From Art in America Online, ‘Mounting Pressure for DC Galleries’ by Kriston Capps

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Mounting Pressure for DC Galleries
by Kriston Capps 07/30/09

G Fine Art, widely acknowledged as one of the premiere contemporary art galleries in Washington, D.C., will close in August. Housed on the second floor of a three-story galleries building, the gallery—whose stable features some of the most innovative and visible artists in the metropolitan area—will not renew its release after its current show closes, according to gallery director Annie Gawlak.

Gawlak says she fully intends to carry on with the gallery. “I’ve got the fall plan, but I don’t have the place to do it in,” she says.

But the cost of doing business has risen at 1515 14th Street NW, where Gawlak opened a 1,700-square-foot space in 2004. Her gallery is a cornerstone of the former auto showroom, renovated in 2004 and home to three other contemporary art galleries. The 1515 building perhaps best represents contemporary art in Washington-though that may change.

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