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Colpitt, Frances

Collection Creator:
Novros, David, 1941-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1999-2008
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The David Novros 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:
David Novros papers, 1963-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Vernon Fisher / introduction by Frances Colpitt ; interview with Michael Auping ; foreword by Ned Rifkin

Author:
Fisher, Vernon 1943-  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Auping, Michael  Search this
Rifkin, Ned  Search this
Subject:
Fisher, Vernon 1943- Themes, motives  Search this
Fisher, Vernon 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 242 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 x 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2010
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N6537.F524 A4 2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_978676

David Novros papers

Creator:
Novros, David, 1941-  Search this
Names:
Bui, Phong, 1964-  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Graham, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Hope, Charles  Search this
Humblet, Claudine, 1946-  Search this
Judd, Donald, 1928-  Search this
McEwen, Rory, 1932-  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Price, Kenneth, 1935-2012  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Poems
Transcripts
Interviews
Illustrated letters
Diaries
Date:
1963-2008
Summary:
The papers of abstract painter David Novros are dated 1963 to 2008, and measure 1.0 linear foot. Correspondence, records relating to the Liaunig Boat House commission (Middleburgh, NY), interview transcripts, printed material, and photographs document the painter's professional career.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of abstract painter David Novros are dated 1963 to 2008, and measure 1.0 linear foot. Correspondence, records relating to the Liaunig Boat House commission (Middleburgh, NY), interview transcripts, printed material, and photographs document the painter's professional career.

The vast majority of correspondence consists of incoming letters. The only reciprocal exchanges preserved are with art historian Charles Hope and the Menil Collection. Letters are from artists Rory McEwen, Paul Mogensen, and Ken Price; writers Frances Colpitt and Claudine Humblet; and from other colleagues and friends. The letters David Novros wrote to his family between 1963 and 1979 recount his travels and describe in some detail - many with accompanying illustrations and diagrams - work in progress, exhibitions, and commissions. Also preserved are copies of his letters to the Trustees of the Donald Judd Estate and Ranier Judd concerning the Marfa, Texas properties and projects, his Spring Street studio in New York City, and the Judd Foundation. Novros's letters to editors concern art-related articles that appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

Peter Liaunig's commission for a boat house with three fresco paintings in Middleburgh, New York, is documented by correspondence, plans, and designs. The "Boat House Diary, Middleburgh, NY," kept by Novros August 10-15, 2003, describes the process of painting the frescoes with the assistance of Jason, and notes materials and techniques used.

Interview transcripts are of Phong Bui's conversation with David Novros, published June 2008 in The Brooklyn Rail, and an unpublished interview Novros conducted with sculptor Robert Graham in 2008.

Printed material about or mentioning David Novros consists of articles and reviews, exhibition announcements and posters. Items written by Novros are a review of Jackson Pollock and two poems.

Photographs are of David Novros with his family and friends. There are also views of the Novros family's home in Van Nuys, California, and Indian-painted rocks at Sears Point, Arizona that influenced Novros' art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1963-2008 (Boxes 1-2; 0.4 linear ft.)

Series 2: Liaunig Boat House, 1998-2004 (Box 2, OV3; 0.2 linear ft.)

Series 3: Interview Transcripts, 2008 (Box 2; 0.1 linear ft.)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1966-2008 (Box 2, OV 4; 0.2 linear ft.)

Series 5: Photographs, 1976-1999 (Box 2; 0.1 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
David Novros (1941-) is an abstract painter in New York, NY.

Abstract painter David Novros was born in Los Angeles in 1941 and lived with his family in Van Nuys, California. His father, Lester Novros, was an artist whose interest in movement eventually led him to the Walt Disney Company, where he worked on animation projects. In 1941 he established his own production company, Graphic Films, and began teaching in the Cinema Department of the University of Southern California. Both David and his brother Paul were enamored with film; David turned to painting, but Paul followed in their father's line of work and became an award-winning film producer.

David entered the University of Southern California and studied painting with James Jervaisee. He made a few student films and sometimes worked with his father, but before long he turned to painting. During the summer of 1961, Novros attended courses at Yale and met Chuck Close, Brice Marden, and Vija Celmins.

After earning a B.F.A. in 1963, Novros completed his Army Reserve obligations and travelled in Europe. He moved to New York City in 1964 and met many Minimalist artists. Over the next several years, Novros's rectangular paintings gave way to multi-panel paintings and then to shaped panels. From the late 1960s through the 1970s, Novros developed a reputation as a geometric abstractionist. He showed at Park Place Gallery and had a solo exhibition at Virginia Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles) in 1966; the next year, his work was again presented at Park Place Gallery and at the Virginia Dwan Gallery (New York). Several solo exhibitions followed at Klaus Kertess's influential Bykert Gallery, as well as at other venues.

Novros participated in important exhibitions of abstraction, among them "Systemic Painting" (Guggenheim Museum, 1966), "Color and Structure" (Whitney Museum of American Art, 1971), and "Abstract-Geometry-Painting: Selected Geometric Abstract Painting in America since 1945" (Albright-Knox Gallery, 1989). In 1970, he was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

In the 1970s, Novros turned to fresco painting, and his eventual decision to focus on murals effectively removed him from the commercial gallery scene. One of his earliest commissions was a fresco painted in 1970 for the second floor of Donald Judd's studio/home. Other commissions include: Solar Triptych, a radial triptych that opens and closes throughout the day, for the lobby of Union Station, Newark, NJ (1984); a fresco in the Old Court House, Miami (1984); a painted-glass and copper fresco in the Gross Building, Winslow, Arizona (1994-1996); and the Liaunig Boat House with fresco paintings, Middleburgh, NY (1996-2003). A number of museums in the United States and Europe include Novros's work in their permanent collections, among them: Menil Collection, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum Liaunig (Austria), and Daimler contemporary (Berlin).

Mr. Novros lives and works in New York City.
Related Material:
An oral history interview with David Novros was conducted by Michael Brennan for the Archives of American Art in 2008.
Provenance:
Gift of David Novros, 2009
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The David Novros 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:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Genre/Form:
Poems
Transcripts
Interviews
Illustrated letters
Diaries
Citation:
David Novros papers, 1963-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.novrdavi
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Archives of American Art
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David Novros papers, 1963-2008

Creator:
Novros, David, 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Price, Kenneth Martin  Search this
Graham, Robert  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Humblet, Claudine  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
McEwen, Rory.  Search this
Bui, Phong  Search this
Hope, Charles  Search this
Judd, Donald C. (Donald Clarence)  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Illustrated letters  Search this
Painting  Search this
Poems  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Transcripts  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15654
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282287
AAA_collcode_novrdavi
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_282287
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Fast forward : contemporary collections for the Dallas Museum of Art / edited by María de Corral and John R. Lane ; with contributions by Frances Colpitt ... [et al.]

Author:
Dallas Museum of Art  Search this
Corral, María de  Search this
Lane, John R. 1944-  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Subject:
Dallas Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
327 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Texas
Dallas
Date:
2007
C2007
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_820773

Glow : aspects of light in contemporary American art

Title:
Aspects of light in contemporary American art
Author:
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
UTSA Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
C2002
21st century
Topic:
Light in art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N8219.L5 G56 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825858

Aaron Parazette : new paintings

Author:
Parazette, Aaron 1960-  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Marlborough Chelsea (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Parazette, Aaron 1960-  Search this
Physical description:
12 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Words in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_830700

James Hayward : works 1975-2007 / essays by Dave Hickey, Frances Colpitt, and Jason Smith

Author:
Hayward, James 1943-  Search this
Hickey, Dave 1940-  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Smith, Jason 1966-  Search this
Modernism (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Hayward, James 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
140 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
C2007
Call number:
ND237.H395 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_835546

Double vision : Constance Lowe, Alicia Beach : Marshall Gallery of Contemporary Art, Phoenix Art Museum / Frances Colpitt, guest curator

Title:
Vision
Constance Lowe, Alicia Beach
Author:
Lowe, Constance  Search this
Beach, Alicia  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Marshall Gallery of Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
Lowe, Constance  Search this
Beach, Alicia  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : col. ill. ; 16 x 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2004
Topic:
Colored pencil drawing  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_743985

Shards, the work of Catherine Lee

Author:
Lee, Catherine 1950-  Search this
Ferrer, Elizabeth  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Southwest School of Art and Craft (San Antonio, Tex.)  Search this
Subject:
Lee, Catherine 1950-  Search this
Physical description:
84 p. : col. ill., port. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
[2004]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_776439

John M. Miller : paintings, 1988-1989

Author:
Miller, John M. 1939-  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Fred Hoffman Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Miller, John M. 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
ND237.M477 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_789007

In plain sight : abstract painting in Los Angeles / Frances Colpitt

Author:
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Contemporary Art for San Antonio (Organization)  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : ill. (mostly col.) ; 21 x 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Date:
1994
[1994]
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
ND230.C2 C65 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_608584

Vernon Fisher, swimming lesions : December 16, 1994 through February 12, 1995, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas

Title:
Swimming lesions
Author:
Fisher, Vernon 1943-  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Contemporary Art for San Antonio (Organization)  Search this
Subject:
Fisher, Vernon 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
[20] p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
[1994]
Call number:
N7433.4.F58 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636447

Finish fetish : LA's cool school : Peter Alexander ... [et al.] / exhibition curator, Frances Colpitt ; exhibition coordinator, Susan Jenkins ; assistant curators, Cynthia Brown ... [et al.]

Author:
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Jenkins, Susan  Search this
Brown, Cynthia  Search this
Holo, Selma  Search this
Fisher Gallery (University of Southern California)  Search this
University of Southern California Graduate Museum Studies Program  Search this
Subject:
Alexander, Peter 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Date:
1991
C1991
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
NB235.L6 F5 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_655585

Chromaform : color in sculpture / Frances Colpitt

Title:
Chroma
Color in sculpture
Author:
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
UTSA Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Texas
San Antonio
Date:
1998
[1998]
Topic:
Polychromy  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NB1275 .C66 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_657394

Abstract art in the late twentieth century / edited by Frances Colpitt

Author:
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 212 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2002
Topic:
Art, Abstract  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_682193

Dennis Hollingsworth / [essay by Frances Colpitt]

Author:
Hollingsworth, Dennis  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Bennett Roberts Fine Art  Search this
Subject:
Hollingsworth, Dennis Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
C1996
Call number:
N40.1.H74775 C6 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_553731

Knowledge : aspects of conceptual art / Frances Colpitt and Phyllis Plous

Author:
Plous, Phyllis  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
University of California, Santa Barbara University Art Museum  Search this
Santa Monica Museum of Art  Search this
North Carolina Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
88 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
20th century
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.C64 P56 1992X
N6512.5.C64P56 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_425641

Minimal art : the critical perspective / by Frances Colpitt

Author:
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 270 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
1990
Topic:
Minimal art  Search this
Call number:
N6494.M5 C65 1993X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468052

Abstract options / Phyllis Plous and Frances Colpitt

Author:
Plous, Phyllis  Search this
Colpitt, Frances  Search this
University of California, Santa Barbara University Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
68 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Call number:
ND196.A2P58 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_372737

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