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The Louis K. Meisel Gallery is primarily interested in fine art that demonstrates knowledge of materials, craftsmanship, discipline and a high level of quality which ignores the politically correct and multicultural attitudes of the last quarter of the 20th Century. In the early 1970's, the Louis K. Meisel Gallery founded the Photorealism movement, which has continued to be the gallery's primary focus. The gallery remains the intellectual and economic support for this movement and its artists. Recently the gallery's focus has grown to include another genre of Realism -- the American Pin-up artists of the 1930's through the 1960's. The gallery has available hundreds of the finest original art works by the top Pin-up artists from this period. Louis K. Meisel has written the comprehensive reference books on the gallery's disciplines, including THE GREAT AMERICAN PIN-UP, PHOTOREALISM, PHOTOREALISM SINCE 1980, and PHOTOREALISM AT THE MILLENNIUM.
In September 2000, Frank Bernarducci and Louis K. Meisel opened a new venue for contemporary art on 57th Street, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery. The focus is a presentation of monthly exhibitions of contemporary realist art. The artists are established and emerging painters of the genre. In addition, the Gallery will feature a continuing series of important historic shows, including early works by Chuck Close, Franz Gertsch, Richard Estes and others.
For Mr. Meisel, this will be an expansion of his existing SoHo operation. From the tme he opened his first gallery in 1966, Mr. Meisel emphasized the work of realist artists. In 1969, Mr. Meisel coined the word Photorealism, became a pioneer of the SoHo art district and a champion of Photorealist art.