Sperone Westwater Gallery Panned Again

Posted on: October 15th, 2010 at 6:22 am by

The piss-poor press streak continues for the new Sperone Westwater Gallery at 257 Bowery.  First to pan the building was the New York Times, calling it “More toolbox than jewel box” upon opening. Around the same time, we also fielded a number of criticisms from readers.  Now, the Real Deal weighs in.

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Last night, the real estate publication wrote its own scathing review.  Critic James Gardner calls the Norman Foster-designed gallery a “boxy black desk-top tower from the late 1990s.”

Though there are windows in the back, there are none on the extensive sides of the building. And the frosted glass curtain-wall of the street façade, cascading down in five bays is there for no other reason than to afford pedestrians a rather pointless intimation of the gallery’s massive elevator as it rises and descends. The entrance is decked out in severe black steel — an equally pointless gesture.

Despite such heavy breathing and operatics, this building displays, in its detailing as well as its overall conception, the pat pizzazz of some mid-Western conference center. And as for the galleries on the first three floors, they get the job done, but in a cramped and under-performing way.

What is your opinion on the new gallery?

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