Another gallery migrates to Tribeca

The Art Newspaper reported last month that Colombian gallerist and hotelier Lio Malca has bought a space at 60 White, between Broadway and Church, relocating from Chelsea, and already his first show is up and will open May 20. Malca is calling the location “60 White” and describes it as a “multidisciplinary art space.” The first show is Rafa Macarrón, a Spanish painter born in 1981.

Malca describes the new gallery this way: “Flexible and ever evolving, the multistory space hosts exhibitions of emerging and established artists, historical shows from Malca’s own collection, and unique artist projects and experiential performances, all open to the public.”

The building was built in 1869 and the space was renovated by Tribeca design firm studioMDA, which has done most every new gallery in the Tribeca Gallery District. Malca also owns several luxury properties around the world, including the Casa Malca hotel in Tulum, which used to be Pablo Escobar’s hideaway.

From The Art Newspaper: “Tribeca is very special because it’s not intimidating,” Malca says. “The buildings on the streets have this romantic feeling and incredible facades, but they’re not more than five or six floors each. Every building is different and has its own strong personality, which is not the case for uptown or Chelsea.”

My last record on that space is from 2017, when developer Sorgente Group took it for an office.



  1. It is exciting that galleries are finding their way to Tribeca

  2. It’s ALL about the rent..& it’s ALL relative!
    Back in the mid ‘60’s & 70’s SoHo, NOHO & Tribeca
    spaces went for ‘Pennie’s’ compared to TODAY!!!

  3. If there is another total economic collapse of the city’s main business (formerly manufacturing in places like Soho and Tribeca) we can see rents falling somewhere. But with land costs continuing to soar it’s unlikely. Many galleries seem to be money laundering operations for the wealthy. Art at the prices charged by top galleries is so expensive it has to be part of a larger ‘portfolio’ of assets for the very rich. Who else can afford a six-figure painting from an obscure artist?