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Sperone Westwater

  • 257 Bowery Map It
  • Lower East Side

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Founded in 1975 in SoHo, and after spending nearly a decade in Chelsea, Sperone Westwater now finds itself a major part of the "artification" of the Lower East Side. In 2010, the gallery moved into this nine-story building, which it commissioned for itself—a vote of confidence in both its Bowery surroundings and the continued importance of its artists, which have included Bruce Nauman, William Wegman, Gerhard Richter, and a host of blue-chip minimalists. The narrow building, designed by Norman Foster, rivals the New Museum (a few doors down) for crisp poise: in 2011 New York's Municipal Art Society deemed it the best new building of the year. Its Big Red Box, essentially a huge roomlike freight elevator visible from the street, is a major contributor to the building's personality.

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257 Bowery, between E. Houston and Stanton Sts., New York, New York, 10002, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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