For the next several weeks, you’ll be able to see new works from the sculptor Urs Fischer in Gagosian Gallery’s new digs at 821 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side. You’ll also be able to see them downtown, at 104 Delancey Street, where the gallery is holding a pop-up show in a long-since-closed Chase Bank.
According to Gagosian’s site, “the bland features of the bank’s architecture and decor have been retained, from the corporate signage to the vaults,” creating “an incongruous setting for Fischer’s guilelessly expressionistic and exuberant sculptures.”
Is it a desperate ploy for cool-kid cred from a monolith of the moneyed art world, or an inspired, subversive choice? Probably a little bit of both.