Dreaming in Black and White: Photography at the Julien Levy Gallery
June 17 – September 17, 2006
In celebration of the centenary of the birth of Julien Levy, one of the most influential proponents of modern art and photography, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presented a major exhibition and published a comprehensive catalogue of Levy's collection of photographs.
Julilen Levy emerged as a prominent art dealer in the 1930's and mounted the first exhibition in New York devoted to Surrealism. He operated his gallery from 1931 to 1948, with an initial focus on photography.
The accompanying catalogue presented a study of this long-hidden collection for the first time. The publication includes reproductions of archival material related to Levy's gallery and the collection, including exhibit announcements and correspondence with artists.
Top: Léonor Fini, 1936, Dora Maar (French, 1907-1997), Gelatin silver print, Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Lynne and Harold Honickman Gift of the Julien Levy Collection, 2001, © 2005 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Bottom: Chimneys, c. 1930, André Kertész (American, born Hungary, 1894-1985), Gelatin silver print, 8 3/4 x 6 5/16 inches, Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Lynne and Harold Honickman Gift of the Julien Levy Collection, 2001
Philadelphia Museum of Art – Julien Levy Collection
On September 20, 2001, the Philadelphia Museum of Art dedicated the Lynne and Harold Honickman Gallery in the Modern and Contemporary Wing in honor of the couple's generosity, which enabled the Museum to acquire the Julien Levy Collection. This acquisition was made possible by a gift, in part, from Levy's widow, Jean Farley Levy, and with a major contribution from philanthropists Lynne and Harold Honickman.
Julien Levy, Jay Leyda, (American, 1910-1988), Gelatin silver print 1932, 5" x 4", Philadelphia Museum of Art
The collection also includes a superb group of 362 works by the French photographer Eugene Atget and prime examples by the American masters Anne Brigman, Man Ray, Paul Outerbridge and Lee Miller. In the important works by European photographers closely associated with the Surrealism movement, Max Ernst, Dora Maar, Roger Parry, Maurice Tabard, and Umbo are represented.