The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Correspondence, journals, writings, printed material, and published materials.
REELS 1446-1450: Personal and business correspondence regarding Biederman's art and books, ART AS EVOLUTION OF VISUAL KNOWLEDGE and THE NEW CÉZANNE. Among the correspondents are John and Joan Barnes, David Barr, David Bohm, Ian Finley, Peggy Guggenheim, S.I. Hayakawa, Marjorie Mercer Kendig, Ron Kostyniuk, and Eugene Pauls. Also included are two copybooks with letters from Biederman to John and Eugenie Anderson.
REELS 1662-1679: Correspondence with Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Eric Bell, Naum Gabo, Kathleen Lonsdale, Dorothy Miller, Victor Pasmore, and poet Jonathan Williams and others; notes and typed manuscripts of Biederman's articles and books about art; an audio script of a film; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; and a biographical sketch.
Charles Biederman papers, 1930-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels 1446-1450 and 1662-1679 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals returned to lender, Charles Biederman, after microfilming. Biederman subsequently donated his papers to the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota.
Also in the Archives are the Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman, and microfilm of the David Barr papers relating to Charles Biederman.
Charles Biederman (1906-2004) was a painter and sculptor from Red Wing, Minn. Biederman was born Aug. 23, 1906 in Cleveland, Ohio. He studied art at the Cleveland Art Institute, and later at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He worked and lived in Chicago, New York, and Paris. He moved to Red Wing, Minnesota in 1942. Biederman was the author of numerous books on art theory, and best known for his three-dimensional painted aluminum constructions, created from the early 1950s to the late 1990s.
Lent for microfilming 1978-1979 by Charles Biederman.
Art Theory and Historiography
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