David Zwirner. Photo: Wikipedia.

David Zwirner to Open $50 Million Renzo Piano–Designed Gallery in New York

As dealer David Zwirner celebrates the twenty-fifth year since establishing his first gallery in SoHo, he is once again planning to expand. The gallerist told Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times that he is opening a fourth New York space. Located on a corner lot at 540 West Twenty-First Street, the new five-story $50 million gallery will be designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, whose buildings include the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Menil Collection in Houston.

Zwirner plans to move the core of his operations to the new building once it opens in 2020, and he may decide to close his West Nineteenth Street location, which is a rental property. The project will be Piano’s first commercial gallery. While it is still early in the design process, Piano told Pogrebin that he will aim to create “a visual psychological connection between the building and the street.”

Commenting on the expansion, Zwirner said, “Artists want you to stay small; they hate when stuff changes. How do you keep it intimate while being able to compete in the increasingly competitive art market?” He also added, “On the other hand, if you don’t move, some artists will feel you’re not doing enough for their careers. They want to have intimacy, but they also want to have the reach.”

Later this month, Zwirner will also open his first gallery in Asia. Meanwhile, this Saturday, the gallery will present a special exhibition showcasing the work of artists who have “shaped the gallery’s program since its founding in 1993” in both Chelsea locations. Among the artists featured are Marlene Dumas, On Kawara, Chris Ofili, Richard Serra, and Lisa Yuskavage.