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

Leo Castelli Gallery, est. 1957
Art gallery
New York, N.Y.

Castelli, Leo, b. 1907 d. 1999
Dealer, Gallery owner
Active in New York,N.Y.

Collection size: 226.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Leo Castelli Gallery records measure 226 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.

Biographical/Historical 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 occuring 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.

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.

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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.