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Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, 1918-1971

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Creator:
Roberts, Colette Jacqueline, 1910-1971
Subject:
Cavallon, Giorgio
Marisol
Snelson, Kenneth
Hartl, Léon
Venet, Bernar
Stern, Philippe
Bolotowsky, Ilya
Bauermeister, Mary
Hamilton, George Heard
Wilson, Jane
Le Prat, Thérèse
Soulages, Pierre
Lichtenstein, Roy
Schwabacher, Ethel
Moy, Seong
Zuka
Lamb, Alberto Cifolelli
Ferren, John
Manso, Leo
Dehner, Dorothy
Bissière, Roger
Jenkins, Paul
Sandberg, H.
Smith, Leon Polk
Huyghe, René
Nesbitt, Lowell
Schapiro, Miriam
Lam, Jennett
Miles, Jeanne Patterson
Novak, Giora
Reinhardt, Ad
O'Doherty, Brian
Candell, Victor
Watts, Robert M.
Tuttle, Richard
Brooks, James
Parsons, Betty
Sarkis
Baber, Alice
Duchamp, Marcel
Boxer, Stanley
Adler, Samuel
Balzac
Johnson, Ray
Gray, Cleve
Drude, Helene
Ernst, Jimmy
Hare, David
Geoffrey, J. Iqbal
Cooke, Kathleen McKeith
Gottlieb, Adolph
Hamilton, Richard
Nevelson, Louise
Chryssa
Soyer, Raphael
Bachet, F.
Ekstrom, Arne H.
Dodd, Lamar
Hopkins, Budd
Hultberg, John
Albers, Josef
Reid, Robert Dennis
Holty, Carl
Ortman, George Earl
Norotzky, Norman
Yunkers, Adja
Fine, Albert M.
Kanovitz, Howard
Levee, John H.
Campbell, Kenneth
Bishop, Isabel
Damisch, Hubert
Natkin, Robert
Bearden, Romare
Karp, Ivan C.
Nevelson, Mike
Guerrero, José
Sterne, Hedda
Barrie, Erwin S.
Picabia, Gabrielle
Hayter, Stanley William
Lindner, Richard
Gillet, R. G.
Pfriem, Bernard A.
Kaupelis, Robert
Landsman, Stanley
Deem, George
Twiggs, Russell
Ray, Man
Vollmer, Ruth Landshoff
Rattner, Abraham
Vieira da Silva
Pavlowsky, Jacqueline
Botkin, Henry
Lund, David
Day, John
Cunningham, Ben
New York University
Grand Central Moderns (Gallery)
Le Point Cardinal (Gallery)
British Broadcasting Corporation
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
10.2 linear ft.
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.
Summary:
The papers of New York City and Paris art historian, educator, and gallerist Colette Roberts measure 10.2 linear feet and date from 1918 to 1971. Papers include correspondence, writings, teaching records, project proposals, gallery records from Grand Central Moderns Gallery, clippings, Roberts' printed articles, press releases, exhibition catalogs, posters, photographs, and a few works of art on paper. Also found are 124 interviews with contemporary artists conducted by Roberts.
Significant correspondents include Sam Adler, Erwin Barrie, Hubert Damisch, George Deem, Mesdames de Harting and de Tinan, Lamar Dodd, Hélène Drude (Le Point Cardinal gallery), Arne Ekstrom, Albert M. Fine (Fluxus artist), Iqbal Geoffrey, R.G. Gilllet, Adolph Gottlieb, Cleve Gray, Leon Hartl, Jennett Lam, Alberto Cifolelli Lamb, Mike Nevelson, Norman Norotzky, Jacqueline Pavlowsky, Abe Rattner, Ad Reinhardt, H. Sandberg, Philippe Stern, Russell Twiggs, and Zuka.
Writings by Roberts include manuscripts and articles about artists, writings about her own art, personal writings, working notes from interviews and classes, reviews, and translations between English and French.
Among the personal records are Robert's files relating to teaching, charitable activities, and exhibitions. Also found are gallery records from Grand Central Moderns Gallery, including artist résumés, a card file of Page 3 artworks with provenance information, exhibition catalogs and announcements, membership records, posters, publicity, and sales records.
Printed materials in the collection include clippings, Roberts' printed articles, press releases, and other exhibition catalogs and announcements. Photographs are of Roberts, artists, including Ad Reinhardt, classes, art spaces, and works of art. A small number of artworks on paper are also found, including Fluxus art stamps and a printed picture of Ray Johnson stamped "DOUGHNUT FESTIVAL."
Documentation of interviews with artists conducted by Roberts includes a card index file, a few transcripts, and the original sound recordings. Most of the recordings are interviews with artists that Roberts created during a class she taught at New York University between 1957 and 1971 called "Meet the Artist," including Dorothy Dehner, John Ferren, Ray Johnson, Ivan Karp, Thérèse le Prat, Richard Lindner, Seong Moy, Brian O'Doherty, Man Ray, Ethel Schwabacher, Hedda Sterne, Marie Helena Vieira da Silva, and many others. In preparation for magazine articles, Roberts conducted more extensive interviews with Chryssa, Marcel Duchamp, Adolph Gottlieb, and Louise Nevelson. A few of the recordings of Marcel Duchamp were not created by Roberts. In addition to Roberts' interviews, a few scattered recordings of lectures, interviews conducted by people other than Roberts, and other miscellany are found among the sound recordings.
Citation:
Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, 1918-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
All of the sound recordings in this collection were digitized for research access in 2009-2010 and are available at the Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original sound tape reels for the archival notations on them, but original reels are not available for playback due to fragility.
Bauermeister, Duchamp (spring 1963 interview only), Gottlieb (1964 interview only), Hultberg, Lam (Apr-May 1968 only), Lindner (1965 only), and Nevelson (1968 only): are transcribed.
Related Materials:
A copy of a 1967 oral history with Adolf Gottlieb conducted by Dorothy Seckler for the Archives of American Art oral history program, which was found in Roberts' papers, has been returned to the Archives' oral history collection.
Additional papers and recordings of Colette Roberts are held by Syracuse University Library Special Collections Research Center.
Biography Note:
Colette Roberts (1910-1971) was an art critic and former director of the Grand Central Moderns Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Language Note:
Some of the interviews are in French.
Provenance:
The sound recordings and transcripts of interviews with artists, were donated by Colette Roberts in 1970. The remaining papers were donated by her son, Richard B. Roberts, in 1973.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern
Articles
Artists
Painting, Modern
Art, Modern
Art historians
Art galleries, Commercial
Sound recordings
Sculptors
Painters
Fluxus (Group of artists)
Art
Interviews
Photographs
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9702
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211935
AAA_collcode_robecoli
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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