Ivan Karp, who founded and ran OK Harris Works of Art in SoHo. It was impossible to imagine that he would one day be gone, but once the reality set in, the post poured out.
Ivan in the doorway of his gallery in 1995
Photo by Algis Kemezys, courtesy of the gallery
Now it's time to say goodbye to the legendary gallery he founded. In April it will close its doors. In an email sent out yesterday, the family and longtime staff of the gallery said this:
"After 45 years, OK Harris will be closing. We will proudly exhibit the works of the exceptional artists on our schedule through April 19th. This e-mail is to thank you and to congratulate our artists, collectors, dealers, friends, on 45 years of successful collaboration. Ivan C. Karp, the gallery’s progenitor and prime mover, its heart and soul, was the proud steward and loving parent of this institution. OK Harris has been an accomplishment worthy of acclaim and celebration and has historical resonance.