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Weyhe Gallery

  • Opened in 1919 by the German-born art dealer Erhard Weyhe opened a bookstore and gallery space specialised in contemporary European artists and was the first to specialise in prints.
  • Weyhe Gallery
  • Art Gallery
  • Opened in 1919 by the German-born art dealer Erhard Weyhe opened a bookstore and gallery space specialised in contemporary European artists and was the first to specialise in prints.

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  • After an apprenticeship as a bookseller, Erhard Weyhe emigrated to the United States in 1914 and opened his bookstore in 1919. In the mid-1930s, the store developed into a renowned art bookstore, which also presented small exhibitions on the second floor. The art historian Carl Zigrosser was the gallery's first manager. It was located on 794 Lexington Avenue and not far away of the 57th streets, where the other galleries as the Norlyst Gallery or the Julien Levy Gallery were placed.

    In addition to exhibiting prints, during the 1930s and 1940s the Weyhe Gallery also hosted a number of photographic exhibitions. The gallery also supported the work of émigré photographers, where the research is quite understudied.

    Photographic works by Berenice Abbot were shown at the gallery on 24 November 1930 and work by the photographer Eugene Atget was also shown the same year (Morris 1930, 69). In 1938, works by the émigré photographer Ruth Bernhard were shown and, in February 1942, images by the animal photographer Ylla were exhibited. Ylla also participated in an exhibition on the topic of cats in November 1942. How important the Wehye Gallery was for émigré photographers during the 1930s and 1940s and whether it acted as a network hub for them has not been sufficiently studied.

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  • 794 Lexington Avenue, Lennox Hill, Manhattan, New York City.

  • Address of Weyhe Gallery (Photo: Helene Roth).
  • "Ylla." The New Yorker, 14 February 1942, pp.11f.
  • Anonymous. “Ylla.” The New Yorker, 14 February 1942, p. 11f.

    Ware, Katherine, and Peter Barberie. Dreaming in black and white: photography at the Julien Levy Gallery, exh. cat. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 2006.

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  • Helene Roth
  • 1919
  • 2014
  • New York
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  • Helene Roth. "Weyhe Gallery." METROMOD Archive, 2021,, last modified: 11-05-2021.
  • Ruth Bernhard
    New York

    Ruth Bernhard was a German émigré photographer who lived in New York from the 1920s to the 1940s. Beside her series on female nudes, her place in the photography network, as well as in the New York queer scene, is unknown and understudied.

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    Rolf Tietgens
    New York

    Rolf Tietgens was a German émigré photographer who arrived in New York in 1938. Although, in the course of his photographic career, his artistic and surrealist images were published and shown at exhibitions, his work, today, is very little known.

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    New York

    Ylla was an Austrian-born photographer who emigrated to New York in 1941. Specialising in animal photography, she produced not only studio photographs, but also shot outside on urban locations in the metropolis.

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    Camera Features
    Photo Agency
    New York

    Camera Features was a photo agency founded by the photographer Werner Wolff and other colleagues of the photo agency PIX.

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    Norlyst Gallery
    GalleryArt Gallery
    New York

    Founded in 1943 by the American painter and art collector Elenore Lust, the Norlyst Gallery represented a cross section of contemporary painting, photography and other media focusing on surrealist and abstract expressionist styles and promoting women artists and photographers.

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    Julien Levy Gallery
    Art Gallery
    New York

    The Julien Levy Gallery was founded by the art dealer Julien Levy (1906–1981) in 1931, and was situated in the New York gallery district around 57th Street, where the Weyhe and Norlyst Gallery were also located.

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    American-British Art Center
    Art Center
    New York

    The émigré gallerist Ala Story left London for New York around 1940, where she co-founded the American-British Art Center, which introduced British and US artists to the public.

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