Denise René, Pioneering Parisian Gallerist, Dead at 99
Galerie Denise Rene (photograph courtesy of Galerie Denise Rene)
Visionary Parisian gallerist Denise Ren passed away this morning after a long life in the arts. She was 99. She established her career as a gallerist in 1945 by exhibiting in Paris at a time when the German occupation had left the city almost culturally empty. Ren believed that abstraction could liberate art from the academic constraints of the figurative tradition, exhibiting under the principle that art must invent new paths in order to exist.
Ren was one of the first to welcome international artists to her galleries at a time when international exchange was uncommon. Throughout her career, she invited artists from all over the world to exhibit in Paris, helping establish the careers of Latin American and Eastern... [via Art Fag City]