Selected Reading

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LEO AND HIS CIRCLE: THE LIFE OF LEO CASTELLI

Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America’s most influential art dealer. As the first to exhibit the then-unknown Jasper Johns, Castelli emerged as a tastemaker 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 of Leo’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 transformed the 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 three locations 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.




Annie Cohen-Solal