Ugo Rondinone Human Nature 2013
“Damage to art has been far-reaching. I had to turn away when I saw Belgium painter Luc Tuymans going into David Zwirner to inspect a waterlogged painting of his. I watched outside Printed Matter as box after box of their own printed editions and titles were brought up from the basement and thrown into dumpsters. All lost. Outside, on almost all sidewalks, there were massive piles of cardboard, plastic, and crates. Inside each of these containers had been artworks that had been soaked. I saw stunned gallerists un-framing works on paper, setting them out to dry on any available surface. Other dealers in work boots pushed crates out of spaces, onto the sidewalks, straight into dumpsters.”
NEW YORK — As the storm tides begin to recede, art dealers are among the many business owners left assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. From the Lower East Side to upstate New York, dozens of art institutions that we talked to — including R 20th Century in SoHo, Rachel Uffner Gallery on the Lower East Side, the New Museum on the Bowery, Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea, and Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, to name a few — are without electricity. Others, like Eyebeam and Zach Feuer in Chelsea, sustained serious flooding and have yet to determine the full extent of the damage.
One of the worst hit by the storm — at least among the select group of dealers currently talking to the press — is Feuer. At the peak of the flood, waters reached about five feet inside the gallery, he said. Almost all of the work in his current exhibition, “Kate Levant: Closure of Jaw,” has been destroyed. “So far that’s the biggest disappointment,” he told ARTINFO by phone. “The show just opened and I’d be very surprised if any of that work is restorable. They are works on paper and they got wet, beat up, and the tables they were stored in banged into walls.”