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Joseph Randall Shapiro and Jory Shapiro papers, 1943-1985

Creator:
Shapiro, Joseph Randall, 1904-1996
Shapiro, Jory, 1911-1993
Subject:
Baj, Enrico
Bohrod, Aaron
Buehr, George Frederick
Chagall, Marc
Cuevas, José Luis
Golub, Leon
Hoff, Margo
Ito, Miyoko
Janis, Sidney
Lanyon, Ellen
Matisse, Pierre
Pattison, Abbott Lawrence
Petlin, Irving
Rattner, Abraham
Sage, Kay
Tanguy, Yves
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
0.6 linear ft. (on 1 microfilm reel)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
Letters, scrapbooks, and printed material documenting the development of the Shapiro's art collection. Correspondence, primarily from dealers, museums, art organizations and artists, includes letters from Enrico Baj, Aaron Bohrod (recommending Ben Shahn as a muralist), George Buehr, Jose Luis Cuevas, Leon Golub, Margo Hoff, Miyoko Ito, Sidney Janis, Ellen Lanyon, Pierre Matisse, Ida Meyer-Chagall (discussing her father's work), Abbott Pattison, Irving Petlin, Abraham Rattner, and Kay Sage Tanguy (discussing her husband's work). Printed material consists of 11 exhibition announcements and catalogs (1952-1984), and clippings (1965-1985). Four scrapbooks (1943-1955) contain clippings, some dealing with the "Art to Live With" program, exhibition catalogs, a letter from Richard Daley (1958), a 3-page typescript "Surrealism Then and Now" by Doris Lane Butler (1958), press releases (1959), and a letter from R. J. Nedved of the Illinois Society of Architects (1967).
Citation:
Joseph Randall Shapiro and Jory Shapiro papers, 1943-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reel 3759 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
Born 1904. Died 1996. Joseph Shapiro began collecting in 1942 and was drawn to works in the Surrealist tradition. While establishing one of the most important art collections in Chicago, Shapiro and his wife Jory enjoyed personal friendships with artists and used their collection to educate and increase public appreciation of modern art in Chicago. Shapiro was a founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art and served on its board as President from 1967 until 1974.
Provenance:
Material on reel 3759 (fr. 1-320) donated 1986; and material on fr. 323-569 lent for microfilming 1986 all by Joseph R. Shapiro.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Art patrons
Art, Modern
Surrealism
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9547
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211747
AAA_collcode_shapjose
Theme:
The Art Market
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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