Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America’s most influential art dealer. Prof. Cohen-Solal was a friend of Castelli’s, and she pres- ents a detailed picture of him and traces a family whose fortune rose and fell for centuries before the Castellis fled Italian fascism.


Annie Cohen-Solal was born in Algeria and earned a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne. She was cultural counselor at the French Embassy in the United States from 1989 to 1993 and has taught at New York University as well as in Berlin, Jerusalem, and Paris (at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales). She is currently Visiting Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her acclaimed Sartre: A Life has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Paris and New York.