NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin Gallery
announced that in October 2018, the gallery will open its fourth Chelsea location featuring a column-free exhibition space, 28 skylights, and a rooftop sculpture garden. Situated alongside the High Line in the heart of Chelsea, the gallery will offer a rotating outdoor sculpture exhibition program to the promenade's 6 million annual visitors.
The new gallery is the result of many years of discussion, said founder Paul Kasmin. Nearly all galleries in Chelsea are adapted industrial spaces, so the real ambition has been to create a purpose-built exhibition space with the sole intention of showing art at its very best."
The building signals a new era of curatorial ambition and will open with a solo exhibition of new paintings by Walton Ford in the gallery and an installation of three bronze sculptures by Joel Shapiro on the rooftop on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
The gallery has been designed by studioMDA to realize the most ambitious aspects of Kasmins mission, particularly the exhibition of large-scale work. The roof garden provides an additional 5,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space and its embedded skylights provide natural daylight into the art space below as well as evening illumination. The building is cast entirely in white concrete that bears the texture of brushed oak, creating a striking texture evocative of a wooden structure.
Paul Kasmin and studioMDA, led by Markus Dochantschi, have a long history of collaboration, having worked together to build the 515 W 27th St and 297 Tenth Ave gallery spaces as well as numerous exhibitions and art fair booths.