Mr. Linn has participated actively in the contemporary art market in the United States and Europe since 1980, shortly after graduating from university. After moving to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1985, Gregory was a co-partner in New Strategies, one of the first of the Los Angeles “salon” galleries. New Strategies was at the forefront of the California contemporary art market, and was the first gallery to present the work of Richard Prince, Larry Johnson, and Andres Serrano in Los Angeles.
Mr. Linn moved to London in 1990, where he expanded the scope and depth of his private collection, developing relationships with galleries, curators, and artists in Europe. Returning to New York in 1993, he worked for the David Zwirner Gallery. Mr. Linn later relocated to Philadelphia, where he was a marketing specialist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before becoming an art advisor and independent curator in 2003.
In spring 2009, Mr. Linn and Clayton Press, his partner, were guest curators of "FIVE," at BAIBAKOV art projects (Moscow.) This was the first in-depth presentation of work by Walead Beshty, Matthew Brannon, Wade Guyton, Sterling Ruby, and Kelley Walker in Russia. This exhibition examined the aesthetic lineages of these younger American artists in relationship to Donald Judd, Robert Indiana, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol. The exhibition's 124-page catalog FIVE was published in 2011 (ISBN 978-5-904643-02-7). Since then, Messrs. Linn and Press have organized or contributed to numerous additional exhibitions or special projects.
Messrs. Linn and Press are members of The New Century Club and Legacy Society of The Art Institute of Chicago, where they have established an estate-plan provision. They have also been benefactors to The Art Institute of Chicago, City of Chicago (Department of Cultural Affairs), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art.