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Reuben Tam papers

Creator:
Tam, Reuben  Search this
Names:
Alan Gallery (Charles Alan)  Search this
Brooklyn Museum of Art  Search this
Coe Kerr Gallery  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Andrews, Dorothy, 1918-2008  Search this
Kienbusch, William, 1914-1980  Search this
Nesjar, Carl, 1920-  Search this
Solomon, Hyde, 1911-  Search this
Extent:
8.1 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Poems
Drafts (documents)
Photographs
Prints
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Watercolors
Drawings
Date:
1931-2006
Summary:
The papers of landscape painter and educator Reuben Tam measure 8.1 linear feet and date from 1931 to 2006. The papers document his career as a painter in New York, Maine, and Hawaii through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, art organizations, schools, and galleries; diaries, poetry, and other writings; exhibition catalogs, news clippings, other printed material; photographs; artwork, including seventeen sketchbooks; and eight scrapbooks.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of landscape painter and educator Reuben Tam measure 8.1 linear feet and date from 1931 to 2006. The papers document his career as a painter in New York, Maine, and Hawaii through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, art organizations, schools, and galleries; diaries, poetry, and other writings; exhibition catalogs, news clippings, other printed material; photographs; artwork, including seventeen sketchbooks; and eight scrapbooks.

Biographical material includes school documents, records of his tenure as an instructor at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School, artwork consignment and sales records, and slides and accompanying audio cassette recording of the "Reuben Tam Show" about his work as an artist on Monhegan Island, Maine.

Correspondence is with family, fellow artists, including William Kienbusch and Hyde Solomon, as well as art organizations, schools, and museums, such as Brooklyn Museum of Art School, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Maine Coast Artists group, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Also found is correspondence with the three galleries which represented his work: Downtown Gallery, Alan Gallery, and Coe Kerr Gallery.

The collection includes five bound diaries as well as diary entries written by Reuben Tam on loose sheets of paper, primarily documenting the 1940s. Other writings include drafts of poetry, one notebook, miscellaneous notes, and essays by others.

Printed material consists of school publications, exhibition catalogs and announcements for solo and group shows, brochures, flyers, magazines, bulletins, and news clippings. Eight scrapbooks found in this collection also include newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, as well as event invitations, membership cards, and letters, documenting 40 years of Reuben Tam's career.

Photographs are of Reuben Tam, Tam with friends and family, and artwork. One photograph album contains photographs from Tam's visits to Maine from 1946 to 1948, and includes photographs of fellow artists Hyde Solomon, Carl Nesjar, Dorothy Andrews, and William Kienbusch. Artwork in the collection includes prints, drawings, and watercolors as well as seventeen large sketchbooks documenting the coastal landscape of Monhegan Island, Maine.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1934-1993 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-2006 (Box 1-4; 3.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Diaries, 1932-1974 (Box 4-5; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, 1939-1987 (Box 5; 7 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1935-1997 (Box 5-6, 9; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1930-1990 (Box 6-7, 9; 1.0 linear foot)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1936-1975 (Box 7, 9-10, OV 11; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1938-1978 (Box 7-8; 0.9 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Reuben Tam (1916-1991) was a landscape painter and educator in New York, Maine, and Hawaii. Tam was born in Kapaa, Hawaii, in 1916. He received a degree in education in 1937 from the University of Hawaii and was briefly a public school teacher before attending graduate courses at the California School of Fine Arts. In 1941 he moved to New York and took courses in art history and philosophy at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University. Tam became affiliated with the Downtown Gallery in 1945 and was a prolific exhibitor in national and regional shows, winning critical praise as an abstract landscape painter. In 1948 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and first exhibited in the National Academy's annual exhibition in 1947.

Tam was an instructor at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School from 1946 to 1974. While there he taught advanced studies in painting and was chairman of the graduate painting department. He also served as a visiting professor at Oregon State University, Haystack, and Queens College, CUNY.

Beginning in 1948, Tam and his wife, Geraldine, spent summers at their home and studio on Monhegan Island, Maine. Tam's work was deeply influenced by coastal landscapes both in Maine and in his native Hawaii. In 1981 he and his wife moved back to Kapaa, Hawaii, where he continued to paint and exhibit his new works until his death in 1991.
Related Materials:
Reuben Tam papers, 1958-1966, are also located at Syracuse University.
Provenance:
Scrapbooks were lent for microfilming 1970 by Reuben Tam and were subsequently donated in 2009 along with additional papers by Geraldine King Tam, Reuben Tam's widow.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Reuben Tam 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 -- Maine  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- Hawaii  Search this
Educators -- Maine  Search this
Educators -- New York (State)  Search this
Painters -- Hawaii  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Poems
Drafts (documents)
Photographs
Prints
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Watercolors
Drawings
Citation:
Reuben Tam papers, 1931-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tamreub
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tamreub
Additional Online Media:

Figure Decoupee, (sculpture)

Title:
Cut-Out Figure, (sculpture)
Designer:
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Sculptor:
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Medium:
Cast concrete with aggregate
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology List Visual Arts Center 20 Ames Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02139
Located Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hermann Building Plaza, Wadsworth & Amherst Streets Cambridge Massachusetts 02139
Date:
1958-1963. Dedicated 1975
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Animal--Bird  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87740131
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299730

Bust of Sylvette, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Frager, Sigurd  Search this
Subject:
David, Sylvette  Search this
Medium:
Concrete, sandblasted, using the "Betograve" technique, and black basalt stone aggregate
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by New York University Grey Art Gallery and Study Center 33 Washington Place New York New York 10003
Located New York University 1 Washington Square Village University Plaza, inner lawn of apartment complex at Bleecker Street & Sixth Avenue New York New York 10012
Date:
1968. Dedicated Dec. 9, 1968
Topic:
Portrait female--Bust  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87870094
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_302738

Ice/Water Fountain, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: stainless steel; Basin: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Minneapolis Nicollet Mall Implementation Board 315 East Grant Street Minneapolis Minnesota 55404
Located Nicollet Mall at 5th & 6th Streets Minneapolis Minnesota
Date:
1991
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS MN000161
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_321858

Sonja Henie Ice Fountain, (sculpture)

Title:
Sonja Henie Fountain, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Contractor:
Cadegan, William  Search this
Medium:
Fountain: steel; Base: granite and cement
Culture:
Norwegian  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Lake Placid Convention & Visitors Center Olympic Center Lake Placid New York 12946
Date:
Dedicated Feb. 14, 1980
Topic:
Homage--Henie, Sonja  Search this
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Occupation--Sport--Skating  Search this
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Ceremony--Festival--Olympics  Search this
Figure  Search this
Emblem  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY001076
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_341124

Carl Nesjar papers, [ca.1962]-1981

Creator:
Nesjar, Carl, 1920-  Search this
Subject:
Mondale, Joan Adams  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8326
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210498
AAA_collcode_nesjcarl
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210498

Three lectures at ICOM 5th general conference [Stockholm, 1959. By Sten G. Lindberg, Julius Bombolt, and Carl Nesjar

Author:
Lindberg, Sten G  Search this
Bombolt, Julius  Search this
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
International Council of Museums  Search this
Physical description:
43 p. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1960
1960]
Topic:
Museums  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_470607

The Butler ice fountain : State University College at Buffalo

Author:
State University College at Buffalo  Search this
Subject:
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Physical description:
[10] p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
Buffalo
Date:
1984
Topic:
Fountains  Search this
Fountains in art  Search this
Ice in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.N459 S7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_337484

Picasso's concrete sculptures / by Sally Fairweather

Author:
Fairweather, Sally H. 1917-  Search this
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Subject:
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
1982
C1982
Topic:
Models (Clay, plaster, etc.)--Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.P58 F17
N40.1.P58F17
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_149268

Head of a Woman, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Medium:
Cast concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Princeton University Art Museum Princeton New Jersey 08544
Located Princeton University Entrance to McCormick Hall and the Art Museum Princeton New Jersey 08544
Date:
Modeled 1962. Cast 1971. Installed October 25, 1971
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Figure female--Head  Search this
Control number:
IAS 32040015
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_300795

Butler Ice Fountain, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Medium:
Fountain: steel; Basin: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State University of New York at Buffalo Art Conservation 1300 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo New York 14222
Located State University of New York at Buffalo Plaza in front of Butler Library Buffalo New York
Date:
Dedicated Oct. 27, 1983
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000310
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_326125

Nesjar Ice/Water Sculpture, (sculpture)

Title:
All Weather Fountain, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Contractor:
Pfitzenmeier, Robert  Search this
Medium:
Stainless steel tubes, concrete, boulders
Type:
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Municipality of Anchorage Museum 121 West Seventh Avenue Anchorage Alaska 99501
Located Loussac Library Denali & 36th Avenue South lawn Anchorage Alaska
Date:
Commissioned 1983. Installed 1989
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 71500345
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_344857

The Bather, (sculpture)

Designer:
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Sculptor:
Nesjar, Carl 1920-  Search this
Medium:
Concrete over black feldspar pebbles
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Gould, Incorporated Golf Road Gould Center Rolling Meadows Illinois
Date:
Designed 1965. Installed 1975
Topic:
Figure female--Nude  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87580147
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_296277

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