The new building of the Sperone Westwater art gallery has become the latest addition to the New York list of culture tourist destinations. While the history of the gallery boasting a collection of artwork by prominent artists of different nationalities and from different countries dates back 35 years, recently it expanded its premises by moving to a building designed by Foster+Partners, the company of the British architect Norman Foster. Located in Bowery (one of the oldest streets in Manhattan), the building is a stone's throw from the New Museum of Contemporary Art designed by SANAA. Unlike the 'white cube' of a traditional art gallery, the architecture is dominated by vertical movement. From the outside, the building is reminiscent of a tall eight-storey glass shoe box; eyes are drawn towards the giant red lift perpetually travelling between the second and fourth floors. It is actually a moving exhibition space which offers the visitors an unusual vantage point - an opportunity to view the exhibited works of art while travelling up and down. The new gallery opened with a solo show by the Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca.
Keywords: museum, gallery, New York