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9 New Galleries That Opened in New York City in 2017 12 January 2018

Elena Goukassian

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Don’t focus on the closings. Three cheers for new galleries!

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Art galleries are kind of like restaurants. It’s a hard business, and although it’s always sad when one closes (especially after many years serving the neighborhood), when a new one opens, it brings new promise. While 2017 saw the closing of venues like Envoy Enterprises, CRG Gallery, and Sandra Gering Inc., it also witnessed the opening of several brand new galleries in New York City. Here are a few of them [extract]


OLSEN GRUIN (30 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Founded by Australian art dealer Tim Olsen and gallerists Emerald and Adrian Gruin (formerly of Rox Gallery, which closed in 2014), OLSEN GRUIN opened in Nolita last March, before relocating to a larger space on the Lower East Side in June. The gallery’s first show, On Elizabeth (the gallery was on Elizabeth Street), featured paintings, drawing, and sculpture by Emily Pwerle, Leo Gabin, Mike Bouchet, Folkert de Jong, and Koak. The current exhibition, Jens Einhorn: Raw Visions, a collection of colorful abstract collages, runs through February 5.

Image: OLSEN GRUIN installed with its summer show, Wesley Martin Berg and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri (courtesy OLSEN GRIUIN)



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