Donald Young Gallery, Chicago Institution, Will Close After Three Decades

Graham's 2011 show at the gallery. (Courtesy Donald Young Gallery)

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. Read More


Theaster Gates Gets Approval for Transfer of Abandoned Chicago Bank for Latest Public Project


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. Read More