When living in Chicago for grad school, I loved visiting Compassrose Gallery--the best in the city, as far as I was concerned, with a full roster of NY and Chicago artists. The Chicago art scene at that time (late '80s/early '90s) was thriving. There was no more elegant gallery than Compassrose, which featured a wooden bench in the viewing room to study paintings at leisure and in comfort.
In "Persistence of Chicago Art Galleries", a blog entry of 3/3/2010 (michelleminkoff.com), Michelle Minkoff wrote,
"Art collectors knew they could get something special at one of the at least 96 galleries that existed in Chicago as of 1990...Deven Golden, director of the Compassrose Gallery in 1990, said, “We
used to say we were an international gallery that just called Chicago
home, but that dried up at the end of the ‘80s.” Golden, who managed the River North gallery that closed in 1992 after
founder Jim Rose’s death, has since moved to New York to pursue his
career as a gallery owner..."
Since opening, and then closing, his eponymous gallery in the 90s on Howard Street in Soho (where he exhibited Jean Blackburn, Roland Flexner (of Pour), David Hartt, Fred Holland, David
Humphrey, Mark Lombardi, Marilla Palmer, Ruth Pastine, Beth Reisman, Dan
Reynbolds, Sylvia Sleigh, and Anthony Viti, Golden currently writes for the excellent online magazine Artcritical and has just started the blog Artmonkeywrench.com. Check it out.
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