over the phone. “Really it was more like an invitation, than a decision.”
Asked about the challenges and opportunities of his second space, Lieske said that while he loved Berlin, and being around all the artists who live there, most galleries there tend to do only a handful of shows and rely more on art fairs as a way of showing their artists.
By contrast, he said, he’s always liked doing a lot of shows, and, he said, “it’s very hard to do many shows in a place where there are almost no collectors. Also, for some reason our gallery seems to be more appealing to international and American collectors, so most of our collectors are here.”
“It just makes sense to us,” he added. “We’re not interested in becoming one of these travelling merchants that go from art fair to art fair.”
Mathew NYC opens Friday with a show of photography by Vernon Price, in what Lieske said was essentially the artist’s first solo show. The opening will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and while the gallery will be open Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., at all other times it will be by appointment only.