Louis K. Meisel

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Louis K. Meisel (1942- ) opened the Louis K. Meisel Gallery on Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City in 1966. The gallery has promoted the work of realist painters, sculptors, and photographers. Louis K. Meisel Gallery has also championed another genre of American realism, the Pin-up; the gallery has an extensive collection of vintage and contemporary Pin-ups. Artists represented include: John Baeder, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Ronald Kleemann, Mel Ramos, and Theodoros Stamos, among others.

Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, Louis K. Meisel has had a varied career as an art dealer, writer, and collector. Meisel attended Columbia University, 1964 and the New School for Social Research in New York, 1963-1965. Credited with coining the phrase, Photorealism in the late 1960s, Meisel defined the qualities of the Photorealist artist.

Louis K. Meisel has written numerous books and articles on Photorealism, the American Pin-Up, and other art-related topics. He has also lectured at academic and art-related institutions, including the Arts and Crafts Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1978; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1980, 2002; the Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 1993; and the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, 2002. His collecting interests have been wide-ranging. In addition to his extensive collection of Photorealist paintings and Pin-up illustrations, Meisel is a collector of 1940s Moderne, tin toys, Art Deco statues, and naturalia.

Since 2000, Louis K. Meisel, in partnership with Frank Bernarducci, has operated the Bernarducci. Meisel. Gallery on 57th Street in New York as a venue for established and emerging artists.

From the guide to the The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1964-2003, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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creatorOf The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1964-2003 Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Baeder, John person
associatedWith Baldessari, John, 1931- person
associatedWith Battcock, Gregory, 1937- person
associatedWith Bourdon, David person
associatedWith Close, Chuck, 1940- person
associatedWith Eddy, Don, 1944- person
associatedWith Estes, Richard, 1932- person
associatedWith Flack, Audrey person
associatedWith Goings, Ralph person
associatedWith Kramer, Hilton person
associatedWith Krauss, Rosalind E. person
associatedWith Meisel, Louis K. person
associatedWith Meisel, Susan Pear person
associatedWith Messer, Thomas M. person
associatedWith Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002 person
associatedWith Rose, Barbara person
associatedWith Sadat, Anwar, 1918-1981 person
associatedWith Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997 person
associatedWith Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011 person
associatedWith Vogel, Dorothy person
associatedWith Vogel, Herbert person
associatedWith Warhol, Andy, 1928- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Art galleries, Commercial

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