Feature, Inc. has left its home on Allen Street, according to an announcement from the family of its beloved late owner, Hudson. The gallery opened in Chicago in 1984 and bounced around in New York City before settling into its Allen Street location in 2009. It was among the first to exhibit the art of Takashi Murakami, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Kern, and many others. In an obit penned shortly after Hudson’s death in February, Jerry Saltz called him “one of the last of his kind, and among the smartest, wittiest, and most visionary gallerists I’ve ever known.”
Though his gallery won’t live on, the trailblazing dealer is being honored nearby, via an exhibit at 33 Orchard, a gallery that opened less than a month before he died. The memorial exhibit, “Let’s Go Let Go,” features over 60 works by artists who’ve shown at Feature over the years, including Tom Friedman, Tom of Finland, and many more. It runs through July 26.
Here, via Facebook, is the note regarding Feature’s closing:
Sadly, we are taking pen to paper to let you know that effective June 30, 2014, Feature Inc. vacated 131 Allen Street. Hudson always knew he did not want the gallery to continue without him; and we always knew it could not continue without him, he was the life, vision and force behind its success.
It has been five months of an incredibly difficult journey. Hudson’s passing left a tremendous void for many who knew him personally, as well as, the art world at large. He enriched so many lives. We want to thank those of you who took the time to write and tell us your Hudson stories – and what stories he inspired! Please know that even if we haven’t responded yet, we will, and know that your kindness and words gave us comfort and strength (and at times a chuckle) at a time when it was most needed.
Although Feature is closed, Hudson’s passion will always remain. Check back periodically, and keep in touch either here or through Facebook. Our thoughts and plans are evolving, but we intend to keep his legacy alive.
Again, thank you for your understanding, support and kindness. The depth of friendships and loyalties Hudson developed and inspired give us yet another reason to be so proud to call him our brother.
Thomas, Jim and Patricia Hudson