Founded in 1961, ACE GALLERY has a history of installing museum quality exhibitions.
The Gallery's exhibition program balances a selection of emerging and mid-career artists with artists who have become fully established over the last fifty years.
About the Director
Douglas Chrismas started his career in Vancouver, Canada in 1961 where at the age of 17 he opened his first art gallery. During the following years the gallery grew mounting exhibitions of such important artists as Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Nauman, and Serra who were considered the “hot” young artists at that time.
The gallery expanded to Los Angeles in 1967 and then further expanded to New York in 1994. The galleries were noted for doing museum-level exhibitions by up and coming and also world-renowned artists. While in New York the gallery’s presence was amplified by its doing exhibitions with such important cultural institutions as the Guggenheim Museum and the Cartier Foundation (Paris), which even though Mr. Chrismas’ gallery was a commercial gallery it had gained great respect from museums worldwide. Under his directorship Ace Gallery has had either offices or galleries in such important art centers as Mexico City, Paris, Berlin and Beijing along with its strong position in Los Angeles.
Mr. Chrismas’ ability to create architectural spaces for contemporary art of our time became well known. He is credited with creating the first White Cube contemporary art space as we know it today. All Ace gallery spaces have been designed by Mr. Chrismas.
Some of the gallery’s exhibitions in New York drew 2,000 plus visitors a day, which was comparable to such institutions as the Whitney Museum. Ace Gallery was the largest privately owned gallery in New York at that time. While in New York, Mr. Chrismas had also continued the gallery’s program in Los Angeles. Mr. Chrismas departed New York and fully moved to Los Angeles after the tragic events of 9/11 as the New York gallery’s location was in close proximity to the Twin Towers.
Mr. Chrismas is well known and respected for his curatorial expertise and knowledge of contemporary art from 1940 to present and his ability to install exhibitions that enable the art to be seen and studied in a visually meaningful way. He is a highly consulted expert on establishing value of art works from 1940 to current. Ace Gallery has also been, for the last 25-years, the largest commercial exhibition space in western United States with over 30,000 sq. ft. of installation space.
Mr. Chrismas continues a focused program of exhibitions in Los Angeles. His gallery is considered to be the oldest contemporary gallery in the Western United States and he has curated and mounted over 600 exhibitions during his 52-year career as the gallery director.