Robert Kidd Gallery was founded in 1976 By Robert Louis Kidd and Ray Frost Fleming, graduates of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Owed to the curatorial vigor of Kidd and Fleming, the Robert Kidd Gallery achieved early notoriety through the caliber and consistency of its exhibitions, and a growing stable of prestigious artists with whom the gallery became affiliated. In the early 1980s, the gallery's exhibition and archive spaces were expanded by renowned architect Irving Tobocman, and fitted with custom gallery interiors by Kidd. The elegant modern designs conceived and constructed at the time of this collaboration remain in the two-level gallery on Townsend Street in downtown Birmingham, Michigan to this day.
In addition to the works of emerging contemporary artists, the gallery roster became further distinguished by the works of numerous prominent modern masters including Milton Avery, Harry Bertoia, Helen Frankenthaler, Marshall Fredericks and Larry Rivers. The gallery's legacy of important exhibitions continued for several years after the founder’s deaths, under the direction of the gallery’s long-time staff. In 2015, Robert Kidd Gallery’s most recent chapter began under the new ownership of Gerard Marti. Along with a continuing program of exhibitions and events, the gallery’s current inventory of artwork includes an exciting array of paintings, sculpture, pop art, photography and prints by leading creatives in the field.
Gerard Marti, owner of Robert Kidd Gallery, was born in Marseille, France and schooled at École des Beaux Arts in Paris. After school, Gerard became a musician, songwriter, sound engineer, record producer, and video director for EMI Records. In the early 1990s, after years in the recording industry, Gerard was inspired to merge his love of art and pop culture through a gallery venture that specialized in artworks by celebrities and musicians. Since that time, Gerard has been involved in the gallery business in Maui, Hawaii and Los Angeles, California. In 2015, Gerard moved to Birmingham, Michigan to devote his time to his most recent endeavors at the Robert Kidd Gallery.