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Robert Miller Gallery Closes Chelsea Space, and Betsy Wittenborn Miller’s Upper East Side Maisonette Is on the Market

Robert Miller Gallery's former space on 26th Street.COURTESY GOOGLE MAPS

Robert Miller Gallery’s former space on West 26th Street.


After 15 years on West 26th Street, Robert Miller Gallery has closed its Chelsea space, a representative for the gallery confirmed to ARTnews over the phone Wednesday. The gallery was evicted as a tenant and the space was vacated June 30. The gallery, which was founded by the dealer Robert Miller and his wife, Betsy Wittenborn Miller, in 1977, currently has no physical outpost and is on the hunt for a new location. A representative said an announcement is forthcoming.

In other news, the Upper East Side maisonette that Miller lived in with his wife until his death in 2011 is for sale. The two-story, 17-room digs at 120 East End Avenue—a building developed by Vincent Astor, who lived there with his wife, Brooke Astor—has been owned by Betsy Wittenborn Miller for decades. It was described in a January 1988 issue of New York magazine as “brimming with so many treasures that it seems to belong to another era.” Among these treasures: Hockneys, Matisse drawings, Roman busts, early Marsden Hartleys, and pre-Colombian artifacts.

A picture inside the mansion at 120 East End Avenue now serving as the Robert Miller Gallery private showroom.COURTESY DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE

A picture inside the mansion at 120 East End Avenue.


The home was put on the market in March 2015 for $18 million, along with a monthly maintenance fee of nearly $10,000. A representative from the gallery confirmed that it has yet to sell.

The Chelsea space, which opened at 524 West 26th Street in 2001, was vacated at the end of June. The space’s final show, which closed June 4, was a survey of work by Lee Krasner. Before moving to Chelsea, the gallery had outposts first on Fifth Avenue, then in the Fuller Building on 57th Street.

Update, August 3: In an earlier version, a representative from Miller confirmed that the gallery had established a private, by-appointment showroom in the Upper East Side maisonette. Since then, another rep from the gallery has since said that there is, in fact, no showroom there. The post has been updated to reflect this. In addition, the year of Robert Miller’s death was incorrect and has been updated.

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