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Richard Gray Gallery to open new West Town gallery

Written by
Jonathan Samples

This week, the Richard Gray Gallery announced it would open a new 5,000-square-foot exhibition space in West Town later this spring. The new gallery, located at 2044 W Carroll Avenue, is scheduled to open on April 28 with an exhibition of new paintings by famed American pop artist Jim Dine.

The decision to expand the Richard Gray Gallery was brought on by discussions of how best to plan major exhibitions, grow business at the gallery and advance the careers of the gallery’s artists, according to gallery partner Paul Gray. “The gallery scene in Chicago is somewhat geographically disparate,” he said in a post on the gallery’s website. “With many leaving the West Loop due to rising rents, we thought... we could catalyze something positive by making a substantial commitment to an area that has the attributes to become home to many galleries.”

Partner Valerie Carberry says the expansion will allow the Richard Gray Gallery to further develop its programs. “We can now offer a large scale, adaptable footprint to the artists we represent, and we anticipate its creative and dynamic implementation in upcoming installations.”

Founded in Chicago in 1963, the Richard Gray Gallery boasts that it is one the city’s oldest and most well-known galleries. With locations in New York and Chicago, the gallery is a prominent dealer of modern and contemporary American and European art.

Wheeler Kearns Architects, which designed the Richard Gray Gallery’s Michigan Avenue location, will also design the new West Town space. Its goal is to create a flexible space consisting of an open-plan gallery, administrative offices and a private outdoor garden.

Check out these renderings of the new space at 2044 W. Carroll.

Photograph: Wheeler Kearns Architects

Photograph: Wheeler Kearns Architects

Photograph: Wheeler Kearns Architects

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