“Leo Castelli, a Global Gallerist Anchored in Renaissance Tuscany” [fr]

Annie Cohen-Solal retraces the extraordinary life of Leo Castelli, one of the greatest art dealers and gallerists of the 20th century.

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(from left to right) Serge Belet, Gestionnaire principal de projet / Musée des Beaux Arts du Canada Annie Cohen-Solal Graham Larkin, conservateur d’art européen et américain / Musée des Beaux Arts du Canada





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Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli (Léo Castelli et les siens)

On top of the nonfiction bestseller lists in North America
Leo Castelli reigned over the world of the international contemporary art for more than forty years, changing the way the art world worked. Born and raised in Europe, in a well-to-do family, Castelli moved to the United States in 1941 and opened his own gallery in New York in 1957. In just a few years, this passionate art lover and gallerist transformed the status of the artist in the American society, shifting the tastes of the collectors, museum directors, critics and the general public. For almost four decades, he held absolute hegemony over the international art scene. But, behind Castelli’s intellectual, affable and public persona – much worshiped by many even to this day – lurks a much more complex and mysterious family history than he allowed it to appear. Thanks to the hundreds of interviews conducted around the globe and to the archival documents, Annie Cohen-Solal brings us the story of his life, seen through the context of history.

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Annie Cohen-Solal

Annie Cohen-Solal was born in Algeria. She is currently Professeur des Universités en délégation at CNRS Paris (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and Visiting Arts Professor at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She first came to New York in 1989 as Cultural Counselor for the French Embassy in the United States. Her biography of Jean-Paul Sartre, Sartre: A Life, received great acclaim and went on to become an international best seller. Her encounter with Leo Castelli prompted her to shift her interest to the art world. After winning the Prix Bernier of the Académie des Beaux-Arts for Painting American (Alfred A. Knopf) in 2001, she was awarded the ArtCurial Prize for the best contemporary art book for Leo Castelli & les siens (Gallimard, Paris). The American version Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli was published by Alfred A. Knopf in May 2010. In 2009, she was awarded the Legion of Honour by the French government.

Annie Cohen-Solal is on tour in Canada with the support of the Embassy of France, Consulates of France in Toronto and Quebec, and the participation of Gallimard Québec in Montréal and Knopf/Random House :

- Wednesday, February 2, at the Musée des Beaux-arts in Montréal
- Thursday, February 3, at the Université de Montréal
- Friday, February 4, at the Alliance Française in Toronto
- Saturday, February 5, at the AGO in Toronto
- Tuesday, February 8, at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa


Video of the conference in Ottawa




Photos of the lecture by Annie Cohen-Solal in Ottawa

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Annie Cohen-Solal


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Serge Belet, Gestionnaire principal de projet / Musée des Beaux Arts du Canada
Annie Cohen-Solal
Graham Larkin, conservateur d’art européen et américain / Musée des Beaux Arts du Canada


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Annie Cohen-Solal et
Graham Larkin, conservateur d’art européen et américain / Musée des Beaux Arts du Canada


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Séance de dédicace avec Annie Cohen-Solal


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Séance de dédicace avec Annie Cohen-Solal




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