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Oral history interview with James McGarrell, 1978 Aug. 17

Interviewee:
McGarrell, James, 1930-  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Painting, Modern  Search this
Painters  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11995
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212876
AAA_collcode_mcgarr78
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212876

Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records

Creator:
Perls, Frank  Search this
Names:
Curt Valentin Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
M. Knoedler and Co.  Search this
Amato, Sam, 1924-  Search this
Brice, William, 1921-  Search this
Chuey, Robert  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954  Search this
McGarrell, James, 1930-  Search this
Peake, Channing, 1910-  Search this
Perls, Klaus  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Ray, Man, 1890-1976  Search this
Strombotne, James  Search this
Warsaw, Howard  Search this
Extent:
23.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Short stories
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Sales records
Gallery records
Date:
circa 1920-1983
bulk 1949-1975
Summary:
The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records measure 23.8 linear feet and date from 1920-1983, with the bulk dating from 1949-1975. Personal papers include writings, military records, appointment calendars, and photographs. Gallery records date from its opening in 1939 until its closure in 1981 and consist of financial, sales, and legal records; exhibition files; exhibition catalogs and announcements; subject files that contain a variety of correspondence with artists, dealers, galleries, museums, and friends and family, as well as reference materials and photographs; and scrapbooks.
Scope and Content Note:
The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records measure 23.8 linear feet and date from 1920-1983, with the bulk dating from 1949-1975. Personal papers include writings, military records, appointment calendars, and photographs. Gallery records date from its opening in 1939 until its closure in 1981 and consist of financial, sales, and legal records; exhibition files; exhibition catalogs and announcements; subject files that contain a variety of correspondence with artists, dealers, galleries, museums, and friends and family, as well as reference materials and photographs; and scrapbooks.

Personal papers contain biographical materials, including military records from Perls' service in the army during World War II, personal photographs, documentation on his estate settlement, and numerous short stories. Of particular interest are Perl's stories about his interactions with Pablo Picasso and his work to uncover fraud, fakes, and corruption in the art world. There are also many photographs of Picasso, photographs of family, the war, and Perls, including two original photographs of Perls by Man Ray.

Gallery sales, purchases, consignments, insurance appraisals, loans, provenance research, and general business expenses are well documented in the General Business and Financial Records. Perls jointly owned artwork with several galleries in New York, including the Curt Valentine Gallery and M. Knoedler Gallery, and these consignment and joint sales are documented in the invoices. A complete accounting of the Gallery's income and expense reports from 1950-1971 is also be found in this series. Artists extensively documented through financial transactions are William Brice, James Strombotne, and Howard Warsaw.

Extensive exhibition files document the gallery's exhibitions and Perl's curatorial work. Files contain varied documentation, such as photographs, catalogs, announcements, and publicity for Frank Perls Gallery shows from 1939 through 1971. Artists represented in this series include Sam Amato, Robert Chuey, Jaques Lipchitz, Pablo Picasso, James McGarrell, and James Strombotne. Files are also found for the two major retrospective exhibitions Perls organized and curated, Matisse Retrospective at University of California, Los Angeles and Sixty Years of Picasso Prints at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, both in 1966. Additional information about these exhibitions is also found in the Subject Files.

Subject Files are extensive and varied in name, content, and topic. They consist mostly of correspondence with friends, family, colleagues, artists, critics, galleries and dealers, clients, arts organizations and associations, publications, and others. There are also reference files and exhibition files for exhibitions held at other galleries and museums in which Perls was interested, guest curated, or loaned artwork. The contents of each file unit varies, but many include correspondence, photographs, appraisal records, sales records, invoices, reports, and membership records. The files highlight his close personal relationship with many artists, including William Brice, Rico Lebrun, James McGarrell, Channing Peake, Pablo Picasso, and James Strombotne. Subject Files also contain abundant correspondence with colleagues and family members, including his brother Klaus, who owned and operated the Perls Gallery in New York. Many of the files concern Perl's work with art documentation and authentication. Subject Files have been arranged according to Frank Perls original order.

Finally, scrapbooks contain newspaper articles, catalogs, and announcements about exhibitions at the Perls Gallery in New York during the late 1930s and the Frank Perls Gallery in Los Angeles during the 1950s.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Series 1: Frank Perls papers, circa 1920-1981 (Box 1-2, 28; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 2: General Financial and Business Records, 1949-1975 (Box 2-4, 23-27; 3.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1937-1975 (Box 5-6; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1939-1983 (Box 6-22; 16.5 linear feet)

Series 5. Scrapbooks, 1937-1957 (Box 28; 0.3 linear feet)
Historical Note:
Frank Perls (1910-1975) was founder and sole owner of the Frank Perls Gallery in Beverly Hills, California.

Frank Perls was born in Germany on October 23, 1910. His parents, Hugo and Kaethe Perls, owned one of the leading art galleries in Berlin, and sold the work of many well-known artists. Artists works included in the gallery inventory were pieces by Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Cézanne, among others. His parents enjoyed a close friendship with Picasso, a relationship Perls maintained until Picasso's death in 1973. After his parents divorce in 1931, his mother left Germany and eventually opened the Galerie Kaethe in Paris.Frank Perls studied art history at the Universities of Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt and joined his mother at the Galerie Kaethe in 1932.

Frank Perls immigrated to the United States in 1937 and partnered with his brother, Klaus Perls, to open the Perls Galleries in New York. Two years later he moved to California and opened the Frank Perls Gallery on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. During those first years, the Gallery hosted exhibitions by Man Ray, Eugene Berman, and John Decker.

Perls closed his gallery in 1942 when he enlisted in the United States Army. Because he was fluent in both French and German, Perls served as an interpreter at the Military Intelligence Service, European Theater of Operations. He landed in Normandy with the 30th Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star in 1944. In 1945, Perls was assigned to the Arts and Monuments Section of Allied Military Government in Germany. He was honorably discharged in September, 1945.

After the war, Perls returned to Los Angeles and managed the recently opened Associated American Artists Gallery in Beverly Hills. The gallery was organized in 1934 and marketed art to the middle classes with the opportunity to purchase prints at affordable prices. Perls made significant contacts during his tenure at the gallery and eventually opened his own Beverly Hills gallery in 1950.

The Frank Perls Gallery on Camden Drive was closely associated with the Pierre Matisse Gallery and the Curt Valentin Gallery in New York, both major sources of exhibition materials for the early years. Perls introduced southern California to artists he believed represented the best modern art of America and Europe - Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Ben Shahn, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, and Jean Dubuffet. Between 1950 to 1954, Frank Perls Gallery organized the first West coast exhibitions of Joan Miro, Marino Marini, and Alberto Giacometti. Perls also gave exhibitions to newly emerging artists of Southern California artists, including William Brice, Robert Chuey, Rico Lebrun, James McGarrell, Channing Peake, and Howard Warsaw.

Perls moved his gallery to Wilshire Boulevard in 1965 and stopped representing California artists at that time to focus primarily on major exhibitions of Henri Matisse and Picasso. In 1966, he helped organize an extensive traveling Henri Matisse exhibition at UCLA called Matisse Retrospective. Perls worked with Matisse's children, Pierre, Jean, and Marguerite Duthuit, to identify 345 prints and sculptures and attach family inventory numbers to them.

Frank Perls also organized several large Picasso exhibitions, including the Bonne Fete Monsieur Picasso exhibit at UCLA in 1961 and the 45 Selected Picasso Graphics exhibition at Frank Perls Gallery in 1971. For his work in preparing these major exhibitions in California of Matisse and Picasso, Perls was made a life fellow of the Los Angeles County Museum.

Perls was a member of the Art Dealers of America, serving for several years on the Board of Directors and as director. He was also dedicated to exposing art fakes and forgeries, earning a reputation for discovering, exposing, and pursuing disreputable art appraisers and dealers. Perls wrote extensively about modern art and artists, as well as his experiences in short stories that often appeared in print.

Frank Perls died on February 8, 1975 from complications following open-heart surgery. The Gallery remained open until 1981 while his executor and family distributed the gallery inventory.
Provenance:
The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records were donated by Joan Hazlitt, one of the executors of the Perls' estate, from 1976-1988.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls 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 -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Beverly Hills  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Curators -- California  Search this
Art -- Forgeries  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Beverly Hills  Search this
Genre/Form:
Short stories
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Sales records
Gallery records
Citation:
Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records, circa 1920-1983, bulk 1949-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.perlfran
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Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-perlfran
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James McGarrell papers, 1954-1979

Creator:
McGarrell, James, 1930-  Search this
Topic:
Educators  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7951
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210119
AAA_collcode_mcgajame
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210119

Frances Wolfson Art Gallery records

Creator:
Frances Wolfson Art Gallery  Search this
Names:
Azaceta, Luis Cruz, 1942-  Search this
Bencomo, Mario, 1953-  Search this
Chisolm, Michael  Search this
Day, Larry, 1921-  Search this
Dionisio, Humberto, 1950-1987  Search this
Katzen, Lila  Search this
Larraz, Julio  Search this
McGarrell, James, 1930-  Search this
Piper, Jane, 1916-  Search this
Extent:
5 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1973-1994
Summary:
The records of the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery measure 5 linear feet and date from 1973 to 1994 with 4.5 linear feet documenting exhibitions held at the Gallery. General administration of the Gallery is also chronicled through correspondence, business records and printed material.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery comprise 5 linear feet of material dating from 1973 to 1994. The collection contains correspondence, routine business records, exhibition files, notes, printed material, and photographs of artists, installations, and works of art, and is arranged into seven series according to material type. The bulk of the material relates to exhibitions held at the Gallery from 1977 to 1992 in exhibition files measuring 4.5 linear feet. The general administration of the Gallery is also partially documented through business records and correspondence files.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as six series according to material type. Records are arranged chronologically unless otherwise noted.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1976-1994 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Business Records, 1981-1993 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Notes, 1973-1987 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1977-1992, undated (Boxes 1-5; 4.5 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1974-1994 (Box 5; 5 folders)

Series 6: Color Transparencies of Artwork, 1983-1990 (Box 5; 10 items)
Biographical / Historical:
The Frances Wolfson Art Gallery was established in 1976 on the Mitchell Wolfson New World Center Campus of the Miami-Dade Community College. It focused on the art of the local Latino community in addition to serving the needs of the College's arts and humanities students. Exhibitions and lectures reflected four major areas of emphasis: the Hispanic community, the Black community, the relationship of art, architecture and culture to the quality of contemporary urban civilization, and the best of new artists presented in solo or cohesive group exhibitions.

Director from 1978 to 1981, Roberta Griffin was followed in that position by Sheldon Lurie in September 1981 until his death in October 1990.

In the spring of 1987, the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery implemented an active exhibition program at the InterAmerican Center in the form of the InterAmerican Art Gallery. Located in the Little Havana section of Miami, the major thrust of this gallery is Hispanic art, reflecting the interests and needs of the surrounding community.
Provenance:
This collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by the Miami-Dade Community College in 1997
Restrictions:
Use of unmicrofilmed material in the holdings of the Archives of American Art requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C., facility.
Rights:
The Frances Wolfson Art 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, University and college -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami -- Exhibitions  Search this
Artists -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Hispanic American artists -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Hispanic American art -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Cuban American artists -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Citation:
Frances Wolfson Art Gallery records, 1973-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.franwola
See more items in:
Frances Wolfson Art Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-franwola

James McGarrell: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
McGarrell, James 1930-  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF001956
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140537

James McGarrell : artist in residence, spring 1993

Title:
Young and old : double portraits of ten twentieth century artists beside themselves
Author:
McGarrell, James 1930-  Search this
Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries  Search this
Subject:
McGarrell, James 1930- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_622280

James McGarrell : lumière variée : peintures récentes : [exposition] : Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris

Title:
McGarrell different light
Author:
McGarrell, James 1930-  Search this
Davezac, Bertrand 1930-  Search this
Galerie Claude Bernard  Search this
Subject:
McGarrell, James 1930- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
Call number:
ND237.M212 A4 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637033

James McGarrell : ten years of big paintings : with smaller canvases and works on paper : [exhibition] 10 September-13 Novemmber 1994, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri

Title:
Ten years of big paintings
Author:
McGarrell, James 1930-  Search this
Springfield Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
McGarrell, James 1930- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill (chiefly col.) ; 21 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1994
Call number:
ND237.M212 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638447

James McGarrell, recent paintings

Author:
McGarrell, James 1930-  Search this
Frumkin/Adams Gallery  Search this
Subject:
McGarrell, James 1930- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
[1991]
Call number:
ND237.M212 A4 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_644076

McGarrell; peintures

Author:
McGarrell, James 1930-  Search this
Galerie Claude Bernard  Search this
Subject:
McGarrell, James 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
[1970]
Call number:
N40.1.M1415 G2
N40.1.M1415G2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_349473

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