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Blouin ARTINFO : Richard Taittinger Gallery to Open on the Lower East Side

Hot off the heels of Bridget Donahue’s opening on the Bowery, Manhattan’s Lower East Side gains another new art gallery. Richard F. Taittinger, of the Taittinger Champagne family, will open an eponymous gallery in a 5,000-square-foot space at 154 Ludlow Street. The building, a former music hall, was redesigned by Markus Dochantschi of Studio MDA and boasts 20-foot ceilings, which can accommodate monumental-sized artworks. Taittinger will be devoted to mid-career artists who carry global clout; its inaugural show will feature work by artists like Ding Yi of China and Haluk Akakce of Turkey, among others. The official roster of artists, however, will be announced at the opening of the inaugural exhibition on March 3.

Born in France, Taittinger studied his family’s trade early on, until he moved to New York seven years ago and redirected his attention to contemporary art. Most recently, he founded an art advisory in New York for institutions and private collections. Before that, he worked at Almine Rech in Paris and Phillips de Pury auction house in New York.