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Hauser Wirth & Schimmel to open in LA in January

Empire-building

When Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opens in Los Angeles in January, with the curator Paul Schimmel as a partner, the gallery will rival many museums in terms of its total global footprint. The 100,000 sq. ft space (above) is larger than the three buildings occupied by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (69,000 sq. ft), and is more than three times the combined size of Hauser & Wirth’s spaces in Zürich, New York, London and Somerset (31,253 sq. ft). Hauser & Wirth (2.0/C10) will soon occupy nearly as much space as Gagosian Gallery (2.0/B15). In 2012, The Art News­paper calculated that Gagosian had sprawled to 153,047 sq. ft across eight cities; the gallery has since opened another space in New York, at 75th Street and Park Avenue, adding 1,000 sq. ft to its empire. Mega-galleries such as these now far outstrip the sizes of contemporary art institutions such as New York’s New Museum (around 15,000 sq. ft of exhibition space) and other global commercial galleries such as Galerie Perrotin (around 10,000 sq. ft in Paris, New York and Hong Kong). P.P. 

Business is blooming

New York’s Casey Kaplan gallery (2.1/N10) is leaving Chelsea after ten years and moving to the Flower District in early 2015. The gallery has taken a ten-year lease on a 10,000 sq. ft space at West 27th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. “It’s an exciting neighbourhood that is in transition. The storefront wholesalers are moving on and new businesses are coming in,” Kaplan says. The new location is “slightly out of the centre, which is an interesting place to operate in. We [will] become a destination gallery, but not so far removed that it’s ridiculous to ask people to come to see our shows.” Kaplan is keen to “explore a new area. It’s also about being part of a [changing] neighbourhood, and seeing what it’s going to become.” C.B.

Young Turks hit London

The leading Istanbul-based dealer Rodeo (Feature, R11) is due to open a second venue in Soho, central London, this autumn. The gallery represents the artists Ian Law, Emre Hüner, Iman Issa and two nominees for this year’s Turner Prize: Cardiff-born James Richards and the Irish artist Duncan Campbell, who presented works in the Scottish pavilion at last year’s Venice Biennale. Another Turkish dealer, Pi Artworks, opened a gallery last October in Fitzrovia, central London. G.H.

Appointment in Basel

Art Basel has appointed a new head of gallery relations. Daniel Lechner joins the team next month after eight years with the New York gallery Cheim & Read (2.0/C14), where he was a sales associate. He previously worked for the Scope art fair. C.B.

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