de Lellis Gallery will re-open September 6 at our new location--1045
Madison Avenue (between 79th & 80th Street)--with the exhibition,
Déjà vu, a re-collection of our best of show
over the past ten years.
Since our inaugural show in 1997, Keith de Lellis Gallery has mounted
more than 40 exhibitions of vintage photography appealing to both
the traditional-minded as well as offbeat collectors. Exhibitions
ranged from the industrial aesthetic of photographer Margaret Bourke-White
and colleagues Gordon Parks and Gordon Coster at Fortune and Life
Magazine to the fashion work of Louise Dahl-Wolfe and George Hoyningen-Huene
that graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar. Advertising and
other types of commercial photography, seldom seen in galleries,
by Edward Steichen, Ralph Bartholomew, Edward Quigley and others
revealed the innovations that took place when photographers and
American commerce first joined forces to create images that would
sell goods to the American public.
Over the years, the gallery presented popular themes in group shows--nautical
images in Ship/Shape; Times Squared, nostalgic
views of Times Square before its makeover in the 1990s; Motherhood,
as explored through the diversity of images depicting mothers in
every possible guise--from the sentimental to the humorous. The
gallery also devoted several exhibitions to rediscovering the work
of some forgotten but gifted American photographers--such as Simpson
Kalisher, Wayne Miller, Harold Haliday Costain and Flip Schulke.
By 2000, the gallery was well on its way to bringing along international
talents to the New York scene. A group show featuring the work of
mid-century Italian photographers--Spiagge--the
beach, was an auspicious start, leading to one-person shows for
participant Nino Migliori (Neorealismo and Signs).
Depicted in the work of Italian photographers were the following
motifs that were the basis of exhibitions: Paesaggio
demonstrated the Italians’ penchant for experimentation with
a new vision in landscape photography, while The Bicycle,
became a recurring symbol, as it was the primary mode of transportation
in post-war Italy, and our favorite, April Showers,
made a rainy day seem cheerful with its plethora of fanciful umbrellas.
(See attached for a complete listing of exhibitions)
...COMING IN OCTOBER
In late October, the gallery will feature an exhibition honoring
the hundredth anniversary of Lincoln Kirstein, who was a pivotal
figure in art and to American cultural institutions such as The
American School of Ballet, the New York City Ballet and the Museum
of Modern Art. By With To and From, (title from
an anthology of Kirstein’s writings), will include not only
photographs, but also prints and drawings that reflect the life,
art, and history of a fascinating American. Included will be works
by Paul Cadmus, Pavel Tchelitchev, Jared French and Margaret French
and others, that were formerly in the collection of Kirstein and
his circle of artists and friends.
Photographer George Platt Lynes produced sublime studio portraits
of the artists and intimates that surrounded Kirstein. His outstanding
ballet photographs capture the original portrayals of these now
In the 1940’s Paul Cadmus, Jared French and his wife Margaret--known
as Pajama--collaborated on the production of highly stylized photographs
taken during idyllic summers spent with Kirstein on Fire Island.
These images, more personal in nature, memorialize moments that
would otherwise be lost to memory.