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Rudi Blesh papers, 1909-1983

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Blesh, Rudi, 1899-1985
Motherwell, Robert Burns
Rauschenberg, Robert
Baziotes, Ethel
Johns, Jasper
Silver, W. (Walter)
Dubuffet, Jean
Richter, Hans
Delaunay, Sonia
Baziotes, William
Rothko, Mark
Ray, Man
Elkan, Henry
Pollock, Jackson
Schwitters, Kurt
Janis, Harriet Grossman
Burri, Alberto
Siskind, Aaron
Davis, Stuart
Namuth, Hans
Duchamp, Marcel
De Kooning, Willem
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2.4 linear feet
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.
Correspondence, notes, manuscripts, printed material, subject files, and photographs, relate chiefly to Blesh's research and writings on Abstract Expressionists.
Correspondence, 1946-1969, primarily letters to Harriet Janis regarding her and Blesh's book Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques (1967), from artists Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Sonia Delaunay, Aaron Siskind, Man Ray and others; 5 notebooks of research notes, including one "Motherwell Book"; manuscripts for Collage and Cubism; clippings; exhibition announcements and catalogues, 1941-1960; a book, De Kooning, by Janis and Blesh; galleys for Collage; reproductions of unidentified works of art; subject files on Albert Burri, Stuart Davis, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Kurt Schwitters, and other art subjects; and annotated photographs of artists and works of art. Included in the photos are Willem De Kooning, Mark Rothko by Henry Elkan, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg by W. Silver, Robert Motherwell, and Jackson Pollock by Hans Namuth.
Correspondence, 1909-1979; photographs of Blesh, (including a portrait by Hans Namuth), of family, travel pictures, views of Blesh's home, furniture designs, friends William and Ethel Baziotes, and Harriet Janis, Blesh's co-author for They All Played Ragtime (1950); an article on Scott Joplin by Blesh (American Heritage, 1975); clippings, 1975-1976; and First Day Cover for Scott Joplin stamp issued in 1983.
Rudi Blesh papers, 1909-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels 3991 through 3994 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
Rudi Blesh (1899-1985) was a writer, critic, and architectural designer in New York, N.Y.
Microfilmed material donated by Rudi Blesh, 1981. The unmicrofilmed material donated 1993 by longtime friend Ethel Baziotes, who received them from Blesh before his death.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Exhibition catalogs
Abstract expressionism
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Art Theory and Historiography
Art Movements and Schools
Lives of American Artists
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