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In Robert Lalasz’s Artifacts piece on Numark Gallery’s new exhibition space (“In Space,” 11/14), the author discussed the motivation behind our move to 625-27 E St. NW. While he put a lot of focus on the development of an international architectural language for contemporary galleries, to which our gallery surely refers, his article failed to address what, for us, is the primary motivation for the design of the new space—to create a space that maximizes the potential for artists to produce their best work. The idea of the space and of the clean, open design is to create a neutral environment that puts the focus on the art and places the work in the best possible light. We hope that the new gallery accomplishes that while also creating a space that has its own personality and expression. The new, larger, more public exhibition space with its open storefront will, we hope, open up new possibilities for the artists who show with the gallery and for the gallery’s programming in the future.

There were several misstatements in the piece regarding the concrete floor that I’d like to point out. For the record, the concrete was a natural concrete that was poured out of a cement truck in the same way that the sidewalk is poured along the city streets. We have no intention of removing the floor, but plan to sand the floor after Jim Sanborn’s show comes down in December to remove some of the trowel marks that were left.

Thanks for allowing us to clarify what we felt were some omissions and misstatements made in the piece.

Numark Gallery