1959-1963 AMERICAN PIONEERS OF CASTELLI GALLERY, A TRIBUTE TO NASSOS DAPHNIS
Richard Taittinger Gallery is honored to present at the Gallery and The Armory Show, the historical group exhibition, 1959-1963 American Pioneers of Castelli Gallery, a Tribute to Nassos Daphnis.
Since his founding in 2015, Richard Taittinger Gallery has represented the Estate of Nassos Daphnis, who was an artist of Leo Castelli’s Gallery for almost 40 years. Along with Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, Daphnis was the most exhibited artist of this legendary gallery.
From 1959 to 1963 Lee Bontecou, John Chamberlain, Nassos Daphnis, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Salvatore Scarpitta, and Frank Stella were exhibited side by side at the Castelli Gallery yearly. Together, they were seen as the cutting edge alternative to the era’s widely revered Abstract Expressionist movement.
The purpose of 1959-1963 American Pioneers, is to underline the importance of Daphnis’s Minimalist works during this period. It showcases the artistic dialogue shared with his peers from the Castelli Gallery, as pioneers of the mid-century New York art scene as we know it today.
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Nassos Daphnis (1914-2010) was a Greek-born American painter and sculptor recognized for his mastery of geometric abstraction and his evolution into what became known as hard-edge painting. In the late 1950s, Daphnis developed his color-plane theory to liberate color from...View Artist Page →