The New York Times

Topping Off With Public Art in Chelsea

September 9, 2013

Robin Pogrebin

In the High Line spirit of repurposing, a former Getty filling station in West Chelsea will become the site of a temporary public art program starting Sept. 16.

The first show at the station, located at 239 10th Avenue, at 24th Street near the High Line (itself a former rail line), will be “Sheep Station,” featuring the work of the surrealist sculptor Francois-Xavier Lalanne, who died in 2008.

The exhibition, which runs through Oct. 20, will include 25 of the artist’s sheep – or “Moutons” – made of epoxy stone and bronze.

The show was conceived by Paul Kasmin, an art dealer who represents the Lalanne estate, and Michael Shvo, a real estate developer and collector. Mr. Shvo’s company purchased the Getty station in the summer, working with Victor Homes, and will turn it into luxury residences. The developers plan to present public art during the project’s construction and will eventually incorporate similar projects into the building.







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