Soho’s OK Harris Gallery Will Close


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. Read More


Ivan Karp, Castelli Director Who Founded Soho’s O. K. Harris Gallery, Dies at 86

Mr. Karp in 2006. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

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.” Read More