Parasol Projects, Soho Contemporary Art, & Harris Lieberman Open LES Showrooms

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 at 6:30 am by
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Within the last few weeks, three new gallery spaces opened on the Lower East Side. Just the news you wanted to hear. Or not.

Soho Contemporary Art

After French underwear company Pull-In pulled out last August, the ground level of 259 Bowery sat vacant with a standard leasing sign. This week, however, the drought is over. Seemingly named for the wrong neighborhood, the nascent Soho Contemporary Art now calls this address home.

The 2,900 square-foot gallery features artwork by Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool, Chuck Close, Donald Sultan, Jean-Michel Basquiat, James Rosenquist, Jim Dine, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Rodney Alan Greenblatt, Tom Wesselmann and many others. To that end, the Soho Contemporary website even solicits collectors to sell their artwork to the gallery.

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Parasol Projects

When the A-Plus restaurant supplier vacated the corner of Bowery and Rivington, it left fairly sizable shoes to fill. Building owners decided to carve the ground level of 215 Bowery into thirds. The Bouwerie Iconic Magazine shop swooped in and claimed a generous chunk of space; a couple weeks ago, the adjacent store was converted into Parasol Projects. The concept is a familiar one – a permanent spot for art-leaning pop-ups.

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Harris Lieberman

Another Chelsea showroom has just expanded to our neighborhood. The Harris Lieberman gallery just took over 34 Orchard, which previously operated as one of the street’s last hosiery shops. Decades-old P & S New Fashion closed back in February. The 700 square-foot space opened last week with a two-week exhibition of video work by artist Matt Saunders.

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