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Kootz Gallery


The Kootz Gallery was one of the premier art galleries in mid-century New York. Started by art dealer Samuel Kootz in 1944, it not only helped finance the works of emerging artists like Motherwell and Baziotes in the late 1940s, but it also offered the first post-World War II retrospective of Picasso in 1947. Kootz had a finely-tuned eye for great Abstract Expressionist artwork: when Jackson Pollock rose to fame in the late 1940s with his signature "drips," Kootz reminded the public that Hans Hofmann was producing "drip" paintings as far back as 1940. With prior experience as an advertising executive, Kootz was also a relentless promoter for his gallery's exhibits, trying to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. Kootz attempted to imbue his gallery's shows with a sense of grandeur, as if each one was a true cultural event.


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