Lou Meisel

Lou Meisel

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Louis K. Meisel (born 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American author, art dealer and proponent of the photorealist art movement, having coined the term in 1969. He is also the owner of one of the earliest art galleries in SoHo at 141 Prince Street. In addition to Photorealism, Meisel is responsible for the resurgence of interest in the sub-set of American illustration identified as "Pin-up", and is the largest collector of original art of both genres. The Meisel Gallery contains one of the largest collections of pin-up art in the world.

Recent Posts by Lou Meisel:

  • Tony Brunelli

    Posted on: 15 Jan 2019

    One day early in 1993, Susan was sitting at the front desk when a young redheaded guy came in. She watched as he tentatively browsed around … Read More

  • The Artists: Ella Spence Story

    Posted on: 03 Nov 2018

    About time to start a series on many of my favorite artists! In about 2001, shortly after I opened my 57th street gallery, I got a call fro … Read More

  • Flipping Blog

    Posted on: 02 Oct 2018

    I was thinking about talking about one of my leading lady pianists today, but just read the following! Kelly Crow’s recent article in the Wa … Read More

  • How to COLLECT!

    Posted on: 05 Sep 2018

    In 1973, I opened the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in SoHo—a newly developing industrial district that was to become THE center of the contempora … Read More

  • Curating the Stuart M. Speiser Collection

    Posted on: 11 Jul 2018

    Late in 1969, I coined the word Photorealism during an interview with Gregory Battcock. The term Photorealism really took off in early 1970 … Read More