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         LEO  CASTELLI     
         1907–1999

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One of the most influential art dealers of the twentieth century, Leo Castelli launched the careers of such Pop greats as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Frank Stella—convincing the world that American art of the 1960s was worthy of international recognition. Fleeing the war in Europe, Castelli and his wife, Ileana Sonnabend, came to New York from Paris in 1941. In 1943 he joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to military intelligence in Europe. For his military service he was granted American citizenship. Castelli introduced an innovative stipend system into the New York gallery world, putting the artists he represented on his payroll regardless of whether their work sold. Castelli was frequently pictured in the pages of ARTnews, and this image accompanied a brief article on his reception of France's prestigious Legion of Honor award for his contribution to the expansion of French culture.

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989)
Gelatin silver print, 1982
Published summer 1987
The Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe
©1982 The Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe
Used with permission
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