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Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture: Judith Stein on Richard Bellamy


Dr. Judith E. Stein is a writer and curator specializing in post-WWII American art. Her biography of art dealer Richard Bellamy, Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), earned praise in The New York Times for “recreating in stunning, touching and often humorous detail the chaotic, creative, still bohemian art scenes of Provincetown in the ‘50s and New York in the 60s.”

Bellamy and P’town, a Fifty-year Love Story

During the five-year lifespan of his fabled Green Gallery (1960-65), Richard Bellamy introduced most of the iconic artists of the sixties, including Claes Oldenburg, Donald Judd and Mark di Suvero. An eccentric and beloved dealer with counter-cultural values, he believed you bought art because you appreciated it, not because it would appreciate. “There was no one like him,” said Leo Castelli. A Midwesterner whose mother was Chinese, Bellamy had the covert support of America’s first celebrity art collectors, Robert and Ethel Scull. At the invitation of Peter Hunt in 1948, the 20-year-old Bellamy first came to Provincetown, returning again and again for the rest of his life.

About the Fredi Schiff Levin Lectures:

In its 18th year, the Fredi Schiff Levin lecture series welcomes artists, art historians, curators, and authors to speak at PAAM, both in conjunction with exhibitions and as independent scholars. The lecture series was established in honor of artist Fredi Schiff Levin, an active member of Provincetown’s arts community from the 1960s until her passing in 2002. We extend our deepest gratitude to the Levin family, who graciously sponsors this series, and to Amy Davies and Provincetown Television for filming the series.


June 29
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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