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Leo and His Circle


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Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America’s most influential art dealer. Now Annie Cohen-Solal recounts his incalculably influential and astonishing life in LEO AND HIS CIRCLE, on sale May 18th.

Check out this slideshow for personal photos of Leo and his peers in the art world.


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Leo and His Circle

  1. 1. Leo and His Circle The Life of Leo Castelli in Pictures © Annie Cohen-Solal <ul><li>About the Book: Leo Castelli reigned </li></ul><ul><li>for decades as America’s most </li></ul><ul><li>influential art dealer. Now Annie </li></ul><ul><li>Cohen-Solal, author of the hugely </li></ul><ul><li>acclaimed Sartre: A Life, recounts his </li></ul><ul><li>incalculably influential and astonishing </li></ul><ul><li>life in Leo and His Circle. </li></ul><ul><li>On sale May 18, 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>ON THE BEACH IN TRIESTE, 1927 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Krausz, age twenty, discussing the cartoons in the local daily, II Piccolo di Trieste . </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>New York, 1963 </li></ul><ul><li>A snapshot of Leo Castelli </li></ul><ul><li>in one of his favorite </li></ul><ul><li>occupations … reading. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON, D.C. </li></ul><ul><li>FLAG DAY </li></ul><ul><li>JUNE 14, 1963 </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting President John F. Kennedy with a Jasper Johns Flag sculpture from his own collection on the occasion of America's Flag Day. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Studio of Roy </li></ul><ul><li>Lichtenstein </li></ul><ul><li>New York, 1964 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Castelli stands in Roy Lichtenstein’s studio, surrounded by the </li></ul><ul><li>artist’s works . </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>New York, 1964 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Castelli takes a brief rest, among his favorite work of art, while wearing one of his famous impeccable suits. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Central Park </li></ul><ul><li>June, 1967 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Castelli strolling </li></ul><ul><li>through central park, </li></ul><ul><li>on the other side of his </li></ul><ul><li>Gallery, his image </li></ul><ul><li>punctuated by a bright </li></ul><ul><li>orange balloon. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Southampton, 1967 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Castelli, sits in an armchair next to Paddie, his celebrated dalmatian dog, while Roy Lichtenstein plays chess with Castelli's wife, Toiny. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Venice, 1967 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Castelli shares a </li></ul><ul><li>moment with Ileana </li></ul><ul><li>Sonnabend, his ex-wife </li></ul><ul><li>and frequent collaborator. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>TURIN, 1969 </li></ul><ul><li>Castelli, impeccably dressed, between the gallerist Gian Enzo Sperone (left) and the artist </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph Kosuth (right). </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Venice, 1967 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo and Toiny Castelli, left, dine with their friends, </li></ul><ul><li>the Brodskys. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Castellaras </li></ul><ul><li>South of France </li></ul><ul><li>1980 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Castelli stands in </li></ul><ul><li>front of a portrait of </li></ul><ul><li>himself by Andy Warhol. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>New York, 1990 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Castelli, left, at a brunch with John Cage. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>ELYS É E PALACE, PARIS </li></ul><ul><li>MAY 23, 1991 </li></ul><ul><li>President François Mitterand presents Castelli with </li></ul><ul><li>the Legion of Honor. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Venice, September 4, 1992 </li></ul><ul><li>At his 85 th birthday party, Leo Castelli sits between his ex-wife, Ileana Sonnabend, and their daughter, </li></ul><ul><li>Nina Sundell. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>VENICE </li></ul><ul><li>SEPTEMBER 4, 1992 </li></ul><ul><li>At his eighty-fifth </li></ul><ul><li>birthday party in Venice, </li></ul><ul><li>with son Jean-Christophe. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Villa Santa Maddalena, Tuscany, 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Castelli (Right) with Austrian-born writer </li></ul><ul><li>Gregor von Rezzori (left) and his son, </li></ul><ul><li>Jean-Christophe Castelli (center). </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Castellaras, South of France </li></ul><ul><li>Summer 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Castelli with collector and producer Claude Berri, curator Abdellah Karroum and artist Jean-Pierre Raynaud. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>The Leo Mug, by artist Meyer Vaisman </li></ul><ul><li>Ceramic mug produced in 1992 by Artes Magnus (Barbara & Richard Lane, Bill Ehrlich & Ruth Lloyds). </li></ul><ul><li>The handle represents works by Castelli's artists: </li></ul><ul><li>Stella, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Johns and Rauschenberg. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Now, new works of art celebrate Castelli as an icon! </li></ul><ul><li>Devon Dikeou (American, b. 1963 - ) </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Since Cezanne (After Clive Bell),&quot; 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>C-print of name plate reserving a table in perpetuity for the preeminent art dealer, Leo Castelli </li></ul><ul><li>mounted between non-glare plexiglas surfaces </li></ul><ul><li>18&quot; x 27&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Unique, 1 AP </li></ul>