About the Author
Virginia Dwan (born 1931), an American art collector and art patron, is the former owner and executive director of Dwan Gallery Los Angeles (1959–1967) and Dwan Gallery New York (1965–1971), a contemporary art gallery closely identified with the movements of minimalism, conceptual art, and earthworks.
Germano Celant, a renowned art historian, critic, and theorist, has served as the curator of hundreds of exhibitions worldwide and published more than 100 books and catalogs.
This book on Virginia Dwan and her galleries in Los Angeles and New York tells the unique story of a fundamental player on the global art scene, who has rarely been explored. Dwan Gallery opened in Los Angeles in 1959 and showed works by artists such as Arman, Yves Klein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Jean Tinguely, becoming a West Coast point of reference for international art. In 1965, Virginia Dwan also opened a gallery in New York, where she exhibited pieces by the protagonists of minimalism and conceptual art. In this volume, Germano Celant recounts the years 1959 to 1971 at Dwan Gallery through a rich collection of images and rare testimonies, as well as a detailed chronology. Virginia Dwan, whose shows were as important as those organized by figures such as Leo Castelli and Ileana Sonnabend, is also a focus of this book, which provides details on earlier and subsequent events in the gallerist's career, up to the present.
- 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Published: 2017