David Zwirner, 20th Street in New York


Coinciding with the gallery’s 20-year anniversary, David Zwirner opened a new five-storied exhibition and project space at 537 West 20th Street in New York in February 2013.


Under the directorship of Kristine Bell and Christopher D’Amelio, the space complements the primary market programming of the gallery’s three existing West 19th Street locations a block away with presentations of large-scale installations and historical, thematic surveys dedicated to the work of modern and contemporary masters.


Designed by Selldorf Architects, the building incorporates approximately 30,000 square feet over five stories. Built according to the highest environmental standards, it will be the first commercial art gallery to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Its outdoor garden spaces will be created by Piet Oudolf, who designed the gardens and plantings on the nearby High Line. Also contributing to the project are Renfro Design Group (for architectural lighting) and Atelier Ten, engineering design consultants and engineers. Read the cover story in Architectural Record.


The inaugural exhibition was a presentation of significant large-scale works by Dan Flavin and Donald Judd which showcased the versatility of the building’s innovative architecture, while initiating the gallery’s ambitious program.


Recently on view was an overview of Richard Serra’s early work on the ground floor, and in the second floor galleries, an intimate presentation of Blinky Palermo’s late works on paper. Last fall, a historical overview of John McCracken’s work was presented on two floors, followed by a major exhibition of works by Ad Reinhardt, whose estate the gallery now represents. A major installation by American artist Doug Wheeler is currently on view.


Photo: Jason Schmidt