After nearly 30 years in business, Donald Young Gallery, one of Chicago’s premier commercial space for shows by leading international artists, is closing. Its founder, Donald Young, died of cancer in April. He started the gallery in 1983, after he and dealer Rhona Hoffman parted ways in the gallery they had run together since 1976.
The gallery will host a closing reception on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, while Chicago–based artist Theaster Gates was in London for Frieze and to drop in on his first solo show at White Cube, he got news that Chicago’s Community Development Commission, which reviews sales of city-owned property, approved the transfer of an abandoned bank to the company he uses to oversee some of his art projects. Mr. Gates hopes to convert it into a multi-use facility.
“This is a really important building, this bank project,” Mr. Gates told us by phone from Chicago’s Hyde Park, fresh off the plane from London. Assuming a final sign-off from Chicago’s city council goes through, he plans to renovate the building to make room for artist studios and a soul-food restaurant. It may also become home to portions of the Johnson Publishing Company editorial archive, which publishes Ebony magazine, he said. Part of that archive is now on view at White Cube through Nov. 11 as part of Mr. Gates’s show.
Art Chicago, one of contemporary art’s longest-running fairs, will not open for business this year. Rechristened as NEXT Art Chicago late last year, after a merger with the emerging-gallery fair NEXT, it had been scheduled to run April 27-29 this year.