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Conceptual abstraction : [exhibition] November 7-December 21, 1991

Author:
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
[28] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND212.5.A2 C66 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_558056

Joe Goode

Author:
Goode, Joe 1937-  Search this
L.A. Louver Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Goode, Joe 1937-  Search this
Physical description:
41 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
ND237.G6118 A4 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_789126

Mary Abbott : island works / McCormick Gallery

Title:
Island works
Author:
Abbott, Mary 1921-  Search this
Thomas McCormick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Abbott, Mary 1921-  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2013
20th century
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1011783

Native American parfleche : a tradition of abstract painting : [exhibition] Kansas City Art Institute, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, November 18-December 18, 1984

Author:
Torrence, Gaylord  Search this
Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
[27] p. ; ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
North America
United States
Date:
1984
C1984
Topic:
Parfleches--Exhibitions  Search this
Indian leatherwork  Search this
Indian painting  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
E98.L4 N38 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_559113

Abstract painting : the '90s / curated by Barbara Rose

Author:
Rose, Barbara  Search this
André Emmerich Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
[1991]
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Call number:
ND196.A2 R67 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_668519

Pairings II : discovered dialogues in Postwar abstraction : November 3-December 23, 2005

Title:
Pairings 2
Discovered dialogues in Postwar abstraction
Author:
Hackett-Freedman Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2005
C2005
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND212.5.A2 P35 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_779293

Sam Gilliam : a retrospective / Jonathan P. Binstock ; forewords by Walter Hopps and Jacquelyn D. Serwer

Author:
Binstock, Jonathan P. 1966-  Search this
Gilliam, Sam, 1933-  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Subject:
Gilliam, Sam 1933-  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 221 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_780442

Thierry W. Despont : new paintings, 2002-2003

Title:
New paintings, 2002-2003
Author:
Despont, Thierry W  Search this
Despont, Thierry W  Search this
Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd  Search this
Subject:
Despont, Thierry W  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
C2004
21st century
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
ND553.D38 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_787984

Jack Tworkov : paintings and drawings

Author:
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Subject:
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Physical description:
9 p., [41] leaves of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1999
C1999
20th century
Topic:
Painting--Abstract expressionism  Search this
Drawing, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
N6537.T97 A4 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_792123

Trevor Bell : before sea, after earth : paintings and works on paper from 1959 onwards

Title:
Before sea, after earth
Author:
Bell, Trevor 1930-  Search this
Stephens, Chris  Search this
Saïd Business School  Search this
Subject:
Bell, Trevor 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
[2006]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
ND237.B446 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_792540

Miriam Schapiro : The California Years: 1967-1975 : February 4 - March 6, 2016

Title:
California Years: 1967-1975
Artist:
Schapiro, Miriam 1923-2015  Search this
Writer of added commentary:
Volk, Gregory  Search this
Publisher:
Eric Firestone Press  Search this
Host institution:
Eric Firestone Loft  Search this
Subject:
Schapiro, Miriam 1923-2015  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam 1923-2015 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
43 pages : color illustrations, portrait ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Place:
California
Date:
2016
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Collage  Search this
Feminism in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1077391

Glee : painting now / organized by the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art

Title:
Painting now
Author:
Cappellazzo, Amy  Search this
Hough, Jessica  Search this
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, Conn.)  Search this
Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. in 1 (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 17 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Call number:
ND196.A2 G54 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_686390

The painting factory : abstraction after Warhol / organized by Jeffrey Deitch

Author:
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Warhol, Andy 1928-1987 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
240 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
2012
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
ND196.A2 D43 2012
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_992237

Christo Coetzee : paintings from London and Paris 1954-1964 / Michael Stevenson and Deon Viljoen

Author:
Stevenson, Michael 1966-  Search this
Viljoen, Deon  Search this
Coetzee, Christo 1929-2000  Search this
Subject:
Coetzee, Christo 1929-2000  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1999
2001
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Painters  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_682362

Interview with Alfred Jensen conducted by Irving Sandler and Michael Torlen

Creator:
Jensen, Alfred, 1903-1981  Search this
Sandler, Irving, 1925-  Search this
Subject:
Torlen, Michael Allen  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1975 May 15
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19233
See more items in:
Irving Sandler interviews and papers, 1944-2017
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19233

Phyllis Diller’s Gag File

Manufacturer:
Art Steel Company, Inc.  Search this
Maker:
Diller, Phyllis  Search this
Art Steel Company, Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
adhesive (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 48 in x 40 in x 17 1/4 in; 121.92 cm x 101.6 cm x 43.815 cm
Object Name:
file
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
ca 1962 - 1994
Subject:
Humor  Search this
Comedians  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Phyllis Diller
ID Number:
2003.0289.01.01
Accession number:
2003.0289
Catalog number:
2003.0289.01.01
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Phyllis Diller
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1218385
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Carles, Arthur Beecher, 3922CY: Study for Last Painting, Abstract Still Life

Collection Creator:
Richard York Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 13, Folder 39
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1993
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Richard York 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.
Collection Citation:
Richard York Gallery records, circa 1865-2005, bulk 1981-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Richard York Gallery records
Richard York Gallery records / Series 2: Artists' Artwork Files / 2.1: General
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-richyorg-ref777

Agnes Pelton papers

Creator:
Pelton, Agnes, 1881-1961  Search this
Names:
Annixter, Jane  Search this
Extent:
1.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Date:
1885-1989
Summary:
The papers of painter Agnes Pelton measure 1.8 linear feet and date from 1885-1989. Found within the papers are biographical materials; business and personal correspondence, many addressed to Jane Levington Comfort; writings; printed material; 3 mixed media scrapbooks; artwork, including loose sketches and 9 sketchbooks; and photographs of Pelton, her family and friends, and her work.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter Agnes Pelton measure 1.8 linear feet and date from 1885-1989. Found within the papers are biographical materials; business and personal correspondence, many addressed to Jane Levington Comfort; writings; printed material; 3 mixed media scrapbooks; artwork, including loose sketches and 9 sketchbooks; and photographs of Pelton, her family and friends, and her work.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1898-1989 (2 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1930-1980 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings, 1913-1956 (8 folders; Box 1)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1913-1955 (6 folders; Box 1)

Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1911-1950 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 6: Artwork, 1885-1957 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 7: Photographic Material, 1886-1955 (0.4 linear feet; Box 3)
Biographical / Historical:
Painter Agnes Pelton (1881-1961) lived and worked in Long Island, New York, and Cathedral City, California, and is known for her desert landscapes, portraits, and abstract paintings.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany to William and Florence Pelton, Pelton and her mother relocated to New York after her father's death in 1890. Her mother, who had studied music at the Stuttgart Conservatory, opened the Pelton School of Music in Brooklyn, which remained in operation for 30 years. Pelton began her art studies at the Pratt Institute in 1895 and continued working with one of her instructors, Arthur Dow, at his summer school in Ipswich, Massachusetts after her graduation in 1900. She later worked with William Langson Lathrop and Hamilton Field, and traveled abroad to attend the British Academy in Rome in 1910 and 1911.

In 1912, after seeing her work in an exhibition in Hamilton Field's studio in Ogunquit, Maine, Walt Kuhn invited Pelton to participate in the 1913 Armory Show. During her early career, Pelton created works that were primarily influenced by Davies's philosophy on the effect of natural light, and which she termed "Imaginative Paintings." After a visit to New Mexico in 1919, Pelton began shifting to another style of painting, focusing on Southwestern landscapes and figurative portraits, which she continued from her studios in New York City and Long Island. In 1932, Pelton moved to Cathedral City, California and began painting abstract works in a new stylistic phase, which were visual explorations of her growing interest in spirituality and philosophy. In 1938, she became a founding member of the Transcendental Painting Group, which included Raymond Jonson and Emil Bisttram. Pelton died in Cathedral City in 1961.
Provenance:
The Agnes Pelton papers were assembled by Cornelia and Irving Sussman for a biography of Agnes Pelton. They were donated to the Archives by gallery director Jan Rindfleisch on behalf of the Sussmans, in 1984. In 1997, circa 162 letters from Agnes Pelton to Jane Levington Comfort, that are now part of this collection, were bequeathed to Cornelia and Irving Sussman by Jane Levington Comfort through Joan Crisci, the executor of Comfort's estate, and donated to the Archives.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archvies' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Agnes Pelton 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:
Women artists -- California  Search this
Painters -- California  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Agnes Pelton papers, 1885-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.peltagne
See more items in:
Agnes Pelton papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-peltagne
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Frederick Hammersley papers, circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009

Creator:
Hammersley, Frederick, 1919-2009  Search this
Subject:
Hammersley, Anna Westberg  Search this
Chuey, Robert  Search this
McLaughlin, John  Search this
Hammersley, Harold  Search this
Stone, Susie  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Nowells, Lu  Search this
Brice, William  Search this
Benjamin, Karl  Search this
L.A. Louver Gallery  Search this
Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Modernism (Gallery)  Search this
Hoshour Gallery  Search this
Topic:
Essays  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Painters  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Lectures  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Computer art  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Designs  Search this
Greeting cards  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Visitors' books  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Color in art  Search this
Prints  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Sketchbooks  Search this
Awards  Search this
Lecture notes  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7270
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209421
AAA_collcode_hammfred
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209421
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Frederick Hammersley papers

Creator:
Hammersley, Frederick, 1919-2009  Search this
Names:
Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Hoshour Gallery  Search this
L.A. Louver Gallery  Search this
Modernism (Gallery)  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Benjamin, Karl  Search this
Brice, William, 1921-2008  Search this
Chuey, Robert  Search this
Hammersley, Anna Westberg  Search this
Hammersley, Harold  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
McLaughlin, John, 1898-  Search this
Nowells, Lu  Search this
Stone, Susie  Search this
Extent:
34.75 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Drawings
Greeting cards
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Interviews
Photographs
Lectures
Prints
Essays
Sketchbooks
Lecture notes
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Designs
Visitors' books
Awards
Place:
Europe -- description and travel -- photographs
Date:
circa 1860-2009
bulk 1940-2009
Summary:
The papers of Los Angeles Abstract Classicist painter and educator Frederick Hammersley measure 34.75 linear feet and date from circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009. The papers contain biographical materials, 32 diaries, family and professional correspondence, personal business and financial records, estate records, writings, graphic design projects, teaching files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, and works of art.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Los Angeles Abstract Classicist painter and educator Frederick Hammersley measure 34.75 linear feet and date from circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009. The papers contain biographical materials, 32 diaries, family and professional correspondence, personal business and financial records, estate records, writings, graphic design projects, teaching files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, and works of art. 2015 and 2018 additions include a diary possibly written by Hammersley's mother, photograph albums and photographs, sketches and block prints, computer printouts, and hand painted grid color boxes used by Hammersley in teaching color theory.

Biographical materials include resumes and biographies, calendars, military records, family genealogies, school records, high school and college yearbooks, and awards. There are also sound and video recordings of talks, interviews, and television appearances. Scattered materials relating to Hammersley's parents, Anna Westberg Hammersley and Harold Hammersley, are also found in the series.

Correspondence consists of letters from family and close friends as well as business correspondence with collectors and professional art associations. Family correspondents include Hammersley's immediate family and aunts and cousins. Additional noteworthy correspondents include fellow artists Karl Benjamin, William Brice, Robert Chuey, Rico Lebrun, and John McLaughlin, among others.

There are 23 diaries written by Frederick Hammersley dating from 1935-2008, with a gap spanning 1954-1972. Also found are six diaries written by Harold Hammersley dating from 1940-1959 and three by Anna Hammersley from 1909-1965.

Hammersley's writings include college class notes, essays, poetry, lecture notes, grant applications, and proposals. There are also sound recordings of lectures and talks as well as drafts and a final copy of an article published in the journal Leonardo in 1970.

Teaching files consist of class lecture notes, student evaluations, and grade books for classes likely taught at Pomona University and the Chouinard Art Institute.

Graphic design projects contain materials from Hammersley's company Handsome Cards for which he designed greeting and holiday cards. Also included are various freelance designs and draft designs for exhibition catalogs. General financial and business records focus on Hammersley business relationships and transactions with galleries and museums and his efforts to promote his art. Galleries and museums represented in the files include Modernism Gallery (San Francisco), L.A. Louver Gallery (Venice, California), and Hoshour Gallery (Albuquerque). This series also contains tax returns and expense ledgers. Also found are scattered materials from the household of Anna and Harold Hammersley.

Estate records are found for Frederick Hammersley, Susie Hammersley Stone, Anna and Harold Hammersley, Frederick Hammersley Sr., Mrs. E. Hammersley, Maude Eliza Hammersley, Dorothy Hutchinson Hammersley, and Basil Edward Pratt. These files include wills and yearly financial reports.

Printed material consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, and printed copies of Hammersley's graphic designs. The series is extensive and contains clippings and exhibition material that represents Hammersley's entire career as an artist. Also found are packets of printed materials created by Hammersley to represent the careers of his friends and colleagues.

Scrapbooks consist of eleven "scrapfiles," postcard albums, and clippings scrapbooks created by Frederick Hammersley and Anna Hammersley. Scrapfiles refers to the original title created by the Hammersleys. Frederick's scrapbooks contain clippings of art, criticisms of his work, and news mentions of his career. Anna's scrapbooks contain one postcard album and 4 scrapbooks and scrapfiles of news clippings relating to subjects of her personal interest.

Photographs include snapshots of Hammersley; images of Hammersley with family and friends; travel photographs, many of them taken in Europe during World War II; photographs of exhibitions; and photographs of Hammersley's artwork. Most of the photographs were labeled and dated by Hammersley. There are six photo albums created by Frederick Hammersley and four albums compiled by his parents Harold and Anna Hammersley.

Artwork consists of Hammersley's sketchbooks, drawings, and paintings from high school and college classes, designs for exhibition catalogs, and cards and printouts for his computer drawings series. Also included are geometric color studies on panel and artwork for a bank mural proposal from 1977. Drawings and design work by Susie Stone, Hammersley's sister are also included, as well as two works by Lu Nowels.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 12 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1919-2008 (2.5 linear feet; Box 1-3, 31, 33, 37)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1900-2009 (3.1 linear feet; Box 3-6, 37)

Series 3: Diaries, 1909-2008 (2.1 linear feet; Box 6-8, 37)

Series 4: Writings, Lectures, and Notes, circa 1940-2009 (0.6 linear feet; Box 8-9, 37)

Series 5: Teaching Files, circa 1950-1993 (0.2 linear feet; Box 9)

Series 6: Graphic Design Projects, circa 1945-1980 (0.4 linear feet; Box 9-10, 31)

Series 7: Personal Business and Financial Records, 1897-2008 (3.2 linear feet; Box 10-13, 24, 33, 35, 37)

Series 8: Estate Records, 1898-2001 (0.7 linear feet; Box 13, 24, 37)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1945, 2011 (3.6 linear feet; Box 13-17, 31, 37, 42, OV45)

Series 10: Scrapbooks, circa 1890-1960s (3.3 linear feet; Box 17-18, 25-29)

Series 11: Photographs, circa 1860s-2007 (10.7 linear feet; Box 18-23, 29-31, 37-43)

Series 12: Artwork and Artifacts, 1934-2009 (3.2 linear feet; Box 22, 31-32, 35, 38, 42, 44, OV46-56)
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, graphic designer, and educator Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) spent most of his career in Los Angeles and New Mexico. He is closely associated with the hard-edge abstraction painting style of the Abstract Classicists of Southern California.

Hammersley was born on January 5, 1919 to Anna Westberg and Harold Hammersley in Salt Lake City, where his father worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior. The family lived in Utah and Idaho before finally settling in San Francisco. Hammersley attended the University of Idaho and later enrolled in the Academy of Advertising Art in San Francisco. In 1940, Hammersley began taking classes at the Chouinard Art Institution in Los Angeles.

Hammersley's studies were interrupted by World War II military service from 1942 to 1946. He was stationed first in Paris as a draftsman in the Signal Corp and was eventually promoted to Army sargeant in the Office of Military Government in Berlin. While in Paris, he visited Picasso's studio several times and also took classes at the Ècole des Beaux Arts at the end of the war. When he returned home in 1946, the GI Bill subsidized his final year of study at Chouinard, now the California Institute of Arts, and three years at the Jepson Art Institute in Los Angeles.

Hammersley made his living as an art professor in California for twenty years, where he taught at the Jepson Art Institute and Pomona College in Claremont. He moved to Albuquerque after accepting a teaching position at the University of New Mexico in 1968. In 1971, Hammersley resigned his teaching position and devoted himself to painting.

Hammersley's reputaton as a painter began in 1948 when one of his small paintings was accepted in an annual exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1958, several of his works were included in the seminal exhibition Four Abstract Classicists, organized by Jules Langsner and Peter Selz and shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hammersley, and fellow painters Lorser Feitelson, Karl Benjamin, and John McLaughlin, were dubbed the "hard-edged painters," whose style consisted of flat, colored geometric shapes that were a sharp contrast to the more popular Abstract Expressionism. The label stuck and in the mid 1970s, Hammersley submitted several works of art for a show called L.A. Hard Edge, a show that featured art from the 1950s and 1970s.

During the late 1970s and 1980s, Hammersley exhibited in several one-man shows, including at L.A. Louver in Venice, California, the Hoshour Gallery in Albuquerque, and the Corcoran in Washington, D.C. In 2000, the Laguna Art Museum presented a traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts in Sante Fe, and the Pomona College Museum of Art organized a retrospective in 2007. His work is in museum collections across the country, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Hammersley died in 2009 at the age of 90. He was survived by his sister, Susie Hammersley Stone.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Tamara Webster papers relating to Frederick Hammersley.
Provenance:
Frederick Hammersley donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in nine accessions from 1974 to 2008. The Frederick Hammersley Foundation donated additional papers in 2012, 2015, and 2018 via Executive Director Kathleen Shields.
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. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Frederick Hammersley 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 Mexico  Search this
Color in art  Search this
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art teachers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Computer Art  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Drawings
Greeting cards
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Interviews
Photographs
Lectures
Prints
Essays
Sketchbooks
Lecture notes
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Designs
Visitors' books
Awards
Citation:
Frederick Hammersley papers, circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hammfred
See more items in:
Frederick Hammersley papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hammfred
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