Sperone Westwater Gallery
In September 2010, Sperone Westwater inaugurates its new building at 257 Bowery in New York. Having first opened its doors in 1975, the gallery is now celebrating its 35th anniversary, and continues to exhibit an international roster of prominent artists working in a wide variety of media.
New York, NY 10002
Tel.: +1 212 999 7337
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, 257 Bowery is Sperone Westwater’s newest gallery location. Prompted by the need for larger and more structurally flexible space, the Foster + Partners design doubles the gallery’s exhibition area and provides a variety of rooms for the gallery’s ambitious and diverse program.
The new eight-storey building, designed by Foster + Partners, features a 12 x 20-foot moving room, 13 feet high, which can create either a temporal transition between the gallery’s exhibition floors or an extension to a particular floor’s program.
The design incorporates a double height, 27-foot-tall, exhibition space at street level, with a sky-lit gallery, a mezzanine floor, a sculpture terrace overlooking a park, and private viewing galleries on floors 4 and 5. A setback beginning at the sixth floor marks the location of the gallery’s administrative offices, library and mechanical spaces.
Sperone Westwater Fischer was founded in 1975, when Italian art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone, American editor Angela Westwater (Managing Editor, Artforum, 1972-1975), and German dealer Konrad Fischer (1939-1996) opened an exhibition space at 142 Greene Street in Manhattan’s SoHo. An additional space was later established at 121 Greene Street. From May 2002 to May 2010, the gallery was located at 415 West 13 Street, in a 10,000-square foot space in the Meatpacking District.
The founders’ original program showcased a European avant-garde alongside a core group of American artists to whom its founders were committed. Notable early exhibitions include a 1977 exhibition of minimalist works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Sol Lewitt; German artist Gerhard Richter’s first solo exhibition in New York, in 1978; seven of Bruce Nauman’s seminal early shows; eleven Richard Long exhibitions; and the installation of one of Mario Merz’s celebrated glass and neon igloos in 1979 – part of the gallery’s ongoing dedication to Arte Povera artists, including Alighiero Boetti. Other early historical exhibitions at the Greene Street space include a 1989 group show, “Early Conceptual Works,” which featured the work of On Kawara, Bruce Nauman, Alighiero Boetti, and Joseph Kosuth, among others; a 1999 Fontana exhibition titled "Gold: Gothic Masters and Lucio Fontana”; and selected presentations of work by Piero Manzoni.
Renowned American artists Bruce Nauman and Susan Rothenberg have been with Sperone Westwater since 1975 and 1987, respectively. They are joined by established and internationally-recognized artists, including Guillermo Kuitca, Richard Long, Malcolm Morley, Evan Penny, William Wegman and Not Vital, as well as a younger generation of artists like Wim Delvoye, Charles LeDray, Tom Sachs, and Liu Ye.
In addition, Sperone Westwater represents and/or has in its inventory work by
the following artists:
Carla Accardi, Bertozzi & Casoni, Alighiero Boetti, Kim Dingle, Aaron van
Erp, Lucio Fontana, Andrew Grassie, Heinz Mack, Piero Manzoni, Mario
Merz, The Estate of Frank Moore, Nabil Nahas, Otto Piene, Julian Schnabel,
Richard Tuttle, Andy Warhol, Jan Worst, and ZERO Group.