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Dore Ashton papers

Creator:
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Names:
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art -- Faculty  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.) -- Faculty  Search this
Yale University -- Faculty  Search this
Adams, Pat, 1928-  Search this
Adley, James, 1931-  Search this
Albee, Edward, 1928-  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Avedon, Richard  Search this
Berthot, Jake, 1939-  Search this
Borges, Jacopo Luis  Search this
Congdon, Dennis  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Driskell, David C.  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Guidieri, Remo  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984  Search this
Herbert, George  Search this
Hiss, Alger  Search this
Howes, Barbara  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Licht, Fred, 1928-  Search this
Lindner, Richard, 1901-  Search this
Malamud, Bernard  Search this
Miró, Joan, 1893-  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Moy, Seong  Search this
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik, 1934-  Search this
Sterne, Hedda, 1910-  Search this
Tinguely, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Vasilikos, Vasilēs, 1934-  Search this
Yunkers, Adja, 1900-1983  Search this
Extent:
35.6 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Transcripts
Date:
circa 1928-2014
1849
1931 - 1983
bulk 1952-2014
Summary:
The papers of Dore Ashton measure 35.6 linear feet and date from circa 1928-2014, with one letter in the Joseph Cornell subject file dating from 1849. The records document Dore Ashton's career as an art critic, historian and educator, with particular depth for the period of 1952 through 1990. The collection contains a small amount of biographical material, as well as correspondence, writings, subject files, printed materials, artwork, and reference photographs of artworks. An addition to the Dore Ashton papers includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, writing project and subject files, teaching files, printed material, artwork and sketchbooks, and photographic material.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Dore Ashton measure 35.6 linear feet and date from circa 1928-2014, with one letter in the Joseph Cornell subject file dating from 1849. The records document Dore Ashton's career as an art critic, historian and educator, with particular depth for the period of 1952 through 1990. The collection contains a small amount of biographical material, as well as correspondence, writings, subject files, printed materials, artwork, and reference photographs of artworks. An addition to the Dore Ashton papers includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, writing project and subject files, teaching files, printed material, artwork and sketchbooks, and photographic material.

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence with many artists, writers and others, including Pat Adams, James Adley, Rudolf Arnheim, Jake Berthot, Dennis Congdon, George Herbert, Remo Guidieri, Barbara Howes, Fred Licht, Joan Punyet Miro, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, and Hedda Sterne, among others. Smaller amounts of letters are from Joseph Albers, Edward Albee, Richard Avedon, Richard Diebenkorn, David Driskell, Alberto Giacometti, Philip Guston, Lillian Hellman, Alger Hiss, Bernard Malamud, Joan Miro, Robert Motherwell, Lewis Mumford, Claes Oldenburg, and Vassilis Vassilikos.

Writings consist of transcripts of miscellaneous articles or those written for various publications. Research files include reference or research materials for books, exhibitions, individuals and various topics. Individuals and topics include Jacopo Luis Borges, Allan Kaprow, Richard Lindner, Seong Moy, Jean Tinguely, Mark Tobey, Jack Tworkov, Adja Yunkers; and Dadaism, poetry and symbolism.

The addition to the Dore Ashton papers (Series 8) includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, writing project and subject files, teaching files, printed material, artwork and sketchbooks, and photographic material. Writings make up a significant part of the addition and contain hundreds of manuscripts, as well as lectures, notes, sixty notebooks, ten diaries, and writings by others. Writing project and subject files comprise over half of the addition and encompass a large collection of alphabetical files pertaining to artists, actors, writers, thinkers, and collaborators; work projects including writings, exhibitions, panels, symposia, and lecture series; as well as various other subjects and topics. The addition also contains teaching files related to Ashton's positions at the Cooper Union, the New School for Social Research, and Yale University. The photographic material in this series is also abundant and contains hundreds of original photographs of Ashton throughout all stages of her life, many with friends and family.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1962-1978

Series 2: Correspondence, 1945-2010, undated

Series 3: Writings, 1952-1976, undated

Series 4: Research files, 1849, 1950-1984, 2009, undated

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1931-1981, undated

Series 6: Artwork, 1949, 1952, 1983, undated

Series 7: Photographs of Artwork, circa 1950-2010

Series 8: Addition to the Dore Ashton Papers, circa 1928-2013
Biographical / Historical:
Dore Ashton (1928-) is an art critic, author, and educator living in New York City. She wrote, contributed , and edited more than 30 books. Ashton was born in Newark New Jersey in 1928 and received an MA from Harvard University in 1950. Her many books and articles focus on late 19th and 20th century art and artists. Ashton was associate editor at Art Digest from 1952-1954, and critic for Arts and Architecture at the New York Times, 1955-1960. Starting in 1962 she held several lecturing posts at various institutions including the School of Visual Arts, Cooper Union, and the New School for Social Research. She was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1964 and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 1980. Among Ashton's books are Abstract Art Before Columbus, 1956; Poets and the Past, 1959; A Joseph Cornell Album, 1974; Yes, But…A Critical Study of Philip Guston, 1976, About Rothko, 1983; The New York School: a Cultural Reckoning, 1973; Noguchi East and West, 1992; and David Rankin: The New York Years, 2013. Dore Ashton was the first critic to develop a comprehensive and eye-witness account of the history of the Abstract Expressions.

Ashton married artist Adja Yunkers (1900-1983) in 1953, and they had two daughters Alexandra (known as Sasha) and Marina. In 1985 she married writer Matti Megged (1923-2003).
Related Materials:
Among the holdings of the Archives is an oral history interview with Dore Ashton conducted November 21, 2010 by George W. Sampson, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project.

Dore Ashton papers are also located at Emory University Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.
Provenance:
The Dore Ashton papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Dore Ashton May 27, 1982, May 8, 1997, June 2, 2011, and March, 25, 2016.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Dore Ashton 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:
Women art critics  Search this
Historians  Search this
Educators  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Dadaism  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Transcripts
Citation:
Dore Ashton papers, 1849, circa 1928-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.ashtdore
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ashtdore
Additional Online Media:

The Tuscan landscapes of Richard Upton / essays by Stanley I. Grand, Fred Licht

Author:
Upton, Richard  Search this
Grand, Stanley I. 1945-  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Sordoni Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Upton, Richard  Search this
Physical description:
45 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Cortona (Italy)
Date:
1997
C1997
Topic:
In art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.U71 S67 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_545874

Susan Wilmarth-Rabineau : an exhibition of new work : the Painting Center, October 31-November 25, 1995

Author:
Wilmarth-Rabineau, Susan  Search this
Writer of added commentary:
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Publisher:
Painting Center (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Wilmarth-Rabineau, Susan  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
[1995]
Call number:
N6537.W541 A4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_710250

William G. Congdon : my life has been a painting / [Fred Licht, curator ; introduction, Maureen C. O'Brien]

Title:
My life has been a painting
Author:
Congdon, William 1912-1998  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Congdon, William 1912-1998  Search this
Physical description:
12 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
C2001
Call number:
ND237.C676 A4 2001b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_800433

Arte italiana del dopoguerra dai musei Guggenheim, Venezia, New York = Postwar Italian art from the Guggenheim museums, Venice, New York / a cura di Fred Licht

Title:
Postwar Italian art from the Guggenheim museums, Venice, New York
Author:
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Peggy Guggenheim Collection  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Physical description:
102 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
C1988
20th century
Topic:
Art, Italian  Search this
Call number:
N6918 .A792 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_848115

Omaggio a Jean Hélion : opere recenti : = Homage to Jean Hélion : recent works Venezia, primavera 1986, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim / a cura di Fred Licht, con l'assistenza di Todd Porterfield

Author:
Hélion, Jean 1904-1987  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Subject:
Hélion, Jean 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
[1986]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897486

Life as art : paintings by Gregory Gillespie and Frances Cohen Gillespie / Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Susan Ricci Stebbins ; with an essay by Fred Licht

Author:
Stebbins, Theodore E  Search this
Gillespie, Gregory  Search this
Gillespie, Frances Cohen 1939-1998  Search this
Stebbins, Susan Ricci  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Gillespie, Gregory  Search this
Gillespie, Frances Cohen 1939-1998  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. (some col.); 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Artist couples  Search this
Realism in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_772650

Video international : February 10-22, 1976, Aarhus kunstmuseum, Denmark

Author:
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Aarhus kunstmuseum  Search this
Physical description:
1 portfolio : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1976
[1976]
Topic:
Video art  Search this
Call number:
N6494.V53 V49
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638090

Omaggio a Lucio Fontana / a cura di Fred Licht = Homage to Lucio Fontana / curated by Fred Licht

Title:
Homage to Lucio Fontana
Author:
Fontana, Lucio 1899-1968  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim Collection  Search this
Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Fontana, Lucio 1899-1968  Search this
Physical description:
70 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
[1988]
Call number:
N6923.F6.O63.1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642435

Nivola : sculture / Fred Licht, Antonello Satta, Richard Ingersoll ; prefazione di Henry Geldzahler

Author:
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Nivola, Costantino 1911-1988  Search this
Satta, Antonello  Search this
Ingersoll, Richard  Search this
Dettori, Giorgio  Search this
Subject:
Nivola, Costantino 1911-1988 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
219 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
Call number:
NB.623.N58.L53
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_643927

Jean Dubuffet & art brut : dalle collezioni della Fondazione Solomon R. Guggenheim, di Pierre Matisse e dalla Collection de l'art brut, Losanna : Venezia, inverno 1986-1987, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim / a cura di Thomas M. Messer e Fred Licht

Author:
Messer, Thomas M  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim Collection  Search this
Subject:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Physical description:
121 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
[1986]
Topic:
Art brut  Search this
Call number:
N6853.D78.J436.1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_645031

Nivola : dipinti e grafica / Alberto Crespi, Fred Licht, Salvatore Naitza ; prefazione di Ugo Collu

Author:
Crespi, Alberto  Search this
Nivola, Costantino 1911-1988  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Naitza, Salvatore  Search this
Dettori, Giorgio  Search this
Subject:
Nivola, Costantino 1911-1988  Search this
Nivola, Costantino 1911-1988 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
213 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
1995
Call number:
N6923.N49 A4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646486

Tauromaquia : Venezia, Primavera 1985, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim / a cura di Fred Licht

Author:
Goya, Francisco 1746-1828  Search this
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim Collection  Search this
Arthur Ross Foundation  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Goya, Francisco 1746-1828  Search this
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Physical description:
70 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
[1985]
Topic:
Bullfights in art--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NE2062.5.G6 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_647582

William Congdon : quattro continenti in cinquant'anni di pittura : catalogo / a cura di Giuseppe Barbieri ; con saggi di Fred Licht ... [et al.]

Author:
Congdon, William 1912-1998  Search this
Barbieri, Giuseppe 1955-  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Foundation for Improving Understanding of the Arts  Search this
Palazzo reale di Milano  Search this
Milan (Italy) Settore cultura e spettacolo  Search this
Subject:
Congdon, William 1912-1998  Search this
Physical description:
191 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1992
[1992]
Call number:
N40.1.C697 F68 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547402

Franco Ciarlo : opere dal 1964 al 1990 = works from 1964 to 1990 / [texts, Giovanna dalla Chiesa, Fred Licht]

Author:
Ciarlo, Franco 1939-  Search this
Dalla Chiesa, Giovanna  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Rome (Italy) Assessorato alla cultura  Search this
Subject:
Ciarlo, Franco 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
87 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
C1991
Call number:
N40.1.C5652 F73 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_597791

Guggenheim Museum Thannhauser Collection / foreword by Thomas Krens ; essays by Vivian Endicott Barnett, Fred Licht, and Paul Tucker ; catalogue entries by Vivian Endicott Barnett

Author:
Thannhauser, Justin 1892-1976  Search this
Barnett, Vivian Endicott  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Tucker, Paul Hayes 1950-  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Subject:
Thannhauser, Justin 1892-1976 Art collections  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Physical description:
191 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
France
Date:
1992
C1992
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Art, French  Search this
Call number:
N6847.5.I4 B37 1992
N6847.5.I4B37 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_443987

Chiseled with a brush : Italian sculpture, 1860-1925, from the Gilgore Collections / Ian Wardropper and Fred Licht

Author:
Wardropper, Ian  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Denver Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Gilgore, Sheldon G Art collections  Search this
Gilgore, Irma Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
136 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
C1994
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, Italian  Search this
Call number:
NB617 .W26 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_472250

William Congdon / Peter Selz, Fred Licht, Rodolfo Balzarotti ; edited by the Foundation for Improving Understanding of the Arts

Author:
Selz, Peter 1919-  Search this
Congdon, William 1912-1998  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Balzarotti, Rodolfo  Search this
Foundation for Improving Understanding of the Arts  Search this
Subject:
Congdon, William 1912-1998 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
358 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 31 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
C1995
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.C697 S4 E1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_475782

Cyrus E. Dallin : his small bronzes and plasters / Kent Ahrens ; introductory essay, Fred Licht

Author:
Ahrens, Kent  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Rockwell Museum  Search this
Subject:
Dallin, Cyrus E (Cyrus Edwin) 1861-1944  Search this
Physical description:
111 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
Call number:
N40.1.D143 A28 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_478733

Le sculture di Giacometti dalle collezioni Guggenheim / a cura di Fred Licht ; apparato iconografico a cura di Annarita Fuso

Author:
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Fuso, Annarita  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim Collection  Search this
Subject:
Giacometti, Alberto 1901-1966  Search this
Physical description:
53 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
1995]
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, Swedish--African influences  Search this
Call number:
NB853.G42 S43 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_492882

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