Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles, California and New York, New York) records, 1959-circa 1982, bulk 1959-1971
Dwan Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
Saint-Phalle, Niki de
Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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The Dwan Gallery records consist primarily of files of exhibitions curated by Virginia Dwan at Dwan Galleries in Los Angeles (1959-1967) and New York (1965-1971). Found within this nearly comprehensive set of exhibition files are lists of exhibited works, price lists, photographs, posters, slides or color transparencies of installations, invitations, full-size posters, magazine and newspaper clippings, and exhibition catalogs.
Artists that held exhibitions at the Dwan Gallery in New York and Los Angeles include: Robert Goodnough, Robert Richenburg, Larry Rivers, Philip Guston, Yves Klein, Salvatore Scarpitta, Arakawa, Martial Raysse, Ad Reinhardt, Arman, Franz Kline, Edward Kienholz, Claes Oldenburg, Niki de Sainte Phalle, Joan Mitchell, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Morris, Dan Flavin, Raymond Parker, Kenneth Snelson, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Robert Smithson, and Anastasi. Many of the group artist shows were created and organized by gallery director John Weber and/or Virginia Dwan.
Also found are records created by a consulting firm hired by the Dwan Gallery to inventory the exhibition files prior to donation to the Archives of American Art. These guides appear at the beginning of each series and outline a chronology of exhibitions held at each branch.
Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles, California and New York, New York) records, 1959-circa 1982, bulk 1959-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection was digitized in its entirety in 2013 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Separated materials: Dwan Gallery exhibition catalogs that were donated to the Archives in 1989 were transfered to the SAAM Library.
Also found within the Archives of American Art is an interview with Virginia Dwan conducted March 21 through June 1, 1984 by Charles Stuckey.
Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture holds a similar collection of Dwan Gallery materials at the Library and Archive, consisting of eight binders of materials relating to the exhibitions held at the Dwan Gallery - Los Angeles from 1959-1967 and the Dwan Gallery - New York from 1965-1971. The binders contain press releases, exhibition checklists, black and white 8 X 10 photographs, announcements, newspaper and magazine reviews, and other ephemera.
In 1959, Virginia Dwan opened her first gallery in the Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. In 1965, Virginia Dwan moved to New York City and founded an east coast branch of the Dwan Gallery. Exhibitions at the Dwan Gallery showed Abstract Expressionist artists, Nouveaux Realistes artists, Land, and Minimilist artists. Dwan recognized that many of her shows were not considered salable but continued to show the avant-garde. The Dwan Gallery Los Angeles closed in mid-1967 but the New York branch remained open until 1971.
The Dwan Gallery records were donated in 1996 by Virginia Dwan, the former owner of the gallery.
This site provides access to the Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif. and New York, N.Y.) records in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2014, and total 2,653 images.
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