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Merle Schipper Papers

Creator:
Schipper, Merle, 1922-2001  Search this
Names:
ArtScene (periodical)  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Biederman, Charles Joseph, 1906-2004  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Holty, Carl, 1900-1973  Search this
Hélion, Jean, 1904-1987  Search this
Mullican, Matt, 1951-  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010  Search this
Orr, Eric, 1939-1998  Search this
Smith, Kiki, 1954-  Search this
Spratling, William, 1900-1967  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Extent:
12.1 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Photographs
Prints
Transcripts
Drawings
Place:
France -- Paris -- photographs
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social life and customs
Date:
circa 1930s-1999
Summary:
The papers of Los Angeles art historian, art critic, and writer Merle Schipper measure 12.1 linear feet and date from circa 1930s to 1999. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writing and research project files, printed material, writings by others, photographs, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Los Angeles art historian, art critic, and writer Merle Schipper measure 12.1 linear feet and date from circa 1930s to 1999. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writing and research project files, printed material, writings by others, photographs, and artwork.

Biographical material consists of a notebook planner and professional contact addresses, as well as Schipper's resume and bibliography. Scattered correspondence is both personal and professional with family and colleagues.

Over one-half of the collection consists of Schipper's writing, research, project, and exhibition files. There are drafts, essays, manuscripts, notes, and research documentation about California art and artists, an exhibition of craftsman William Spratling curated by Schipper, Schipper's dissertation and additional projects on Jean Helion, the exhibition Americans in Paris in the 1950s (1997), additional exhibitions, as well as transcripts of interviews with artists. The research files on Helion include an interview transcript with Willem de Kooning about Helion and correspondence with artists about Helion, including Charles Biederman, Alexander Calder, Philip Guston, Carl Holty, Jack Tworkov, and others. Additional exhibition files are found for Visions of Inner Space (1988) and Marmo: The New Italian Stone Age (1989). Artists interviewed by Schipper include Billy Al Bengston, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Laddie John Dill, Kenneth Noland, Eric Orr, and others.

Extensive printed materials include clippings and copies of journals and periodicals containing Schipper's writings.

There are a few scattered writings by others about art and artists. Photographs are of Schipper, artists, artwork, and places, including Paris. Artwork includes one original poster print by Kiki Smith and one drawing by Matt Mullican.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1970s-1998 (5 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: General Correspondence, 1944-circa 1998 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writing and Research Project Files, circa 1930s-1999 (7.8 linear feet; Boxes 1-9)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1933-1997 (3.1 linear feet; Boxes 9-12, OV14-16)

Series 5: Writings By Others, circa 1944-1991 (0.2 linear feet; Box 12)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1960s-circa 1992 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 12-13)

Series 7: Artwork, 1982-1992 (0.1 linear feet; Box 13, OV16)
Biographical / Historical:
Merle Schipper (1922-2001) was an art historian, writer, and art critic active in Los Angeles, California.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Merle Solway Schipper was naturalized in Los Angeles in 1950 and received a PhD in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1974. Schipper was a familiar figure on the Los Angeles art scene. Her primary scholarly focus grew out of her dissertation research on Jean Helion, but much of her writing attention was devoted to Los Angeles artists and art world events. She was a regular contributor to many art periodicals, including ArtScene, Images and Issues, Artweek, ARTnews, and the Los Angeles Daily News.

As an independent curator, Schipper's research interests led to several exhibitions, including Americans in Paris: the 50s (1979) at California State University, Northridge, Visions of Inner Space (1988) co-curated with Lee Mullican at UCLA's Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, Marmo: the New Italian Stone Age (1989), Being There/Being Here: Nine Perspectives in New Italian Art (1991), traveling exhibition sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute, and an exhibition of William Spratling for the Craft and Folk Art Museum in 1997. Schipper also taught and lectured at UCLA, USC, CSU Northridge, and Claremont Graduate School.

Merle Schipper died in 2001.
Provenance:
The Merle Schipper papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2002 by the Merle Schipper Estate via Schipper's daughter Amy Schipper Howe.
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 Merle Schipper 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:
Authors -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art critics -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art historians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Prints
Transcripts
Drawings
Citation:
Merle Schipper papers, circa 1930s-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.schimerl
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schimerl

William Spratling : plata, Taxco [exposiciʹon], Febrero-Mayo 1987, [Centro Cultural, Arte Contemporáneo], Mʹexico, D.F

Author:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico)  Search this
Fundación Cultural Televisa (Mexico)  Search this
Subject:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Physical description:
229 p. : chiefly ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Mexico
Taxco
United States
Date:
1987
Topic:
Silverwork--Exhibitions  Search this
Designers  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.S76 A4 1987
NK7198.S76A4 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_354225

Old plantation houses in Louisiana, by William P. Spratling, text by Natalie Scott, with a preface by N. C. Curtis

Author:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Scott, Natalie V. Mrs  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 162 p. illus. (1 col.) 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Louisiana
Date:
1927
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Historic buildings  Search this
Call number:
NA7235.L8S6X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_181911

The silver gringo : William Spratling and Taxco / Joan Mark

Author:
Mark, Joan T. 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Spratling, William 1900-1967 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
154 p. : ill., ports. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mexico
Taxco de Alarcón
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Silverwork--History  Search this
Silversmiths  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_597527

Spratling silver / Sandraline Cederwall and Hal Riney ; essay by Barnaby Conrad

Author:
Cederwall, Sandy  Search this
Riney, Hal  Search this
Conrad, Barnaby 1922-  Search this
Subject:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Physical description:
176 p. : ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Mexico
Taxco de Alarcón
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Silver jewelry--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_616566

Spratling silver : a field guide : recognizing a William Spratling treasure / by Phyllis M. Goddard

Author:
Goddard, Phyllis M  Search this
Subject:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Physical description:
152 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mexico
Date:
2003
C2003
20th century
Topic:
Silverwork--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_734694

El juego del coyote : platería y arte en Taxco / Gobi Stromberg

Author:
Stromberg, Gobi  Search this
Subject:
Spratling, William 1900-1967 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
206 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 17 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mexico
Taxco de Alarcón
Date:
1985
20th century
Topic:
Silverwork--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_790960

Little Mexico / by William Spratling, with portraits and decorations by the author ; foreword by Diego Rivera

Author:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Rivera, Diego 1886-1957  Search this
Physical description:
198 p. : ill., ports., facsim. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1932
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_960286

A small Mexican world, by William Spratling. With ports. and decorations by the author. Foreword by Diego Rivera. Introd. by Lesley Byrd Simpson

Author:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Physical description:
198 pages illustrations, facsimile, map 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1964
[1964]
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1027637

The William Spratling legacy / Sandy Baum

Author:
Baum, Sandy  Search this
Ulrich, Violante  Search this
Ulrich, Consuelo  Search this
Subject:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Physical description:
167 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
History
Place:
Mexico
Date:
2011
20th century
Topic:
Silverwork--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081725

More human than divine; an intimate and lively self-portrait in clay of a smiling people from ancient Vera Cruz. Pref. [by] Gordon F. Ekholm. Archeological notes [by] Alfonso Medellín Zenil. Photos. [by] Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Author:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Physical description:
29 p. illus., 64 plates, map. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mexico
Veracruz (State)
Veracruz (Mexico : State)
Date:
1960
Topic:
Indian art  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
F1219.3.A7S7X 1960
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_278046

The color of silver : William Spratling, his life and art / Taylor D. Littleton

Author:
Littleton, Taylor  Search this
Subject:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 322 p., [52] p. of plates : ill. ; 24cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Mexico
Taxco de Alarcón
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Silversmiths  Search this
Silverwork--History  Search this
Decoration and ornament--Art deco  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_595661

México tras lomita / William Spratling ; con dibujos originales del autor ; prefacio de Diego Rivera ; prólogo para esta edición de Budd Schulberg

Author:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Schulberg, Budd  Search this
Rivera, Diego 1886-1957  Search this
Physical description:
196 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1965
1965, c1964
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1215 .S6718 1965
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_818844

Sherwood Anderson and other famous creoles [by] William Spratling and William Faulkner

Author:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Faulkner, William 1897-1962  Search this
University of Texas Humanities Research Center  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Louisiana
New Orleans
New Orleans (La.)
Date:
1967
1927
[1967, c1966]
Topic:
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Biography  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.S76x A1 1967
N40.1.S76xA1 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_24186

William Spratling and the Mexican silver renaissance : maestros de plata / Penny C. Morrill ; with essays by Penny C. Morrill ... [et al.]

Title:
Maestros de plata : William Spratling and Mexico's silver renaissance
Author:
Morrill, Penny C  Search this
San Antonio Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Spratling, William 1900-1967  Search this
Physical description:
280 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Mexico
Taxco de Alarcón
Date:
2002
[2002]
20th century
Topic:
Silverwork--History  Search this
Silver jewelry--History  Search this
Call number:
NK7114.T39 W55 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_695165

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