Tribeca Citizen | The David Zwirner gallery takes over the M1-5 club space


The gallery will have three or four exhibitions a year accompanied by a publication, Zwirner announced at the time. “The program will be reflective of Haynes’s curatorial practice and will host critically engaging content, including satellite programming of panel discussions and relevant online content.” Haynes was previously a director for Martos Gallery and Shoot the Lobster. The main goal is to create a curatorial staff that is Black. “While you could argue that strides have been made on the artist side, the art world acts almost shamefully on the employment side,” Zwirner told The New York Times in September. “Something has to happen.”

Last we heard of M1-5 they were applying with the State Liquor Authority for a “corporate change” for the company that operated the club. Not sure what happened with that but either way, this is great news from here on in for neighbors, and quite exciting for the Tribeca Gallery District. Source

“Twenty-five years ago, the gallery opened in a relatively small space at 43 Greene Street in SoHo in New York, with the intention to show challenging art without compromise. It’s been an extraordinary quarter of a century, with over 300 exhibitions behind us—from Greene Street to Chelsea in New York, then onwards to London, the Upper East Side, Hong Kong, and soon another Chelsea expansion—and an incredible roster of artists, outstanding staff, and community of collectors, curators, and supporters.”

Zwirner, whose father was also an art dealer, opened his own gallery in Soho 28 years ago, at 43 Greene, and, well, he’s come a long way. In 2002, the gallery moved from Soho to 525 W.19th St., and a few years later expanded on the block. In 2012, he opened a gallery in London, and in 2013, razed a space on West 20th and built a five-story concrete gallery there. This from his 25th anniversary: Not that I am qualified to comment on the art world, but Zwirner is more of a museum head than a gallerist — he represents artists whose work is just as often at the Whitney than on far West 19th Street. I’m thinking our own Richard Serra, Diane Arbus, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and my #1 fave, Gordon Matta Clark.

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