Klaus Kertess co-founded the Bykert Gallery in 1966. Under Kertess’s direction, over the next decade, the Bykert Gallery represented Chuck Close, Barry Le Va, Brice Marden, Dorothea Rockburne, Alan Saret, and Paul Sharits, among many other groundbreaking artists. After leaving the gallery in 1975 to pursue writing and curating, Kertess has worked with many of the most significant artists of the last four decades. Kertess has written for Artforum, Parkett, Art in America, and numerous other publications and has published monographs on Peter Hujar, Brice Marden, Joan Mitchell, and Jane Freilicher. Kertess has curated several major exhibitions, including the 1995 Whitney Biennial, Willem de Kooning: Drawing Seeing/Seeing Drawing for the Drawing Center in New York, and Meditations in an Emergency, the inaugural exhibition for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in 2007. Kertess received the Lawrence A. Fleischman award for scholarly excellence in the field of American art history from the Smithsonian Archives for American Art in 2009.