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Gertrude Kasle Gallery records

Creator:
Gertrude Kasle Gallery (Detroit, Mich.)  Search this
Names:
Universal Limited Art Editions (Firm)  Search this
Bontecou, Lee, 1931-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-  Search this
Dine, Jim, 1935-  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Goodman, Brenda Joyce, 1943-  Search this
Goodnough, Robert, 1917-  Search this
Goodyear, John L., 1930-  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Grosman, Tatyana, 1904-1982  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Hartigan, Grace  Search this
Jenkins, Paul, 1923-2012  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Kasle, Gertrude, 1917-  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Natkin, Robert, 1930-  Search this
Nesbitt, Lowell, 1933-1993  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Pollock, Charles C.  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-  Search this
Schmidt, Julius, 1923-  Search this
Shapiro, Babe  Search this
Tall, Bill  Search this
Todd, Mike, 1935-  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Extent:
8.1 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Date:
1949-1999
bulk 1964-1983
Summary:
The records of the Gertrude Kasle Gallery of Detroit measure 8.1 linear feet and date from 1949-1999, with the bulk of records dating from 1964-1983. The collection documents the establishment and operations of this contemporary American art gallery and consists of artists files, business and administrative files, exhibition files, photographic materials, and interviews and lectures in the form of sound recordings.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the Gertrude Kasle Gallery of Detroit measure 8.1 linear feet and date from 1949-1999, with the bulk of the records dating from 1964-1983. The collection documents the establishment and operations of this contemporary American art gallery and consists of artists files, business and administrative files, exhibition files, photographic materials, and interviews and lectures in the form of sound recordings.

The bulk of the records consist of Artists' Files that document the professional and personal relationships Kasle fostered with the artists represented by the gallery, including sales and exhibitions. The files contain a wide variety of materials and the amount of documentation for each artist also varies. Typically the files contain personal and business correspondence, sales documentation, exhibition photographs, photographs of works of art, family photographs, photographs of the artist, exhibition announcements and catalogs, other printed materials, greeting cards, and other documents. Some of the artists well-represented in the files include Lee Bontecou, Wilhem De Kooning, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Brenda Goodman, Robert Goodnaugh, John Goodyear, Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Grace Hartigan, Ray Johnson, Robert Motherwell, Robert Natkin, Lowell Nesbitt, Claes Oldenburg, Charles Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Julius Schmidt, Babe Shapiro, Michael Todd, and Jack Tworkov. Additional general information about exhibitions is found in Series 3, Exhibition Files and additional photographs are filed in Series 4, Photographic Material.

Gallery and personal business and administrative files house documents relating to the founding and incorporation of the gallery and general operations, as well as some of Gertrude Kasle personal business files. Also found in this series are files related to fine art prints and the gallery's business relationship with Universal Limited Art Editions.

Scattered exhibition files are found for a few of the gallery's exhibitions and also include general exhibition related files, such as clippings, announcements, guest lists, and schedules. Most of the information about the gallery's exhibitions is found in the Artists Files. Photographs and slides are found throughout the collection, particularly in the Artists Files, but Series 4, Photographic Materials houses an extensive collection of slides documenting art work by artists represented by the gallery. There is also an autographed photograph portrait of Lowell Nesbitt.

Sound recordings are of interviews and lectures. Interviews are with Tatyana Grosman, Lowell Nesbitt, Paul Jenkins, and Bill Tall. There are recorded lectures by Paul Jenkins and Jack Tworkov. The sound recordings are on both audio cassette reel to reel tapes. Transcripts are not available.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Series 1: Artists Files, 1949-1999 (Boxes 1-5, OV 11; 5.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Gallery and Personal Business and Administrative Files, 1961-1995 (Boxes 6-7, OV 12; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1963-1976 (Box 7; 7 folders)

Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1953-1985 (Boxes 7, 10; 18 folders)

Series 5: Sound Recordings, 1966-1971 (Boxes 7-9; 7 folders)
Historical Note:
Gertrude Kasle was born in New York City on December 2, 1917, and began her life-long career in the art world very early, taking art classes in high school and Saturday classes at the Art Students League. She began her formal studies in art education at New York University (NYU) and later transfered to the University of Michigan. Kasle interrupted her studies during World War II to devote herself to family work while her husband served as a military chaplain. The family returned to Detroit in 1947 and she began classes at the Society of Arts and Crafts. After raising her three children, she enrolled in Wayne State University in 1955, completing her degree in 1962.

While a student in Detroit, Kasle was active in the Friends of Modern Art group at the Detroit Institute of Art, and became Vice President. In 1962, she was approached by Detroit businessman Franklin Siden to help him open a gallery where she would have a one-third partnership. During the first year of Siden Gallery's operations, Kasle introduced Detroit to the work of many notable contemporay American artists, such as Larry Rivers, Grace Hartigan, Robert Goodnough, and Robert Natkin.

Her tenure with the Siden Gallery was short-lived and by 1964 she left and began to contemplate her next move. Several of the artists she had represented at Siden Gallery encouraged her to open her own gallery. Local art critic Joy Hakanson Colby who worked for the Detroit News interviewed Kasle and claimed that Kasle was "looking for gallery space". Responding to the article, the Fischer Building offered Kasle a very attractive lease in the "New Center" area of downtown Detroit that would later become known as the city's gallery center, housing several prominent galleries.

With the help of her husband and son, she opened the doors of the Gertrude Kasle Gallery on April 10, 1965. The opening exhibition featured Larry Rivers, Grace Hartigan, Robert Goodnough, Irving Kreisberg, and Manousher Yektai. Kasle's goal was to introduce the city of Detroit to the foremost contemporary artists in the country, some already well-established such as Wilhelm De Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Grace Hartigan, Robert Motherwell, Lowell Nesbitt, Claes Oldenburg, Charles Pollock, Larry Rivers, and Jack Tworkov, as well as others just becoming known, such as Jim Dine. Through group and one-man shows, the Gertrude Kasle Gallery represented contemporary painting, mixed media, and sculpture, focusing primarily on the Abstract Expressionist movement. The gallery also fostered many local Detroit artists, giving them their first shows, including Al Loving and Brenda Goodman.

During her earlier tenure with the Siden Gallery Kasle had worked with Tatyana Grosman of Universal Limited Art Editions which produced original prints of contemporary artists including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jim Dine. In her own gallery, Kasle continued her business relationship with Grosman and fine art print publishers, allowing the gallery access to many artists that were previously unattainable.

For eleven years the Gertrude Kasle Gallery operated as a thriving contemporary art gallery, forming the nucleus for the growing Detroit modern and avant garde art scene during the sixties and seventies. Although financially the gallery was not as successful as hoped, it provided a cultural forum for artists and Detroit art enthusiasts to convene, learn, and celebrate. In April, 1976 the gallery closed. When asked why she was closing the gallery, Gertrude Kasle said, "Because the need for a gallery like mine isn't as great as it was in the 1960's. Today the public respects and understands more about creative innovation in contemporary art." (Hakanson Colby, March, 1976) Although the gallery formally closed, Kasle continues to work as a art consultant and live in Detroit.

This historical note relies heavily on the essays written by Gertrude Kasle's son, Stephen available on the Gertrude Kasle Gallery website.
Related Material:
Also available at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Gertrude Kasle conducted by Dennis Barrie on July 24, 1975.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 1976 and 1982 by Mrs. Gertrude Kasle. A third accession was donated by the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2002.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Gertrude Kasle 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, Commercial -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Citation:
The Gertrude Kasle Gallery records, 1949-1999 (bulk 1964-1983). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gertkasl
See more items in:
Gertrude Kasle Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gertkasl
Additional Online Media:

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Cast bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Flint Institute of Arts 1120 East Kearsley Street Flint Michigan 48503
Date:
1969
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76000708
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_1344

#4412, (sculpture)

Title:
Number 4412, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Genevieve & Donald Gilmore Art Center 314 South Park Street Kalamazoo Michigan 49007
Date:
1964
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76000806
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_1440

Iron Sculpture, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Cast iron
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 4525 Oak Street Kansas City Missouri 64111
Date:
Ca. 1959
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76000950
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_1582

Steel Sculpture, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Cut and welded steel with variegated brown-gray patina
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 4525 Oak Street Kansas City Missouri 64111
Date:
1957
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76000954
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_1586

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of New York Office of General Services Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza Albany New York 12223 Accession Number: A.67.1
Located Empire State Plaza Park near police memorial & Swan Street Albany New York
Date:
1966
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76001908
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_1883

Number 12, (sculpture)

Title:
No. 12, (sculpture)
# 12 (Untitled), (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Cast iron
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Washington University Washington University Gallery of Art Campus Box 1214, One Brookings Drive St. Louis Missouri 63130 Accession Number: WU 3950
Date:
1960
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76001196
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_2547

Iron Sculpture, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Iron
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit Michigan 48202 Accession Number: 64.266
Date:
1964
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 24150149
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_26538

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Cast Iron
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Walker Art Center Vineland Place Minneapolis Minnesota 55403
Date:
1961
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76000269
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_269

Untitled Relief, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Cast iron
Type:
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Owner/Location:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sheldon Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden 12th & R Streets Lincoln Nebraska 68588
Date:
1961
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76001360
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_2710

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Cast bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of Iowa University of Iowa Museum of Art 150 North Riverside Drive Iowa City Iowa 52242 Accession Number: 1975.1
Date:
1966
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 14810039
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_28317

Iron Sculpture, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Cast iron
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd Street New York New York 10019 Accession Number: 123.60
Date:
1960
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 36240403
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_28783

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd Street New York New York 10019 Accession Number: 794.69
Date:
1961
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 36240404
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_28784

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Column: bronze; Base: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Iowa State University Brunnier Art Museum 290 Scheman Building Ames Iowa 50011
Located Iowa State University Gerdin Business Building exterior Ames Iowa Accession Number: U86.154
Date:
1984. Installed 1986. Relocated 2004
Topic:
Architecture--Detail--Column  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Allegory--Other--Nature  Search this
Control number:
IAS 65060016
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299485

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Date:
1968
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 14440007
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_300692

Wood Maquette, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Wood
Type:
Sculptures-Model
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 410 3rd Avenue, SE Cedar Rapids Iowa 52401 Accession Number: 80.7.46
Date:
1972
Topic:
Study--Maquette  Search this
Control number:
IAS 14440008
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_300693

Untitled; 1968, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Princeton University Art Museum Princeton New Jersey 08544
Date:
1968
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76001814
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_3163

Model for Untitled; 1968, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Princeton University Art Museum Princeton New Jersey 08544
Date:
1968
Topic:
Study  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76001815
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_3164

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Cast iron and copper wash
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1990.29
Date:
1960
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 20780101
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_327617

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schmidt, Julius 1923-2017  Search this
Medium:
Cast iron
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 86.5908
Date:
1952
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 61570607
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416282

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