A Half-Century of Prints with Sidney Felsen of Gemini GEL
1966, at the age of forty-one, Sidney Felsen moved from the world of accounting
to that of art, founding the artists’ workshop and fine-art print publisher
Gemini GEL in Los Angeles. With Gemini GEL, Sidney quickly got to work with
some of the biggest artists of the twentieth century: Man Ray, Josef Albers, Jasper
Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few. And Gemini GEL continues its
work with new generations of artists, including Julie Mehretu, Tacita Dean, and
In this episode, Felsen talks about how Gemini GEL got started and grew into the organization it is today, sharing stories about the artists he’s worked with along the way.
What was the world like from 500 to 1500 CE? This period, often called medieval or the Middle Ages in European history, saw the rise and fall of empires and the expansion of cross-cultural exchange. Getty curator Bryan C. Keene argues that illuminated manuscripts and decorated texts from Africa, Asia, Australasia, the Americas, and Europe are windows through which we can view the interconnected history of humanity. In this episode, he discusses his recent book Toward a Global Middle Ages: Encountering the World through Illuminated Manuscripts, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of the emerging discipline known as the Global Middle Ages.