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Lisson Gallery to expand

40 and not out

The Lisson Gallery, which has two spaces in Bell Street (nos. 29 and 52-54) just north of Oxford Street, has purchased a 1,000 sq.ft plot of land next to one of its galleries which is being used as a temporary outdoor sculpture space for the duration of Frieze. The gallery’s founder and director, Nicholas Logsdail, told The Art Newspaper: “The land belonged to Westminster Council and we’ve been negotiating on it for five years, which is surely a testament to our tenacity.” The council, apparently, was unwilling to do a deal for a cultural venue. “All it wanted was to secure the highest price,” he says. With the recently purchased corner plot, the gallery now has the option to expand substantially, although Mr Logsdail—who is having a house built on an adjoining plot—says he is not yet sure if he will keep it as an open sculpture space or redevelop it. The gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary with two major exhibitions to coincide with Frieze: the Puerto Rico-based team Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla is showing recent commissions at no 29, while new works by the Vancouver-based artist Rodney Graham are on display at no. 52-54 (both until 17 November).

Appeared in Frieze London dailies , October 2007