Edward and Deborah Pollack have been in the art world for over thirty-five years as prominent art dealers of fine nineteenth and early twentieth-century American art. In the early 1970s, after attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) (electrical engineering, class of '71), Edward opened the Pollack Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City. He was known by his colleagues to have the best eye in the business. Deborah, after graduating with honors from Temple University with a degree in art history, was a private art dealer, D. Courtney Fine Art, based in New York and Pennsylvania.
In 1981 they married and merged their businesses to create Edward and Deborah Pollack Fine Art. Their gallery is located at 205 Worth Avenue, Suite 202, in Palm Beach, Florida.
Art dealer, author, and speaker Deborah C. Pollack was born in Philadelphia. She began fine-art dealing as a hobby at the age of sixteen and has been researching art history ever since. (During the 1970s she was also a New York television actress known as Deborah Courtney.) Deborah Pollack is the only recognized scholar of the life and work of Orville Bulman. She is the author of Inspired Whimsy: The Genius of Orville Bulman, and the Palm Beach best-selling monograph on the artist, Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy. A contributor to the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, she is also the author of Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach, which has been published in association with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and led to the Education Network's (serving the School District of Palm Beach County), award-winning documentary about the book. She is honored that Florida Memorial University awarded her a certificate for making "a significant contribution to advancing the awareness of women's history." Other books include Visual Art and the Urban Evolution of the New South (University of South Carolina Press), Palm Beach Visual Arts, (Pelican Publishing Company), Felix De Crano: Forgotten Artist of the Flagler Colony, (Lightner Museum), and Bad Scarlett: The Extraordinary Life of the Notorious Southern Beauty Marie Boozer (Peppertree Press), which was selected for a women historian's conference. Her Vintage Miami Beach Glamour: Celebrities and Socialites in the Heyday of Chic (The History Press), is due out sometime in January 2019. Articles written by Deborah have appeared in Antiques and Art Around Florida (cover stories); American Art Review; Tequesta, the scholarly journal of HistoryMiami; The Tustenegee (the Historical Society of Palm Beach County's magazine); and other periodicals. She is honored that her essay, "Sisterhoods of Spirit: Southern Women’s Clubs and Expositions" has been published in Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection (University of South Carolina Press and the Johnson Collection, 2018) in conjunction with a 2018-2021 traveling exhibition. Deborah has lectured extensively on Palm Beach and other Florida artists throughout the state and in the Midwest. She has also curated and hung exhibitions at the Society of the Four Arts King Library, the Cornell Museum, and the Delray Beach Historical Society. She is a member of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, South Florida Writers Association, the Palm Beach Cultural Council,, a life member of the Actors Fund, and an associate of Archives of American Art. Deborah is also a member of the Brain Injury Association of Florida and helps survivors and caregivers cope with Traumatic Brain Injury. Deborah's poem, 1999, about a loved one's TBI recovery was published in an edition of Healthy Stories. Other poetry (Beautiful at Eighteen, The Irony of Health, To a Loving Brightness), and three short stories (Velvet Ribbons, Behave. Right Now! and Boom-Shacka-Lacka) have been published in other editions, Her poetry has also won prizes from the South Florida Writers Association.
Edward and Deborah Pollack continue to deal in important American paintings and to be devoted to bringing artists, who were well-known in their lifetime, back into the forefront.
About Edward and Deborah Pollack
Deborah Pollack holding her Palm Beach best-selling book,
The book won an award from Florida Memorial University (HBCU) for making "a significant contribution to advancing the awareness of women's history."