The Amber Building in Shanghai. Photo: Alessandro Wang. Courtesy of Almine Rech.

Almine Rech Expands to Shanghai, Cleve Carney Art Gallery to Become a Museum, and More

Almine Rech will open its fifth gallery in Shanghai on July 12. Located on the second floor of 27 Huqiu Road in the heart of Shanghai’s Bund district, it will be housed in a former industrial space, known as the Amber Building, which is also home to both Lisson Gallery and Perrotin. The gallery will be led by directors Candice Gu and Damien Zhang.

“The decision to expand to Asia was a natural one for us, as we’ve long been interested in the Asian market and engaged with collectors in the region through our participation in art fairs, as well as institutional outreach, collaboration, and regular visits to the region,” said dealer Almine Rech-Picasso. “With the opening of our new gallery space, we look forward to deepening our engagement with the region in ways only a physical, year-round presence could allow.”

Illinois’s Cleve Carney Art Gallery is undergoing a major overhaul. The gallery, which was established at the College of DuPage in 2014 following a major gift from the late philanthropist and collector of contemporary art Cleve Carney, is going to become a museum. The transition was approved by the college’s board of trustees yesterday. A plan to add more than one thousand square feet of space to the venue and to upgrade its lighting, security, and climate control systems was also given a green light.

A major exhibition of works by Frida Kahlo will inaugurate the space. Curated by gallery director Justin Witte, the show will open sometime after the construction on the Cleve Carney Museum of Art is completed in 2020. “While the benefits of the proposed expansion will certainly be foundational to the upcoming Frida Kahlo exhibition, they will also extend far beyond 2020 and open up the possibility of hosting more museum-level travelling exhibitions in the years to come,” said Witte.

Allan Stone Projects in New York has announced that it will close its physical space at 535 West Twenty-Second Street once it concludes its public exhibition program on June 29. “We will continue to operate as private dealers and to offer a wide range of artworks on our website, through various online platforms, and at auction,” Dorothy Goldeen, president of Allan Stone Projects, said in a statement. “Our sales focus will be on the many extraordinary artists in the collection whom Allan Stone championed and collected with passion and commitment.” Goldeen told Artforum that Allan Stone Projects is flourishing and that at this time it does not need a permanent address to continue its operations.