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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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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-deemgeor

Shimon Attie : facts on the ground

Title:
Facts on the ground
Photographer:
Attie, Shimon 1957-  Search this
Writer of added text:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Srouji, Samir  Search this
Ankori, Gannit  Search this
McLane, Maureen N.  Search this
Publisher:
Nazraeli Press  Search this
Subject:
Attie, Shimon 1957-  Search this
Physical description:
60 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 36 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Pictorial works
Place:
Israel
Palestine
Date:
2016
Topic:
Landscape photography  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1061615

World rush_4 artists : Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Doug Aitken, Lee Bul, Sarah Sze / contributors, Mieke Bal ... [et al.]

Title:
World rush, four artists
Author:
Ahtila, Eija-Liisa 1959-  Search this
Aitken, Doug 1968-  Search this
Lee, Bul 1964-  Search this
Sze, Sarah 1969-  Search this
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Green, Charles 1953-  Search this
National Gallery of Victoria  Search this
Subject:
Aitken, Doug 1968-  Search this
Lee, Bul 1964-  Search this
Sze, Sarah 1969-  Search this
Ahtila, Eija-Liisa 1959-  Search this
Physical description:
190 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Video art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6494.I56 W72 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_807123

Take your time : Olafur Eliasson / edited by Madeleine Grynsztejn ; contributions by Mieke Bal ... [et al.]

Title:
Olafur Eliasson
Eliasson
Author:
Ólafur Elíasson 1967-  Search this
Grynsztejn, Madeleine  Search this
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Dallas Museum of Art  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Ólafur Elíasson 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
275 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N7053.O43 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_829289

Hovering between thing and event : encounters with Lili Dujourie / Mieke Bal

Author:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Dujourie, Lili  Search this
Xavier Hufkens Gallery  Search this
Kunstverein München  Search this
Lisson Gallery (London, England)  Search this
Subject:
Dujourie, Lili  Search this
Physical description:
191 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
Call number:
N6853.D84 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_729489

Zwarte Piet / Anna Fox ; text by Mieke Bal

Author:
Fox, Anna  Search this
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Fox, Anna  Search this
Zwarte Piet  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged), 20 leaves of plates : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Netherlands
Date:
1999
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Zwarte Piet in art  Search this
Blacks in art  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
TR654 .F69 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_794530

Louise Bourgeois' Spider : the architecture of art-writing / Mieke Bal

Title:
Spider
Author:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Bourgeois, Louise 1911-2010 Spider  Search this
Bourgeois, Louise 1911-2010 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 134 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2001
C2001
Call number:
N40.1.B732 B35 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_631324

Ken Aptekar : talking to pictures / introduction by Terrie Sultan

Title:
Talking to pictures
Author:
Sultan, Terrie 1952-  Search this
Aptekar, Ken 1950-  Search this
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Boime, Albert  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Subject:
Aptekar, Ken 1950-  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1997
Topic:
Altered paintings  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.A6493 S8 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_526656

The practice of cultural analysis : exposing interdisciplinary interpretation / edited by Mieke Bal with the assistance of Bryan Gonzales

Author:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Gonzales, Bryan  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 392 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1999
Topic:
Culture  Search this
History  Search this
Memory  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_590583

Quoting Caravaggio : contemporary art, preposterous history / Mieke Bal

Author:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da 1573-1610 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 305 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1999
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern--Themes, motives  Search this
Art, Baroque--Influence  Search this
Artists--Psychology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_594786

Double exposures : the subject of cultural analysis / Mieke Bal ; with Das Gesicht an der Wand, Edwin Janssen

Author:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 338 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
Topic:
Culture  Search this
Communication and culture  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums--Social aspects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_496951

Thinking in film : the politics of video installation according to Eija-Liisa Ahtila / Mieke Bal

Author:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Ahtila, Eija-Liisa 1959-  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 308 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2013
Topic:
Video installations (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1035568

Acts of memory : cultural recall in the present / edited by Mieke Bal, Jonathan Crewe, and Leo Spitzer

Author:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Crewe, Jonathan V  Search this
Spitzer, Leo 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 250 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1999
©1999
Topic:
Culture  Search this
History  Search this
Memory  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1076230

George Deem and Peter Angelo Simon : paintings and photographs in conversation / introduction, John W. Streetman III

Title:
Paintings and photographs in conversation
Author:
Deem, George 1932-2008  Search this
Simon, Peter Angelo  Search this
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Evansville Museum of Arts and Science  Search this
Subject:
Deem, George 1932-2008  Search this
Simon, Peter Angelo  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Painting  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_903471

About Mieke Bal / edited by Deborah Cherry

Author:
Cherry, Deborah  Search this
Subject:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 189 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Netherlands
Date:
2008
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art criticism--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_947615

Of what one cannot speak : Doris Salcedo's political art / Mieke Bal

Author:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Salcedo, Doris 1958- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
280 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Colombia
Date:
2010
C2010
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture--Political aspects  Search this
Art--Political aspects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_966307

Ana Torfs : album / tracks A + B / herausgegeben von/edited by Sabine Folie für/for Generali Foundation, Doris Krystof für/for Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen ; [texts by Mieke Bal ... [et al.].]

Title:
Album / tracks A + B
Author:
Torfs, Ana  Search this
Folie, Sabine 1962-  Search this
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany)  Search this
Generali Foundation (Vienna, Austria)  Search this
Subject:
Torfs, Ana  Search this
Physical description:
199 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 x 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2010
C2010
Topic:
Projection art  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_976273

Doris Salcedo : plegaria muda / Doris Salcedo

Title:
Plegaria muda
Author:
Salcedo, Doris 1958-  Search this
Jensner, Magnus  Search this
Carlos, Isabel  Search this
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Anjos, Moacir dos  Search this
Moderna Museet Malmö (Sweden)  Search this
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian  Search this
Subject:
Salcedo, Doris 1958-  Search this
Physical description:
191 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_987876

Balthus : works and interview / Mieke Bal

Author:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Balthus 1908-2001  Search this
Subject:
Balthus 1908-2001 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Balthus 1908-2001  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Interviews
Date:
2008
C2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_990045

A Mieke Bal reader

Author:
Bal, Mieke 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 491 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2006
Topic:
Arts  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Art and religion  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_990047

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