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Abstract [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036618
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36619

Castle [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1954
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036619
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36620

Untitled [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1954
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036620
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36621

Untitled [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1954
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036621
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36622

Untitled [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1954
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036622
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36623

Untitled [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1954
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036623
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36624

Criticism [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1955
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036624
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36625

Academy [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1955
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036625
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36626

The Geeks [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1955
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036626
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36627

Free Wheeler [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1955
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036627
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36628

Panorama [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1955
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0036628
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_36629

Nicholas Wilder Gallery records

Creator:
Nicholas Wilder Gallery  Search this
Names:
James Corcoran Gallery  Search this
Altoon, John, 1925-  Search this
Avedisian, Edward, 1936-2007  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Davis, Ron, 1937-  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Goode, Joe, 1937-  Search this
Graham, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Hockney, David  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Holland, Tom, 1936-  Search this
Martin, Agnes, 1912-2004  Search this
McCracken, John, 1934-2011  Search this
Moses, Ed, 1926-  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941-  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-  Search this
Olitski, Jules, 1922-  Search this
Price, Kenneth, 1935-2012  Search this
Twombly, Cy, 1928-  Search this
Wilder, Nicholas  Search this
Yokomi, Richard  Search this
Extent:
2.4 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1944-1984
bulk 1968-1979
Summary:
The records of the Nicholas Wilder Gallery of Los Angeles measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1944 through 1984, with the bulk of materials dating from 1968-1979. Scattered documentation of the contemporary art gallery's fourteen years of operation include artists' inventory cards, photographic transparencies, letters and correspondence, invitations, notes, business and financial documents, and printed materials.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the Nicholas Wilder Gallery of Los Angeles measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1944 through 1984, with the bulk of materials dating from 1968 to 1979. Scattered documentation of the contemporary art gallery's fourteen years of operation include artists' inventory cards (the bulk of the collection), photographic transparencies, letters and correspondence, invitations, notes, business and financial documents, and printed materials.

The majority of records date from the period after the gallery moved to La Cienega Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Very few records pertaining to specific exhibitions or openings are included in this collection. However, there is one exhibition catalog and scattered gallery invitations which were used as scrap paper. Other materials include business records that contain financial materials and notes. Printed Materials contain popular newspapers and magazines that reflect Wilder's interests, invitations to other galleries, auction catalogs, and business cards. Correspondence includes scattered gallery correspondence, Wilder's personal correspondence and documents, and holiday cards.

The bulk of the collection consists of artist files which include inventory cards and transparencies of works of art. Information on the inventory cards and transparencies may specify: date of creation, date of accession, potential collectors, purchase records, and titles. Notable artists include: Joe Goode, Tom Holland, Robert Graham, Billy Al Bengston, Cy Twombly, Ken Price, Ed Moses, Ron Davis, John McCracken, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, Agnes Martin, Edward Avedisian, John Altoon, Richard Yokomi, Sam Francis, Bruce Nauman, Hans Hofmann, and David Hockney. The majority of inventory cards reflect business at the gallery in the mid-late 1970s.

Financial records originating from the James Corcoran Gallery are included in this collection. The relationship between the two establishments is unclear although it seems that the James Corcoran Gallery moved into the space previously occupied by the Nicholas Wilder Gallery.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into four series:

Series 1: Business Records, 1968-1978, 1980-1984, circa 1970s (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-1981, circa 1970s (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1976-1980, circa 1970s (Box 1; 9 folders)

Series 4: Artist Files, 1944-1984, circa 1960s-1970s (Box 1-3; 2 linear feet)
Historical Note:
In April 1965, Nicholas Wilder (1937-1989) founded his contemporary art gallery at 814 North La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. His interest in art started at Amherst College where he worked for the art department as a slide technician. While in graduate school at Stanford University, he worked at the Lanyon Gallery in Palo Alto, California. An initial offer of financial backing to open a gallery inspired a move to Los Angeles. Although that offer fell through, Wilder remained determined. In late 1964, Wilder sold shares of his future gallery to friends in order to secure funds. He bought the shares back shortly after opening.

The Nicholas Wilder Gallery's first show featured Edward Avedisian. The gallery expanded and featured artists from New York and California, including: Joe Goode, John McCracken, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, Cy Twombly, Ed Moses, Ken Price, Agnes Martin, John Altoon, Sam Francis, Billy Al Bengston, and Hans Hofmann. The gallery helped start the careers of American artists such as Robert Graham, Tom Holland, Ron Davis, and Bruce Nauman. In 1970, the gallery moved to 8225 ½ Santa Monica Boulevard. Through its fourteen years of operation, the gallery held a new show every month. Wilder's openings represented a large source of pride and he ensured that every opening reception included a stocked bar for his clients.

Initially, the gallery succeeded through Wilder's talents and passion for art. At its peak, the Nicholas Wilder Gallery sold two million dollars worth of art per year. However, in the mid-1970s a change in attitude within the art world affected sales. According to Wilder, many artists no longer painted for expression but as a viable business venture. Furthermore, he claimed that buyers would not risk collecting works from a younger or less well-known artist. In addition to these factors, Wilder attributed the decline of his gallery to his extravagance and lack of business sensibilities. Eventually, the gallery faced financial problems and Wilder recognized the need to leave the business.

The Nicholas Wilder Gallery closed on December 31, 1979. Wilder informed his employees that he would close a year in advance and ensured that all of his artists found a new gallery for representation. He moved to New York after leaving his gallery and became an artist. Nicholas Wilder passed away in 1989 from AIDS-related causes.
Related Material:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Nicholas Wilder conducted by Ruth Bowman on July 18, 1988.

Nicholas Wilder Gallery records, 1927-1980, are also located at the Getty Research Institute.
Provenance:
The Nicholas Wilder Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1998 by Matthew Curtis Klebaum, a friend of Wilder's and a former employee of the James Corcoran Gallery.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Nicholas Wilder 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.
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art dealers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Citation:
Nicholas Wilder Gallery records, 1944-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.nichwild
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Nicholas Wilder Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nichwild
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Cy Twombly: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF003000
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_141735

Cy Twombly : eine Chronologie gestalteter Zeit / Ruth Langenberg

Author:
Langenberg, Ruth  Search this
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Subject:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011 Philosophy  Search this
Physical description:
243 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
Topic:
Time in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.T965 L36 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_591294

Cy Twombly: a retrospective / Kirk Varnedoe

Author:
Varnedoe, Kirk 1946-2003  Search this
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011 Themes, motives  Search this
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
175 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 x 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
C1994
Call number:
N40.1.T965 V3 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_656138

Cy Twombly : oeuvres de 1973-1983 : [exposition]

Author:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Centre d'arts plastiques contemporains  Search this
Subject:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
Call number:
N6537.T96 A4 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638804

Fifty days at Iliam : a painting in ten parts / Cy Twombly

Author:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Subject:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011 Fifty days at Iliam  Search this
Physical description:
2 fold. leaves of plates : chiefly col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
Call number:
ND237.T87 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_653134

Cy Twombly : paintings and sculptures 1951 and 1953

Author:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Subject:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Physical description:
27, [1] leaf of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 34 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
Call number:
N6537.T96 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654192

Cy Twombly : cycles and seasons / edited by Nicholas Serota ; with essays by Nicholas Cullinan, Tacita Dean, Richard Shiff

Title:
Cycles and seasons
Author:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Serota, Nicholas  Search this
Cullinan, Nicholas  Search this
Dean, Tacita 1965-  Search this
Shiff, Richard  Search this
Tate Modern (Gallery)  Search this
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao  Search this
Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna (Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
272 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
2008
Call number:
N6537.T96 A4 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_900134

Cy Twombly drawings : cat. rais. / [edited by] Nicola del Roscio

Title:
Cy Twombly drawings : catalogue raisonné
Author:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Del Roscio, Nicola  Search this
Gagosian Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Physical description:
volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 35 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogues raisonnés
Date:
2011
2011-
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1049347

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