Surrealist | Modern | Post-War Art

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Located on New York City’s Upper East Side, Di Donna specializes in museum quality exhibitions and private sales of Surrealist, Modern and Contemporary Art. Founded by Emmanuel Di Donna, formerly Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s Worldwide, Senior Specialist and Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Evening Sales, the gallery advises clients on building collections, selling works discreetly and buying and selling through auc­tion.
Di Donna has placed important works of art in both private and museum collections worldwide.

Since its inaugural exhibition René Magritte: Dangerous Liaisons, Di Donna continues its commitment to Surrealism in all of its forms.  Subsequent exhibits include André Masson, The Mythology of Desire: Masterworks from 1925 to 1945, and Paul Delvaux, the first monographic show of the artist’s work in the United States since 1969. Di Donna provides to New York audiences a unique opportunity to see Surrealist works in an intimate gallery setting. In 2013 Di Donna mounted our first historical thematic exhibition Dada & Surrealist Objects in collaboration with renowned Surrealism specialist Timothy Baum.

Broadening the scope of the exhibition program, the gallery opened with the acclaimed exhibition, Warhol: Jackie in the spring of 2014. Organized by Warhol expert Bibi Khan, the exhibition brought together over fifty portraits of Jacqueline Kennedy grouped in approximately twenty individual works which were inspired by media coverage of her husband’s assassination.

In the fall of 2015, the gallery exhibited Fields of Dream: The Surrealist Landscape which featured over six dozen artworks, several loaned from prominent foundations and private collections. Encyclopedic in scope, the exhibition unraveled into the fertile territory of how the Surrealists expanded upon the genre of landscape.

The gallery’s exhibitions have been supported by artworks generously loaned from important private collections, foundations, and museums namely the Calder Foundation, Foundation Paul Delvaux, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Hall Art Foundation, the Schorr Collection, Princeton University Art Museum, and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

All transactions are handled with diligence, transparency, and absolute confidentiality. Artworks are meticulously researched to guarantee authenticity and provenance providing our clients with the utmost in professional service and expertise.