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Louis K. Meisel Gallery

Collection Creator:
Penney, Charles Rand, 1923-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 21, Folder 46
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1978-1993
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Rand Penney 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:
Charles Rand Penney Papers, 1923-1994, bulk 1945-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Charles Rand Penney papers
Charles Rand Penney papers / Series 1: Art Collection Files / Stamos, Theodoros
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Louis and Susan Meisel in their loft with Photorealist artists at a party for Photorealism since 1980

Photographer:
Lopez, Steve  Search this
Subject:
Meisel, Louis K. (Louis Koenig)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1993 Apr. 22
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14083
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Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1964-2003
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14083
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Prince Street in Soho

Photographer:
Forbes, Robin  Search this
Subject:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1976
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12413
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Robin Forbes slides of SoHo, 1975-1976
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12413

Audrey Flack papers

Creator:
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Names:
Arizona State University  Search this
Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.)  Search this
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art  Search this
Guild Hall of East Hampton  Search this
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Janson, Anthony F.  Search this
Extent:
15.8 Linear feet
0.897 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Video recordings
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Date:
1950-2009
Summary:
The papers of painter Audrey Flack measure 15.8 linear feet and 0.897 GB and date from 1950-2009. The collection documents Flack's career as an artist through biographical material, correspondence, extensive project files, writings and notes by Flack and others, exhibition catalogs, news and magazine clippings, other printed and digital material, and scrapbooks. Also found are photographs by Audrey Flack as well as photographs of the artist and works of art.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter Audrey Flack measure 15.8 linear feet and 0.897 GB and date from 1950-2009. The collection documents Flack's career as an artist through biographical material, correspondence, extensive project files, writings and notes by Flack and others, exhibition catalogs, news and magazine clippings, other printed and digital material, and scrapbooks. Also found are photographs by Audrey Flack as well as photographs of the artist and works of art.

Biographical material includes curricula vitae, diplomas, an award certificate, and bibliographies of monographs and articles by and about Audrey Flack. Flack's correspondence documents her professional activities and business dealings.

There is correspondence with galleries, museums, arts organizations; architects and foundries; and academic institutions. Included are letters from Arizona State University, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cooper Union, Guild Hall, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art. There are letters from art historians and critics, including Flack's correspondence with Anthony Janson. Letters from publishers and agents pertain to book projects, proposals for articles, and requests to reproduce artwork in monographs or catalogs.

Interviews with Flack from the 1970s through the 1990s are found, recorded on sound and video. Writings and notes include manuscript versions for a book, typescripts of speeches, and a notebook. Also found are audio and video recordings of lectures and talks by Flack discussing her paintings and sculptures. The collection includes extensive project files on Flack's commissioned public works and exhibitions. The files also include correspondence concerning book projects, permission requests, and Flack's participation in art educational programs, and some projects are documented with recorded sound and moving images, two if which are in digital format.

Printed material consists of catalogs of Flack's shows, invitations and announcements to openings, press releases, reproductions of artwork, exhibition posters, clippings, periodicals, and books reflecting Flack's professional activities from the 1950s-2008. Photographs are of portraits by Flack, Flack by herself and with colleagues and students, as well as of the artist's studio. Also found are photographs of artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1951-2006 (Box 1; 0.25 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1950-2009 (Boxes 1-3; 2.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Interviews, circa 1970-1998 (Boxes 3-4; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1970-2007 (Boxes 4-6; 2.15 linear feet)

Series 5: Project Files, 1966-circa 2007 (Boxes 6-11, FC 18-21; 5.6 linear feet, ER01-ER02, 0.897 GB)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1950-2008 (Boxes 11-16, OV 17; 4.1 linear feet)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1977-2008 (Box 15; 2 folders)

Series 8: Photographs, 1966-2009 (Boxes 15-16; 0.5 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Audrey Flack (1931-) is a painter and sculptor in New York City and in Long Island, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cooper Union in 1951 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1952. In the 1950s, she was part of the New York School that included the Abstract Expressionist painters Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock. By the 1960s, Flack had turned to painting in a realistic manner. She pioneered the technique of incorporating photographic images from contemporary sources such as magazines and newspapers; the art form became known as Photorealism. Her subjects have included families, celebrities, and public figures. An early work, The Kennedy Motorcade captured President John Kennedy moments before he was assassinated. Flack's paintings have also centered on the varied experiences of women as depicted in her Vanitas series done in the 1970s. Flack was the first Photorealist painter to have a work acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. By the 1980s, Flack was creating sculptures, goddess figures and other mythological deities of various cultures. The sculptures, many of monumental proportions were executed as commissioned works for public spaces. Flack's commissions have included Civitas: Four Visions, South Carolina, Galatea Fountain, South Pasadena, Florida, Islandia, New York City Technical College, and The Art Muse, Tampa, Florida. Further, Audrey Flack has also worked in other media such as photography and printmaking.

Audrey Flack has taught and lectured at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, including Cooper Union, Pratt Institute of New York, and the Studio Art School International, Florence, Italy. She has been a Visiting Professor at a number of universities, including the University of North Dakota, University of Tennessee, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her paintings, watercolors, and sculptures have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in major museums and galleries. Flack's artwork has also been shown in a number of traveling exhibitions including "Saints and Other Angels: The Religious Paintings of Audrey Flack" sponsored by Cooper Union and "Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack, A Retrospective, 1950-1990" organized by the J.B. Speed Museum. Flack has been represented by the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, the Vered Gallery, and the Gary Snyder Gallery. Among the many awards and honors she has received are the Honorary Ziegfeld Award, National Art Education Association, an Honorary Doctorate, Lyme Academy of Art, and the U.S. Government National Design for Transportation Award. Audrey Flack has also written two books and numerous articles. Audrey Flack lives and works in New York and in East Hampton, New York.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Audrey Flack conducted by Robert C. Morgan, February 16, 2009.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Audrey Flack in April 2009.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Audrey Flack 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:
Women sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Video recordings
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Citation:
Audrey Flack papers, 1950-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.flacaudr
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Audrey Flack papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Exhibition at Louis K. Meisel Gallery

Collection Creator:
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Extent:
2 Film reels (color, soundtrack ; 1 reel is original, 1 is a copy, Super 8 mm)
1 Film reel (color, silent, Super 8 mm)
Container:
Box 7, Folder 9-10
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
circa 1988
Scope and Contents:
Motion picture film stored separately in film cans numbered FC 18-20
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 Audrey Flack 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:
Audrey Flack papers, 1950-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Audrey Flack papers
Audrey Flack papers / Series 5: Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-flacaudr-ref157

Audrey Flack papers, 1950-2009

Creator:
Flack, Audrey, 1931-  Search this
Subject:
Janson, Anthony F. (Anthony Frederick)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Arizona State University  Search this
Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.)  Search this
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art  Search this
Guild Hall of East Hampton  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)  Search this
Art  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15666
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282435
AAA_collcode_flacaudr
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_282435
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Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1964-2003

Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Sadat, Anwar  Search this
Goings, Ralph  Search this
Estes, Richard  Search this
Krauss, Rosalind E. (Epstein)  Search this
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Bourdon, David  Search this
Kramer, Hilton  Search this
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Taylor, Elizabeth  Search this
Close, Chuck  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Vogel, Herbert  Search this
Meisel, Louis K. (Louis Koenig)  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Vogel, Dorothy  Search this
Meisel, Susan Pear  Search this
Baldessari, John  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Baeder, John  Search this
Battcock, Gregory  Search this
Eddy, Don  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15671
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282709
AAA_collcode_louikmei
Theme:
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_282709
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David Parrish papers, 1940-2009, bulk 1964-1998

Creator:
Parrish, David Buchanan, 1939-  Search this
Subject:
Janis, Sidney  Search this
Meisel, Louis K. (Louis Koenig)  Search this
Eddy, Don  Search this
Hoffman, Nancy  Search this
Williams, Bob  Search this
French & Company (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nancy Hoffman Gallery  Search this
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center  Search this
University of Alabama  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Sketchbooks  Search this
Resumes  Search this
Essays  Search this
Painters  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Photo-realism  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15757
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)287241
AAA_collcode_parrdavi
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_287241
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Project Files

Collection Creator:
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Extent:
5.6 Linear feet (Boxes 6-11, FC 18-21)
0.897 Gigabytes (ER01-ER02)
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
1966-circa 2007
Scope and Contents:
This series primarily includes files on Audrey Flack's public works and on exhibitions. Files documenting Flack's commissioned works chart the various stages of the project. Included are letters between Flack and public officials, foundries, architects, and colleagues as well as artist's statements, informational sheets, sketches and architectural renderings, contracts, invoices, and agreements, schedules of completion, insurance forms and certificates, legal filings, printed material, and photographs. Substantive documentation is found on major commissions, including Civitas, Rock Hill, South Carolina, Queen Catherine, Queens, New York, and Veritas, Tampa, Florida.

Exhibition-related files contain curricula vitae, correspondence, business-related materials, lists of artwork, exhibition schedules, photographs, and slides. Among the printed materials are news clippings including interviews with Flack, coverage of openings, and reviews of her work. Included are files on a major travelling exhibition "Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack, A Retrospective, 1950-1990" organized by the J.B. Speed Art Museum that include annotated drafts of an essay by Lowery Sims written for the catalog. Two film reels document an exhibition at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery. Additional sound and video recordings and motion picture film document several of Flack's commissions and exhibitions, including extensive recordings related to her Queen Catherine sculpture. A small portion of audiovisual material is unidentified. Also included are two videos in digital format.

Included are files pertaining to Flack's teaching appointments, speaking engagements, and her activities in arts organizations. Interspersed among the files are typescripts on Flack's artwork and printed material, including news and magazine clippings.
Arrangement:
Files are arranged in alphabetical order; items within folder are arranged in rough chronological order. Researchers should also note that correspondence relating to exhibitions and commissioned pieces can be found in Series 2: Correspondence.
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 Audrey Flack 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:
Audrey Flack papers, 1950-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.flacaudr, Series 5
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Audrey Flack papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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David Parrish papers

Creator:
Parrish, David, 1939-  Search this
Names:
French & Company (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center -- Officials and employees  Search this
Nancy Hoffman Gallery  Search this
University of Alabama -- Students  Search this
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Hoffman, Nancy  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Meisel, Louis K.  Search this
Interviewer:
Williams, Bob  Search this
Extent:
3.1 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Resumes
Essays
Interviews
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Photographs
Video recordings
Date:
1940-2009
bulk 1964-1998
Summary:
The papers of Alabama photorealist painter David Parrish measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1940 to 2009, with the bulk of the material from 1964 to 1998. Parrish's career is documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence with galleries, publishers, art organizations, and friends; photographs of Parrish, his studio, and artwork; original artwork by Parrish and others; and printed material.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Alabama photorealist painter David Parrish measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1940 to 2009, with the bulk of the material from 1964 to 1998. Parrish's career is documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence with galleries, publishers, art organizations, and friends; photographs of Parrish, his studio, and artwork; original artwork by Parrish and others; and printed material.

Biographical material consists of resumes, one folder of financial records, brief artist statements written by David Parrish, and two essays about Parrish's works written by others. Also included is a VHS video recording of an interview with Parrish conducted by Bob Williams in 1997 in conjunction with an exhibition.

Correspondence is primarily of a professional nature and pertains to Parrish's relationships with various galleries, publishers, and arts organizations. Of note is correspondence with galleries that represented Parrish's work including French & Company, Sidney Janis, Nancy Hoffman, and Louis K. Meisel, and correspondence with fellow artist Don Eddy. Also included is a small amount of personal correspondence with friends and family.

Photographs of David Parrish include one baby photo, official portraits, photographs of him in his studio, with family and friends, and at exhibition openings. Also found are photographs and slides of his artwork, including gallery installations and early photographs of the interior of Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

Artwork includes a sketchbook kept by Parrish while a student at the University of Alabama, several ink drawings produced during his employment as a technical illustrator at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and a few sketches by others. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, and posters, newspaper clippings, press packets, and other gallery publications documenting Parrish's career as an artist.

Much of the material in the collection includes recent annotations by Parrish describing his involvement with the projects and exhibitions, and identifying friends and colleagues.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1970-2000 (Box 1; 8 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1964-2008 (Box 1, 5; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 3: Photographs, 1940, 1960s-2009 (Boxes 1-2, 5; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Artwork, circa 1961-2002 (Boxes 2, 5; 5 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1962-2009 (Boxes 2-4; 1.5 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
David Parrish (1939-) is a Photorealist painter living in Huntsville, Alabama.

Parrish was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and received his B.F.A. from the University of Alabama in 1961. He briefly moved to New York with plans to become a magazine illustrator, but was unable to find a permanent job. He moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1962 and became a technical illustrator for Hayes International Corporation. Parrish continued painting at his home studio, moving away from the painting style he learned in school, and instead working on paintings derived from photographs. He left his job as a technical illustrator in 1971 and became a full-time painter. That same year he joined French & Company in New York as a gallery artist and had his first one-man show at Brooks Memorial Art Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee.

During the 1970s Parrish saw success as a first generation photorealist. He was represented from 1973 to 1976 by Sidney Janis Gallery, and then moved to Nancy Hoffman Gallery. In 1987 he joined Louis K. Meisel Gallery, and is still represented by them today. Parrish's motorcycle paintings became his early trademark, and during the late 1980s into the 1990s he painted complex, intricate porcelain still lifes of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, and other pop culture icons. Parrish has shown his work in numerous group and solo shows, including many international shows, and is in the permanent collection of many museums.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by David Parrish in 2009.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of video recording requires advance notice.
Rights:
The David Parrish 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:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Painters -- Alabama  Search this
Photo-realism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Resumes
Essays
Interviews
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Photographs
Video recordings
Citation:
David Parrish papers, 1940-2009, bulk 1964-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.parrdavi
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Louis K. Meisel Gallery [Folder]

Additional name:
Meisel Gallery  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.
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_100672

The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records

Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Names:
Baeder, John  Search this
Baldessari, John, 1931-  Search this
Battcock, Gregory, 1937-  Search this
Bourdon, David  Search this
Close, Chuck, 1940-  Search this
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Estes, Richard, 1932-  Search this
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Goings, Ralph  Search this
Kramer, Hilton  Search this
Krauss, Rosalind E.  Search this
Meisel, Louis K.  Search this
Meisel, Susan Pear  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002  Search this
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Sadat, Anwar, 1918-1981  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011  Search this
Vogel, Dorothy  Search this
Vogel, Herbert  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1964-2003
Summary:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1964-2003. The records of this New York gallery consist of correspondence with artists and other individuals, writings by Louis K. Meisel, subject files on Gregory Battcock and Jason Seley, and photographs. Correspondence documents the gallery's dealings with its artists.
Scope and Contents note:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1964-2003. The records of this New York gallery consist of correspondence with artists and other individuals, writings by Louis K. Meisel, subject files on Gregory Battcock and Jason Seley, and photographs. Correspondence documents the gallery's dealings with its artists.

Among the correspondents are John Baeder, Chuck Close, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Richard McClean, Theodoros Stamos, and others. Also found are letters from Larry Rivers, Anwar el-Sadat, Robert Hughes, and Tom Messer.

Writings include a typescript by Louis K. Meisel on becoming an art dealer. A subject file on art historian Gregory Battcock contains several reviews, scattered materials including letters, clippings, lists, press releases, and a photograph of Battcock with David Bourdon, Hilton Kramer, Rosalind Krauss, Barbara Rose, and others attending an International Art Association of Art Critics conference. There are subject files on Jason Seley containing photographs, correspondence, and printed materials.

Photographs include a photograph of Louis K. Meisel and his wife, Susan Meisel with Photorealists artists at a book party. Also found are photographs of John Baldesarri with Herbert and Dorothy Vogel; and Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 4 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1964-2003 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Writings, circa 1970s (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 3: Subject Files, 1974-1981 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1980s-1993 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Louis K. Meisel (1942- ) opened the Louis K. Meisel Gallery on Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City in 1966. The gallery has promoted the work of realist painters, sculptors, and photographers. Louis K. Meisel Gallery has also championed another genre of American realism, the Pin-up; the gallery has an extensive collection of vintage and contemporary Pin-ups. Artists represented include: John Baeder, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Ronald Kleemann, Mel Ramos, and Theodoros Stamos, among others.

Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, Louis K. Meisel has had a varied career as an art dealer, writer, and collector. Meisel attended Columbia University, 1964 and the New School for Social Research in New York, 1963-1965. Credited with coining the phrase, Photorealism in the late 1960s, Meisel defined the qualities of the Photorealist artist.

Louis K. Meisel has written numerous books and articles on Photorealism, the American Pin-Up, and other art-related topics. He has also lectured at academic and art-related institutions, including the Arts and Crafts Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1978; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1980, 2002; the Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 1993; and the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, 2002. His collecting interests have been wide-ranging. In addition to his extensive collection of Photorealist paintings and Pin-up illustrations, Meisel is a collector of 1940s Moderne, tin toys, Art Deco statues, and naturalia.

Since 2000, Louis K. Meisel, in partnership with Frank Bernarducci, has operated the Bernarducci. Meisel. Gallery on 57th Street in New York as a venue for established and emerging artists.
Provenance:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records were donated by Louis K. Meisel in 1990 and 2009.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records 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:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1973-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.louikmei
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-louikmei

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964-2003
Scope and Contents note:
Correspondence is mostly professional in content; topics center on artist's activities, discussions on Photorealism, exhibitions and sales of artwork. Also included in the files are artist's statements, clippings, photographs; and illustrated letters and greeting cards, some original artwork. Of interest, are letters from Theodoros Stamos to Louis K. Meisel about his work. Also found are letters from several prominent individuals, such as Robert Hughes, Thomas Messer, Joan Mondale, and Anwar al-Sadat.
Arrangement note:
Correspondence, including files with individual artists, is arranged alphabetically; letters within the folders are filed in chronological order.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records 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:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1973-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.louikmei, Series 1
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The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Writings

Collection Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents note:
This series contains a typescript of Louis K. Meisel's "The World Needs Art (Therefore Dealers)." In this article-length piece, Meisel writes about the preparation an individual should undertake before becoming an art dealer. He also describes in detail how the dealer should renovate a gallery space as well as select and arrange artwork for display.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records 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:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1973-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.louikmei, Series 2
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The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-louikmei-ref42

Subject Files

Collection Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Extent:
5 Folders (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1981
Scope and Contents note:
This series includes subject files on Gregory Battcock and Jason Seley. There are typescripts of Battcock's review of a book party for the art historian Robert Rosenbaum and his reviews of exhibition openings at the Museum of Modern Art and the Institute for Art and Urban Resources. Also found are letters, scattered lists, clippings, press releases, and a photograph of Gregory Battcock with David Bourdon, Hilton Kramer, Rosalind Krauss, and Barbara Rose at the International Art Association of Art Critics conference. Four folders of materials on Jason Seley include printed materials, photographs, and correspondence
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records 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:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1973-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.louikmei, Series 3
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Jason Seley

Collection Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Extent:
4 Folders
Container:
Box 1, Folder 25-28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965-1981
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records 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:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1973-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1980s-1993
Scope and Contents note:
This series includes a color photograph of Louis K. Meisel and his wife, Susan Meisel, at a party held at his New York City loft for his book, Photorealism Since 1980. Included in the group shot are John Baeder, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Ronald Kleemann, Jack Mendenhall, John Salt, among others.

Also found are black and white photographs of artists with others: Andy Warhol with Elizabeth Taylor at a benefit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and John Baldessari with Herbert and Dorothy Vogel at an exhibition opening for Kenneth Noland at the Whitney Museum in New York.
Arrangement note:
Photographs are arranged by subject and thereafter filed in chronological order.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records 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:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1973-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.louikmei, Series 4
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The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Extent:
2.4 Linear feet (Boxes 1-3)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950-2009
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence is mainly of a professional nature and consists of letters, e-mails, drafts, telegrams/mailgrams, and postcards. Much of the correspondence relates to the scheduling of exhibitions, loans, sales, and donations of artwork. Many letters include attachments, e.g., loan forms, consignment agreements, contracts, invoices and receipts, sales reports, sketches, printed material, photographs and slides. Correspondents include the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cooper Union, Guild Hall, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sidney Janis Gallery, and the Terra Museum of Art, among others.

Flack's correspondence includes requests from academic institutions and arts organizations to teach and lecture, as well as letters from students seeking information about Flack's work. Correspondence from book publishers and university presses may include artists' questionnaires, contracts, invoices, and permission forms. Included are letters from critics, e.g., Arthur Danto and the New York Times. Flack's correspondence with art historian, Anthony Janson is of a professional and personal nature.

Notable correspondents include Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Agnes Gund, Joan Mondale, and Tom Wolfe. Also found is a brief exchange of letters between Flack and Anwar Sadat relating to Flack's portrait of Sadat that was reproduced on the cover of Time Magazine. There are single letters from Judy Chicago, Willem de Kooning, and William Lieberman.
Arrangement:
Letters have been arranged in chronological order.
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 Audrey Flack 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:
Audrey Flack papers, 1950-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.flacaudr, Series 2
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Financial Records

Collection Creator:
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Extent:
2 Folders (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979-circa 1990's
Scope and Contents note:
This series contains records of art sales made by Louis K. Meisel Gallery. Also found are a check book register and a receipt for canvas.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Theodoros Stamos 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:
Theodoros Stamos papers, circa 1922-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.stamtheo, Series 2
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Louis K. Meisel Gallery

Collection Creator:
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Office of the Registrar  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 541, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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