Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy, an Influential, Posterity-Averse Art Dealer
Free Public Lecture
University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic, 3010
During the early 1960s in New York, the Chinese-American art dealer Richard Bellamy (d. 1998) ran the fabled Green Gallery on 57th Street where he launched the careers of many of today’s iconic pop, minimalist and maverick artists. In an illustrated talk based on her engrossing biography Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art, Judith Stein brings alive this beatnik with a legendary eye who was the first to show Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, Mark di Suvero and George Segal, as well as Yayoi Kusama’s sculpture and Warhol’s printed money. He even brokered Yoko Ono’s first sale. “There was nobody like Bellamy. I certainly consider myself his pupil,” art dealer Leo Castelli later reflected.
Dr Judith E Stein is a writer and curator specialising in post-war American art.