Post-storm recovery starts at New York’s art spaces
Chelsea and downtown galleries are hardest hit, but museums and auction houses uptown reopen
By Javier Pes. Web only
Published online: 01 November 2012
New York City is gradually getting back to business after Sandy, the super-storm that hit the eastern coast of the US on Monday, causing massive flooding in New York and New Jersey. More than 2 million people remain without power throughout the area.
The New Museum on the Bowery remains closed due to the power cuts still affecting parts of Lower Manhattan and the National Museum of the American Indian near Battery Park is also closed until further notice. Streets in Chelsea were flooded, some by more than two feet of water, so the sandbags placed outside galleries in the area proved a wise precaution, although many dealers still sustained significant damage to art and property. Among those hit by flooding to their galleries and storage were David Zwirner, Zach Feuer, Gasser and Grunert, Nicole Klagsbrun and Leo Koenig.
Meanwhile in Midtown, which escaped the worst of the damage and disruption, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Frick Collection re-open today (1 November). The Metropolitan Museum of Art was able to re-open yesterday afternoon. Sotheby’s New York announced yesterday that it has postponed its Impressionist and Modern art evening sale, moving it from Monday 5 November back to Thursday 8 November because of the disruption the storm has caused to people's travel plans. The Association of Art Museum Directors tweeted that any of its members stranded in New York due to Sandy who needs desk space should get in touch. And Christie’s New York has also extended a helping hand to displaced Chelsea art dealers and artists using social media. Via Facebook the auction house offered space at its offices in the Rockefeller Center and its art store in Brooklyn, GalleristNY reports.
Update: the New Museum reopened on Saturday 3 November after power was restored to Lower Manhattan
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