The Mystery of Giulio Blanc with N. Montero and an unidentified man at 17th Street Gallery, June 1981

Black & white photograph of three man standing outside a gallery with columns framing the doorway and a sign above reading the name of the gallery. There is a framed painting and a plant in the window. The three man all wear white shirts of varying sleeve lengths and khakis or jeans. Giulio Blanc (left) is standing at profile view, with his head turned to the camera. N. Montero (center) is facing the camera, wearing a bowtie and glasses. The unidentified man (right) wears a white polo and faces the others.
Giulio Blanc with N. Montero and an unidentified man at 17th Street Gallery, June 1981. Photographer unknown. Giulio V. Blanc Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The Mystery:

Where: Outside 17th Street Gallery, in New York

When: June 1981

What: Photograph is annotated as "6 Young Cubans in N.Y."

Who (left to right): unidentified man, Giulio Blanc, N. Montero

Help us solve the mystery: Who is the unidentified man?

About the People Present:

Cuban born independent curator, critic, art historian and consultant Giulio V. Blanc (1955-1995) specialized in Cuban and Latin American art history and in his lifetime collected a wealth of material on the subject. Blanc became a leading authority on Latin American art and successfully established himself as a link between Cuban and Cuban-American artists and US galleries and museums.

N. Montero is an artist.

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