SERIOUS BIDNESS: THE LETTERS OF RICHARD BELLAMY

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Miles Bellamy, Brooklyn, 2016.

Hardcover, 66 pp., Letters by Richard Bellamy between 1965-1998.

This selection of twenty-two letters written by the renowned art dealer Richard Bellamy (1927–1998) highlights his great sensitivity to the needs of the artists he represented, his special brand of humor and his literary predilections. The letters cover the year 1965, when he closed the Green Gallery—a showcase for many who would become the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century—to the last weeks of his life in 1998.

Included are letters to art collectors and patrons such as Virginia Wright, Vera List and A. Alfred Taubman, and letters concerning the artists Mark di Suvero, Walter De Maria and Yayoi Kusama, among others. There are also four letters written to his son, Miles Bellamy, which draw a kind of narrative of their relationship. Miles Bellamy’s introduction and notes expound on that relationship and describe the contexts in which all the letters were written. Appended to the main text are Richard Bellamy’s essay on the painter Myron Stout, the only previously published writing by the dealer, as well as documentation of a posthumous reading of Bellamy’s letters at The New School in October 1998.


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