Douglas Chrismas, Impresario Of Ace Galleries, Awaits Embezzlement Trial; Past Misdeeds And Bad Behavior Overshadow Curatorial Successes
February 14, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – A Special Report: “The Talented Mr. Chrismas” presents a compelling portrait of gallerist Douglas Chrismas, of the Ace Gallery fame, with eight interviews and first-person, non-fictional narratives. Known for his “eye”, Doug Chrismas has had a long life in the arts, known equally for his prophetic vision, high curatorial standards and exceedingly troubled mismanagement.
“(Doug) has for years stayed a step ahead of creditors and disgruntled artists,” as journalist Charles Rappleye wrote in Artillery magazine, “his trail marked by scores of lawsuits, a criminal pleading and at least five filings for bankruptcy.” Today, Chrismas is steadfastly awaiting his embezzlement trial.
Each exhibit in Art Report Today’s Special Report presents a viewpoint, which offers new insights and hard stories. A portrait of the art gallerist begins to emerge. An index to the Special Report can be found, Click Here.
“Karma Kabuki” by artist James Hayward speaks of hidden storage rooms, evidence of deceit and the surprise recovery of a prized painting. Click Here.
The non-fiction short story “Doug Chrismas Fooled Me Once and Fired Me Twice” is laugh-out-loud hilarious, like a slapstick comedy. Click Here.
In an interview, “Witness: No. 4” states, “(Doug Chrismas) had a bad attitude. He was like a Canadian punker before there was punk.” Click Here.
In an interview, artist Ron Cooper tells the fascinating story of life in Los Angeles in the late Sixties and his now-famous friends. Click Here.
In the introduction “The Talented Mr. Chrismas”, editor Gordy Grundy reveals the process, structure and whispered tales behind the Special Report. Click Here.
“The miracle is that he got away with it, for so long,” says Interview Witness No. 7, “He never had the financial backing that Gagosian or Hauser & Wirth have.” Click Here.
In an interview, Witness No. 3 notes, “His reputation was notorious. Now if you and I were talking about the world of rap music, we would be covering him like the most important OG in the game.” Click Here.
Each piece has much to offer, loaded with detail, jaw-dropping intrigue and a few laughs.
‘The Talented Mr. Chrismas’ Special Report takes a long and objective gander into the back rooms of the contemporary art world. Private thoughts are spoken. Scandalous opinions are expressed. Hidden agendas come to light. The great boon and bane of the artworld can be found in one corrupt story.
An index to the Special Report: The Talented Mr. Chrismas can be found, Click Here.
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