Photo by Gina Genis
Louis Stern Fine Arts represents the estates of a number of influential West Coast Abstract artists such as Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Frederick Wight, Roger Kuntz and June Wayne. Stern also exclusively represents renowned hard edge painter Karl Benjamin.
Gallery exhibitions have included solo shows for Matisse, Picasso, Léger, Villon, Kupka and other important modern artists. In addition, Stern has organized thematic exhibitions including Urban/Suburban Landscape, Surrealism and Outsider Art. In 2002, his gallery presented a seminal historical exhibition of Hungarian avant-garde paintings and drawings from the period of 1910-1935. Stern has acquired and placed works by the most renowned artists of the 19th and 20th centuries including Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Cassatt, Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Chagall, Léger, Modigliani, Giacometti, de Kooning, Dubuffet, Francis and Warhol.
Over the years, Stern’s exhibition program has expanded to incorporate Latin American Art and works by a variety of contemporary Latin American artists. In 1991, Stern presented the first modern retrospective of the Mexican master, Alfredo Ramos Martínez (1871-1946) and continues to represent the artist’s estate. This exhibition served as the cornerstone for the major retrospective of the artist presented by the National Museum of Art in Mexico City in 1992.
As director of The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, Stern oversees the development of the catalogue raisonné for the artist. Additionally, his gallery, in conjunction with The Feitelson/Lundeberg Art Foundation, is compiling catalogue raisonnés for the works of Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg.
Stern’s numerous memberships include the National Academy of Design; the Art Dealers Association of California (Vice-President 1990-1991); International Foundation for Art Research, New York; Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institute); American Friends of Blérancourt, Paris, FRAME (French Regional American Museum Exchange), the advisory board of Gallery 825 (Los Angeles Art Association), the executive committee of the Board of Governors at the Cedar Sinai Medical Center, and the Museum Conservation Council of the Getty Museum.
Stern’s passion for photography has led him to present several exhibitions showcasing the work of contemporary and established photographers, including Leonard Nimoy and the internationally renowned French photographer Lucien Clergue. Aside from being a founding member of LACMA’s Photographic Arts Council, Stern also served as a judge in the photographic competition organized by Advertising Photographers of America in 2002 and 2003.
Louis Stern is listed in The Who’s Who In America Art. In 2001, he was presented by the French Ministry of Culture with the award of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2007, he received the prestigious honor of being named a Chevalier or Knight in the highest decoration given by the French government, the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur.