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One week….Lefebre gallery NY….day 1

Last week I acquired a large collection of catalogues from the LEFEBRE GALLERY. The collection contains 63 different exhibition catalogues all fro the period that this famous gallery was open between 1960 and 1986. A great collection which I will share in the coming 7 days….today day 1

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from top to bottom /left to right:

Antonio Segui, 1977

Sugai, 1967

Jules Bissier, 1967

Jules Bissier, 1965

Jules Bissier, 1985

Jules Bissier, 1964

Jules Bissier, 1974

Jules Bissier, 1972

The Lefebre Gallery was established in 1960 by John and Ljuba Lefebre at 47 East 77th Street in Manhattan, New York. John Lefebre became known for his photographs from the artist he presented, but the collection is from his exhibitions only.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “A Collector in Paris becomes an Art Dealer in New York” was based on the Lefebre’s’ personal collection, which included artists who were part of The School of Paris in the 1950’s.  As Annette Michelson noted in her introductory text for the exhibition’s catalogue, “ There is an idea of a gallery –the almost ideal gallery- in which every painter represented, every painting, represents a personal taste, in which every canvas bears the mark of a private affection or of a passion (..) These canvases bear the stamp of a milieu (Paris), a period (the post-war years) and a particular sensibility; all have matured together.”

From this inaugural exhibition, the Lefebre Gallery established a reputation for mounting important exhibitions of post-war European art. Lefebre was the only American art dealer to represent Cobra artists such as Asger Jorn, Pierre Alechinsky, Corneille, Christian Dotremont, Carl-Henning Pedersen, and Reinhold. Other artists represented by the Lefebre Gallery included Horst Antes, Pol Bury, Julius Bissier, Klaus Fussmann, Hans Hartung, Serge Polikoff, Antonio Segui, Wallasse Ting, among others.

The gallery closed following the death of John Lefebre in 1986.

The series i have available at contains 62 different titles. These publications will be listed in the upcoming 4 weeks. If there is a publication you would like to buy, please sent an email to and i will quote you your best preview price.

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