Skarstedt gallery will open a new space on New York’s Upper East Side in March at 19 East 64th Street. The new gallery will be housed in a 25,000-square-foot space originally built in 1932 by architect Horace Trumbauer.
Skarstedt’s new digs have previously been the subject of art-world intrigue. The building was once owned by the legendary art-dealing Wildenstein family, which had originally planned to sell the building to the Qatari government.
In 2017, the building became the subject of a lawsuit involving collector Len Blavatnik, who alleged that David Wildenstein had called off a verbal agreement to sell it to him for $79 million. The building was subsequently sold to a Chinese investment group. When the building was sold again, for $90 million, in February of last year, the New York Post reported that it was the most expensive townhouse deal ever done in the city; the buyer, the publication said, was none other than Blavatnik.
This will be Skarstedt’s second location in New York (its other gallery in the city is located on East 79th Street), and its third overall, counting its London space. For its inaugural exhibition on East 64th Street, Skarstedt is hosting a group show of “classic works by the artists with whom Skarstedt has been working for over 20 years,” according to a release. Among the artists represented by Skarstedt are Eric Fischl, KAWS, David Salle, Sue Williams, and Martin Kippenberger.