A year and a half after moving from her sprawling space on the second floor of a large building on 26th Street to a much smaller street-level space on 24th, New York art dealer Nicole Klagsbrun is closing her eponymous gallery and stepping away from the commercial art world. The current Sean Bleuchel show is on view until Apr. 6. The gallery’s next show, of work by Ben Durham, will be its last (Apr. 12 through June).
“I’m not sick and I’m not broke,” Klagsbrun bluntly told the Art Newspaper yesterday. Like many, Klagsbrun is overwhelmed and exasperated by the “shopping mall experience” endemic to the fairs, biennials and auctions that dominate today’s art world, she says. She plans to keep an office in Chelsea and will focus on curatorial projects, including a show of Brie Ruais’s work this fall in a rented space.
Klagsbrun opened her first gallery (with Clarissa Dalrymple) in SoHo in 1984, and went out on her own in ’89, moving to Chelsea in 1998. Over the years she’s shown artists such as Billy Sullivan, Adam McEwen, Mika Rottenberg, Rashid Johnson and Elaine Reichek, among many others.
PHOTO: Installation view, John Giorno, Oscar Murillo and Brie Ruais, Movement in Three Parts, 2012, at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery. Courtesy Nicole Klagsbrun. Photo Cary Whittier.