Between 1998 and 2002, the gallery added to its roster over a dozen artists and estates, including Michaël Borremans, Raoul De Keyser, Marcel Dzama, On Kawara, Gordon Matta-Clark, Jockum Nordström, Neo Rauch, Thomas Ruff, and Christopher Williams. As the artist list expanded so too did the gallery space. In the fall of 2002, the gallery moved from SoHo to a new location in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood at 525 West 19th Street, and by 2006, also expanded to 519 and 533 West 19th Street, growing its footprint tenfold and ushering in a new era for David Zwirner.
By the end of the decade, further expansion was also in the works—this time on an international scale. In 2012, David Zwirner opened its first gallery space in Europe in an eighteenth-century Georgian town house at 24 Grafton Street in the heart of London’s Mayfair district.
No sooner had the gallery opened in London than Annabelle Selldorf (who by now had worked on several projects for the gallery over two decades) began designing a new five-story building at 537 West 20th Street in New York. There, David had bought an old garage, and, as T: The New York Times Style Magazine describes, "instead of converting it as most dealers do in the low-slung neighborhood, he decided to level it and build a new gallery from the ground up, complete with a green roof." Featured in Dwell when it opened in 2013, the building set a new standard as the first commercial art gallery to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Exterior view of 525 West 19th Street before renovation for the gallery's new location in Chelsea, New York, circa 2002
Exterior view of 519, 525, and 533 West 19th Street, New York, 2008
David Zwirner on the roof of 525 West 19th Street, New York, holding a scale model of the new gallery space at 533 West 19th Street, circa 2006. He is pointing to the Frank Gehry–designed IAC Building undergoing construction in the background.
Installation view, Toba Khedoori, 525 West 19th Street, New York, 2002. This exhibition marked David Zwirner's first exhibition at its new location in Chelsea, which opened in October 2002.
David Zwirner with gallery staff at James Welling: New Work, 525 West 19th Street, New York, 2005. Pictured here are Senior Partners Angela Choon (second from left), Bellatrix Hubert (fourth from left), and Hanna Schouwink (fourth from right), along with Stephanie Daniel (third from left), Associate Director of Registration. Photo by James Welling
Interior space at 519 West 19th Street, New York, and featuring Luc Tuymans: The Summer Is Over (2013), and Tomma Abts (2014)
Hanna Schouwink and John McCracken standing on West 19th Street during the installation of John McCracken, the artist's third gallery solo show and the inaugural exhibition at David Zwirner's new space at 533 West 19th Street, New York, September 2006
Exterior view of 24 Grafton Street, London, 2012
"Zwirner’s new London gallery, an exquisite five-storey Mayfair townhouse, hardly resembles a mom-and-pop shop. With its ornamental staircase and original façades, it is quite unlike the featureless white trophy spaces of Zwirner’s rival global dealers in the capital."
The Financial Times
Fred Sandback's Untitled (Four-part Vertical Construction) (1988) installed in the staircase of 24 Grafton Street, London, for Fred Sandback, 2013
Finishing touches: the David Zwirner flag being added to 24 Grafton Street, London, 2012
Front of showcard for Luc Tuymans: Allo!, which inaugurated David Zwirner's first European location on 24 Grafton Street in Mayfair, London, in October 2012
Chris Ofili and Luc Tuymans in conversation during the installation of Luc Tuymans: Allo!, 24 Grafton Street, London, 2012
Super 8 film of the opening of Luc Tuymans: Allo!, the inaugural show for David Zwirner London by Senior Preparator, Justin Davis Anderson, October 3, 2012
Gallery artists, estates, and staff at the opening of 24 Grafton Street, London, 2012. Standing, from left to right, are Thomas Ruff, Jockum Nordström, Michael Riedel, Hanna Schouwink, Michaël Borremans, Tomma Abts, Yan Pei-Ming, Stan Douglas, Lisa Yuskavage, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, David Zwirner, Raymond Pettibon, Luc Tuymans, Mamma Andersson, Neo Rauch, Angela Choon, Suzan Frecon, Carol Bove, and Doug Wheeler. Seated, from left to right, are Bellatrix Hubert, Christopher Williams, Toba Khedoori, Debbie Taylor, and Marcel Dzama.
Luc Tuymans and Angela Choon at the opening of Luc Tuymans: Allo!, 24 Grafton Street, London, 2012. "We chose London as the location for our first European gallery as its role as the centre of the European art world is so well established," Choon told Wallpaper magazine. "Its opening show features new canvasses by eminent Belgian painter Luc Tuymans, who has not shown in London since 2004."
David and Monica Zwirner celebrating at the opening of Luc Tuymans: Allo!, 24 Grafton Street, London, 2012
Exquisite corpse created by gallery artists on a tablecloth during the dinner celebrating the opening of Luc Tuymans: Allo! and David Zwirner's new building at 24 Grafton Street, London, 2012
Exterior view of 537 West 20th Street, New York, 2013. "In 2009, [Zwirner] bought an old parking garage on West Twentieth Street, a block north of his gallery. He cleared the lot and spent two years building a new exhibition space: five floors, thirty thousand square feet, built to LEED specs, with an expanse of skylights and half a dozen exhibition areas, both large and small. It opened this February, presenting a well-windowed wall of poured-in-place concrete to a street of old brick and rusting steel," noted The New Yorker.
Senior Partner Christopher D'Amelio, who joined the gallery in 2013, during construction of the 537 West 20th Street building, 2013
Interior view of the entrance at 537 West 20th Street, New York, during Dan Flavin and Donald Judd, 2013
Interior view of the library at 537 West 20th Street, New York, 2013
Interior view of the staircase at 537 West 20th Street, New York, 2013
"The Twentieth Street gallery, in many respects, is a temple to Minimalism—'Effectively, he built this building for Judd and Flavin,' Selldorf told me—and an architectural pitch to living Minimalists as well."
The New Yorker
Front of showcard for Dan Flavin and Donald Judd, David Zwirner’s inaugural exhibition at its new building at 537 West 20th Street, New York, which opened in February 2013. Pictured here are Donald Judd and Dan Flavin at Judd's Casa Morales, near Marfa, Texas, 1981.
John McCracken, Fair, 2011