Essays, Criticism, and Biographies

Memoir of an Art Gallery

Julien Levy, introduction by Ingrid Schaffner

Julien Levy opened his New York gallery in 1931 and exhibited works by Dalí, Ernst, Cornell, Giacometti, Calder, Gorky, and other luminaries, giving many of them their first shows. This anecdotal memoir recounts Levy’s intimate dealings with some of the most innovative figures of his generation—from fishing with André Breton to visiting Arshile Gorky in the days before the painter’s suicide. By turns humorous and moving, it is also one of the most enjoyable works ever written about the pivotal time when Manhattan became the art capital of the world.

Editorial Reviews
“An important book…wholly engaging, witty, beautifully written” (Janet Hobhouse, New York Times Book Review).
“A colorful picture of an era and of its colorful denizens” (San Francisco Chronicle).
“Splendid” (Norman Mailer).