Half Gallery, the hip, downtown space run by dealer and former Bravo “Work of Art” judge Bill Powers, is moving. The gallery will leave its Lower East Side haunt on Forsyth Street for a to-be-determined spot uptown. (Thanks to Walter Robinson for tipping us off to this news on Twitter.) The new location will open in February with an installation by Louis Eisner, a young, New York-based artist who is best known as part of the loose collective The Still House Group.
“I think Louis is a major new talent,” Powers told ARTINFO in an e-mail confirming the move. Half Gallery’s current show — constellation photograms by Jack Siegel — closes on January 31 and will be the last at its downtown space.
Powers declined to elaborate on the location of his new gallery or confirm the rumor (also put forth by Robinson) that artists Nate Lowman and Hanna Liden will be taking over his Forsyth Street space. Currently, Lowman, Liden, and actor/artist Leo Fitzpatrick operate Home Alone Gallery, a closet-size storefront at nearby 54 Franklin Street. The gallery’s most recent project was a 24-hour presentation by Liden on January 7 titled, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” With possibly expanded spaces on the way for both Half Gallery and Home Alone, perhaps the best of times are yet to come?
— Julia Halperin
(Photo of Powers and photographer Terry Richardson courtesy Guest of a Guest)