Ron Galella:
'That's Great!'

Ron Galella brought the work of the paparazzi, that step child of photojournalism, into the public eye, and with it the celebrity culture. With this exhibition "That's Great!" we enter the world of Andy Warhol and his circle which encompassed the celebrity, fashion, art, and social world of New York in the 1970's and 80's.

With time, the Warhol circle has taken on a mythic aura, and these photographs have become documents of social history. Galella brings us the action inside Studio 54 in its decadent heyday with Andy, Bianca, Edie, Halston, and Liza. Lost idols now grey or gone appear in their glory, and the glamour of the pre-AIDS 70's is revealed.

Galella's art for us is showing the famous as they are without lighting, in their own clothes, often disheveled, and not to happy to be photographed. In the world of publicists and packaging, this reality check is refreshing. Ron Galella, a native New Yorker, served as a United States Air Force photographer during the Korean conflict, after which he attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, graduating with a degree in photojournalism.


Ron Galella Sonny and Cher, Madison Square Garden, New York, 1968

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Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis, Cheetah Club, New York, 1968

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Ron Galella Tony Bennett in concert at the Universal Amphitheater celebrating his 65th birthday and 40th year in show business, Los Angeles, 1991

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Ron Galella Diahann Carroll and Robert Goulet, Sardi’s Restaurant, New York, 1968

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Ron Galella Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach, Pierre Hotel, New York, 1968

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Ron Galella Lucille Ball and Bob Hope, Burbank, 1982

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Ron Galella George Balanchine and Patricia McBride, New York State Theatre, New York, 1974

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Ron Galella Leonard Bernstein greets Rudolph Nureyev, Lincoln Center, New York, 1989

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Ron Galella Phil Collins and Robert Plant, Be-Bop Café, New York, 1983

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Ron Galella Bob Fosse and Cy Coleman, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, 1985

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Ron Galella Louis Armstrong, Roseland Ballroom, New York, 1967 11
Ron Galella Perry Como, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, 197312
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Frank Sinatra at a charity concert at the Waldorf Astoria, New York, 198313
Ron Galella Bing Crosby, 18th Annual Metropolitan Golf Writers Association National Awards Dinner, New York, 1969 14
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Priscilla Presley15
Ron Galella John Lennon and Mick Jagger, Los Angeles, 1974 16
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David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon at the Grammy Awards, New York, 197517
Ron Galella Bjork, 11th Annual MTV Video Music Awards, New York, 199418
Ron Galella Richard Branson, Union Square, New York, 199819
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Ron Galella Carla Bruni Eric Clapton at the opening of Woody’s art gallery hosted by Ronnie Wood, New York, 198924
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Steve Rubell, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, Halston and friends, circa 1978
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Ron Galella Twiggy with Justin de Villeneuve at Bert Stern’s studio, New York, 196726
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Sophia Loren at the premiere of “Dr. Zhivago,” New York, 196527
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Robert Redford arriving at Mary Lasker’s apartment, New York, 197428
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John Lennon and David Bowie at the Grammy Awards, Uris Theater, New York, 1975
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Judy Garland & John Williams Mr. Bubbles, Palace Theatre, New York, 196731

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James Cagney and Frank Sinatra, AFI Salute to James Cagney, Los Angeles, 1974
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Windblown Jackie, New York, 197135