Acquavella Galleries is distinguished for its expertise in the fields of 19th, 20th and 21st century art. The gallery, founded by Nicholas Acquavella in the early 1920s, is now a three-generation, family-owned business: Bill Acquavella joined his father in 1960, Bill’s daughter Eleanor joined in 1997, and his sons Nick and Alexander joined in 2000 and 2003 respectively. The gallery first specialized in works of the Italian Renaissance and old master paintings, but Bill expanded the focus to include the masters of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. In the late 1980s, the gallery also began dealing in postwar and contemporary art. Today, the gallery regularly exhibits works by artists such as Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Jean Paul Riopelle, Jean Dubuffet, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Lucian Freud. On the primary market, the gallery represents Miquel Barceló, Jacob El Hanani, Damian Loeb, and Wayne Thiebaud.
For more than 90 years, Acquavella Galleries has sold major paintings and sculpture to private collectors and museums worldwide. Through its exhibitions, it has also gained a reputation for organizing shows of particular note, both loan exhibitions and for-sale shows. Among the most significant over the past several decades include The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art (2013), Lucian Freud Drawings (2012), Georges Braque: Pioneer of Modernism (2011), Robert and Ethel Scull: Portrait of a Collection (2010), Picasso’s Marie-Thérèse (2008), Manolo Millares (2006), James Rosenquist: Monochromes (2005), Lucian Freud: Recent Paintings & Etchings (2004), Cézanne Watercolors (1999), Alberto Giacometti (1994), Robert Rauschenberg Drawings: 1958-1968 (1986), Lyonel Feininger (1985-1986; this exhibition traveled to The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.), Edgar Degas (1978), Claude Monet (1976), Henri Matisse (1973) and many others. In addition, each year, the gallery curates exhibitions that offer a variety of 19th and 20th century masterworks.
Michael Findlay, Philippe de Montebello, Esperanza Sobrino, and Tsutomu Takashima are the directors of Acquavella. Their combined experience represents a wide range of expertise in acquisition, appraisal and education. Business can be conducted in French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Spanish, and English.
Acquavella is located at 18 East 79th Street in New York City, occupying a five-story French neo-classical townhouse.