‘We Want to Exploit All Our Resources and Just Pump It in Here’: Simon Lee on Opening His First Full-Fledged Gallery in New York
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‘We Want to Exploit All Our Resources and Just Pump It in Here’: Simon Lee on Opening His First Full-Fledged Gallery in New York

Installation shot of ‘An Uncanny Likeness’ at Simon Lee Gallery, new York. COURTESY SIMON LEE The New York outpost of Simon Lee Gallery, which opens its inaugural show tonight, is in Tillinghast House, a Queen Anne-style terra cotta building on the Upper East Side that was built for Met trustee William H. Tillinghast in 1882. It seems an appropriate spot for the veteran dealer, who has decades of gallery experience in London under his belt, plus a space in Hong Kong. But as the elevator opens on the second floor, the sight is somewhat unexpected. It’s a portrait show with a salon-style hang, younger artists rubbing elbows with roster artists such as George Condo and Jim Shaw. “We needed more energy really,” Lee said earlier this week during a visit to the gallery. “This is the first relaunch, and it’s pretty fun actually. It’s a very sort of zeitgeist-y sort of show.” Lee was sitting back on a sofa in the gallery’s lounge-slash-office, which is set essentially inside the viewing space, right beside a lovely terrace. A burgeoning bar with a bottle or two is set nearby, and for a table there’s a new one designed by Simon Lee […]

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