André Emmerich

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André Emmerich (born October 1, 1924 in Frankfurt am Main ; died September 25, 2007 in New York City ) was an American art dealer and gallery owner of German origin. Emmerich mainly presented artists of color field painting and pre-Columbian art .


André Emmerich was born in 1924 as one of two children of Hugo (1884–1961) and Lily Emmerich (née Marx ; 1896–1963) in Frankfurt am Main. The Jewish family emigrated to Amsterdam in 1931 and finally to New York City in 1940 because of increasing anti-Semitism .

Thanks to a scholarship, the penniless Emmerich was able to study art history at Oberlin College from 1942 to 1944 . After the end of the Second World War , he lived for ten years as a journalist in Paris, where he wrote for art magazines such as Réalités and Connaissance des Arts as well as the Paris edition of the New York Herald Tribune and Time-Life International .

In 1954 he opened the André Emmerich Gallery in New York, first on East 64th Street and from 1959 in the Fuller Building on 57th Street . As early as the 1950s and 1960s, Emmerich presented leading color field painters such as Morris Louis , Kenneth Noland , Jules Olitski and Helen Frankenthaler . Other artists he exhibited included David Hockney , Sam Francis , Anthony Caro , Al Held , Herbert Ferber , Karel Appel , Pierre Alechinsky and John Hoyland .

From 1982 Emmerich ran the Top Gallant sculpture park in Pawling, northeast of New York City , where he exhibited monumental works by Anthony Caro , Alexander Liberman , Alexander Calder , Mark di Suvero , George Rickey and Keith Haring . In 1996 he gave up running the park and also sold his New York gallery to the auction house Sotheby’s , which, to his chagrin, closed the gallery completely two years later.

The three sons Adam, Toby and Noah Emmerich emerged from Emmerich's first marriage . In his second marriage he was married to Susanne Emmerich until his death. André Emmerich died in his apartment in Manhattan at the end of September 2007 at the age of 82 as a result of a stroke.


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  1. a b c d e f Grace Glueck: André Emmerich, Eminent Art Dealer, Dies at 82 . In: of September 26, 2007.
  2. a b Andre Emmerich . In: of October 10, 2007.
  3. Lisa Zeitz: Obituary: With elegance . In: of October 3, 2007.