Stendahl Art Galleries

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The roots of the Stendahl Art Galleries were laid in 1911, when Earl Stendahl (1887-1966) began exhibiting the work of young Los Angeles artists at his downtown restaurant The Black Cat Café. He then worked at the Cannell and Chaffin Gallery from 1917 to 1918, first as a sales associate, then as a manager, and briefly trained to serve the U.S. Military in World War I in 1918, although he was never deployed. After completing his service, he opened Stendahl Art Galleries at The Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in 1921. At this time, Stendahl Art Galleries exhibited and sold works by California impressionists of the early twentieth century, including Edgar Payne, Guy Rose, William Wendt, Nicolai Fechin, and Joseph Kleitsch, in addition to works by European and Latin American artists including Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Constantin Brancusi, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Diego Rivera. Stendahl worked with significant collectors including William Randolph Hearst, Frank Lloyd Wright, George Gershwin, Edward G. Robinson, Vincent Price, David O. Selznick, Robert Woods Bliss, and Nelson Rockefeller, and in 1939, Stendahl hosted one of only two non-museum exhibitions of Pablo Picasso's Guernica to benefit Spanish war orphans.

In 1935, Stendahl started to deal Pre-Hispanic art, which later became the gallery's focus. The first clients for Mexican and Central American antiquities were Louise and Walter Arensberg, who Stendahl assisted in creating one of the most significant private collections in the United States. In 1954, after Walter Arensberg's death, Stendahl Art Galleries moved into the Arensberg estate at 7055 Hillside Avenue in Hollywood. The property, built in 1920, was designed by architect William Lee Woollett, with later contributions by Richard Neutra, Gregory Ain, H. Palmer Sabin and John Lautner. After Earl Stendahl's death in 1966, his descendants, including Alfred Stendahl (1915-2010), continued the family business until 2017, when Ronald W. Dammann, Earl Stendahl's grandson, and April Dammann, archivist at Stendahl Galleries and author of Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl, Art Dealer as Impresario (Angel City Press, 2011), closed the gallery.

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Ex-Stendahl Collection N/A. N/A., 16th cent. Benson Latin American Collection, General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin
creatorOf Stendahl Art Galleries. Stendahl Art Galleries records, [ca. 1920]-1964. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Stendahl Art Galleries. Institutional file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Forbes, Edward W. (Edward Waldo), 1873-1969. Papers, 1867-2005 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
creatorOf Stendahl Art Galleries records, circa 1913-2017, bulk 1930-2000 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Lustig, Alvin, 1915-1955. Miscellaneous invitations and announcements, ca. 1939-1943. Getty Research Institute
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Arensberg, Louise S. (Louise Stevens), 1879-1953 person
associatedWith Arensberg, Walter, 1878-1954 person
associatedWith Beltran-Masses, Federico, b. 1885. person
associatedWith Charlot, Jean, 1898- person
associatedWith Cornejo, Francisco. person
associatedWith Couvoisier Galleries. corporateBody
associatedWith De Creeft, José, 1884-1982. person
associatedWith De Diego, Julio, 1900- person
associatedWith Demotte, inc. (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Eddy, Jerome. person
associatedWith Feshin, Nikolaĭ Ivanovich, 1881-1955. person
associatedWith Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969 person
associatedWith Genth, Lillian Mathilde, 1876-1953. person
associatedWith Gilbert, Arthur Hill, 1894-1970. person
associatedWith Guthrie, George B. person
associatedWith Hansen, Armin C. 1886-1957. person
associatedWith Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Kleitsch, Joseph, 1885-1931. person
associatedWith Knight, Aston, 1873-1948. person
associatedWith Lustig, Alvin, 1915-1955. person
associatedWith Mérida, Carlos, 1891-1984. person
associatedWith Miró, Joan, 1893- person
associatedWith Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949. person
associatedWith Payne, Edgar A. 1882-1947. person
associatedWith Pearson, Ralph M., 1883-1958. person
associatedWith Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973. person
associatedWith Ramos Martínez, Alfredo, 1875?-1946. person
associatedWith Ritschel, William, 1864-1949. person
associatedWith Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957. person
associatedWith Rose, Ethel Boardman, 1871-1946. person
associatedWith Rose, Guy, 1867-1925. person
associatedWith Schofield, Walter Elmer, 1867-1944. person
associatedWith Siqueiros, David Alfaro. person
associatedWith Stendahl, Alfred person
foundedBy Stendahl, Earl L. person
associatedWith Szecsi, Ladislas. person
associatedWith Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Ufer, Walter, 1876-1936. person
associatedWith Wendt, William, 1865-1946. person
associatedWith Wildenstein and Company (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Zuloaga, Ignacio, 1870-1945. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Hollywood CA US
Art, Modern--20th century
Art galleries, Commercial
Hispanic American art
Manuscripts, Mexican--Sources
Indians of Mexico--Languages--Writing--Sources

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Establishment 1921

Disestablishment 2017

Spanish; Castilian,




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