The New York Times reports that Richard F. Taittinger — a great-grandson of the founder of the Taittinger Champagne empire — is opening a 5,000-square-foot art gallery at 154 Ludlow St., where a rent hike forced The Living Room to decamp to Williamsburg.
Here's more from the Times about the gallery:
It will show the work of a roster of internationally established, midcareer contemporary artists who are underrepresented in the American market, Mr. Taittinger, 34, said.
He said he had chosen the Lower East Side over Chelsea as a location for the gallery because of the neighborhood’s potential.
“It is better to be a big fish in a small pond,” he said.
Work on the space got underway last month. The gallery is expected to open on March 3.
Previously, Lucky Cheng's was hoping to open a new LES outpost at No. 154 between Stanton and Rivington. However, the landlord reportedly pulled out of the deal.