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The papers of Richard Artschwager measure 5.5 linear feet and date from 1959-2013. The collection documents Artschwager's activities as a sculptor and painter through extensive correspondence, subject files, talks and a lecture, exhibition files, printed material, and photographs.
Artschwager's correspondence with museums, galleries, artists, art historians, academic institutions, and publishers is professional in nature and relates to the scheduling of exhibitions, the lending of artwork, speaking engagements, and teaching proposals. Frequent correspondents include Lawrence Alloway, Leo Castelli Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Galerie Franck + Schulte, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ivan Karp, Museum Ludwig, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Ingrid Schaffner, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Included are letters from fellow artists, including William Copley, Eric Fischl, Ray Johnson, Louise Lawler, Sol Lewitt, Ed Ruscha, John Waters, and Betty Woodman. Correspondence also includes queries from curators, students, and collectors seeking provenance and biographical-related information. Some letters are annotated or illustrated with sketches by Artschwager.
The collection includes talks and lecture by Richard Artschwager that were held at such venues as the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and the Carpenter Center of the Visual Arts, Harvard University. Included is a discussion by art critics, Michael Kimmelman and Peter Schjeldahl and artists, Alex Katz and Elizabeth Murray on contemporary art. Subject files mainly document solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad from the 1990s-2000s. Exhibition files consist of scattered materials mostly relating to group shows.
Printed material includes invitations and announcements as well as posters, reproductions, and brochures, mostly related to Richard Artschwager's exhibitions. Newspaper and magazine clippings document exhibition openings and the critical reception of his work. Included are a few photographs, mainly used as reference, including images of Leo Castelli by Hans Namuth used by Artschwager in preparing for his portrait of Castelli.
Richard Artschwager papers, 1959-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Among the resources relating to Richard Artschwager in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Artschwager, March 3-28, 1972.
Richard Artschwager (1923-2013) lived and worked in New York City and Hudson, New York and was known primarily for his paintings and sculptures.
The collection was donated by Richard Artschwager and his wife Ann Artschwager in 2013.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001