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Oral history interview with Clinton Adams, 1995 August 2-3

Interviewee:
Adams, Clinton, 1918-2002  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Delano, Annita  Search this
Price, Vincent  Search this
Kistler, Lynton R. (Lynton Richards)  Search this
Altoon, John  Search this
Johnston, Ynez  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Langsner, Jules  Search this
Scholder, Fritz W.  Search this
Edmondson, Leonard  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Tamarind Lithography Workshop  Search this
Tamarind Institute  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Printmakers  Search this
Painters  Search this
Prints  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12197
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215892
AAA_collcode_adams95
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215892
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Oral history interview with Clinton Adams, 1974 March 29

Interviewee:
Adams, Clinton, 1918-2002  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Hollander, Irwin  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Sommers, John  Search this
Adams, Kenneth M.  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
Antreasian, Garo Z. (Garo Zareh)  Search this
Tyler, Kenneth E.  Search this
Kistler, Lynton R. (Lynton Richards)  Search this
Funk, Joseph  Search this
Wayne, June Claire  Search this
Viesulas, Romas  Search this
Charlow, Jean  Search this
Horak, Bohuslav  Search this
Berman, Eugene  Search this
Grosman, Tatyana  Search this
Tamarind Lithography Workshop  Search this
University of New Mexico.College of Fine Arts  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Printmakers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11669
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216442
AAA_collcode_adams74
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216442

The Window II [intaglio] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1959
Topic:
Architecture--Detail--Window  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0027984
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_27985

Desert Landscape [graphic arts] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1961
Topic:
Landscape--Desert  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0028223
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_28224

Clinton Adams: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF000014
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_136691

Clinton Adams papers, 1934-2002

Creator:
Adams, Clinton, 1918-2002  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Bolton  Search this
Cuno, Theodore H.  Search this
Scholder, Fritz W.  Search this
Dehn, Adolf Arthur  Search this
Barrett, Lawrence Louis  Search this
Cook, Howard Norton  Search this
Wayne, June Claire  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Lithography  Search this
Printmakers  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10395
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213771
AAA_collcode_adamclin
Theme:
The Art Market
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213771

Jules Langsner papers

Creator:
Langsner, Jules, 1911-1967  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Art in America  Search this
California Watercolor Society  Search this
Ford Foundation  Search this
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts  Search this
International Association of Art Critics  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New York Times  Search this
Pasadena Art Museum  Search this
Santa Barbara Museum of Art  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
University of Southern California. -- Faculty  Search this
Adams, Clinton, 1918-2002  Search this
Brice, William, 1921-  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978  Search this
Feldman, Eddy  Search this
Fogg, Adelaide  Search this
Guston, Musa  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Harwood, June  Search this
Kadish, Reuben, 1913-1992  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Lundeberg, Helen, 1918-  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Perls, Frank, 1910-1975  Search this
Ray, Julie  Search this
Ray, Man, 1890-1976  Search this
Turnbull, William, 2002  Search this
Extent:
4.6 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Articles
Sound recordings
Essays
Lectures
Drafts (documents)
Manuscripts
Poems
Date:
circa 1910s-1998
bulk 1950-1967
Summary:
The papers of southern California contemporary art curator, critic, and historian Jules Langsner measure 4.6 linear feet and date from circa 1910s-1998, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1950-1967. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues; writings normal="1941"> travel, and works of art; and audio recordings of Langsner's lectures and eulogies given at his funeral.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers of southern California contemporary art curator, critic, and historian Jules Langsner measure 4.6 linear feet and date from circa 1910s-1998, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1950-1967. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues; writings by Langsner; exhibition files; printed materials; photographs of Langsner, others, travel, and works of art; and audio recordings of Langsner's lectures and eulogies given at his funeral.

Biographical materials consist of an address book and file, committee files, scattered financial statements, and documents related to the Ford Foundation and other foundations, teaching, and traveling.

The 0.9 linear feet of correspondence is of both a personal and professional nature. A significant portion of the correspondence is between Langsner and publications for which he wrote such as Art News, the New York Times, Meridian Books, Craft Horizons, Art International, and Art in America; galleries and museums where he lectured or curated exhibitions including the Art Institute of Chicago, California Water Color Society, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pasadena Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and the Fine Arts Patrons of Newport Harbor; colleges and organizations where he taught or was involved with such as the Graham Foundation, University of Southern California, International Association of Art Critics, and Ford Foundation; and artists that he worked with or knew personally including Rico Lebrun, William Turnbull, Man & Julie Ray, Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Adelaide Fogg, and Clinton Adams.

Letters to June Harwood were written while Langsner was traveling in 1964 and 1965 and discuss his travels and their relationship which culminated in marriage in Italy in 1965.

Among the 2.8 linear feet of the writings of Jules Langsner are articles for Art News, Art in America, Art International, Arts & Architecture, Aware, Beverly Hills Times, Craft Horizons, Creative Crafts, Goya Revista De Arte, Los Angeles Times, Yomiuri, and Zodiac. There are also essays, lectures, poems, drafts, notes, jottings of ideas, proposals and published and unpublished manuscripts. There are drafts and unpublished versions of "Painting in the Modern World", and numerous other essays on contemporary art. There are also extensive handwritten notes on his travels, Asian art, European art, and other subjects.

Exhibition files concern "Black and White" (1958), "California Hard-Edge Painting" (1964), the Man Ray Exhibition (1966), and the William Turnbull Exhibition (1966).

Printed materials include miscellaneous flyers, brochures, and news bulletins, and press releases.

Photographs are of people, places, works of art, and exhibitions. There are photographs of Jules Langsner, June Harwood, Philip Guston, Musa Guston, William Brice, Eddy Feldman, Rube Kadish, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Frank Perls, and unidentified individual people and groups. Photographs of Langsner's travels are of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and other locations. Photographs of exhibitions include California Art Club, "Black and White," "California Painters & Sculptors, 35 & Under," and unidentified exhibitions. Photographs of works of art are by William Turnbull, Jack Zajac, Walter Mix, Marion Aldrich, Roger Majorowicz, and Jasper Johns.

Audio recordings include four untranscribed 7" reel-to-reel audio recordings and one cassette tape. The reel-to-reel tapes are of two lectures by Langsner, You & Art/Berlin Party, and of eulogies given at Langsner's funeral by Clement Greenberg, Henry Seldis, Peter Selz, Richard Brown, Donald Brewer, Tom Leavitt, Lorser Feitelson, Sam Francis, June Wayne, Gifford Phillips, and others. The cassette tape is a copy of eulogies.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 7 series. Photographs are arranged by subject, otherwise each series is generally arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1957-circa 1960s (Box 1; 9 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1948-1998 (Boxes 1-2; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1934-circa 1960s (Boxes 2-4; 2.8 linear feet)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1919, circa 1958-1966 (Box 4; 4 folders)

Series 5: Printed Materials, circa 1960s (Box 5; 2 folders)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1910s-1960s (Box 5; 0.25 linear feet)

Series 7: Audio Recordings, 1954-1967 (Boxes 5-6; 0.25 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Jules Langsner (1911-1967) worked primarily in the Los Angeles area as a contemporary art critic, historian, and curator. He curated several seminal exhibitions of contemporary art, including the 1959-1960 show "Four Abstract Classicists" featuring the work of Southern California artists Lorser Feitelson, Karl Benjamin, Frederick Hammersley, and John McLaughlin.

Born Julius Harold Langsner in New York City on May 5, 1911, his family moved to Ontario, California in 1922. The family lived on a farm and opened the Paradise Health Resort which was run by Langsner's father, chiropractor Isadore Langsner, and was popular in Jewish and intellectual circles. In Ontario, Langsner became friends with three of the Pollack family sons, Jackson, Frank, and Sanford, as well as Philip Guston, Reuben Kadish, Leonard Stark, and Don Brown as a teenager. Guston, Kadish, and Jackson Pollock were later mentored by Lorser Feitelston which helped to foster in Langsner an interest in avant-garde painting.

Langsner went on to study philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. In the early 1940s, Langsner married and had a son, Drew Langsner. He divorced in 1946. In 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a psychiatric social worker and psychologist during World War II in the United States.

Art & Architecture magazine was the first to publish Langsner's art criticism in 1948. Throughout the 1950s and 60s his work was published widely in Art & Architecture as well as Art News, Art in America, Craft Horizons, Los Angeles Times, Zodiac, and others. Langsner wrote extensively about art history in both published and unpublished manuscripts, including Painting in the Modern World which he worked on until his death. Additionally, he taught art history classes at the Chouinard Art Institute, San Fernando State College, and University of Southern California and lectured for a variety of organizations and occasions.

Langsner curated several influential exhibitions in southern California, including the "Four Abstract Classicists" exhibition for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1959 and in whose catalog he and Peter Selz coined the term "Hard-Edge painting." He curated the first full-scale retrospective of Man Ray in the United States at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1966.

Langsner received a grant from the Ford Foundation in 1964 that allowed him to travel throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Europe for a year studying regional art and architecture. He wrote notes on his travels and corresponded frequently with June Harwood, a Hard-Edge painter, whom he married in Italy in 1965.

Jules Langsner died unexpectedly of a heart attack on September 29, 1967, in Los Angeles.
Related Archival Materials note:
The papers of Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg at the Archives of American Art contain a significant amount of writings by Jules Langsner, including exhibition catalog essays.
Provenance:
The Jules Langsner papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in several installments from 1973-1996, and in 2004 by June Harwood Langsner, widow of Jules Langsner. Notes for a lecture given at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1966 and 39 pieces of correspondence were donated in 1982 by the University of California Art Library, Los Angeles, via Librarian Virginia Steele.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Jules Langsner papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Painting, Abstract -- California  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Art critics -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art historians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Curators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Articles
Sound recordings
Essays
Lectures
Drafts (documents)
Manuscripts
Poems
Citation:
Jules Langsner papers, circa 1910s-1998, bulk 1950-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.langjule
See more items in:
Jules Langsner papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-langjule
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[Clinton Adams : miscellaneous uncataloged material]

Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Type:
Books
Vertical files
Call number:
VF-- Adams, Clinton
Restrictions & Rights:
FOLDER(S) DO NOT CIRCULATE. FOLDER(S) AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY AT THE NMAA/NPG LIBRARY.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_563517

Life and art in Los Angeles, 1934-1954 / Clinton Adams ; edited by Linda Tyler and Peter Walch

Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Tyler, Linda  Search this
Walch, Peter (Peter S.) 1940-  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 78 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
California
New Mexico
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N6537.A294 A2 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_791192

Clinton Adams : recent works on paper, October 31 through December 2, 1988, Art Gallery, California State University, Northridge

Title:
Recent works on paper, Clinton Adams
Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
California State University, Northridge Art Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([6] p.) : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
[1988]
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND1839.A32 A4 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_922371

A meticulous serenity : the prints of Clinton Adams, 1948-1997 : a catalogue raisonné / Robert P. Conway ; with an essay by David Acton

Title:
Catalogue raisonné of the prints of Clinton Adams, 1948-1997
Author:
Conway, Robert P  Search this
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Acton, David 1953-  Search this
University of New Mexico Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 466 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogues raisonnés
Date:
2012
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_986253

Fritz Scholder : lithographs / text by Clinton Adams

Author:
Scholder, Fritz 1937-2005  Search this
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Subject:
Scholder, Fritz 1937-2005  Search this
Physical description:
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1975
©1975
Call number:
N40.1.S3693yA2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_68691

Nineteenth-century lithography in Europe / Clinton Adams

Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Subject:
University of New Mexico Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
92 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Place:
Europe
Date:
1998
19th century
Topic:
Lithography  Search this
Lithography, European  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1099466

Clinton Adams : a retrospective exhibition of lithographs

Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Coke, Van Deren 1921-2004  Search this
University of New Mexico Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Clinton  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1973
Call number:
NE2312.A33 A4 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_808696

Clinton Adams, 1918-2002 : memorial retrospective, September 26 - November 16, 2002

Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Moss, Tobey C  Search this
Tobey C. Moss (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Clinton 1918-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([6] p.) : mostly col. ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
C2002
Call number:
N6537.A294 A4 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_693365

Printmaking in New Mexico, 1880-1990 / Clinton Adams

Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 167 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New Mexico
Date:
1991
C1991
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
Prints  Search this
Call number:
NE535.N6A33 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_423523

The Tamarind papers : TTP

Title:
TTP
T.T.P
Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Tamarind Institute  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1978
Topic:
Lithography  Search this
Call number:
AP1 .T193
AP1.T193
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_116407

American lithographers, 1900-1960 : the artists and their printers / Clinton Adams

Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Physical description:
x, 228 p. ; ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1983
C1983
20th century
Topic:
Lithography, American  Search this
Lithography  Search this
Lithographers  Search this
Call number:
NE2304.A3 1983X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_181440

The Tamarind book of lithography: art & techniques [by] Garo Z. Antreasian with Clinton Adams

Author:
Antreasian, Garo Z. 1922-  Search this
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Tamarind Lithography Workshop  Search this
Physical description:
463 p. illus. (part col.) 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
Topic:
Lithography--Technique  Search this
Call number:
NE2425 .A63
NE2425.A63
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_10839

Crayonstone : the life and work of Bolton Brown : with a catalogue of his lithographs / Clinton Adams

Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Bolton 1864-1936  Search this
Brown, Bolton 1864-1936  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 285 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Biography
Catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Lithographers  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.B87814y A2 1993
N40.1.B87814yA2 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_441808

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