On September 20, the Lever House Art Collection is set to open a Peter Halley installation, which will encompass two floors of its eponymous building and soak its block on Park Avenue in an acid yellow glow both day and night. This will be the largest exhibition from Halley to date in New York, and marks the fourth exhibit from the space’s recently appointed curator, Roya Sachs, who succeeds Richard Marshall, the space’s longtime curator who passed away in 2014. (The program was started by collector Aby Rosen, the president of RFR Realty, which owns the building, and dealer Alberto Mugrabi.)
“What really attracted me to Lever House is its very strong architectural identity,” Sachs told ARTnews in a phone interview. “It’s an iconic landmark building, built in 1952, designed by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois. But there’s something really quite inexplicably magic about this building, because its interior and exterior are in constant dialogue with one another. It’s public, but it’s private. It’s a lobby, but it’s also a glass box.”
Sachs, who’s previously held positions at Sotheby’s and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, curated her first show at the space in spring of 2017, a Katherine Bernhardt exhibition, which was followed by outings with Reginald Sylvester II and Adam Pendleton, the latter of which closed last week. Halley’s show will feature previously unseen shaped canvases, a medium the artist has never worked with before, organized in a street-facing lattice, along with other existing pieces.
“It’s really going to be a journey through the mental and physical planes of Peter Halley and his work,” Sachs said.