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Beth Gates Warren on Julien Levy: Maestro of the Art World

Thursday, April 18, 2024
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Mary Craig Auditorium

The 2024 Lorna Spencer Hedges Lecture in Photography.

Noted photography scholar Beth Gates Warren will present a fascinating lecture on Julien Levy (1906–81), who is best remembered today as the art dealer who brought Surrealism to the United States. His eponymous New York City Gallery (1931–49) was generally regarded as the best place to view cutting-edge work by such artists as Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Arshile Gorky, Frida Kahlo and Man Ray. A monumental just-published four-volume set of books presents an uncensored insider’s view of Levy, the artists he exhibited, and the influence he wielded during the 1930s and '40s. Gates Warren’s talk will also include a discussion of Levy’s deep artistic and personal connections with Santa Barbara.

Sponsored by the Lorna Spencer Hedges Lecture in Photography Fund.

credit: Jay Leyda, Portrait of Julien Levy, ca. 1932


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