City Be Damned!

May 12, 2010

posted by Caroline Picard

I came across this article about beloved apartment gallery 65Grand. I think it’s an absolute travesty that the city would be shutting that place down–it’s amazing, unique, intimate, and over the last several years has shown consistently intriguing exhibits. Hang it all-

Here is an excerpt. You can read the article in its entirety by going here.

Art Break: City Evicts Gallery from Apartment

An exhibition opening at 65Grand

Bill Gross has been given thirty days to cease and desist gallery operations in his apartment, on the 1300 block of West Grand Avenue. Named 65Grand after the bus that passes below his third story window, the apartment gallery has operated without intervention from the city since October, 2005, until this recent April, when two representatives from the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing visited for a peaceful shakedown. The current show, a solo exhibition by artist David Ingenthron, will be the gallery’s last at this location.

Gross, himself an artist, started the informal gallery in his living room and kitchen as way to engage friends and peers in a self-made art community. Soon after, the gallery openings were always crowded, and the shows received attention from critics (with three coveted reviews in Artforum) and collectors, and therein lay the problem. Gross was selling art without a business license, and he could not obtain one in his present location. The restaurant on the first floor is zoned to conduct business, but the apartments above are not.