March 24th, 2008

All is not lost for CBGB....

Photo Dealer Takes CBGB Gallery Space

New York Times
Published: March 21, 2008

The space that used to be the punk bar CBGB, at 315 Bowery, will soon become a John Varvatos boutique. Next door, the former CB’s Gallery at 313 Bowery is also getting a high-end makeover: the Morrison Hotel Gallery, which sells fine-art prints of classic rock photographs, will open a location in that space on March 27, with a plan to preserve some of the original, grungy GBGB décor, including bathroom graffiti and fliers that had been buried in an inner wall. The work of Steve Joester, who chronicled 1970s British punks, will be the first exhibition. In April the gallery will open a show devoted to Bob Gruen, the New York photographer who captured much of the first generation at CBGB. June will bring “The Art of Motorcycles.” Morrison Hotel, founded in 2001, will maintain its gallery in SoHo as well as locations in Los Angeles and La Jolla, Calif.