It's what makes this crazy town go round, from Abramoff to baseball-bunting council members to Marion-the-pipe-Barry. So when you got it, you gotta spend it.
When Fusebox announced it would close its doors last month, you could see gallery owners' eyes, from Alexandria to Logan Circle, glaze over with heat and lust and cartoonish $$$ signs. With Sarah Finlay and Patrick Murcia moving to San Francisco as the gallery apperates this Saturday, there was what looked to be an all out grab for the space, with Transformer, Conner Contemporary, and Irvine all in the running. The winner will come out with the challenge of meeting the bottom line while not becoming--what one gallery board chair called--"a fundraising machine."
How will the space change? The 2001 Core designed 1600 square foot space still surpasses all other fronts with the closest competition being Numark.
Yesterday morning the Washington Post reported that Irvine Contemporary Art will take the space, moving out of its current Dupont Circle location. From what I've heard it's a fine sum, at $6,000 a month. Hope that's with utilities and I wish Irvine good luck.