353 Commercial Street

353 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

353 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

As the Tirca Karlis Gallery, this was an important landmark for anyone who cared about modern American art. It was established in 1958 by Theresa “Tirca” Cohen and her husband, Charles “Karlis” Cohen. The Tides of Provincetown catalogue devotes an entire chapter to it, “The Tirca Karlis Gallery: Pivotal Decades of Provincetown Art,” by Julie Heller and Whitney Smith. Its “16 Americans” show of 1961 included Milton Avery, Richard Diebenkorn, Louise Nevelson, and Theodoros Stamos. A prior tenant was Marion Blakeman’s Personal Appearance shop, which opened in 1938 with décor by Peter Hunt. The current tenant, Kennedy Gallery & Studios, showcases the paintings of Robert and Michele Richard Kennedy, who studied with Henry Hensche.


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