The artist David Hammons has bought a warehouse in a section of southwest Yonkers, where he will open a new art gallery.
Hammons bought 39 Lawrence St., which lies near the future South Yonkers Greenway along the Putnam Trail extending from Lawrence Street to the New York City border at Van Cortlandt Park.
Hammons is the latest artist to buy property in the city with the goal of exhibiting work.
In November city officials announced that they had sold the former Yonkers City Jail on Alexander Street to artist and architect Maya Lin and her husband Daniel Wolf, who will convert part of the jail into an exhibition space.
“Now others in the art world want to join the transformation taking place in Yonkers,” Mayor Mike Spano said Wednesday night when he announced Hammons’ purchase during his State of The City Address.
According to the Oxford University Press, Hammons is an installation artist, performance artist and sculptor. He studied in Los Angeles at the Chouinard Art Institute and the Otis Art Institute before settling in New York in 1974.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is among the museums that hold Hammons’ work.