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George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008

Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Subject:
Bal, Mieke  Search this
Evans, John  Search this
Copy, Richard  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Rosenblum, Robert  Search this
Wheeler, Arthur K.  Search this
Lazlo, Jean-Noel  Search this
Tanning, Dorothea  Search this
Guilliatt, Lee  Search this
Molesworth, Charles  Search this
Sassu, Antonio  Search this
William, Patricia  Search this
Andrews, Benny  Search this
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Wiener, Sam  Search this
Dydo, Ulla E.  Search this
Fattal, Simone  Search this
Liedtke, Walter A.  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes  Search this
New Britain Museum of American Art  Search this
Nancy Hoffman Gallery  Search this
Allan Stone Gallery  Search this
Pavel Zoubok Gallery  Search this
Topic:
Mail art  Search this
Dancers  Search this
Educators  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Painters  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Authors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16139
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)363835
AAA_collcode_deemgeor
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_363835
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Lenin at the Palladium, May Day, New York City, from the portfolio 10: Artist as Catalyst

Artist:
Komar & Melamid  Search this
Vitaly Komar, born Moscow, U.S.S.R. 1943  Search this
Aleksandr Melamid, born Moscow, U.S.S.R. 1945  Search this
Sitter:
Vladimir I. Lenin  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
image: 14 1/2 x 21 in. (36.8 x 53.3 cm) sheet: 26 x 26 in. (66.0 x 66.0 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1992
Topic:
State of being\death  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tom and Judy Brody
Object number:
2010.37.1.6
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2010.37.1.6

Painting by numbers : Komar and Melamid's scientific guide to art / edited by JoAnn Wypijewski

Author:
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Wypijewski, JoAnn  Search this
Physical description:
203 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
©1997
Topic:
Painting--Public opinion  Search this
Public opinion  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_527428

George Deem papers

Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Names:
Allan Stone Gallery  Search this
Nancy Hoffman Gallery  Search this
New Britain Museum of American Art  Search this
Pavel Zoubok Gallery  Search this
Andrews, Benny, 1930-2006  Search this
Bal, Mieke, 1946-  Search this
Copy, Richard  Search this
Dydo, Ulla E., 1925-  Search this
Evans, John, 1932-  Search this
Fattal, Simone  Search this
Guilliatt, Lee  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Lazlo, Jean-Noel  Search this
Liedtke, Walter A.  Search this
Molesworth, Charles, 1941-  Search this
Rosenblum, Robert  Search this
Sassu, Antonio  Search this
Tanning, Dorothea, 1910-2012  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes, 1632-1675  Search this
Wheeler, Arthur K.  Search this
Wiener, Sam  Search this
William, Patricia  Search this
Extent:
18.2 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1904-2015
bulk 1960-2008
Summary:
The papers of painter, writer, and dancer George Deem measure 18.2 linear feet and date from 1904-2015, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960-2008. The collection documents Deem's path from Midwestern farm child to New York City artist and teacher who specialized in recreating works of great masters, especially Johannes Vermeer. Correspondence, exhibition files, subject files, project files, writings by and about Deem, printed material and photographic materials all show the trajectory of Deem's development as an artist.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter, writer, and dancer George Deem measure 18.2 linear feet and date from 1904-2015, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960-2008. The collection documents Deem's path from Midwestern farm child to New York City artist and teacher who specialized in recreating works of great masters, especially Johannes Vermeer. Correspondence, exhibition files, subject files, project files, writings by and about Deem, printed material and photographic materials all show the trajectory of Deem's development as an artist.

Biographical materials include resumes, an address book, appointment books, birth and death certificates, obituaries and memorial tributes, passports, family histories, jury summons, grant applications, military and educational records.

Correspondence is with family, friends, colleagues, curators, and art dealers. Much of the professional correspondence concerns commissions and reproduction permission requests. Among the correspondents are: Benny Andrews, Mieke Bal, Ulla Dydo, John Evans, Simone Fattal, Lee Guilliat, Vitaly Komar, and Dorothea Tanning. Correspondence with Walter Liedtke, Charles Molesworth, Robert Rosenblum, Arthur K. Wheeler, and Patricia William discusses proposed exhibitions and writings by Deem and others about his work.

Writings include some of Deem's classroom lectures, poems, and short pieces that appeared in independent literary arts publications.

Subject files document Deem's dealings with art consultants and galleries regarding placement of his work, participation in benefit auctions, and gifts of his artwork to the New Britain Museum of American Art. There is extensive correspondence with Allan Stone Gallery, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, and Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Deem's participation in mail art exhibitions is documented by exhibition announcements and correspondence. Also found is mail art correspondence from Richard Copy, Ray Johnson, Jean-Noel Lazlo, Antonio Sassu, Sam Wiener and others: some pieces are copies. The bulk of the project files chronicle Deem's artistic output. Information sheets and photographic materials provide provenance and source references for over 500 works. Files also document commissions undertaken by Deem including book projects, and set designs for dance and theater workshops. Exhibition files document solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad.

Printed material includes books by Deem, exhibition catalogs, reviews, and reproductions. In addition, there are articles and academic papers about Deem and his work. Photographic materials include photographs, digital prints and transparencies; subjects include Deem, family, friends, travels, studio, exhibition installations, and his artwork.

The addition to the George Deem papers consists of scattered biographical materials, correspondence, project and subject files, printed material, and photographic materials. The bulk consists of writings, including a memoir of his early days in New York. Twenty-three notebooks include notes and drafts of writings about his artwork; activities and meetings with colleagues and friends are also recorded. Among the photographic materials are five photograph albums - four are devoted to George Deem, his family, and friends; the fifth houses photographs of Deem's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1938-circa 2013 (Boxes 1-2; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1954-2013 (Boxes 2-6; 4.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1978-2012 (Box 6; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1960-circa 2013 (Boxes 6-8; 1 linear feet)

Series 5: Project Files, 1952-circa 2013 (Boxes 8-13, Box 20; 5.0 linear feet)

Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1960-circa 2013 (Boxes 13-15; 1.4 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1966-circa 2013 (Boxes 15-16, OV 21; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, 1904-circa 2013 (Boxes 16-17, Box 20; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 9: Addition to the George Deem Papers, 1957-2015 (Boxes 17-19; 1.8 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
George Deem (1932-2008), a New York City based painter was best known for his original reinterpretations of the works of master painters. Raised on an Indiana farm, Deem showed an early interest in art and after graduating from Vincennes University in 1952 enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His studies were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army. He completed his program at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1955.

After moving to New York City in 1958, Deem worked in the display department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art while continuing to paint original works after hours. His work was first exhibited at Barnard College, and in 1963 he had his first one man show at the Allan Stone Gallery, which represented him throughout his career. Later he also was affilated with Nancy Hoffman Gallery and Pavel Zoubok Gallery.

Deem travelled abroad, spending considerable time in Italy where he was influenced by classical art and architecture and began painting realistic figural images. He was interested in reinventing and reconstructing the art of the past, borrowing from artists such as Vermeer, Caravaggio, Goya and Millet. Deem produced a series of paintings relating to Vermeer's work, finally writing a book about this endeavor, Art School and How to Paint a Vermeer. Deem also wrote poetry, was involved in set design, and danced at Bennington College and other venues.

Deem's work was acknowledged in the academic world and he served as artist in residence or visiting artist at MacDowell Colony, Illinois State University, and other institutions. His work appeared in museum exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and is included in the permanent collections of museums including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, New Britain Museum of American Art, and Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, as well as in private collections.

George Deem died in 2008 of lung cancer in New York City.
Provenance:
The George Deem papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2013 and 2015 by Ronald Vance, executor of the George Deem estate.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Occupation:
Dancers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Mail art  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.deemgeor
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Archives of American Art
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Komar, Vitaly

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997-2005
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Deem papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref179

George Washington

Artist:
Vitaly Komar, born 1943  Search this
Alex Melamid, born 1945  Search this
Derived from:
Gilbert Stuart, 3 Dec 1755 - 9 Jul 1828  Search this
Sitter:
George Washington, 22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799  Search this
Type:
Painting
Date:
late 20th Century
Topic:
Costume\Hair Accessory\Wig  Search this
Derivative  Search this
George Washington: Male  Search this
George Washington: Military\Army\Officer\Revolution  Search this
George Washington: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman  Search this
George Washington: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer  Search this
George Washington: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
George Washington: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
George Washington: Science and Technology\Engineer\Surveyor  Search this
George Washington: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Vitaly Komar
Owner: Alex Melamid
Object number:
NY990743
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY990743

Komar & Melamid's American dreams / Mark Thistlethwaite, Neil Rector, Amy Ingrid Schlegel

Title:
Komar and Melamid's American dreams
American dreams
Author:
Thistlethwaite, Mark Edward 1948-  Search this
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Rector, Neil K  Search this
Schlegel, Amy Ingrid  Search this
Philadelphia Art Alliance  Search this
Subject:
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Washington, George 1732-1799  Search this
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
In art
Interviews
Date:
2000
C2000
Call number:
N6999.K57 A4 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_616708

Komar & Melamid : "schön-hässlich" : das beliebteste und unbeliebteste Bild Österreichs : [Kunsthalle Wien, 22.9.-1.11.1998] / [Herausgeber: Kunsthalle Wien ; Redaktion: Sabine Folie, Gerald Matt]

Title:
Komar and Melamid, schön-hässlich
Schön-hässlich
Author:
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Folie, Sabine 1962-  Search this
Matt, Gerald  Search this
Kunsthalle Wien  Search this
Subject:
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Physical description:
119 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
Call number:
N6999.K57 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_623522

Komar & Melamid : the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 10 August-21 September 1985 : Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 6 October-1 December 1985

Author:
Wollen, Peter  Search this
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Fruit Market Gallery  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (Oxford, England)  Search this
Subject:
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Physical description:
61, [2] p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Russia (Federation)
Date:
1985
Topic:
Dissident art--Exhibitions  Search this
Group work in art--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
ND699.K557 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649588

Komar/Melamid, two Soviet dissident artists / edited by Melvyn B. Nathanson ; with an introd. by Jack Burnham

Author:
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Nathanson, Melvyn B (Melvyn Bernard) 1944-  Search this
Subject:
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Physical description:
xxxix, 59 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Dissident art  Search this
Art, Soviet  Search this
Call number:
ND699.K557 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649964

Monumental propaganda / instigated by Komar & Melamid ; edited by Dore Ashton ; essays by Dore Ashton ... [et al.]

Author:
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Independent Curators Incorporated  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Russia (Federation)
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Socialist realism in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_499346

Komar & Melamid / Carter Ratcliff

Author:
Ratcliff, Carter  Search this
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Subject:
Melamid, Aleksandr Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
208 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Soviet Union
United States
Date:
1988
C1988
Topic:
Dissident art  Search this
Group work in art  Search this
Expatriate artists  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.K844 R23 1989
N40.1.K844R23 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_382248

Post-utopia : paintings and installations by the Soviet conceptualists : Eric Bulatov, Ilya Kabakov and Komar & Melamid / curated by Lasse B. Antonsen

Title:
Post-utopiia
Author:
Antonsen, Lasse B  Search this
Southeastern Massachusetts University Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Bulatov, Ėrik 1933-  Search this
Melamid, Aleksandr  Search this
Kabakov, Ilʹia Iosifovich 1933-  Search this
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
1989
[1989]
20th century
Topic:
Dissident art  Search this
Art, Soviet  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1026466

Vitaly Komar [Folder]

Additional name:
Komar, Vitali  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_30133

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photomechanical enlargement on paper mounted on paperboard
Dimensions:
24 X 18 IN. (61.0 X 45.7 CM.)
Type:
Mech Repro
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.1
See more items in:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.1

Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Set of 4 photographs, 1 photomechanical reproduction and 1 photomechanical enlargement on paper
Dimensions:
see individual records
Type:
Photograph/set
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.1-6
See more items in:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.1-6

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) July 4 Performance

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photomechanical reproduction on paper mounted on paperboard
Dimensions:
19 1/8 X 21 3/4 IN. (48.6 X 55.2 CM.)
Type:
Mech Repro
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.2
See more items in:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.2

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) Where is the Line Between Us*

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photograph on paper
Dimensions:
29 1/2 x 40 7/16 in. (75.0 x 102.7 cm)
Type:
Photograph/set
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.3
See more items in:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.3

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) Why is the Line Between Us*

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photograph on paper
Dimensions:
29 1/2 x 40 3/8 in. (74.9 x 102.5 cm)
Type:
Photograph/set
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.4
See more items in:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.4

(Questions New York Moscow New York Moscow, Set) What is the Line Between Us*

Artist:
Douglas Davis, Vitaly Komar, and Alexander Melamid  Search this
Douglas Davis, American, b. Washington, DC, 1933  Search this
Vitaly Komar, Russian, b. Moscow, 1943  Search this
Alexander Melamid, Russian, b. Moscow, 1945  Search this
Medium:
Photograph on paper
Dimensions:
29 7/16 x 40 3/8 in. (74.8 x 102.4 cm)
Type:
Photograph/set
Date:
(1976)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the artists, 1978
Accession Number:
78.62.5
See more items in:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Conceptual Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_78.62.5

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