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A Finding Aid to the Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999 | Digitized Collection

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

Leo Castelli Gallery

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 23,409 images.

Funding for the digitization of Series 3, Exhibition files and Series 10, Photographs, was provided by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

Collection Information

Size: 217.7 linear feet

7 rolled docs

3 artifacts

Summary: The Leo Castelli Gallery records measure 217.7 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 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.

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Funding

Funding for the digitization of Series 3, Exhibition files and Series 10, Photographs, was provided by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.