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Russell Lynes papers, 1935-1986

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Creator:
Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991
Subject:
Akermark, Margareta
Amberg, George
Ayrton, Michael
Berman, Eugene
Berman, Eugene
Bouché, Louis George
Crane, Louise
Crawford, Ralston
D'Amico, Victor
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold)
Drexler, Arthur
Emanuel, Herzl
Ernst, Jimmy
Ferber, Herbert
Fitzgerald, Joan
Gillespie, Gregory
Hadzi, Dimitri
Hitchcock, Henry-Russell
Karpel, Bernard
Koch, Richard H.
Levy, Julien
Lieberman, William Slattery
Lindley, Frances
Lynes, Russell
McAndrew, John
Miller, Dorothy Canning
Moe, Henry Allen
Newhall, Beaumont
Noguchi, Isamu
Osborn, Elodie C.
Parkinson, Elizabeth Bliss
Perlin, Bernard
Porter, Allan
Potter, Clarkson N.
Prestopino, Gregorio
Prestopino, Gregorio
Rasmussen, Waldo
Rubin, William
Shaw, Elizabeth Roberts
Stone, Emily
Suttman, Paul
Szarkowski, John
Thompson, Mary Sands
Thomson, Virgil
Van Dyke, Willard
Warshaw, Howard
Wescott, Glenway
Wheeler, Monroe
White, Robert
Willard, Marian
American Academy in Rome
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Olana
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2.5 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Summary:
Material compiled by Lynes on various art subjects and artists, including government sponsorship of the arts, 1950-1966, Eugene Berman, Howard Warshaw, preservation of Olana, Frederick Church's estate on the Hudson River, and other subjects; research material for his book on the Museum of Modern Art, "The Good Old Modern" (1973), including 32 taped interviews conducted by Lynes; and photographs of artists taken by Lynes.
Material relating to Lynes' book "The Good Old Modern: an Intimate Portrait of the Museum of Modern Art (1973) is primarily research material including notes, clippings, and 32 taped interviews conducted by Lynes. Interviewees include Margareta Akermark, George H. Amberg, Eugene Berman, Louise Crane, Victor D'Amico, Arthur Drexler, Jimmy Ernst, Henry Russell Hitchcock, Bernard Karpel, Richard H. Koch, Julien Levy, William S. Lieberman, Frances Lindley, John McAndrew, Dorothy Miller, Henry Allen Moe, Beaumont Newhall, Elodie Osborn, Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson, Allen Porter, Waldo Rasmussen, William Rubin, Elizabeth Shaw, Emily Stone, John Szarkowski, Mary Sands Thompson, Virgil Thomson, Willard Van Dyke, Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, and Marian Willard.
Papers concerning California painter and muralist Howard Warshaw, include correspondence (108 letters) with Warshaw about his work and exhibitions; correspondence with Richard West, Richard Larcada, Julien Levy, Paul Mills, and Henry Seldis; exhibition catalogs and announcements; sketches, photos of works of art; published writings; manuscripts sent to Lynes for his editorial opinion; and Lynes' essay for the catalog "Howard Warshaw: A Decade of Murals."
Olana related materials include correspondence, clippings and news releases. Correspondents include Lewis Mumford, Alexander Aldrich, Jacqueline Kennedy, James Biddle, E. P. Richardson, Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the N.Y. State Historic Trust which purchased the Olana estate in 1966 as a historic site, and others. Publications relating to government sponsorship of the arts, 1950-1966, include reports, press releases, articles, clippings and other printed material. Thirty-one photographs of sculptor Isamu Noguchi were taken in his Long Island City, N.Y. studio, 1968. Material relating to Eugene Berman includes Lynes' correspondence (51 letters) with Eugene Berman and Clarkson N. Potter regarding Lynes' forward to the book THE GRAPHIC WORK OF EUGENE BERMAN (1971) published by Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. Also included are photographs taken by Lynes in Berman's studio of Berman's work, and exhibition catalogs and announcements, and photographs of Berman on New York's waterfront (1935). Material relating to Eugene Berman includes Lynes' correspondence (51 letters) with Eugene Berman and Clarkson N. Potter regarding Lynes' forward to the book THE GRAPHIC WORK OF EUGENE BERMAN (1971) published by Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. Also included are photographs taken by Lynes in Berman's studio of Berman's work, and exhibition catalogs and announcements, and photographs of Berman on New York's waterfront (1935).
Photographs taken by Lynes include 15 of paintings by Louis Bouche exhibited at the Century Association, 1975 Feb. 5 - March 9 (included is a list of the paintings); thirty-one photographs of sculptor Isamu Noguchi taken in his Long Island City, N.Y. studio, 1968; and photographs Michael Ayrton (2), Eugene Berman (3, 2 are oversize), Ralston Crawford (4), Herzl Emanuel (12), Herbert Ferber (7), Joan Fitzgerald (5), Gregory Gillespie (3), Dimitri Hadzi (8), Isamu Noguchi (25), Bernard Perlin (1), Gregorio Prestopino (8), Paul Suttman (1), and Robert Winthrop White (3).
Also found are an illustrated letter from Gregorio Prestopino, 1969 Nov.; typescripts of lectures and a speech delivered by Lynes, including "Eye of the Beholder," concerning Dorothy Miller, "Saint-Gaudens-His Time and Place," and a speech honoring Eric Larrabee; and 2 subject files on industrial design and artists' organizations;
Citation:
Russell Lynes papers, 1935-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels D310, N70-40, 494, 1859, 3470 and 3967 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Reels D310, N70-40, 494, and 1859: Originals returned to Lynes after microfilming.
Use Note:
Typescript of lecture on Saint-Gaudens (unmicrofilmed): Publication restricted; may not be reproduced without written permission from: George P. Lynes, II Executor, Estate of George Platt Lynes 427 East 84th Street New York, NY 10028-6205 Phone/Fax: 212-570-4541 GeorgeLynes@gmail.com
Biography Note:
Writer, art critic, art historian; New York City and North Egremont, Mass. Died 1991. From 1947-1967 Lynes was managing editor of Harper's Magazine. Author of many books and articles on art, and has served on numerous boards and organizations. Brother of photographer George Platt Lynes.
Provenance:
Material on reels N70-4, D310, 1859, and 494 lent for microfilming by Lynes 1968-1978. Material on reel 3967 and unfilmed donated 1968-1989 by Lynes.Lynes files kept as editor of Harper's Magazine were donated in 1967 by Harper's; these have been cataloged and described separately under Harper's Magazine.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art critics
Art museums
Art, Modern
Artists
Artists' studios
Photographs
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6059
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208765
AAA_collcode_lyneruss
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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