News 2018


This 161-page catalogue includes 73 full colour images and comprehensive essays by leading Surrealist scholars Christina Rudosky and Marie Mauzé. The book was published by Di Donna Galleries in conjunction with our exhibition Moon Dancers: Yup’ik Masks and the Surrealists in 2018. It is available on our website.

Galerie Magazine

A feature on the exhibition at New York’s Di Donna Galleries.

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Moon Dancers: Yup’ik Masks and the Surrealists

Surrealist artists and writers were fascinated and inspired by Yup’ik dance masks from the central Alaskan coast, which they avidly collected during their period of exile in New York City during World War II. This spring, Di Donna Galleries and Donald Ellis Gallery will jointly present an exhibition exploring the rich historical, visual, and ideological connections between Yup’ik masks and Surrealism. A full color publication with scholarly essays will accompany the exhibition.

Location: Di Donna Galleries, 744 Madison Ave, 3rd Floor, New York (between 64th and 65th Streets)

Exhibition dates: April 27 - June 29, 2018


This year the gallery will present a curated exhibition of major historical works on paper by Native American artists ranging from Navajo Memory Aid drawings from the American Southwest and Plains Indian Ledger Drawings from the late 19th and the early 20th century, to drawings by some of the most remarkable Inuit artists of the 20th century.

​One highlight of the presentation will be a selection of drawings by Inuit artist, Kovinatilliak Parr (1893 - 1969) who lived a traditional nomadic hunting life before settling down in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Parr began drawing in 1961 at the age of 68 creating a body of approxi- mately 2000 works. His drawings are regarded as a record for future generations of the tra- ditional hunting and nomadic lifestyle of the Inuit. His reductive and direct style shows only the most essential features of humans and animals, depicting actual hunting events from his personal memories.

Beyond their captivating aesthetic qualities, Navajo Memory Aid paintings and drawings had a more pragmatic and rather crucial purpose as well. They originated as a means of memo- rizing the multitude of patterns and motifs a Navajo medicine man had to learn in order to perform healing ceremonies and rituals that revolved around sand paintings. There are old references to these aids being drawn on pieces of hide or muslin and used when a certain ceremony was performed.

Additionally, we will also exhibit an important group of Plains Indian ledger drawings spanning from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

The drawings will be accompanied by a select number of object from each geographic region to provide a context to and enrich the presence of the works on paper in the exhibition.

FRIEZE NEW YORK 2018 Randall’s Island Park, New York May 3-6, 2018

Preview Openings: Wednesday, May 2nd and Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

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Donald Ellis Gallery is pleased to announce its participation for the second year at The European Fine Art Fair, to be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands from March 10-18, 2018 with two VIP preview days on March 8th and 9th.

At TEFAF Maastricht 2018 we will present a highly important complex Yup’ik dance mask formerly in the collection of the Surrealist artist Roberto Matta along with a group of 15 exceptional Inuit portrait masks.  Further highlights include an extraordinary pre-historic Inuit ivory torso dating to 300 AD and an important group of historical kachina dolls from the American Southwest.

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Donald Ellis Gallery’s presentation at Frieze New York 2017 was mentioned in "The Ten Best Art Achievements of 2017" by Jerry Saltz for New York Magazines Vulture section.

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Donald Ellis Gallery will be exhibiting a selection of Plains Indian Ledger Drawings at the Outsider Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, January 18-21.
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Press Highlight

Donald Ellis Gallery’s presentation at The 2018 Outsider Art Fair was mentioned in "The Outsider Fair Once More Confirms That Art Is Everywhere" by Roberta Smith for The New York Times.

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