New Kid on the Block: Bortolami

The Bortolami gallery chose to make a dramatic first impression for its inaugural Tribeca show. French artist Daniel Buren (the accent is on the last syllable in both names), who once lived on Lispenard, has put his signature stripes all over—on the cast-iron columns on the façade, on interior columns new and old, and even on the rear skylight. And the striped exterior columns will remain even after the show closes June 24.

At 9,000 square feet, half at street level and half below, the space is 30% larger than the W. 20th Street location that Bortolami called home for 11 years. Rare for a gallery (and nice for the staff), the front is given over to an office, with two viewing rooms and the main gallery space behind it. Downstairs isn’t for public use. The gallery, founded by Stefania Bortolami, shows mainly European and U.S. artists.

Bortolami is at 39 Walker (between Church and Broadway); 212-727-2050; bortolamigallery.com.

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