The first exhibition at the new Sean Kelly Gallery at 475 Tenth Avenue will be a solo show of work by the British sculptor Antony Gormley, opening on October 27. Mega-dealer Sean Kelly shook up the Chelsea art world when he announced in March that his gallery would be moving to an even larger space in Hell’s Kitchen, which has since been vacated by storied non-profit Exit Art, and given an extensive redesign (rendered above) by Toshiko Morio.
Gormley’s last exhibition with his New York gallery was 2010’s “Breathing Room II,” a set of room-sized outlines of rectangular volumes and his trademark humanoid figures deconstructed into grids of quadrilaterals.
Speaking to ARTINFO in March, Kelly noted that the new gallery boasts rooms ranging “from a main exhibition space of about 4,000 square feet to spaces of about 1,500 square feet,” giving Gormley more than enough room to populate the space with a whole army of his figures, or more abstract, large-scale installations.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Image: Architectural rendering of Sean Kelly at 475 10th Avenue, Main Gallery; © Toshiko Mori Architect, 2012; Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York.)