The Athenæum of Philadelphia 219 S. Sixth St. Philadelphia, PA 19106
Judith Stein Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art Journey back to the early sixties, to the beginning of the market for contemporary art, when the art dealer and tastemaker Dick Bellamy (1927-1998) made history but chose not to make money. At the fabled Green Gallery on Fifty-Seventh Street, Bellamy launched the careers of Pop, Op and conceptual artists, as well as mavericks and minimalists, artists such as Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, Mark di Suvero and Lucas Samaras, and Robert Morris and Larry Poons. The story of Dick Bellamy, a beatnik with a legendary eye, unfolds as postmodernism elbowed the past aside. Based on decades of research and on hundreds of interviews with Bellamy’s artists, friends, colleagues, and lovers, Judith E. Stein’s Eye of the Sixties recovers the lost history of the elusive art dealer.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 5:30 PM (Reception and book signing to follow) Free. RSVP to events@PhilaAthenaeum.org or call 215-925-2688. This event has received generous support from The Charles Wharton Stork Lecture Fund.