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OK Harris, the independently minded Soho gallery started by Ivan Karp that specialized in photorealist art and was almost certainly the only art dealership in history to include a cigar shop, will close after almost a half century in business. (OK Cigars will continue at least for a while.) The gallery (whose namesake was fictional: “a tough, American name that sounded like that of a riverboat gambler,” Karp once explained) made the announcement in an email, saying that its final public day will be April 19.
Earlier today, art dealer Ivan Karp, who worked at the Hansa, Martha Jackson and Castelli galleries, before opening up his own shop, O. K. Harris, in 1969, died at age 86.
Ivan Karp, who was co-director of the Leo Castelli Gallery during its most storied period in the 1960s, before leaving to start the O. K. Harris gallery in Soho, died today. He was 86. A representative at O. K. Harris confirmed his death this morning. No cause has been released though a spokeswoman at the gallery said he “died peacefully in his sleep.”