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About Louis K. Meisel

Louis K. Meisel & Susan P. Meisel
Photo by Francis Smith
After 5 years on Madison avenue at 79th street as Meisel Gallery, 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 paintings by many of the original Photorealist artists as well as the newer generation of the finest realist painters and sculptors in the world. 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. Louis K. Meisel is the author of numerous books including the definitive volumes on Photorealism. The fourth and final volume entitled "Photorealism in the Digital Age" will be published in 2013 by Harry N. Abrams. He has also written monographs on Charles Bell, Richard Estes and Mel Ramos, and deco pottery designer Clarice Cliff.

In addition, Louis K. Meisel Gallery SoHo exhibits a subset of vintage American illustration, The Great American Pin-up. Mr. Meisel has written about the lives and works of these 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.

In 2001 Louis and Frank Bernarducci opened the Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery at 37 west 57th street, to enhance the presentation, exhibition and promotion of all their artists. The gallery expanded to a full floor 6000 square foot space in 2010 and presents a full year round schedule.

From the 1970's to the present day, parts of the Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel Collections have been exhibited worldwide, in over 200 museums and other venues.

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

Read an Interview with Louis K. Meisel About Photorealism's Beginnings



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