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The papers of New York City painter and printmaker Dotty Attie measure 2.3 linear feet and date from circa 1950s to 2014. Her papers include scattered biographical material, professional files, notes, personal business records, photographs, artwork, and 12 sketchbooks.
Scattered biographical materials include identification cards, an address book, artist statements and biographies, a few personal letters, and interviews.
Professional files document exhibitions, residencies, and fellowships. Contents of files vary and may include letters and invitations, letters from colleagues and admirers of her work, inventory lists, interviews, loan agreements, travel itineraries, printed materials, photographs, and miscellany. Notes include pages from a notebook that includes both technical instruction and personal notes. There is written text that Attle wrote to be incorporated into her artwork. One file of personal business records contains loan agreements, shipping receipts, and membership fees.
Photographs are of Attie, artwork, and friends and family. Photographs of artwork include exhibition views, single works, and collages. Photographs of Attie include contact sheets and prints of the artist throughout her life, including some copy prints of Attie as a child. Some images of Attie are self-portraits. Photographs of family and friends include her husband, children, A.I.R. Gallery members, and copy prints of relatives.
Artwork and sketchbooks include artists' books, sketches on tracing paper, and 12 sketchbooks.
Dotty Attie papers, circa 1950s-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Artist in Residence (A.I.R.) Gallery records.
Dotty (Dorothy) Attie, née Laibow (1938- ), is an American painter and printmaker based in New York City who has been exhibiting in museums and galleries since the 1960s.
Donated 2015 by Dottie Attie.
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