Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, an anchor of the Lower East Side gallery district, and Jack Hanley, a former San Francisco dealer who has spent the last five years in Tribeca, are moving out of their longtime spaces and into a shared two-story, 4,000-square-foot building on 327 Broome Street. The two contemporary art dealers will alternate use of the ground floor gallery, which features 16 foot-high ceilings, and the upstairs exhibition space, which boasts ample skylights. They hope to open at the end of November.
“There’s more foot traffic there than there is in Tribeca,” Hanley told ARTINFO. Beauchene and Hanley decided to team up at a meeting of the New Art Dealers Alliance, of which they are both board members. “I mentioned I was looking in the neighborhood at the NADA meeting, and Nicelle told me she’d already found this space.” For both dealers, the move represents a significant increase in square footage. Nicelle Beauchene, who currently has a gallery on Orchard Street, will mount an inaugural show of Louise Despont, known for her delicate graphite drawings on antique ledger book pages.
The Broome Street block between Chrystie and Bowery is quickly becoming a happening art spot. White Box has had its space on the street for years, and will also be home to Marlborough Chelsea‘s forthcoming collaboration with CANADA, as well as the mysterious art space LBBI. Lucien Terras, formerly of Chelsea gallery D’Amelio-Terras, is reportedly working out of an office on the block as well. Hanley suggested he might team up with Phil Grauer of CANADA, Pascale Spengemann of Marlborough, and a few other dealers on the block to start a band. “We can practice in the basement,” he said.
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— Julia Halperin