In January 2016, Franklin Parrasch will open his seventh gallery, the Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, in Los Angeles, with the help of Christopher Heijnen.
The gallery will be located at 1326 South Boyle Avenue, a 5,000-square-foot building which used to be a dinette and lunchroom for Sears employees. After a year-long search for a space to work with, Heijnen, who has managed the Franklin Parrasch Gallery’s Los Angeles since 2012, told Parrasch of the new-found space in downtown L.A. in which he wished to open a gallery. Parrasch responded by flying out immediately as he said; “He [Heijnen] had a great deal of knowledge of real estate in that area and had been involved with several buildings, in terms of development of their spaces.”
Parrasch’s New York gallery features Californian artists from the ’60s and ’70s, as well as the rise of Minimalism in New York. The emphasis of Parrasch Heijnen, Parrasch explained, “is to show the influence the Los Angeles movements have had on the younger generations of artists. We’ll be focusing a lot on younger artists who have a connection in some concrete, aesthetic way to other artists of historical importance from Los Angeles, like Ken Price, Peter Alexander, and [John] McCracken.” Parrasch Heijnen will open with a show of Ken Price’s entire career, including his most renowned sculptures, which Price considered as landmark works in his career.