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Abraham Walkowitz [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Subject:
Walkowitz, Abraham  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1943-1944
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Figure group--Female & Child  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0010733
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_10733

Piri Halasz papers

Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Names:
Caro, Anthony, 1924-  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-1988  Search this
Lipsky, Pat, 1941-  Search this
Louis, Morris, 1912-1962  Search this
Olitski, Jules, 1922-2007  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Poons, Larry  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Tofel, Jennings, 1891-1959  Search this
Truitt, Anne, 1921-2004  Search this
Extent:
1.8 linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Drafts (documents)
Lectures
Greeting cards
Manuscripts
Interviews
Photographs
Transcripts
Writings
Date:
1969-2009
Summary:
The papers of Piri Halasz are dated 1966-2009, and measure 1.8 linear feet. The collection consists of correspondence with Clement Greenberg and a number of well-known artists, manuscripts of articles, complete and partial drafts and transcripts of lectures and talks, interview transcripts, exhibition reviews, research, biographical material, photographs and printed material documenting her activities as an art critic, writer and curator. An unprocessed addition donated in 2017 includes biographical material, writings, 19 audio cassette tapes of interviews with various artists, curators, and critics, and two CDs containing images related to her lectures.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Piri Halasz are dated 1966-2009, and measure 1.8 linear feet. Correspondence with Clement Greenberg and a number of well-known artists, manuscripts of articles, drafts and transcripts of lectures and talks, interview transcripts, exhibition reviews, research, biographical material, photographs and printed material documenting her activities as an art critic, writer and curator. An unprocessed addition donated in 2017 includes biographical material, writings, 19 audio cassette tapes of interviews with various artists, curators, and critics, and two CDs containing images related to her lectures.

The series titled "Greenbergiana" contains various materials related to Greenberg, including an interview Halasz conducted with Greenberg in 1991, a questionnaire filled out by artist Pat Lipsky Sutton concerning Greenberg's ideas about her work, and items concerning his death and memorial services.

Correspondence contains letters from Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Anne Truitt, and others. There is a folder of greeting cards, some with original artwork, from artists of her acquaintance. Also found is correspondence with publishers about articles she submitted. Photographs are of Halasz and colleagues.

Writings include drafts of published and unpublished articles about Pablo Picasso, Ad Reinhardt, Abraham Rattner, Jennings Tofel, Larry Poons, Stanley William Hayter, Morris Louis, Manhattan museums, Randy Bloom and other subjects. There are transcripts of lectures and talks given by Halasz, and transcripts of interviews she conducted with Stanley William Hayter and Randy Bloom.

"A Year in the Life of Present Modernism," an exhibition curated by Halasz, was held in 1997-1998 at the Tribes Gallery, New York City. Documentation includes printed material, photographs, and biographical information about Halasz and participating artists.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 series:

Series 1: "Greenbergiana," 1989-1996(Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1969-2007 (Box 1; 0.2 linear ft.)

Series 3: Writings and Related Materials, 1980-2009 (Boxes 1-2; 0.6 linear ft.)

Series 4: "A Year in the Life of Present Modernism," 1996-1998 (Box 2; 1 folder)

Series 5: Unprocessed Addition, 1966-2005 (Box 3)
Biographical Note:
Piri Halasz (b. 1935) is an art critic, writer, lecturer, teacher, curator and blogger who focuses on the New York art scene and politics from the 1940s to the present. She corresponded with a number of well-known artists; her long-standing association with Clement Greenberg is represented in her correspondence, articles and interviews.

Halasz, a native New Yorker, attended Barnard College where she majored in English literature. After her graduation in 1956, Halasz worked at Time magazine for six years as a researcher, primarily in business news, before being promoted to writer. For the next six years, she wrote articles covering a range of subjects including obituaries, celebrities, books, current trends and world affairs. Her 1966 cover story for Time , "Swinging London," was a cultural snapshot of mid-1960s London that resulted in an invitation to write A Swinger's Guide to London. Published by Coward McCann in 1967, it is scheduled for republication in 2010 as part of the Authors Guild "Back in Print" program.

In 1967 Halasz was assigned to write the art page of Time. Her 1969 article about Helen Frankenthaler attracted the attention of Clement Greenberg and they became close friends. Greenberg encouraged her to leave Time, which she did in 1969.

She returned to Columbia in 1974 to pursue graduate studies in art history and obtained her PhD in 1982; a substantial section of Halasz's dissertation was devoted to Greenberg's philosophy. Halasz has since pursued a career as an art critic, writer, lecturer, teacher, curator and blogger. In 1996 she launched "From the Mayor's Doorstep," an online column of art criticism and politics which became a blog in 2010.

Halasz has taught at Columbia University, Hunter College, C. W. Post Center Long Island University, Molloy College, and Bethany College. She has published articles, primarily on art, in The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Arts Magazine, Art in America, ARTnews and NYArts.

Her self-published book, A Memoir of Creativity: Abstract Painting, Politics and the Media, 1958-2008 (iUniverse, 2009), is an insider's view of the publishing industry, the New York art scene and an explication of her theory of "multi-referential imagery. This theory posits that abstract painting refers to imagery that is unconsciously significant to the artist which then triggers recognition in the viewer.

Ms. Halasz lives and works in New York City.
Provenance:
Donated 2010 and 2017 by Piri Halasz.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drafts (documents)
Lectures
Greeting cards
Manuscripts
Interviews
Photographs
Transcripts
Writings
Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.halapiri
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Piri Halasz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-halapiri

Jennings Tofel: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF002952
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_141675

Jennings Tofel papers, 1916-1960

Creator:
Tofel, Jennings, 1891-1959  Search this
Subject:
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
Beer-Monti, Federica  Search this
Dreier, Katherine Sophie  Search this
Kopman, Benjamin  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Topic:
Diaries  Search this
Art, Jewish  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13447
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210666
AAA_collcode_tofejenn
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210666

Jennings Tofel (1891-1959) : February 17 to March 7, 1964

Author:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Zabriskie Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet (3 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1964
Call number:
ND237.T575 A4 1964
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_634994

Jennings Tofel : tenth one-man exhibition : Oct. 13 to Nov. 1, 1956

Author:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Artists' Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1956
[1956]
Call number:
ND237.T575 A4 1956
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_634993

Jennings Tofel / text by Arthur Granick ; introd. by Alfred Werner

Author:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Granick, Arthur  Search this
Subject:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Physical description:
237 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 x 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
Call number:
N40.1.T637 G7
N40.1.T637G7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_77523

Jennings Tofel

Author:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Hayes, Jeffrey Russell 1946-  Search this
Ramapo College Art Gallery  Search this
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee University Art Museum  Search this
Frohring Art Center (Hiram Ohio)  Search this
Subject:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Physical description:
30 p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1983
[1983]
Call number:
N40.1.T637 R16
N40.1.T637R16
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_306641

Sculptor, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.4953
Date:
1930
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Occupation--Art--Sculptor  Search this
Object--Art Object--Sculpture  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571474
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416712

The Visitor, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.4955
Date:
1941
Topic:
Figure  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571475
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416713

Figures and Landscape, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.4956
Date:
1942
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571476
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416714

Mother and Child, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.4957
Date:
Ca. 1926
Topic:
Figure group--Family--Mother & Child  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571477
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416715

Elegy, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on linen
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.4958
Date:
1943
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571478
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416716

Comrades, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.4959
Date:
1939
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571479
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416717

At Cafe, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.4960
Date:
1940
Topic:
Architecture--Commercial--Restaurant  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571480
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416718

Flying Figures, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.4964
Date:
1921
Topic:
Fantasy  Search this
Figure group--Nude  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571481
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416719

Family Reunion, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.4968
Date:
1929
Topic:
Architecture interior--Domestic--House  Search this
Figure group--Family  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571482
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416720

Hagar, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue New York New York 10021 Accession Number: 32.8
Date:
1931
Topic:
Religion--Old Testament--Hagar  Search this
Control number:
IAP 60010524
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_442918

Strife, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1979.13.1
Date:
1948
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
State of Being--Emotion--Anger  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08583312
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_394714

Amateur Painter, (painting)

Painter:
Tofel, Jennings 1891-1959  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1979.13.2
Date:
1952
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Object--Art Object--Painting  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08583313
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_394715

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