Sotheby’s released more details on their ambitious plans to remake the building on York Ave. The new galleries set to open in may will have more than 90,000 square feet of gallery space across 4 floors. That will include 40 public galleries and 9 private sales galleries with 3,000 light fixtures and 7,228 linear feet of lighting tracks. The galleries will have an incomparable amount of wall space, 5,435 linear feet with one as large as 1,200 square feet and one as long as 106-feet-long. The space will also include two new ‘flexible’ auction spaces.
Designed in collaboration with Sotheby’s by Shohei Shigematsu, of the internationally-acclaimed architecture firm OMA New York, the redesign features vast new exhibition galleries that will distinguish Sotheby’s as the world’s premier commercial space for viewing and acquiring fine art, precious objects, luxury goods and more.
Opening with Sotheby’s marquee May exhibitions and auctions of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art, the new galleries increase Sotheby’s exhibition space from 67,000 to more than 90,000 square feet – the equivalent of two acres. Comprising 40 galleries of varying sizes spread across four entirely transformed floors, the new space rivals major museums around the world in scope, scale, quality and flexibility.
Sotheby’s galleries were designed to provide the optimal exhibition space for everything from single objects to expansive collections, and can accommodate works of art of any scale – the tallest gallery measures more than 20 feet in height, while the smallest gallery is 350 square feet. New public exhibition spaces include:
- Three two-story spaces that can accommodate the largest-scale works;
- The Grand Gallery, a 150-foot-long space ideal for exhibiting full collections;
- The Octagon Gallery, a temple-like space ideal for jewelry, watches and other intimately-scaled objects, as well as for commanding displays of paintings;
- The Enfilade Galleries, a suite of four cascading spaces whose entryways align to create a stunning perspective;
- A number of domestically-scaled galleries ideal for furniture, design and collections;
- A series of L-shaped galleries for small-scale works and works on paper;
- Nine galleries dedicated to discreet, private sale opportunities;
- And two new flexible auction spaces.
Upon entering, visitors to Sotheby’s will be greeted by state-of-the-art digital signage designed by 2×4, and a new double-height ground-floor gallery that can hold exhibitions as well as auctions. A new Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar will open next to a dedicated space for collecting purchased items, joining Sotheby’s retail Wine store to complete the lobby experience.