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Elise Asher papers, 1923-1994

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Creator:
Asher, Elise, 1914-2004
Subject:
Bultman, Fritz
De Groot, Nanno
Frankenthaler, Helen
Guston, Philip
Hofmann, Hans
Kunitz, Stanley
Mailer, Norman
Motherwell, Robert Burns
Nevelson, Louise
Rothko, Mark
Stamos, Theodoros
Tworkov, Jack
Vonnegut, Kurt
Williams, William Carlos
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1.6 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
Biographical material, letters, business records, writings, art work, printed material, and photographs.
These papers reflect Asher's career as a poet, painter, and sculptor, and her friendships with many of the more prominent artists of the mid-twentieth century. The collection contains biographical material, letters, writings, works of art, business records, printed material, and photographs. Notable correspondents found in the collection include Fritz Bultman, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Hans Hofmann, Norman Mailer, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Mark Rothko, Theodoros Stamos, Jack Tworkov, and Kurt Vonnegut.
Biographical material, 1923-1976, includes a teacher's report, 3 resumes, and an award certificate. Letters, 1941-1988, are from Asher's colleagues and primarily concern their art-related activities and interactions. Notable correspondents include Fritz Bultman, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Hans Hofmann, Norman Mailer, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Mark Rothko, Theodoros Stamos, Jack Tworkov, and Kurt Vonnegut.
Business records, 1955-1988, consist of miscellaneous loan agreements and receipts. Writings, 1973-1979, include poems and artist's statements by Asher, and miscellaneous writings about her. Art work, undated, consists of 2 collages by James Rosati and a watercolor by Emil White. Printed material includes clippings, 1953-1989, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Asher, 1952-1989, an exhibition catalog and price list for Nanno De Groot, 1982, press releases, 1976-1986, brochures, 1950-1976, puppet show programs, 1929-1930, a published poem "The Long Boat" by Stanley Kunitz, ca. 1987, and 3 books, "The Meandering Absolute," by Asher, 1955, "This Book is a Movie," edited by Jerry Bowles and Tony Russell, 1971, and "The Provincetown Artists Cookbook," by Christopher Busa, 1988.
Photographs consist of 6 images of Asher, 1951-1973, including one with Mark Rothko in his studio, and one with William Carlos Williams. There are also photographs and 38 slides of art work, 1971-1973, and 2 photographs of an exhibition installation at The Contemporaries Gallery, 1966.
Exhibition catalogs and announcements, 1979-1992; The Visionary Gleam, a book written and illustrated by Asher, 1994; and clippings, 1988-1992, including a profile of Asher.
Citation:
Elise Asher papers, 1923-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels 4938-4939 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
Elise Asher (1914-2004) was a painter, sculptor, and poet from New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
Donated 1975-1995 by Elise Asher. Microfilming (reels 4938-4939) completed with funds provided by the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Christmas cards
Illustrated letters
Photographs
Poets
Slides (photographs)
Women painters
Women sculptors
Works of art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5827
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208667
AAA_collcode_asheelis
Theme:
Women
WAAND
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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