Right in the middle of Independent Projects comes news that Center548—the Chelsea building that is currently home to Independent and Zach Feuer, and was formerly owned by the Dia Art Foundation—will be sold to Property Markets Group, a real-estate acquisition firm. According to artnet News, Center548’s current tenants are being asked to leave.
Following Center548’s sale of the property for $39.9 million in June, Zach Feuer, the gallery whose home has been in Center548 since 2010, has had its lease cut short and will be forced to move to a new location, where it will reside beginning in March 2015. At this time of writing, that location has not yet been announced.
Two art fairs will also be left without an exhibition space. The Outsider Art Fair and the Independent art fair, which have been held at the building since 2013, have planned their last Center548 editions for January and March, respectively.
Previously, 548 West 22nd Street was home to Dia:Chelsea, where the Dia Art Foundation hosted exhibitions by such artists like Jenny Holzer and Robert Gober. (Gober’s Dia:Chelsea installation is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art’s Gober retrospective, “The Heart is Not a Metaphor.”) After the space was closed for renovation in 2004, the property’s repairs became too expensive, and the foundation sold the building to T. Coll Company in 2007. The building reopened in 2010 as Center548, the art space which, until now, had been known for the art fairs it hosted.
Although 548 West 22nd Street’s fate remains a mystery, its current tenants are as busy as ever. Independent Projects, the art fair’s exhibition, is on view there through November 15. Meanwhile, “Nine Worthies,” a show of new sculpture by Marianne Vitale, is expected to open tomorrow at Zach Feuer.