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Louis K. Meisel

Louis K. Meisel

For Louis K. Meisel, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery is an extension of his existing SoHo operation. From the time he opened his first gallery on Madison Avenue in 1967, Mr. Meisel emphasized the work of realist artists. In 1969, Mr. Meisel coined the phrase Photorealism and became a pioneer of Photorealist art, championing the work of such renowned painters as Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Chuck Close, Charles Bell, Ron Kleemann and Tom Blackwell. In 1973 Louis K. Meisel Gallery opened its doors on Prince street and West Broadway where it occupies 20,000 square feet and continues to exhibit new and classic paintings by many of the original Photorealist artists. Mr. Meisel is the author of numerous books including the definitive volumes Photorealism, Photorealism Since 1980 and Photorealism at the Millenium. The fourth and final volume entitled "Photorealism in the Digital Age" will be published in 2013 by Harry N. Abrams. Mr. Meisel has also published monographs on Charles Bell, Richard Estes and Mel Ramos, and pottery designer Clarice Cliff.

In addition, Louis K. Meisel Gallery SoHo exhibits vintage and contemporary American illustration, outstanding examples of American realism. Mr. Meisel has written about the lives and works of the American pin-up artists of the 1930's through the 1960's with titles including The Great American Pin-Up, 1996, The Best of American Girlie Magazine, 1997, and Gil Elvgren - All his Glamorous American Pin-ups in 1999, all published by Benedikt Taschen Verlag, Cologne, Germany. In 1997 he also published The Edward Runci Collection: Pin Up Poster Book published in 1997 by Collectors Press, Inc., Portland, Oregon.

From 1973 to the present day, the Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel Collection has been exhibited worldwide. Last season selections from their vast personal collection were on view at the newly appointed MANA Arts Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, a facility which exclusively exhibits important private collections. The exhibition featured over a hundred major paintings which totals several thousand works of art. Throughout the decades their collection extended beyond Photorealism to include American Pin-up Illustration, Photography and Abstract works by artists such as Theodoros Stamos. The Meisel Collection has been exhibited internationally including museums in Amsterdam, Rome, Japan and Korea. Most recently it was presented at the National Museum of Krakow's 2009 exhibition entitled "American Photorealism: From the Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel Collection". The collection will continue to travel to eight European museum venues beginning at the Kunsthalle Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany (8 December 2012 – 10 March 2013), Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain (22 March– 09 June 2013), Saarland Museum in Saarbrueken, Germany (30 June – 13 October 2013), the Birmingham Museum in Birmingham, England (30 November 2013 – 30 March 2014), The Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao, Spain (7 October 2014 – 19 January 2015), The Art Museum of Estonia in Tallin, Estonia (17 March – 12 June 2016), the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, Florida (January – April 2017) and several more to be announced.

The Meisel family are also residents of The East End, specifically the Sagaponack section of The Hamptons which has been an artist enclave since the 1950s. It is there that they maintain The Sagaponack Sculpture Field where the public is welcome to view and enjoy their outdoor sculpture collection.

Louis K. Meisel has lectured on the subject of Photorealism, contemporary art and illustration at renowned institutions such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Ringling School of Art and Design (Sarasota, FL), Chiostro del Bramante Museum (Rome, Italy), The Natural History Museum (Washington, DC), the Wharton School of Business (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), The Harvard Club (New York, NY), and other notable institutions worldwide.

Read an Interview with Louis K. Meisel About Photorealism’s Early Years

The Art of Music and Conversation - The New York Times