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Elizabeth Dee Gallery to Leave Chelsea for Two-Story Harlem Space

An installation view of works by Julia Wachtel from her 2015 show at Elizabeth Dee's Chelsea location.COURTESY ELIZABETH DEE

An installation view of works by Julia Wachtel from her 2015 show at Elizabeth Dee’s Chelsea location.

COURTESY ELIZABETH DEE

Chelsea’s Elizabeth Dee Gallery is moving north to Harlem, the New York Times reported earlier today. Having operated from its modestly sized West 20th Street location for the past 15 years, Elizabeth Dee Gallery will soon occupy a much larger two-story space which served as the Studio Museum in Harlem’s original location on Fifth avenue between East 125th and 126th Streets. The move is scheduled for May.

Last year, dealer Gavin Brown announced that he would move his gallery from its longtime West Village to Harlem. His forthcoming location, in the area’s Manhattanville neighborhood, is a little less than a mile from Dee’s spot.

In the Times story, Dee says that she talked with about 20 dealers about the possibility of moving to, or opening a space in Harlem. “Out of those 20,” she says, “I’d estimate that 10 are actively looking now for space in Harlem, either as a move or to establish a second gallery location.”

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