Knoedler & Company Announces Change in Gallery Leadership

Knoedler & Company today announced the resignation of Ann Freedman and the appointment of Frank Del Deo as President and Director. Ann Freedman joined Knoedler in 1978. During her 31 years with Knoedler, she served as the Director of Contemporary Art, and since 1994, as President and Director of Knoedler.

Frank Del Deo has been with Knoedler since 1999 and has served in the capacities of Associate Director and Senior Vice President. Before joining Knoedler, he was Director of Hirschl & Adler Modern. Mr. Del Deo serves on the Board of Directors of The Brooklyn Rail, and is a member of the National Advisory Council of Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Mr. Del Deo stated, “In having had the privilege of working closely with our esteemed artists and estates, I have been afforded a significant role in the shaping of the gallery’s identity. I look forward to furthering this ever-evolving process, through selective representation of leading mid-career and emerging artists, while at the same time, advancing Knoedler’s well-established identification with postwar twentieth-century art.” He added, “Beyond any change in leadership, as director, it is central to my objectives that the Knoedler name always be synonymous with undeniably great art.”

During his tenure at Knoedler, Mr. Del Deo has been extensively involved in the conception and organization of the gallery’s exhibition and publications program. His recent projects have included James Castle Drawings: Vision and Touch and John Walker: Drawings 1973–1975 (in 2009); Knoedler’s inaugural exhibition of the artist Catherine Murphy (in 2008); and Lee Bontecou: Vacuum-formed Sculptures and Related Drawings (in 2007). Mr. Del Deo will be Knoedler’s seventh President.

About Knoedler & Company
Knoedler & Company has played a vibrant and vital role in the history of American art dealing and collecting. Established in lower Manhattan in 1846 by Michael Knoedler as a branch of the French firm, Goupil & Company, the gallery has evolved over several generations of different leadership and ownership. Knoedler was a founding member of the Art Dealers Association of America.