Manhattan dealers and longtime friends Nicelle Beauchene and Franklin Parrasch are joining forces to create a new project space called Parts & Labor in Beacon, New York, which is about 90 minutes north of the city by train. Located at 1154 North Avenue, the enterprise will be situated in a 2,500-square-foot building that was constructed as an inn during the 19th century and is within walking distance of Dia:Beacon.
Each exhibition at Parts & Labor, which is scheduled to open in May, will pair a mid-career artist with a more-established name of a different generation. Beauchene, whose namesake gallery is on the Lower East Side, described the model as a chance for historical figures “to have their work re-contextualized in more contemporary conversations, whereas the contemporary artist gets this great historical context add to their work.”
The first presentation at Parts & Labor will feature new, slightly concave paintings by Rosy Keyser alongside works by the painter Eleanore Mikus, who taught Keyser at Cornell University and died in 2017 at the age of 90. (While Mikus is deceased, Beauchene and Parrasch said that it’s possible that, in the future, works by two living artists will be featured in a single exhibition.)
Parrasch said of the artists in the initial outing, “There’s a sense of this relationship that happened during their lifetime together, but it continues. It’s as if there’s a transfer of energy or an exchange that’s happening—a connection that goes over a period of time.”
Decisions about the pairings in the exhibitions, which will last for between six to eight weeks, will be made jointly by the dealers and the artists. “It’s definitely a collaboration,” Beauchene said. “It’s super flexible, and we want everyone to feel good.”
In recent years, a number of New York City art world regulars have felt the pull of the pastoral, and set up shop upstate. In 2018, Jayne Johnson, a former director at Peter Freeman in SoHo, opened JDJ, a contemporary art program housed in a 20th-century ice house, in Garrison, in 2018, and the year prior, collectors Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu opened the nearby Magazzino Italian Art, a museum dedicated to postwar and contemporary Italian art, in Cold Spring. Back in 2014, dealers Joel Mesler and Zach Feuer established the since-closed Retrospective gallery in Hudson in 2014.
Discussing the location of the new business, Parrasch, who operates out of an Upper East Side space, said “This is ideal because it’s so close to a cultural environment and the conversations can stay close to art, outside of the commotion of an urban environment.”