Hauser & Wirth to Open NYC Gallery

And a ray of sunshine breaks through the economic gloom: top contemporary and modern art gallery Hauser & Wirth is expanding. In the wake of last month’s debut of Swallow Street, its London exhibition space for emerging artists, Hauser & Wirth has announced that it will open a New York outpost on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in September. The new gallery is being designed by architect Annabelle Selldorf, who also created Hauser & Wirth’s spectacular spaces in London and Zurich.

Located at 32 East 69th Street, once home to the pioneering Martha Jackson Gallery, Hauser & Wirth New York will have four glorious—and contiguous—floors of exhibition space. The building’s first two floors are currently occupied by Zwirner & Wirth (also designed by Selldorf), the partnership between David Zwirner and Iwan Wirth that will close after the current Alice Neel show, which is up through June 20. Selldorf will soon begin reconfiguring the building into a coherent whole for Hauser & Wirth, a press representative for the gallery tells us.

With a slate of global art stars such as Louise Bourgeois, Martin Creed, Pipilotti Rist, and Subodh Gupta as well as the estates of artists including Eva Hesse, Hauser & Wirth plans to make the most of its stateside space. First up: bringing in mounds of auto tires to recreate “Yard,” the 1961 environmental work by the late Allan Kaprow. The original site of “Yard”? The backyard of the Martha Jackson Gallery, where gallery-goers were encouraged to climb in and around the tires. “Four decades after it was first installed, the work engages the imagination, intellect, and senses as much as ever,” said Wirth in a press release. “It still challenges what art is and how it fits in our lives, and Kaprow continues to influence a vast range of artists.” Future exhibitions on Hauser & Wirth’s New York gallery calendar include those featuring new works by Paul McCarthy (November) and Ida Applebroog (January 2010).