This week Von Lintel Gallery quietly announced in a press release that its Chelsea location will be closing after fourteen years and relocating to the sun and surf of Los Angeles. This will be the second move for Von Lintel, which first came to New York in 1999 from Munich, where the gallery was first established in 1993.
“Drawn by the growing community of artists living in L.A. and the opportunity to be part of a developing art center, the move to California will allow us to expand our vision and scope,” the relocation announcement explained. “The contemporary art scene in L.A., presents greater opportunities and flexibility for us, and we are excited both to exhibit new artists and to introduce the gallery program to new audiences.”
Though the gallery hasn’t found a location yet, it is eying an L.A. opening in early 2014, and will keep an office in Manhattan that gallery director Amy Sande-Friedman will be overseeing in order to accommodate clients during the transition.
The gallery’s farewell show in its Chelsea space, “California Dreaming,” opens on December 12 and promises to “be a celebration of our terrific years in New York and the exciting new chapter about to begin in L.A. “
The most telling and charming reason for the gallery’s move comes a little later in the announcement: “Thomas von Lintel can’t wait to have a lemon tree in his backyard.”
— Meredith Caraher
(Image via Von Lintel Gallery/Facebook.)