42. Art of the Deal Part 4 - Leo Castelli

Jo's Art History Podcast

Jan 4 2022 • 35 mins

Welcome back to part 4 of my series Art of the Deal!

This time I'm taking you on a whistle-stop tour of the life of Italian/American art dealer Leo Castelli.

Castelli was a powerhouse on the American art scene in the 1950s / 60s / 70s and helped champion the names of now art world superstars Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg! Castelli has left a lasting impact on the art scene as we know it and even mentored now mega dealer Larry Gagosian when he was starting out.

I talk you through how Castelli ended up working in the art world at the age of 50, the 'Castelli Method' and how he forged lifelong bonds with the artists he showed.

Castelli is an incredible character within the history of art and the art market and I hope you enjoy learning more about this brilliant dealer!


Jo McLaughlin

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Where can I find out more about Leo Castelli?

There is a great chapter written about Castelli in Rogues’ Gallery by Philip Hook - available on Amazon. I picked up my copy for £3!

You can hear Castelli speak about his life as a dealer in 1976 on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vxKIzFRGPA&t=229s

The Art Story on Leo Castelli: https://www.theartstory.org/gallery-castelli-leo.htm

You can read more about him here:


Book Leo and his Circle - be warned it is pretty pricey: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Leo-His-Circle-Life-Castelli/dp/1400044278

Artsy Article: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-leo-castelli-changed-art-market-forever

Interview with Castelli and Roy Lichtenstein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAW1Xipmpt0