A new storefront merges contemporary art with fashion and furniture
After returning to Minneapolis in 2014 to help her mother, Kathy Bryan, open Wayzata boutique House of 365, Annalise Glick turned her attention to establishing a new business. One part furniture showroom, one part retail store, and one part art gallery, AGG Art + Home | Glick Gallery is unlike any storefront in the Twin Cities—and maybe the country.
“It’s a showroom because we can order things, a retail store because everything you see on the floor is for sale, and an art sourcing company because if you have an idea for a piece and you don’t know where to get it, we can help find it,” explains Glick of the store’s unusual concept. “It’s just a collection of cool stuff.”
Glick, a musician and designer by trade, was born in Minneapolis and moved to L.A. where she was signed by Sony Records at the age of 19. She later moved to New York City, and before she knew it, she was hosting art openings in her home. “I sort of fell into it,” she says. “Art and music are really connected in L.A. and New York. All the rockers are friends with artists—they go hand in hand.” Accordingly, nearly all of the artwork and clothing in her store derives from the connections she made in New York and L.A.
The gallery’s opening exhibition, which runs through December, includes the work of internationally renowned artists and photographers including L.A.-based Pop Art painter Paul Rusconi, the late Andy Warhol collaborator and screen-printer Louis Waldon, acclaimed photographer and Beatles son Julian Lennon, and rock and roll photographer Norman Seeff. The store also carries one-of-a-kind clothing from clothier-to-the-stars Romulus Von Stezelberger of South Paradiso Leather and legendary L.A. leather artisan Henry Duarte.
Glick’s also made good use of the connections she’s made in the Twin Cities since moving back, particularly when it comes to furniture and home goods. After realizing it was too expensive to have furniture shipped in from the European brands she loved, she tapped Minneapolis makers Tandem Made and Stangler Works to collaborate on exclusive designs for the store that are not only high quality but affordably priced—especially when compared to their overseas counterparts. Other local goods include modern quilts by Louise Gray, wooden “milk crate” storage units by Waam Industries, and hand-dyed throw pillows by Willful Goods. The store also sells minimalist lighting fixtures by Montreal-based studio Lambert et Fils, resin sculptures and book cases by Brooklyn duo Chen Chen and Kai Williams, and hand-knit sweaters, cowls, and throws by Florida-based Loopy Mango.
By combining an art gallery model with retail, Glick hopes to offer a modern update on the traditional art gallery, which can often be sterile and unapproachable. “It has to change and evolve,” she says. “I just want to create a vibe that says, sit down, have a cocktail, and talk about what you want for your home and what inspires you.”
The gallery hosts a grand opening open house this Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. And mark your calendars for November 18, when AGG and Glick Gallery host a pop-up holiday shopping event featuring all women-owned local businesses, including Mille, Willful Goods, and Louise Gray.
Open Nov. 5 @ 811 Glenwood Ave. #270 (across from International Market Square), Minneapolis, 612-200-8455, glickgallery.com
by Jahna Peloquin
Images by Jahna Peloquin + AGG