ACME Gallery, a Mainstay of the Los Angeles Art Scene for 22 Years, to Close

ACME calls it quits amidst the ongoing mid-market squeeze.

ACME Gallery, the Los Angeles outfit that showed work by artists including Kai Althoff, Jennifer Steinkamp and Tony Feher, will close its doors on June 10 after 22 years in business.

The announcement comes as many midsize and small galleries in both the US and Europe feel a squeeze, while mega-galleries’ growth continues apace. Among other recent closures are Los Angeles’s Mark Moore, New York’s Lisa Cooley (who went on to work at Paula Cooper), and veteran New York dealer Andrea Rosen, who went on to work with David Zwirner Gallery.

ACME’s co-founder Robert Gunderman confirmed the closure in an email to artnet News, but declined to give any further comment. Currently located in the Frogtown/Elysia area, ACME had a home for 19 years near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA).

A fixture in the Los Angeles scene since 1994, ACME was established by Gunderman and Randy Sommer in the years following the art market dip in the early ’90s. The duo had both been involved previously with alternative space Food House. ACME currently lists works available by dozens of artists on its website, including Natalie Frank, Kurt Kauper, and Kristin Baker.

The gallery will formally close at the end of its two current shows of work by Heather Rasmussen and Tomory Dodge.


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