ARTnews in Brief: Andrew Rafacz Gallery Relocates—and More from October 9, 2019
By Claire Selvin
October 7, 2019
New York’s Fort Gansevoort Expands to Los Angeles
The New York–based gallery Fort Gansevoort, which established its first space in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan in 2015, will open a Los Angeles outpost on November 21. Located in a 3,000-square-foot street-level space in the Merrick Building in East Hollywood, the new location sports 20-foot-tall ceilings, wooden joists, and Art Deco details. Its inaugural exhibition will present new works focused on notions of freedom by the multimedia artist and author Christopher Myers, and a subsequent presentation in February 2020 will spotlight Zoya Cherkassky, whose practice spans painting, drawing, and sculpture. In New York, it has done shows with Patrick Martinez, Michelangelo Lovelace, and Cheryl Pope, among other artists.
In an interview with ARTnews, gallery cofounder Adam Shopkorn said that Fort Gansevoort’s expansion to L.A. is part of its efforts to provide more resources for artists. “Fort Gansevoort has lots of friends out on the West Coast and we want to provide other venues for our artists to flex their muscles,” he said. “There are a lot of exciting things happening out there. It feels like an appropriate time for us to move out there without compromising what we’ve built and what we have in New York.” Shopkorn noted that the new space is “a touch quirky, but a little less quirky than the New York space,” which occupies a Greek Revival row house. Of the L.A. gallery, he said, “It’s certainly not cookie cutter by any stretch.” —Claire Selvin