For Russian Gallerist, Home Is Where the Art Is

Above a nondescript clothing store on at 652 Broadway, between Bond and Bleecker Streets, you’ll find Alexandre Gertsman’s apartment. The loft doubles as an art gallery where for five years the former architect has exhibited works of contemporary Russian art.

“If I want, my gallery becomes my very large living room,” he told The Local during a recent visit.

AG’s latest, “New York: Four Decades of Russian Art,” opens today and is viewable by appointment through Jan. 10. The exhibit features the works of 21 Russian-born artists that have made a mark on the New York scene in the past four decades, including Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Komar & Melamid, Aleksander Kosolapov, and Natalya Nesterova.

Before its installation, Mr. Gertsman took The Local on a tour of his rather spectacular home and workplace.

Correction: Dec. 5, 2012
The original version of this post was revised to reflect a correction. Mr. Gertsman has maintained the gallery for five years, not two decades.