The New York gallery firmament continues to fracture with an announcement by Murray Guy today that it will close after 18 years in business. Calls to the gallery were not immediately returned.
Murray Guy, which has been located on the edge of the Chelsea art district, on the second floor of 453 West 17th Street, has long represented a number of superb, conceptually oriented artists, including Matthew Buckingham, Alejandro Cesarco, Leidy Churchman, An-My Lê, Zoe Leonard, Lucy Skaer, and Sergei Tcherepnin.
The final exhibition at the gallery, titled “January Show,” will open January 10 and feature “many of the artists whose work we have presented, with whom we have collaborated, and who have inspired us throughout this time,” Murray Guy said in an email.
The letter continued, “As we begin a new year, we look forward to future projects and conversations with the artists of the gallery, as well as with the colleagues, curators, collectors, and writers, whose enthusiasm and camaraderie have sustained and encouraged us over the years.”
The news comes after the closure of a number of small and medium-sized galleries over the past two years, including Lisa Cooley, Laurel Gitlen, Wallspace, Clifton Benevento, and Tracy Williams, but Murray Guy end is among the most dramatic both for its long history and the caliber of artists it represented.