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Chaim Gross Studio

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Former studio and living quarters of sculptor Chaim Gross

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Greenwich Village
Institution, Historic Site & Museum

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An unusual gate fronting a non-descript façade suggests something unusual among the coffee shops, restaurants, and copy shops along LaGuardia Place in the heart of Greenwich Village. Behind the gate is one of the more unique and fairly unknown sights in the Village—the Chaim Gross Studio.

The Chaim Gross Studio houses the work of sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-1991). Born in Austrian Galicia, now part of Ukraine and Poland, Gross began his art studies in Budapest. His studies were interrupted after foreigners were expelled from Hungary. Gross and his family also faced anti-Semitic pogroms back in Austrian Galicia and in the face of violent persecution, Gross immigrated to the United States in 1921.

After settling in New York City, Gross continued his studies at the Educational Alliance on the Lower East Side, beginning a relationship with that institution as a student, patron, and teacher that would last over fifty years. The...

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The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation


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This building was Chaim Gross' (1904 - 1991) home and studio. It houses an extensive collection of the modernist sculptor's artwork as well as the intact skylighted studio in which he worked and also the family's living quarters. The building was built in 1830. It's rare to find in Manhattan today the intact workplace of a significant 20th century American artist. The building still stands from 1830 and evokes the world in which this important and prolific artist created his art.

The physical details matter a great deal -- both the architecture and interior design of the building as well as the furnishings, particularly of the artist's studio. It should be preserved to convey the artist's work environment. (December 2008)

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