André Emmerich Gallery records and André Emmerich papers, 1929-2008
André Emmerich Gallery
Pepper, Beverly Stoll
Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co
Galerie André Emmerich
Place of publication, production, or execution:
311.2 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Personal diaries and appointment books: ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission.
The André Emmerich Gallery records and André Emmerich papers measure 309.1 linear feet and date from 1929 to 2008. The collection documents the business of the André Emmerich Gallery as well as André Emmerich's life and activities related to the business of selling art. Gallery records include correspondence; appointment books; administrative and subject files; exhibition files; artist files and accounts; inventory, sales, purchase, and consignment records; chronological files; financial and legal records; printed materials; original artwork; photographic and audiovisual materials. Also found are personal papers and records relating to André Emmerich.
André Emmerich Gallery records and André Emmerich papers, 1929-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Leon Levy Foundation.
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with AndrÔe Emmerich conducted by Mona Hadler on January 18, 1993.
André Emmerich Gallery (founded 1954; closed 1998) was an art gallery in New York, N.Y. and Zurich, Switzerland Born in Germany in 1924 and raised in Holland, André Emmerich emigrated to the United States in 1940. After graduating from Oberlin College and working as a writer, he opened his gallery at 18 E. 77th St. in 1954, moving in 1956 to accommodate bigger works of art to 17 E. 64th St. During its early years, the firm specialized in classical antiquities and Pre-Columbian art, but by the 1960s Emmerich began concentrating on the artists who defined Color-Field painting. Emmerich opened a branch in Zurich and in 1971 took space in 420 W. Broadway. A strong advocate of abstract sculpture, Emmerich featured it in his gallery and at Top Gallant Farm, his 140-acre estate in upstate New York where he installed monumentally scaled works. André Emmerich died September 25, 2007.
The André Emmerich Gallery records and André Emmerich papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by André Emmerich in eight accretions between 1999 and 2002. Two additional accretions were donated by Emmerich's wife Susanne in 2008 and 2009, and another by James Yohe, Emmerich's former business partner, in 2009.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001