Galeria Nara Roesler is pleased to announce the launch of its new space in Chelsea, New York. We are proud to have been the first Brazilian gallery to launch a New York outpost and will now be expanding our space, moving from the Upper East Side to a spacious new location in Chelsea in early January 2021. Located at 511 West 21st Street, the 4500 square foot layout, designed by Brazilian architect Miguel Pinto Guimarães, will enhance our presentations of seminal Brazilian and international artists to a New York and global audience.
“We envision the Chelsea gallery becoming an active, ever-changing epicenter of Brazilian and international artistic exchange. It is a proud moment of growth for us: we have the space to give back, support, and connect more deeply with New York’s enormous infrastructure of artists, collectors, curators, institutions, and art lovers,” states Nara Roesler, Founder.
The gallery’s inaugural programming begins with a series of five focused installations, through late February, which act as an informal glimpse of its artist repertoire, under the curatorial guidance of Luis Pérez-Oramas. These short-run but formative shows will embrace major artists represented by Nara Roesler, comprising Antonio Dias, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Berna Reale, Karin Lambrecht, Cristina Canale, Maria Klabin, Tomie Ohtake, Artur Lescher, and Milton Machado. Previously a curator of Latin American Art at MoMA, Pérez-Oramas joined the gallery in 2019 as Artistic Director. With this role, he heads the Roesler Curatorial Project, which fosters a world-wide dialogue between artists, curators, and scholars through the gallery’s robust, interrogative, and ever-expansive program that spans exhibitions, publications, grants, and research initiatives.
The first major solo show to take place in the new space, scheduled for February, will center on the artist Amelia Toledo (1926-2017), whose estate is now represented by the gallery. Toledo is one of the major names among Brazilian artists yet to be discovered by the international audience. Her work, daring in its genre and material variation, ranging from sculpture to performance, from body accessories to painting is a profound reflection on our relationships with material fluidity and nature.
“We are thrilled to present a series of focused installations and an examination of Amelia Toledo’s work in our expanded gallery space, offering a new setting for the direct experience of art in New York,” says Daniel Roesler, Partner. “It has been a strange year to exhibit and experience art, so we feel fortunate to have found a long-term location in one of the most resilient cities in the United States. This is a place where we can nurture our artists, build our existing community, and strengthen relationships with the surrounding neighborhoods.”
Due to the circumstances imposed by the health protocols related to the Covid-19 crisis, the gallery will be open to a limited number of visitors. Advance appointments are encouraged but not required.