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Knoedler Gallery Suddenly Closes After 160 Blue-Chip Years

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Knoedler Gallery, the 160-year-old modern and contemporary art gallery located in a landmarked townhouse on New York’s Upper East Side, has announced that it will close its doors, effective today. A representative for the gallery released a two-sentence statement by email this evening, noting that the shuttering was “a business decision made after careful consideration over the course of an extended period of time.”

Over the course of its long history, Knoedler has been affiliated with a wide range of American art, from the Hudson River School to the New York School. It currently deals in work by Milton Avery, Helen Frankenthaler, and James Castle. The representative assured that “gallery staff will assist with an orderly winding down of Knoedler Gallery.”

In recent months, Knoedler has been in the news for its potential involvement in a lawsuit, settled last month, over a forged Robert Motherwell painting. Though it was not a party to the litigation, of the six paintings mentioned in the suit, three were sold through, or at one point associated with, Knoedler, which used to represent Motherwell.

Julia Halperin

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