Art Letter

Note from Paul Klein (Fall, 2004):

I closed Klein Art Works in May 2004. I continue to live in Chicago and believe in the power of art and in supporting my community.

One of the things I've heard frequently since closing is that my aesthetic and input are missed.  And then the notion of this Art Letter occurred to me.

Here's the idea. I have asked the 67 galleries in Chicago I like the best to send me information and images about forthcoming exhibits.   If I can embrace an exhibit I will send an email to you letting you know and encourage you to see it.

Paul Klein has long been an art advocate and proponent for art in Chicago. In 2006 his long-term contributions were acknowledged by the Chicago Society of Artists when he was selected as their 2006 Man of the Year.

He is the Managing Director of the
Briddge Group in Chicago, the premier Art Succession Planning Group in the country comprised of an international consortium working in full partnership with collectors and their wealth advisory teams. Briddge acts as an advocate for collectors in lifting art and collectibles out of the typical estate planning process and treating them with the special handling every collection deserves. Successful Art Succession Planning maximizes the value of art holdings by keeping collections intact, while developing the most tax efficient distribution to heirs, and creating philanthropic opportunities with maximum impact.

Klein was the Art Consultant/Curator for the recently completed 2.3 million square foot expansion of McCormick Place. It was his vision to use solely Chicago and Illinois artists at the new convention center, where all the content of the permanently installed art is Chicago and Illinois specific.

For the past 4 years Klein has championed Chicago by writing and distributing ArtLetter , an online examination of art in Chicago. He previews exhibitions and encourages readers to broaden their horizons by embracing unexpected quality, new venues, dynamic artists and strong exhibitions.

Klein owned and operated Klein Art Works from 1981 to 2004. When he first opened in River North he established the area as a new art center. After his gallery was destroyed by fire in 1989, his pioneering move to River West led to the development of the entire area.

In over 20 years as a leading Chicago art gallery he established friendships with collectors and civic leaders. He has always participated in his community and is highly respected by Chicago artists since the days his numerous survey exhibitions first brought attention to broad and diverse segments of the art community.

In recent years, because of his Chicago focus at McCormick Place and his plain-speaking ArtLetter he has become the go-to guy in the expanding Chicago art scene, advising artists and cultural institutions almost daily.

He lives in Chicago with his wife Amy Crum, and their children.

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Thank you. Let's make this worthwhile.


(September 2004)