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Henry Botkin papers, 1917-1979

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Creator:
Botkin, Henry, 1896-1983
Subject:
Arlen, Harold
Botkin, Benjamin Albert
Brice, Fanny
Brice, William
Gershwin, George
Gershwin, Ira
Godowsky, Frances
Gross, Chaim
Hasegawa, Saburo
Hofmann, Hans
Knaths, Karl
Laurent, Toinette Botkin
Mocsanyi, Paul
Motherwell, Robert Burns
Nevelson, Louise
Newman, Barnett
Picasso, Pablo
Putnam, Wallace
Rattner, Abraham
Robus, Hugo
Schoenberg, Arnold
Shadbolt, Jack
Siqueiros, David Alfaro
Von Wicht, John
American Abstract Artists
Artists Equity Association
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors
Gallery 256 (Provincetown, Mass.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
3.5 linear ft. (on 10 microfilm reels)
4 sound tapes ; 7 & 5 in.
Access Note / Rights:
Patrons must use microfilm copy. Use of untranscribed tapes requires an appointment at the Washington, D.C. office.
Summary:
Biographical material (1945-1965), letters (1917-1979), notes (1950-1970), writings (1944-1970), business records (1927-1977), art works (1932-1964), subject files (1952-1955), scrapbook (1927-1939), printed material (1923-1977), and photographs (1922-1968) documenting Botkin's career and his friendship with George and Ira Gershwin and other entertainment and artistic figures.
Among the correspondents and subjects of photographs or letters are: George and Ira Gershwin, their sister Frances Godowsky, Botkin's brother Benjamin, Botkin's daughter Toinette Botkin Laurent, and grandson Alexander Laurent, composer Harold Arlen, Fanny Brice and her son William Brice, artists Chaim Gross, Saburo Hasegawa, Hans Hofmann, Karl Knaths, Paul Manship, Paul Mocsanyi, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Pablo Picasso, Wallace Putnam, Abrahmam Rattner, Hugo Robus, Arnold Schoenberg, Jack Shadbolt, John Von Wicht, and Abraham Walkowitz. Also included are photographs of Botkin's studio, night picnic in Provincetown attended by many artists; and material relating to American Abstract Artists, New School Art Center, Provincetown Art Association, and the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. [See Finding Aid for information on location of items on the microfilm].
UNMICROFILMED: 3 untranscribed interviews of Botkin, 1 done for the "Today" show, NBC, June 4, 1965; 1 for Colette Roberts "Meet the Artist" Program, undated, and 1 by an unidentified interviewer. Also included is an untranscribed monologue, Oct. 11, 1970.
Citation:
Henry Botkin papers, 1917-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels D388, N69-67 - N69-68, N69-91, N70-25, N70-48, 2895-2897, and 4314 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Portions returned to Botkin after microfilming.
Related Materials:
Henry Botkin papers also at Syracuse University.
Biography Note:
Painter; New York, N.Y. and Provincetown, Mass. Born in Boston and attended art schools there from 1913-1917. From 1917-1920, he attended the Art Students League and was employed as an illustrator for prominent magazines until 1929. Traveling abroad between 1926 and 1933, he attained his first one-man show in 1927 at the Billiet Galleries in Paris. Through his cousin, composer George Gershwin, Botkin became acquainted with people active in the performing arts, such as Harold Arlen, Fanny Brice, Harry Kurnitz, and Bert Lahr. Botkin was also involved in the American Abstract Artists, Artists Equity Association, Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, and Gallery 256 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Provenance:
Donated 1969-1982 by Henry Botkin and by his son Glenn and his assistant Rene Barilleaux. Many items were returned to Botkin after microfilming.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art, Abstract
Artists' studios
Composers
Drawings
Exhibition catalogs
Painters
Painters
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7456
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209614
AAA_collcode_botkhenr
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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