New York gallerist dies at 67 –

Julie Saul, New York art dealer and curator champion of avant-garde photography, has died at 67. Julie Saul Projects, the gallery she founded in 1986, confirmed the news.

“She was instrumental in advocating for artists and photographers with great success and was well-loved by her many friends and fellow dealers,” the Association of International Photography Art Dealers wrote on Twitter.

For more than three decades, Saul has devoted herself to the critical appreciation of photography and video, even as the New York gallery scene prioritized figurative and abstract painting. From 1986 to 2019, Saul maintained commercial gallery space in SoHo and Chelsea, curating hundreds of exhibitions exploring disparate themes and subjects – “love and intimacy, the moon, x-rays and botanical images by Morton Bartlett, Luigi Ghirri and Eugène Bellocq,” as the gallery put it in a description on its website. Saul also presented a wide range of visual art united by the playful manipulation of space.

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Past exhibits include a display of vintage portraits of French writer Colette photographed by leading 20th-century photojournalists including Irving Penn, Lee Miller and Henri Cartier-Bresson; Zachari Logan’s first solo exhibition, a collection of works on paper ranging from intimate blue pencil drawings to a pastel on scroll that spanned 33 feet of the gallery; and a series of images by Andrea Grützner whose luminous geometry distorts the distinctions between modern abstraction and still life.

Among Grützner’s works, Ratik Asokan wrote in art forum“Their effect is initially disorienting – the dimensions fade and flatten. The guesthouse becomes a mysterious maze of lines and shadows. But Grützner’s bright, hospitable colors hold our attention, and slowly we become come to make sense of what awaits us.

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