Next week, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will open a new gallery in Manhattan, called Rare, which will showcase “editions, manuscripts, letters, archival material, fine art, photography, and decorative art from the 19th century to the present,” according to an announcement from the gallery. Horowitz runs an office out of Midtown and has a space in East Hampton, but this is their first serious gallery in Manhattan since shuttering John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Booksellers on 64th Street, after McWhinnie’s death in 2012.
“We didn’t really have an appropriate and suitable space in New York City,” Horowitz said in a phone interview. “So after some minutes of reflection, we leapt at this opportunity.”
The new space, on West 54th Street, across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, is 1,000 square feet and occupies a former dentist’s office. The first show, which opens January 15, will focus on a book about Alberto Giacometti compiled by photographer Herbert Matter over the course of 25 years. The show brings together the contents of the book as well as ephemeral material about its making, all culled from Matter’s archives and “sources connected to Giacometti.”
“It’s in keeping with the spirit of what we do because we’re looking at things retrospectively,” Horowitz said. “We’re not representing artists and we don’t deal with legitimate contemporary art, though we’re not opposed to working with material related to contemporary artists.” With that in mind, he said, the next show at Rare will be an assortment of furniture, drawings, and blueprints from members of the Memphis Group, the Italian design collective.
The new gallery continues Horowitz’s history of bridging the art world with a larger literary archival project. Horowitz’s East Hampton outpost currently has a show of Paton Miller’s older paintings of the sea, which closes January 11, and the bookseller recently oversaw the sale of Tom Wolfe’s papers to the New York Public Library and represented the family of Gabriel García Márquez in the acquisition of the author’s papers by the University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. Last year, along with another New York bookseller, Karma, they published a little-known play by Don DeLillo, which featured illustrations by Richard Prince.