Charles Egan Gallery
The Charles Egan Gallery opened at 63 East 57th Street (Manhattan) in about 1945, when Charles Egan was in his mid-30s. Egan's artists helped him fix up the gallery: "Isamu Noguchi did the lighting... Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline painted the walls."
In 1948, Charles Egan Gallery held a solo exhibition of de Kooning's black and white paintings. Irving Sandler wrote that because of this exhibition, "de Kooning was established as a major Abstract Expressionist ... soon to be the most influential artist of his generation."
In 1950, Robert De Niro, Sr. had his first show at the Egan Gallery, where he continued to show until 1955.
In 1952 George McNeil had his first show at the Egan Gallery, and subsequent solo shows in 1953 and 1954, and where he continued to show until the mid-1950s.
Among the other artists Mr. Egan showed were Louise Bourgeois, Robert De Niro, Sr., George McNeil, Elias Goldberg, Peter Golfinopoulos, Philip Guston, Raoul Hague, Julius Hatofsky, Franz Kline, Noguchi, Reuben Nakian, Robert Rauschenberg, Aaron Siskind, Jack Tworkov and Esteban Vicente.
- Mark Stevens, Annalyn Swan, "De Kooning : an American master," (New York: A.A. Knopf, 2004), p. 225
- Lambert, Bruce (March 18, 1993). "Charles Egan, 81; Art Gallery Owner Helped de Kooning". New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2007.
- "About Art and Artists; Knox Martin Impresses in First One-Man Show". The New York Times. September 16, 1954. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
- The Egan Gallery years retrieved October 10, 2008
- review by Knox Martin, retrieved October 10, 2008
- Mark Stevens, Annalyn Swan, "De Kooning : an American master," (New York: A.A. Knopf, 2004.)
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