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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999

Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
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Creator
Leo Castelli Gallery
Castelli, Leo, 1907-1999
Subject
Rosenquist, James
Escobar, Maria Sol
Tworkov, Jack
Rowan, Robert
Namuth, Hans Heinz Oskar Adolf Rudolf
Powers, Kimiko
Starn, Doug
Warhol, Andy
Flavin, Dan
Scull, Ethel
Darboven, Hanne
Barry, Robert Thomas
Artschwager, Richard Ernst
Lichtenstein, Roy
Noguchi, Isamu
Nauman, Bruce
Oldenberg, Kla'es
Gorgoni, Gianfranco
Epstein, Ethel Steuer
Heller, Ben
Koons, Jeff
Kiesler, Friedrich
Twombly, Cy
Grisi, Laura
Morris, Robert
Klapheck, Konrad
Tremaine, Emily Hall
Ruscha, Edward
Rowan, Carolyn
Tremaine, Burton
Scarpitta, Salvatore
Acconi, Vito
Paik, Nam June
Vardea Mavromichali, Chryssa
Rauschenberg, Robert
Parker, Raymond
Starn, Mike
Collins, Hannah
Serra, Richard
Christo
Powers, John
Power, Alan
Stella, Frank
Bloom, Barbara
Daphnis, Nassos
Johns, Jasper
Scull, Robert C.
Landsman, Stanley
Weiner, Lawrence
Judd, Donald C. (Donald Clarence)
Multiples, Inc
Biennale di Venezia
Type
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Record number
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7351
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209504
AAA_collcode_leocast
Place of publication, production, or execution
United States
Physical Description
215.9 linear feet
7 rolled docs
3 artifacts
Access Note / Rights
Use of original records requires an appointment.
Summary
The Leo Castelli Gallery records measure 215.9 linear feet and date from circa 1880-2000, with the bulk of the materials dating from the gallery's founding in 1957 through Leo Castelli's death in 1999. The major influence of dealer Leo Castelli and his gallery on the development of mid-to-late twentieth century modern art in America is well-documented through business and scattered personal correspondence, administrative files, exhibition files, extensive artists' files and printed materials, posters, awards and recognitions, photographs, and audio and video recordings. Also included are records for the subsidiary firms of Castelli Graphics and Castelli/Sonnabend Tapes and Films.
Citation
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding
Funding for the digitization of Series 3, Exhibition files and Series 10, Photographs, was provided by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.
Related Materials
Available in the Archives of America Art are three oral history interviews with Leo Castelli. Paul Cummings interviewed Castelli between May 14, 1969 and June 8, 1973; Barbara Rose in July, 1969; and Andrew Decker on May 22, 1997.
Biography Note
Leo Castelli Gallery (established 1957) art gallery, New York, N.Y. Leo Castelli (1907-1999), founder of Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, N.Y. He established the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1957, recognizing that important cultural changes were occurring in America and that a new form of art would derive from Abstract Expressionism which was in its heyday. The first two artists he signed up were Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, both transitional figures in the move from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. Castelli became known as one of the greatest salesmen in the art market and an avid supporter of contemporary art movements.
Provenance
The Leo Castelli Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art by Leo Castelli's wife, Barbara Bertozzi Castelli, and his children, Nina Castelli Sundell and Jean-Christophe Castelli in 2007.
Digitization Note
This site provides access to the records of the Leo Castelli Gallery in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2015. The bulk of the Exhibition Files and the Photographs Series (Series 3 and 10) have been scanned and total 27,534 images.
Location Note
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Data Source
Archives of American Art
Theme
Art Movements and Schools
Art Gallery Records
Usage
Usage conditions apply