Pioneering Stendahl Art Gallery Turns 100

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Earl Stendahl worked at a small restaurant near 5th & Main downtown. One day he hung some art on the walls and the crowds poured in to make this the most happening gallery in town. Of course this was a few years before downtown’s current revival, or the Artwalk…This was before the Titanic sailed! In 1911, this colorful dealer launched the Stendahl Galleries from the walls of the Black Cat Café. In 1939, his gallery exhibited Picasso’s Guernica at his location on Wilshire Boulevard. He put on shows for the masters of California Impressionism and sold to the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, George Gershwin and William Randolph Hearst. The gallery operates to this day out of a landmark house above Hollywood Boulevard owned by his grandson Ronald and wife April Damman. Damman is a producer and writer who has recently completed a book about the Exhibitionist, released by Angel City Press. This Saturday, June 4th she will be lecturing and signing at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. View never-before published photographs, artifacts and artwork of this pioneering art impresario.