Ileana Sonnabend: A New Ambassador for Art

Jan 30, 2014 10:14PM

“Traditionally a man buys a woman a ring, but I didn't want that, so we went to a gallery, [and] I chose a Matisse watercolor instead...”
Ileana Sonnabend, interview by Avis Berman, The Museum of Modern Art Oral History Program, April 10, 1997. 

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is currently showing an exhibition entitled, Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New, a tribute to the gallerist, collector, and art world aficionado.  The exhibit explores works shown at Sonnabend’s two galleries in Paris and New York.

With her eye for innovation and her desire to exhibit groundbreaking art, Sonnabend introduced American Pop Art to Europe, and in turn brought Arte Povera to the United States. She also supported a new wave of Post-Minimalists, and along with her ex-husband Leo Castelli, promoted the beginnings of New York’s SoHo gallery scene.

Our Warhol @ Christie’s: Love online-only sale features art from one of Sonnabend’s most celebrated Pop artists, which runs from 23 January – 4 February 2014. Lucky Londoners can visit our Arte Povera sale, Eyes Wide Open: An Italian Vision, which is currently on view at Christie’s Mayfair. (The auction takes place on February 11, 2014, at the King Street location.)

Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New will run through April 21, 2014, at MoMA.

Image: The Sonnabend Collection. © 2013 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York