ARTINFO has learned that Chelsea dealer Zach Feuer will be taking a 4,500-square-foot space on the ground floor of the former Dia Art Foundation building on 22nd Street. Feuer, who celebrates the ten year anniversary of his gallery this year, is moving into a space that is more than double the size of his current 24th street gallery.
ARTINFO also understands from several sources that Feuer's neighbor on the ground floor will be CRG Gallery, which is relocating from its current third-floor space across the street into an equally cavernous premises with 18-foot ceilings; CRG was very close to signing a lease as of Thursday evening. Los Angeles architect Peter Zellner has been commissioned to renovate the spaces. The building's distinctive Jorge Pardo-designed tile floor will be preserved under protective resin.
Feuer has signed a ten-year lease and will open his gallery in October when renovations, due to begin this week, are completed. The dealer declined to comment on the rent he's paying for the space, but ARTINFO understands the rent is in the low $20,000 range, which is comparable to going rates for street-level space in Chelsea.
As for the upper three floors, Jayne Drost, director of Elizabeth Dee Gallery, has confirmed that the gallery will be renting a space in these upper floors but has not confirmed which floor or floors. She says the gallery — which will retain its current 20th-street space — will put on two "museum-scale exhibitions" in the building per year, with the first one, of Dee artist Adrian Piper, scheduled to open in the fall. The Editions Artists' Books Fair, which ran in the Dia building last fall, will take place there again from November 4-7.
The widely-speculated-upon Dia building move is a major step for Feuer, who plans shows there in the fall by gallery artists Kristen Morgin, Phoebe Washburn, and Dasha Shishkin. There will be a Dana Schutz exhibition in fall 2011.
"The past eight years have been great, but cramped," said Feuer, who is planning to expand his roster. "Having this larger space means I can keep growing my gallery at a modest pace." The dealer had been in negotiations for his new site for the past two and a half months.
The so-called Dia building, which the nonprofit art organization moved into in 1987 and occupied until selling it in 2007 for $38.5 million, was one of the original art settlements in what has now become New York preeminent gallery district. More recently, the building played host to the one-year nonprofit art space X Initiative, which was founded by Dee and run with an international advisory board of artists and curators. In March it briefly served as home to the new hybrid art fair called Independent, which also a project co-engineered by Dee, with Darren Flook of London's Hotel Gallery.