News 2017


For the fifth year Donald Ellis Gallery will be exhibiting in Paris in September at the Parcours des Mondes September 12th through the 17th. The Parcours is the leading tribal art fair in the world. We will present a selection of sculptures dating from 200BC to the 19th century from the Northwest coast and Alaska. For information regarding dates, location and times see the website:

Picturing History: Ledger Drawings of the Plains Indians

In September, Fairfield University Art Museum in Connecticut will present “Picturing History: Ledger Drawings of the Plains Indians”. In the second half of the nineteenth century, artists from the Plains Indian peoples (Lakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho and others dwelling in the Western United States and Canada) produced an extraordinarily rich and distinctive body of drawings chronicling battles, rituals, and winsome if sometimes jarring events of everyday life. Known as Ledger Drawings as they were done on the pages of commercially produced account books, these striking images, many bearing pictographic signatures, are executed in ink, graphite, and colored pencil and watercolor. What all share is their makers’ acute powers of observation and ambition to record and describe recognizable people, places, things and events—to eloquently picture and record history as it transpired. The show runs from September 27 - December 20, 2017. Donald Ellis Gallery is proud to be a lender and supporter of this exhibition. For additional information on the exhibition and the accompanying events visit:

Art Newspaper Interview

Donald Ellis was featured in a full page interview in the March 2016 issue of the Art Newspaper.

Click here to read the interview.

New Catalogue

We are excited to announce the publication of Art of the Arctic: Reflections of the Unseen, Masks and Ivories from the Bering Sea. Published to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the gallery, the tumble format hardcover catalogue features 125 works of extraordinary Inuit art over 256 pages. There are essays by the leading Surrealist scholars Dawn Ades, Colin Browne and Marie Mauze along with Bill Wolf and Donald Ellis. The catalogue illustrates 49 extraordinary Yup’ik masks the gallery has handled during its history, along with the Wolf Collection of ancient ivories from the Bering Sea, a recent acquisition. The catalogue will be available in September. Orders may be placed online here.


For the first time, Donald Ellis Gallery will be exhibiting at Frieze New York, May 5-7, 2017, with a VIP preview on May 4th. The gallery’s presentation at Frieze New York is not only a response to but also an evidence of the growing interest from the field of contemporary and modern art in Plains Indian drawings, this little known but highly important aspect of American art history. We will be presenting an important group of late 19th century and early 20th century Plains Indian ledger drawings as well as an outstanding selection of historical Native American works of art from Alaska, the Northwest Coast and the American Southwest. We are particularly excited to present an extraordinary group of drawings by Hunkpapa Lakota artist Joseph No Two Horns (He Nupa Wanica, 1852-1942) from Standing Rock, North Dakota, one of the most prolific of the known Plains artists. These drawings will be shown for the first time publicly.


Donald Ellis Gallery is pleased to announce that Aniko Erdosi has joined the gallery as Director. She brings more than 15 years experience in the international art market. Previously, Aniko directed a contemporary art gallery in New York, and prior to that worked as an independent curator and writer both in Europe and in the US. She holds an MA in Art History and a BA in Art Administration from Eotvos Lorant University in Budapest. She is currently a candidate for Certificate in Appraisal Studies from New York University.

The Armory Show

Donald Ellis Gallery will, for the second year, be exhibiting at the Armory Show in New York, March 2-5, 2017, with a VIP preview on March 1. We will be presenting, at Pier 92 in the Modern section, an outstanding group of 19th century Plains Indian ledger drawings. For more information about dates and times see

TEFAF Maastricht

For the first time, Donald Ellis Gallery will be exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht March 10-19, 2017. TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent antiques and art fair and this will be the first time historical Native American art will be presented. For more information see: