During the early 1960s in New York, the Chinese-American art dealer Richard Bellamy (d. 1998) ran the fabled Green Gallery on Fifty- Seventh 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, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016), 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.

Judith Stein is a writer and curator specialising in post-war American art. Her biography, Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016) earned the Athenaeum Literary Award. Her exhibitions for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts include The Figurative Fifties: New York Figurative Expressionism, and I Tell My Heart, The Art of Horace Pippin. A long-time contributor to Art in America, she is a former arts reviewer for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. She is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in literary nonfiction, a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Marfa, TX.

Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Venue: Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne, PARKVILLE VIC 3010

Admission is free.

Bookings are required. Seating is limited.

To register visit: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/jstein

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Alison Inglis asi@unimelb.edu.au

Presented by the Australian Institute of Art History within the School of Culture and Communication