Gagosian Gallery, 555 W. 24th Street

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Gagosian Gallery,  555 W. 24th Street
Gagosian Gallery, 555 W. 24th Street
Chelsea, New York

For more than 20 years, Richard Gluckman's architectural practice has focused on the creation of spatial contexts for art and art-related activities. Richard's approach to design is marked by clarity and restraint. His reputation is grounded in his understanding of how to create functional, utilitarian spaces that are beautiful and compelling without being overbearing or excessive. Working in collaboration with artists, curators, gallery owners and museum directors, Richard Gluckman designs projects that satisfy demanding, often conflicting requirements of complex programs, public use and access, aesthetics, security and archival issues.

The new Gagosian Gallery in the Chelsea district of Manhattan demonstrates a shift in the traditional role of a commercial art gallery. The 25,000 square foot space has the scale of a small museum and the spatial versatility to meet a variety of gallery requirements. The program consists of a 2400-square-foot Main Gallery, two smaller skylit galleries, a Special Purpose Gallery, a Small Prints and Video Showroom, a Stock Showroom with 23 foot high viewing walls, as well as professional office space. In addition, the raised roof provides the 6000-square-foot column-free Long Term Installation Gallery with the capacity to accommodate large scale sculpture installations.

Formerly a garage (trucking distribution facility), the existing building totaling 25,000 square feet, has the scale of a small museum but, more importantly, the nature of the gallery is supplemented with long term installation and experimental spaces, as well as highly efficient professional support spaces.

A key feature is the unique clear spanning steel trusses, one hundred feet in length, able to accommodate large scale exhibitions completely unobstructed by columns. In the fall of 2000, four trusses and the roof of the 6,000 square foot Long Term Installation Gallery were raised five feet to house the sculptures by Richard Serra. Translucent plastic clerestory, ten feet high, bathes the space in natural light during the day, and at night marks the building’s presence in the Chelsea gallery district.


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