As suspected, the Whitney Museum of American Art is scooping up the Dia Art Foundation's sloppy seconds, striking a deal with the Economic Development Corporation to buy the city-owned property at Gansevoort and Washington Streets and build a new museum at the entrance to the High Line. The deal still has to go through public review, but right now the "satellite museum" is expected to be twice as big as WhitneyUES. This means that the Whitney's looooooong fight for expansion?with plans drawn up by (from L-R) Michael Graves, Rem Koolhaas and, most recently, Renzo Piano?are all kaput. Renzo's being brought back in to design the new museum, however, so his hard work is being kinda-sorta rewarded with more hard work. If nothing else, the museum should provide Meatpacking District-goers with an affordable daytime bathroom option in which to cut lines of coke in.
· Whitney’s Expansion Plans Are Shifting South [NYT]
· Whitney Museum May Ride the High Line [Curbed]
· RELATED: Newsweek interview with Piano about the Whitney [MSNBC]