In September, New York gallery Hollis Taggart will move from its current home on the seventh floor of 521 West 26th Street to the first floor of the Chelsea building. In addition, the firm, which specializes in postwar American art, will relocate its private viewing area and storage annex, now situated on the Upper East Side, to a space across the street from the gallery. Together, the gallery and annex will have close to 4,000 square feet.
The first floor of 521 West 26th Street was most recently occupied by Magnan Metz Gallery. According to Dara Metz, a co-owner of the enterprise, it is currently in-between locations.
The inaugural exhibition in Hollis Taggart’s newly renovated space is titled “New Space, New Acquisitions” and opens September 6. Spotlighting a selection of acquisitions made by the gallery over the last six months, the show will include work by Alexander Calder, Hans Hofmann, Adolph Gottlieb, and others.
Gallery founder and president Hollis Taggart told ARTnews that the move to the first floor will afford greater accessibility and visibility. Regarding the private viewing and storage annex’s transition from the Upper East Side to Chelsea, he said that maintaining spaces in separate neighborhoods became “a little bit cumbersome.”
“We thought it would be more efficient and effective to consolidate it in Chelsea,” Taggart said. “I personally think there’s been a little bit of a lull in Chelsea, but it’s going to pick up. It’s such a center for most galleries, and it’s the most concentrated area for galleries. I don’t think that will change.”
Taggart added that, while the gallery will continue to focus on postwar American art, it will also expand its contemporary programming.
“The art world is changing and evolving and so we are trying to respond to that,” he said. “I don’t think it’s wise to be static in the face of such change.”