Installation view of “Body Variations” (2017) at ACME. gallery in Los Angeles. Photo: ACME.

Los Angeles’s ACME. Gallery to Close After More Than Two Decades

Alex Greenberger of _Artnews reports that ACME., a staple of the Los Angeles gallery scene, will close its doors after twenty-two years. “Body Variations,” a solo exhibition of new works by Heather Rasmussen, and “Tomory Dodge: Works on Paper,” a selection of eighty works from the last seven years of the artist’s career, both closing June 10, will be the gallery’s final shows.

Founded by Robert Gunderman and Randy Sommer in 1994, ACME. was first located in Santa Monica. It later moved to the 6150 Wilshire complex near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where it remained for nineteen years, before it found its current location in the Frogtown/Elysian Valley area of Los Angeles. Gunderman and Sommer had previously worked together at FOOD HOUSE, a well-known alternative art space in Santa Monica that exhibited work by emerging Los Angeles artists.

Working with ACME. “was as if I was walking into a friend’s apartment, not a place of business,” artist Kurt Kauper wrote on Facebook on Sunday. “Does that still exist in the art world? Was that only possible with galleries that came up at that time in the early nineties, right after the art market crash, when nobody expected to make much money? Maybe it does. I hope so. And I hope great things are in Bob and Randy’s future. I’ll be forever grateful to both of them.”