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Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America's most influential art dealer. Now Annie Cohen-Solal, author of the hugely acclaimed "Sartre: A Life" ("an intimate portrait of theman that possesses all the detail and resonance of fiction"--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"), recounts his incalculably influential and astonishing life in "Leo and HisCircle."

After emigrating to New York in 1941, Castelli would not open a gallery for sixteen years, when he had reached the age of fifty. But as the first to exhibit the then-unknown JasperJohns, Castelli emerged as a tastemaker overnight and fast came to champion a virtual Who's Who of twentieth-century masters: Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Twombly, to name a few. The secret ofLeo's success? Personal devotion to the artists, his "heroes" by putting young talents on stipend and seeking placement in the ideal collection rather than with the top bidder, he transformedthe way business was done, multiplying the capital, both cultural and financial, of those he represented. His enterprise, which by 1980 had expanded to an impressive network of satellite galleries in Europe and threelocations in New York, thus became the unrivaled commercial institution in American art, producing a generation of acolytes, among them Mary Boone, Jeffrey Deitch, Larry Gagosian, and Tony Shafrazi.

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Leo and His Circle" brilliantly narrates the course of one man's power and influence. But Castelli had another secret, too: his life as an Italian Jew. Annie Cohen-Solaltraces a family whose fortunes rose and fell for centuries before the Castellis fled European fascism. Never hidden but also never discussed, this experience would form the core of a guarded but magnetic characterpossessed of unfailing old-world charm and a refusal to look backward--traits that ensured Castelli's visionary precedence in every major new movement from Pop to Conceptual and by which he fostered theworldwide enthusiasm for American contemporary art that is his greatest legacy.

Drawing on her friendship with the subject, as well as an uncanny knack for archival excavation, Annie Cohen-Solal givesus in full the elegant, shrewd, irresistible, and enigmatic figure at the very center of postwar American art, bringing an utterly new understanding of its evolution.

"From theHardcover edition."

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Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America's most influential art dealer. Leo and His Circle is the story of his astonishing life and career.

Arriving in New York in 1941, Castelli would not open a gallery until fifteen years later, at the age of fifty. But being first to exhibit the unknown Jasper Johns, Castelli emerged a tastemaker overnight and fast came to champion a virtual Who's Who of twentieth-century masters: Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Twombly, among them. The secret of Leo's success? Personal devotion to his heroes: putting young talents on stipend and cultivating careers by finding the ideal collection for each work rather than the top bidder, he transformed the way business was done.

But Castelli had another secret too: his life as an Italian Jew. Annie Cohen-Solal traces a family whose fortunes rose and fell for centuries before the Castellis fled European fascism. Never hidden but never expressed, this experience would form the core of a guarded but magnetic character possessed of unfailing old-world charm and a refusal to look backward--traits that ensured Castelli's visionary precedence in every major new movement from Pop to Conceptual and by which he fostered the worldwide enthusiasm for American contemporary art that is his greatest legacy.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Annie Cohen-Solal was born in Algeria and received a Ph.D. in French literature from the Sorbonne. She has taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, at the Universities of Berlin, Jerusalem, Paris XIII, Caen and is currently Visiting Arts Professor at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she teaches seminars on Cultural Policy and on the Globalization of the Visual Arts. She first came to New York in 1989 as the Cultural Counselor to the French Embassy in the United States, after her acclaimed Sartre biography, Sartre: A Life, had become an international best seller, translated into sixteen languages. Her encounter with Leo Castelli prompted a shift of her interest to the art world. Cohen-Solal was awarded the Prix Bernier of the Acad

Table of Contents

Europe : persecutions, wars, ruptures, displacements : 1907-1946 and a prehistory — The years of the metamorphosis : 1946-1956 — Absolute leader of American art : 1957-1998.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307593047
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Art : History - Contemporary (1945- )
Author:
Cohen Solal, Annie
Author:
Annie Cohen-Solal
Author:
Cohen-Solal, Annie
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Artists, Architects, Photographe
Subject:
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Publication Date:
20100518
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
576

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Product details 576 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307593047 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America's most influential art dealer. Leo and His Circle is the story of his astonishing life and career.

Arriving in New York in 1941, Castelli would not open a gallery until fifteen years later, at the age of fifty. But being first to exhibit the unknown Jasper Johns, Castelli emerged a tastemaker overnight and fast came to champion a virtual Who's Who of twentieth-century masters: Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Twombly, among them. The secret of Leo's success? Personal devotion to his heroes: putting young talents on stipend and cultivating careers by finding the ideal collection for each work rather than the top bidder, he transformed the way business was done.

But Castelli had another secret too: his life as an Italian Jew. Annie Cohen-Solal traces a family whose fortunes rose and fell for centuries before the Castellis fled European fascism. Never hidden but never expressed, this experience would form the core of a guarded but magnetic character possessed of unfailing old-world charm and a refusal to look backward--traits that ensured Castelli's visionary precedence in every major new movement from Pop to Conceptual and by which he fostered the worldwide enthusiasm for American contemporary art that is his greatest legacy.

From the Hardcover edition.

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