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Expressionism

Chaim Gross
The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation preserves and interprets the historic home, studio, and art collections of renowned American sculptor Chaim Gross and his wife Renee. The Grosses purchased the Foundation’s Greenwich Village building in 1962, renovating the industrial space into a modernist home and ground floor sculpture studio. In addition to being a prolific artist, Gross was also a collector, educator, and designer. Gross worked with two architects, Arthur Malsin and Don Reiman, on the 1962-63 Modernist renovations of the LaGuardia Place building. Included in the design decisions made by Gross are the end-grain floor in the studio and oak handrails in the stairwell. He collected widely and the Foundation preserves and interprets his collections. Gross collected African, American, European, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and decorative arts. He also amassed an extensive art history library.




Albin Polasek
This Mediterranean-style residence and studio of internationally known Czech-American sculptor, Albin Polasek, features classical busts, decorative works, and grand sculptures displayed in several rooms and in the sculpture gardens. The historic home, chapel, gardens, and temporary exhibition gallery are open to the public. Our story, although it is Albin Polasek’s story, resonates with every visitor on an intimate level. It is one of perseverance, determination, passion and the American Dream. Our mission is to enrich lives by sharing our story, our setting and our art.