Report: Arts Bookstore ‘Karma’ Finds Temporary Refuge at 38 Orchard Street

Posted on: March 18th, 2016 at 5:10 am by
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Project No. 8 just sublet its Lower East Side boutique for use as a bookstore. Interesting bedfellow.

Three-year-old Karma, a bookseller and gallery that heretofore operated on Great Jones Street (and Amagansett), fled NoHo post-lease expiration and settled in the Orchard Street gallery district. Temporarily. Founder Brendan Dugan chose the Project No. 8 space at 38 Orchard, in part, because “there’s lots of new foot traffic here.”

The shelves are stocked; opening is tonight with a book launch by artist Paul Lee.

Karma’s roots are in publishing, but it has become known for hosting shows by contemporary artists including Mark Grotjahn, Brice Marden, Dike Blair, Rudolf Stingel, and Marianne Vitale. Brendan Dugan, Karma’s founder, called the Orchard Street space “really a bookstore, so it’s going to allow us to focus on that.”

He said he was working on a program schedule to host events once a week on Orchard Street, veering away from the usual schedule for galleries, which organize new exhibitions every six weeks. “It’s a way to keep busy while we finalize our space,” Dugan said. “This is an interesting moment to kind of not rush into anything.” He described the real-estate market as “really overpriced. I don’t know if we’ll find any relief, but it’s helpful to have time to look.”

This pop-up of sorts is nothing new for Project No. 8, which occasionally rents its footprint for temporary purposes.

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From what we understand, Project No. 8 will return to the fold sometime this summer. So, Karma is reportedly seeking new spaces in the interim.

[h/t Art News]

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