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Theodore F. Wolff papers

Creator:
Wolff, Theodore F.  Search this
Names:
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Donati, Enrico, 1909-2008  Search this
Hogue, Alexandre, 1898-  Search this
Johnston, Ynez, 1920-  Search this
Kohlmeyer, Ida, 1912-1997  Search this
Landeck, Armin, 1905-  Search this
Miller, Melissa  Search this
Natkin, Robert, 1930-  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Tacha, Athena, 1936-  Search this
Turrell, James  Search this
Witkin, Jerome  Search this
Extent:
8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Interviews
Date:
1920-2013
bulk 1977-2013
Summary:
The papers of art critic, writer, and painter Theodore F. Wolff measure 8 linear feet and date from 1920-2013, with the bulk of the material dating from 1977-2013. The collection documents Wolff's career through biographical material, correspondence, interviews, writings, subject files, printed material, a small amount of artwork, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art critic, writer, and painter Theodore F. Wolff measure 8 linear feet and date from 1920-2013, with the bulk of the material dating from 1977-2013. The collection documents Wolff's career through biographical material, correspondence, interviews, writings, subject files, printed material, a small portion of artwork, and photographs.

Biographical material consists of biographical data, curriculum vitae, and awards. Included are outgoing and incoming letters that document Wolff's activities as an art critic, appraiser, and fine arts consultant. A large portion of his correspondence is with artists. Among the correspondents are Richard Diebenkorn, Alexander Hogue, Ynez Johnston, Armin Landeck, Melissa Miller, Robert Natkin, Theodoros Stamos, Athena Tachna, Jerome Witkin, and the writer Tom Wolfe. There is significant correspondence with Morris Graves, James Hubbell, Clyfford Still, and Stow Wengenroth relating to their work and Wolff's writings.

Interviews consist of three interviews with Theodore F. Wolff as well as a panel discussion with Wolff and other artists. Found are interviews with Enrico Donati and James Turrell. Recordings are on five sound cassettes and three videocassettes. Writings consist of Wolff's reviews, mostly tearsheets for The Christian Monitor and draft versions of a book. Also included are talks and lectures on art and art education recorded on seven videocassettes and six sound cassettes. Subject files document Wolff's professional interests and relate to his writing projects, exhibitions, talks, and presentations. Included are interviews with artists that were used by Theodore Wolff as source material.

Printed material includes Theodore F. Wolff's published critical writings on art, artists, and education. Included are exhibition catalogs, brochures, journals, and monographs. Artwork consists of seventeen sketches by Wolff done early in his career. Photographs are of Theodore F. Wolff and with friends and colleagues, many of them unidentified. Included are photographs of Wolff with Ida Kohlmeyer.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1982-2013 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1920, 1951-2011 (Box 1; 0.75 linear feet)

Series 3: Interviews, circa 1990-2002 (Box 2; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, Talks, and Lectures, circa 1977-2005 (Boxes 2-4; 2.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Subject Files, circa 1940, 1964-2004 (Boxes 4-6; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1956-2006 (Boxes 6-8; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, 1942-1948 (Box 7, 1 folder)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1980-circa 2011 (Box 7; 0.25 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Theodore F. Wolff (1926-2012) was an art critic, writer, and painter in New York City.

Wolff attended the University of Wisconsin, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education in 1949 and a Masters degree in Art and Art History the following year. By the early 1950s, Wolff was living in San Francisco, where he began his professional career as a painter. In 1956, he and his wife, Collette Wolff, moved to New York. During this period, Wolff also worked as an art appraiser and fine arts consultant for collectors, galleries, and museums. In 1977, Wolff began writing art criticism for The Christian Science Monitor and held the post of art critic at the publication until 1990. In addition to his art columns to The Monitor, Wolff contributed critical and introductory essays on artists for exhibition catalogs and journals. Theodore F. Wolff taught and lectured on art and art education at museums, universities, and conferences. In 1982, he received the National Headliners Award for Consistently Outstanding Column on Art and the Art World Award for Distinguished Newspaper Art Criticism in 1983. In 1990, Theodore Wolff retired from The Christian Science Monitor. He devoted the latter part of his career to painting, writing, lecturing, and teaching.

Theodore F. Wolff died in 2012 in New York City. He is survived by his wife, Collette Wolff.
Provenance:
A small amount of material was donated in 1999 by Theodore F. Wolff. Additional papers were donated in 2013 by Collette Wolff, widow of Theodore F. Wolff.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Theodore F. Wolff 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
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Interviews
Citation:
Theodore F. Wolff papers, 1920-2013, bulk 1977-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wolftheo
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Theodore F. Wolff papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wolftheo

Ida Kohlmeyer papers, [ca. 1950]-1997

Creator:
Kohlmeyer, Ida, 1912-1997  Search this
Subject:
Benglis, Lynda  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Sweeney, James Johnson  Search this
Newcomb College.Art Dept  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Women painters  Search this
Painters  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6123
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216338
AAA_collcode_kohlida
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216338

Oral history interview with Ida Kohlmeyer, 1989 May 17-20

Interviewee:
Kohlmeyer, Ida, 1912-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Rothko, Mark  Search this
White, Ruth  Search this
Glade, Luba B.  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Sweeney, James Johnson  Search this
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Trivigno, Pat  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11867
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213277
AAA_collcode_kohlme89
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213277

Henri Gallery records

Creator:
Henri Gallery (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Names:
Abraham, Darryl  Search this
Anderson, Harry  Search this
Antin, Eleanor  Search this
Bickley-Green, Cynthia  Search this
Clements, Robert  Search this
Edelson, Mary Beth  Search this
Exton, Leslie  Search this
Greenly, Colin, 1928-  Search this
Herbert, Mimi  Search this
Ishida, Traute  Search this
Kogelnik, Kiki  Search this
Kohlmeyer, Ida, 1912-1997  Search this
McGowin, Ed, 1938-  Search this
Nakashima, Tom, 1941-  Search this
Outerbridge, Graeme, 1950-  Search this
Puryear, Martin, 1941-  Search this
Scanga, Italo, 1932-  Search this
Stackhouse, Robert  Search this
Van Brunt, Philip  Search this
Wilson, May, 1905-1986  Search this
Extent:
55.4 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Illustrated letters
Greeting cards
Sketches
Drawings
Photographs
Date:
circa early 1900s
1940-1996
bulk 1957-1995
Summary:
The records of Henri Gallery, a Washington, D.C. gallery that showed painters from the Washington Color School and emerging artists, measure 55.4 linear feet and date from circa early 1900s, 1940 to 1996, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1957 to 1995. The gallery's relationship with artists and clients, exhibitions, sales, and other business is documented in alphabetical files containing a wide variety of materials, including correspondence, sales records, printed materials, photographs, slides, and motion picture film. Additional correspondence, newspaper clippings, 114 exhibition posters, scattered drawings, illustrated cards, and photographic materials are also found in the collection.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Henri Gallery, a Washington, D.C. gallery which showed painters from the Washington Color School and emerging artists, measure 55.4 linear feet and date from circa early 1900s, 1940 to 1996, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1957 to 1995. The gallery's relationship with artists and clients, exhibitions, sales, and other business is documented in alphabetical files containing a wide variety of materials, including correspondence, sales records, printed materials, photographs, slides, and motion picture film. Additional correspondence, newspaper clippings, 114 exhibition posters, scattered drawings, illustrated cards, and photographic materials are also found in the collection.

General Correspondence includes incoming business correspondence with artists, clients, galleries, and museums, regarding artwork, exhibitions, and other business issues. Also found here are holiday cards, handmade cards, and illustrated correspondence.

The bulk of the records consist of Alphabetical Files contains materials regarding artists, clients, exhibitions, galleries, museums, and various subjects of interest, originally arranged alphabetically by folder title. Folders range in quantity and variety of materials, including correspondence, printed materials, photographs, sales and consignment records, resumes, price lists, and exhibition records. There are especially rich or extensive files for Darryl Abraham, Harry Anderson, Cynthia Bickley-Green, Robert Clements, Mary Beth Edelson, Leslie Exton, Colin Greenly, Mimi Herbert, Traute Ishida, Kiki Kogelnik, Ida Kohlmeyer, Ed McGowin, Tom Nakashima, Graeme Outerbridge, Martin Puryear, Italo Scanga, Robert Stackhouse, Philip Van Brunt, and May Wilson. Of interest is the complete series of Eleanor Antin's 100 Boots postcards.

The bulk of Printed Materials are newspaper clippings regarding artists, exhibitions, and Henri Gallery. There are also 114 posters dating from 1959-1979 from Henri Gallery exhibitions and other galleries' exhibitions of artists in which the Henri Gallery represented.

Artwork is comprised of loose drawings and sketches, many of Henri. Photographic Materials contains black and white photographs, scattered color photographs, snapshots, and slides of artwork, exhibitions, Henri, the galleries spaces, and the Not New shop. Most photographs are undated.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series.

Series 1: General Correspondence, 1949-1996 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-3, 55-56)

Series 2: Alphabetical Files, 1947-1996 (50.3 linear feet; Boxes 3-52, 55-57, OV58, FC 62-63)

Series 3: Printed Materials, circa early 1900s, 1940-1995 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 52-53, 57, OVs 59-61)

Series 4: Artwork, 1952-circa 1996 (5 folders; Boxes 53, 57)

Series 5: Photographic Materials, 1940s-1981 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 53-54, 57)
Biographical / Historical:
In 1957, Henrietta Ehrsam, known as "Henri," opened her eponymous gallery on South Royal Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Earlier, Henri and her partner Florie King had sold clothing, antiques, accessories and decorative arts alongside works of art at their consignment shop "Not New" in the same location.

In the 1960s, Henri showed painters Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, and Howard Mehring of the Washington Color School. In the summer of 1967, Henri Gallery moved to 1500 21st Street NW, closer to the Dupont Circle art galleries in Washington, D.C. Henri showed many young and emerging artists, including Cynthia Bickley-Green, William Christenberry, Mary Beth Edelson, Ed McGowin, and Robert Stackhouse. In 1970, Henri opened a second location, Henri 2, at 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW to exhibit large scale works. In 1972, Henri 2 held Martin Puryear's first solo exhibition in the United States. Henri passed away in 1996 and both gallery locations closed shortly thereafter.
Provenance:
Henri donated the Henri Gallery records in three accessions between 1980 - 1981. Henri's daughter, Helen Schnoebelen donated additional records in 1996.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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.
Topic:
Color-field painting  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Illustrated letters
Greeting cards
Sketches
Drawings
Photographs
Citation:
Henri Gallery records, circa early 1900s, 1940-1996, bulk 1957-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.henrgall
See more items in:
Henri Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-henrgall
Additional Online Media:

Quinary 6" Cube #4, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas mounted on paperboard
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1970.293
Date:
1970
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 08580857
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_112813

Soft Sculpture No. 1, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Serigraphed fabric, plexiglas
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Milwaukee Art Museum 750 North Lincoln Memorial Drive Milwaukee Wisconsin 53202
Date:
1976
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 58100021
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_24737

Soft Sculpture No. 2, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Serigraphed fabric, plexiglas
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Milwaukee Art Museum 750 North Lincoln Memorial Drive Milwaukee Wisconsin 53202
Date:
1976
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 58100022
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_24738

Rebus 3D-89-3, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Painted aluminum
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Virlane Foundation 1055 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans Louisiana 70130
Located at K & B Corporation 1055 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans Louisiana 70130
Date:
1989
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 64820085
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292994

Semiotic Dome, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Wood and mixed media
Type:
Sculptures
Date:
1985
Topic:
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Literature  Search this
Control number:
IAS 88360010
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_307434

Box with Artificial Flowers, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Painted wood
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Virlane Foundation 1055 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans Louisiana 70130
Located K & B Corporation New Orleans Louisiana
Date:
1983
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Object--Flower  Search this
Control number:
IAS 64820030
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_31349

Aquatic Colonnade, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Sculptures: Painted aluminum
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Audubon Institute Aquarium of the Americas P. O. Box 4327 New Orleans Louisiana 70178
Located Woldenberg Park Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal Street New Orleans Louisiana 70130
Date:
1990
Topic:
Allegory--Place--Seas  Search this
Animal--Fish--Lobster  Search this
Animal--Other--Sea Anemone  Search this
Animal--Fish--Squid  Search this
Animal--Fish--Octopus  Search this
Animal--Other--Jellyfish  Search this
Animal--Other--Starfish  Search this
Animal--Fish--Shrimp  Search this
Object--Foliage--Seaweed  Search this
Animal--Fish--Crayfish  Search this
Animal--Fish--Crab  Search this
Animal--Fish--Clam  Search this
Animal--Fish--Angelfish  Search this
Animal--Fish--Manta Ray  Search this
Animal--Whale  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS LA000151
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_320717

Krewe of Poydras, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Assistant:
Bascle, Andrew  Search this
Ledet, Rick  Search this
Engineer:
Lipp, Robert  Search this
Fabricator:
Manufab  Search this
Medium:
Metal, brightly painted
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Equitable Real Estate Investment Management Compass Management and Leasing 1515 Poydras Street, Suite 2330 New Orleans Louisiana 70112
Date:
Dedicated Jan. 14, 1983
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Ceremony--Festival--Mardi Gras  Search this
Control number:
IAS LA000153
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_320719

Slanted #3, (sculpture)

Title:
Slanted No. Three, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: welded aluminum with marine paint coated with catalyzed polyurethane; Base: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Columbus Museum 1251 Wynnton Road Columbus Georgia 31906 Accession Number: G.1993.22
Date:
1993. Installed April 15, 1994. Dedicated April 16, 1994
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS GA000511
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_336965

Semiotic Tree #6, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Wood and mixed media
Type:
Sculptures
Date:
1984
Topic:
Landscape--Tree  Search this
Occupation--Art--Artist  Search this
Control number:
IAS 68050015
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_381690

Fenestrated #6, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Painted aluminum
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of New Orleans Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp Street New Orleans Louisiana 70130
Date:
1993
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 68050024
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_381735

Cluster #13, (painting)

Painter:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery 500 University Avenue Rochester New York 14607 Accession Number: 2017.14
Date:
1973
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 37390539
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_471645

Ida Kohlmeyer : a retrospective exhibition, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, December 18, 1971-January 13, 1972 [and] Indiana State University, Turman Gallery, Terre Haute, February 11-March 11, 1972

Author:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
High Museum of Art  Search this
Turman Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
1971]
Call number:
ND237.K596 A4 1971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638467

Ida Kohlmeyer : new dimensions, 1976-1986 : [exhibition] September 20-November 2, Tucson Museum of Art / essay by Theodore F. Wolff

Author:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Tucson Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-  Search this
Physical description:
[27] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
C1986
Call number:
ND237.K596 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639566

Ida Kohlmeyer : paintings and sculpture

Author:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Gimpel Fils  Search this
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Physical description:
[11] p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
Call number:
ND237.K596 A4 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649541

Ida Kohlmeyer : recent works

Author:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Pennington, Estill Curtis  Search this
Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, Ga.)  Search this
Subject:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-  Search this
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912- Interviews  Search this
Physical description:
62 p. ; ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
Call number:
N40.1.K785 M67 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_512501

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