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Rabkin, Leo

Collection Creator:
Byron Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 37
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-1964
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Byron Gallery 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:
Byron Gallery records, circa 1950s-1991, bulk 1960-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Rabkin, Leo

Collection Creator:
Gertrude Kasle Gallery (Detroit, Mich.)  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964-1980
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Gertrude Kasle Gallery 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:
The Gertrude Kasle Gallery records, 1949-1999 (bulk 1964-1983). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Rabkin, Leo

Collection Creator:
Henri Gallery (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Container:
Box 38, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965, undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Henri Gallery 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:
Henri Gallery records, circa early 1900s, 1940-1996, bulk 1957-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Rabkin, Leo

Collection Creator:
Slobodkina, Esphyr, 1908-2002  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya, 1907-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970-1990
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Esphyr Slobodkina 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:
Esphyr Slobodkina papers, circa 1925-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Rabkin, Leo

Collection Creator:
Slobodkina, Esphyr, 1908-2002  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya, 1907-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 54
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1979
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Esphyr Slobodkina 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:
Esphyr Slobodkina papers, circa 1925-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Rabkin, Leo

Collection Creator:
Tremaine, Emily Hall, 1908-1987  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 36
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965-1972
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Emily Hall Tremaine papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. They may be used for research, study, and scholarship. Authorization to quote, publish, or reproduce for purposes of publication requires written permission from Burton G. Tremaine III.
Collection Citation:
Emily Hall Tremaine papers, 1890-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Rabkin, Leo and Dorothy

Collection Creator:
Truman, Jock, 1920-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 39
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1998
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to Archives' Washington D.C. center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Jock Truman 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:
Jock Truman papers, 1852-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Rabkin Leo (Lights in Orbit show)

Collection Creator:
Howard Wise Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 56
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Howard Wise Gallery 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:
Howard Wise Gallery records, 1943-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Esphyr Slobodkina papers, circa 1925-1995

Creator:
Slobodkina, Esphyr, 1908-2002  Search this
Subject:
Morris, George L. K. (George Lovett Kingsland)  Search this
Tedlie, Harry  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya  Search this
Eckstein, Ruth  Search this
Rabkin, Leo  Search this
Kelpe, Paul  Search this
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Authors  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9411
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211609
AAA_collcode_slobesph
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211609
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American Abstract Artists records, 1936-1983

Creator:
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Subject:
Billings, Henry  Search this
Hasegawa, Saburo  Search this
Rabkin, Leo  Search this
Mondrian, Piet  Search this
Gurin, Ruth  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Mason, Alice Trumbull  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Rousseau, Irene  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Art, Abstract  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9533
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211732
AAA_collcode_amerabst
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Movements and Schools
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211732
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Shadowbox - Dessau, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rabkin, Leo 1919-  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic sheet
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
North Carolina Museum of Art 2110 Blue Ridge Road Raleigh North Carolina 27607
Date:
1967
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75006490
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_13752

Triangles of the Field, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rabkin, Leo 1919-  Search this
Medium:
Motor-driven construction in plastic and metal
Type:
Sculptures-Kinetic
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd Street New York New York 10019 Accession Number: 1310.68
Date:
1967
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 36240383
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_28763

Indian Head, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rabkin, Leo 1919-  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic, mirror
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Storm King Art Center Old Pleasant Hill Road Mountainville New York 10953 Accession Number: 1970.9
Date:
1965
Topic:
Figure--Head  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76002684
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_5672

Duck-up, Duck-down, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rabkin, Leo 1919-  Search this
Medium:
Plexiglas and mirrors in two parts
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive 2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley California 94720
Date:
1966
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75000386
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_701

Shadow Box, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rabkin, Leo 1919-  Search this
Medium:
Plexiglas
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Chase Manhattan Bank 410 Park Avenue New York New York 10022
Date:
1966
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76003084
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_7262

Clear Crossin/Dots/Dash EE, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rabkin, Leo 1919-  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic sheet and plastic beads
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Chase Manhattan Bank 410 Park Avenue New York New York 10022
Date:
1970
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76003085
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_7263

Cuboptics, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rabkin, Leo 1919-  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic sheet and mirror
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Chase Manhattan Bank 410 Park Avenue New York New York 10022
Date:
1970
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76003086
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_7264

Leo Rabkin, works : La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, October 3-November 15, 1981 / organized by the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art

Author:
Rabkin, Leo  Search this
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
Rabkin, Leo Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
73 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
C1981
Call number:
N40.1.R1 L19
N40.1.R1L19
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_152707

Leo Rabkin : paintings and shadow boxes as sculptural images : May 3-July 12, 1970, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York

Author:
Rabkin, Leo  Search this
Johnson, Una E  Search this
Storm King Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Rabkin, Leo  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1970
Call number:
N40.1.R1 S88
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_206648

Esphyr Slobodkina papers

Creator:
Slobodkina, Esphyr, 1908-2002  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya, 1907-1981  Search this
Names:
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Eckstein, Ruth, 1916-  Search this
Kelpe, Paul, 1902-1985  Search this
Morris, George L. K., 1905-1975  Search this
Rabkin, Leo  Search this
Tedlie, Harry  Search this
Extent:
1.9 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
circa 1925-1995
Summary:
The papers of painter, sculptor, author, and illustrator Esphyr Slobodkina measure 1.9 linear feet and date from circa 1925 to 1995. Found within the papers are personal and professional correspondence, including letters from Ilya Bolotowsky, George L.K. Morris, and Paul Kelpe; writings, including a copy of the autobiography Notes for a Biographer (vol. 1); printed materials; photographs; and material on the American Abstract Artists, including administrative records, business correspondence, and publications.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter, sculptor, author, and illustrator Esphyr Slobodkina measure 1.9 linear feet and date from circa 1925 to 1995. Found within the papers are personal and professional correspondence, including letters from Ilya Bolotowsky, George L.K. Morris, and Paul Kelpe; writings, including a copy of the autobiography Notes for a Biographer (vol. 1); printed materials; photographs; and material on the American Abstract Artists, including administrative records, business correspondence, and publications.

Correspondence is primarily with Slobodkina's family, friends, and business associates. The series includes significant correspondence from her first husband, Ilya Bolotowsky, as well as abstract artists George L.K. Morris, Paul Kelpe, Ruth Eckstein, Leo Rabkin, and Harry Tedlie. The series also includes correspondence regarding her published works.

Writings consist of 3 essays by Slobodkina on abstract art, the autobiography Notes for a Biographer (vol. 1), the edited folio Ilya Bolotowsky, and a small notebook kept by Ilya Bolotowsky during the 1920s-30s.

Printed material includes clippings; samples of announcements and cards designed by Slobodkina; exhibition announcements and catalogs; and press releases.

Photographs are of Slobodkina and her paintings and sculptures, as well as photographs of artwork by other abstract artists.

American Abstract Artists' records includes administrative material, correspondence, writings, selected exhibitions, and printed material dating from 1936 to 1996.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1934-1992 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Writings, circa 1920-1985 (6 folders; Box 1)

Series 3: Printed material, circa 1939-1994 (7 folders; Box 1, OV 4)

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1925-1970 (3 folders; Box 1)

Series 5: American Abstract Artists, circa 1936-1995 (0.9 linear feet, Box 1-3, OV 4)
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, sculptor, author, and illustrator Esphyr Slobodkina (1908-2002) lived and worked in New York City, Great Neck, and Long Island, New York and was known for her abstract art and her children's books, including the seminal Caps For Sale.

Slobodkina was born in Chelyabinsk, Siberia to Solomon Slobodkin and his wife, Itta Agranovich. After the Russian Revolution and Civil War of 1917-1918, her family immigrated to Harbin, Manchuria where her father found work with Standard Oil and her mother contributed to the family's finances by working as a dressmaker. After graduating from high school in 1927, Slobodkina immigrated to the United States to join her brother in New York City where she enrolled at the National Academy of Design.

At the Academy, Slobodkina met her future husband, the artist and fellow Russian émigré Ilya Bolotowsky. In 1936, they became founding members of the American Abstract Artists, an artist run organization that worked to advance abstract art at a time when few opportunities to exhibit their works existed. She served as the organization's first secretary and later served as treasurer, president, and institutional bibliographer.

In 1937, Slobodkina met the children's author Margaret Wise Brown. After seeing her work, Brown invited Slobodkina to illustrate The Little Fireman, the first of their many collaborations together. In 1940, Slobodkina's first published book, Caps For Sale, was released and has remained in print for over 70 years. It won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 and is considered a classic of children's literature.

Slobodkina and Bolotowsky divorced in 1938, after which she continued to produce abstract mixed media paintings and sculptures. Her first major one-person show was organized by the gallery owner A.E. Gallatin in 1940. Through the 1940s and into 1970s, Slobodkina regularly contributed to group exhibitions and her works are owned by numerous institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Hillwood Art Museum.

In addition to publishing children's books, Slobodkina authored three volumes of her autobiography, Notes for a Biographer (1976-1983) and edited American Abstract Artists: Its Publications, Catalogs, and Membership (1979) and the folio Ilya Bolotwosky (1985). Active until the end of her life, she oversaw the production of musical audio recordings for her 20 children's books well into her 80s, and at the age of 90, designed a museum financed through the Slobodkina Foundation. She died at her home in Glen Head, Long Island in 2002.
Related Materials:
The Archives also holds the American Abstract Artists records.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds materials lent for microfilming (N70-61) including a travel album, printed material, notes, McDowell colony correspondence, and an American Abstract Artists financial ledger. Lents materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.

Additionally, 69 rolled drawings on tracing paper were transferred to Hillwood Art Museum in 2006.
Provenance:
Esphyr Slobodkina loaned a portion of her papers for microfilming and donated material in 1970. She gave additional papers between 1995 and 1996.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Esphyr Slobodkina 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:
Sculptors -- New York (State)  Search this
Women artists -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State)  Search this
Painters -- New York (State)  Search this
Painting, Abstract -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Esphyr Slobodkina papers, circa 1925-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.slobesph
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