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George Deem papers

Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Names:
Allan Stone Gallery  Search this
Nancy Hoffman Gallery  Search this
New Britain Museum of American Art  Search this
Pavel Zoubok Gallery  Search this
Andrews, Benny, 1930-2006  Search this
Bal, Mieke, 1946-  Search this
Copy, Richard  Search this
Dydo, Ulla E., 1925-  Search this
Evans, John, 1932-  Search this
Fattal, Simone  Search this
Guilliatt, Lee  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Lazlo, Jean-Noel  Search this
Liedtke, Walter A.  Search this
Molesworth, Charles, 1941-  Search this
Rosenblum, Robert  Search this
Sassu, Antonio  Search this
Tanning, Dorothea, 1910-2012  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes, 1632-1675  Search this
Wheeler, Arthur K.  Search this
Wiener, Sam  Search this
William, Patricia  Search this
Extent:
18.2 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1904-2015
bulk 1960-2008
Summary:
The papers of painter, writer, and dancer George Deem measure 18.2 linear feet and date from 1904-2015, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960-2008. The collection documents Deem's path from Midwestern farm child to New York City artist and teacher who specialized in recreating works of great masters, especially Johannes Vermeer. Correspondence, exhibition files, subject files, project files, writings by and about Deem, printed material and photographic materials all show the trajectory of Deem's development as an artist.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter, writer, and dancer George Deem measure 18.2 linear feet and date from 1904-2015, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960-2008. The collection documents Deem's path from Midwestern farm child to New York City artist and teacher who specialized in recreating works of great masters, especially Johannes Vermeer. Correspondence, exhibition files, subject files, project files, writings by and about Deem, printed material and photographic materials all show the trajectory of Deem's development as an artist.

Biographical materials include resumes, an address book, appointment books, birth and death certificates, obituaries and memorial tributes, passports, family histories, jury summons, grant applications, military and educational records.

Correspondence is with family, friends, colleagues, curators, and art dealers. Much of the professional correspondence concerns commissions and reproduction permission requests. Among the correspondents are: Benny Andrews, Mieke Bal, Ulla Dydo, John Evans, Simone Fattal, Lee Guilliat, Vitaly Komar, and Dorothea Tanning. Correspondence with Walter Liedtke, Charles Molesworth, Robert Rosenblum, Arthur K. Wheeler, and Patricia William discusses proposed exhibitions and writings by Deem and others about his work.

Writings include some of Deem's classroom lectures, poems, and short pieces that appeared in independent literary arts publications.

Subject files document Deem's dealings with art consultants and galleries regarding placement of his work, participation in benefit auctions, and gifts of his artwork to the New Britain Museum of American Art. There is extensive correspondence with Allan Stone Gallery, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, and Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Deem's participation in mail art exhibitions is documented by exhibition announcements and correspondence. Also found is mail art correspondence from Richard Copy, Ray Johnson, Jean-Noel Lazlo, Antonio Sassu, Sam Wiener and others: some pieces are copies. The bulk of the project files chronicle Deem's artistic output. Information sheets and photographic materials provide provenance and source references for over 500 works. Files also document commissions undertaken by Deem including book projects, and set designs for dance and theater workshops. Exhibition files document solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad.

Printed material includes books by Deem, exhibition catalogs, reviews, and reproductions. In addition, there are articles and academic papers about Deem and his work. Photographic materials include photographs, digital prints and transparencies; subjects include Deem, family, friends, travels, studio, exhibition installations, and his artwork.

The addition to the George Deem papers consists of scattered biographical materials, correspondence, project and subject files, printed material, and photographic materials. The bulk consists of writings, including a memoir of his early days in New York. Twenty-three notebooks include notes and drafts of writings about his artwork; activities and meetings with colleagues and friends are also recorded. Among the photographic materials are five photograph albums - four are devoted to George Deem, his family, and friends; the fifth houses photographs of Deem's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1938-circa 2013 (Boxes 1-2; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1954-2013 (Boxes 2-6; 4.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1978-2012 (Box 6; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1960-circa 2013 (Boxes 6-8; 1 linear feet)

Series 5: Project Files, 1952-circa 2013 (Boxes 8-13, Box 20; 5.0 linear feet)

Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1960-circa 2013 (Boxes 13-15; 1.4 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1966-circa 2013 (Boxes 15-16, OV 21; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, 1904-circa 2013 (Boxes 16-17, Box 20; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 9: Addition to the George Deem Papers, 1957-2015 (Boxes 17-19; 1.8 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
George Deem (1932-2008), a New York City based painter was best known for his original reinterpretations of the works of master painters. Raised on an Indiana farm, Deem showed an early interest in art and after graduating from Vincennes University in 1952 enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His studies were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army. He completed his program at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1955.

After moving to New York City in 1958, Deem worked in the display department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art while continuing to paint original works after hours. His work was first exhibited at Barnard College, and in 1963 he had his first one man show at the Allan Stone Gallery, which represented him throughout his career. Later he also was affilated with Nancy Hoffman Gallery and Pavel Zoubok Gallery.

Deem travelled abroad, spending considerable time in Italy where he was influenced by classical art and architecture and began painting realistic figural images. He was interested in reinventing and reconstructing the art of the past, borrowing from artists such as Vermeer, Caravaggio, Goya and Millet. Deem produced a series of paintings relating to Vermeer's work, finally writing a book about this endeavor, Art School and How to Paint a Vermeer. Deem also wrote poetry, was involved in set design, and danced at Bennington College and other venues.

Deem's work was acknowledged in the academic world and he served as artist in residence or visiting artist at MacDowell Colony, Illinois State University, and other institutions. His work appeared in museum exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and is included in the permanent collections of museums including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, New Britain Museum of American Art, and Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, as well as in private collections.

George Deem died in 2008 of lung cancer in New York City.
Provenance:
The George Deem papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2013 and 2015 by Ronald Vance, executor of the George Deem estate.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The George Deem 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:
Dancers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Mail art  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.deemgeor
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George Deem papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-deemgeor

Johannes Vermeer: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675 (formerly attributed to)  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, Dutch  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF003373
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_142182

I was Vermeer : the rise and fall of the twentieth century's greatest forger / Frank Wynne

Author:
Wynne, Frank  Search this
Subject:
Meegeren, Han van 1889-1947  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675 Forgeries  Search this
Physical description:
x, 276 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Netherlands
Date:
2006
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Art forgers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_823743

Vermeer's hat : the seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world / Timothy Brook

Author:
Brook, Timothy 1951-  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675 Themes, motives  Search this
Physical description:
272 p., 8 p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2008
17th century
Topic:
Civilization, Modern  Search this
Culture and globalization  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_837809

Seven painters : an introduction to pictures / by A.C. Ward

Author:
Ward, A. C (Alfred Charles) b. 1891  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Physical description:
82 p., [7] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 18cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1945
[1945?]
Call number:
ND1142 .W37 1945
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_851011

The forger's spell : a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century / Edward Dolnick

Author:
Dolnick, Edward 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Meegeren, Han van 1889-1947  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675 Forgeries  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 349 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Art and the war
Place:
Netherlands
Date:
2008
C2008
20th century
Topic:
Art treasures in war--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_899658

Tom Hunter

Author:
Hunter, Tom 1965-  Search this
Subject:
Hunter, Tom 1965-  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675 Parodies, imitations, etc  Search this
Physical description:
[78] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Parody in art  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_707692

Vermeer's camera : uncovering the truth behind the masterpieces / Philip Steadman

Author:
Steadman, Philip 1942-  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 207 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Photography, Pinhole  Search this
Camera obscuras  Search this
Painting, Dutch  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.V52 S74 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_626339

Gael Crimmins, Vermeer series : exhibition, February 14 through March 19, 1986

Author:
Crimmins, Gael 1941-  Search this
Struve Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Crimmins, Gael 1941- Exhibitions  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
[1986]
Call number:
ND237.C8172 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638030

A view of Delft : Vermeer and his contemporaries / Walter Liedtke

Title:
Vermeer and his contemporaries
Author:
Liedtke, Walter A  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
320 p., [32] p. of plates (some folded) : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Netherlands
Delft
Date:
2000
C2000
17th century
Topic:
Delft school of art  Search this
Painting, Dutch  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_676224

Van Meegeren's faked Vermeers and De Hooghs : a scientific examination / P. B. Coremans ; [translated from the French by A. Hardy and C. Hutt]

Author:
Coremans, Paul B  Search this
Subject:
Meegeren, Han van 1889-1947  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Hooch, Pieter de  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 40 p., [33] leaves of plates : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1949
C1949
Topic:
Art--Forgeries  Search this
Painting--Expertising  Search this
Art forgers  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.M496 C6 E1949
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_509906

All the paintings of Jan Vermeer. Text by Vitale Bloch. Translated from the Italian by Michael Kitson

Author:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Bloch, Vitale  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Physical description:
49 p. plates (part col.) 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
[1963]
Call number:
N40.1.V52 B55 1963
N40.1.V52B55 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_420444

Johannes Vermeer / [curators, Frederik J. Duparc and Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.]

Author:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Duparc, Frederik J  Search this
Wheelock, Arthur K  Search this
Mauritshuis (Hague, Netherlands)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Physical description:
229 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
C1995
Call number:
N40.1.V52 D93 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_485181

Vermeer & the art of painting / Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr

Title:
Vermeer and the art of painting
Author:
Wheelock, Arthur K  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675 Themes, motives  Search this
Physical description:
x, 205 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1995
C1995
Call number:
N40.1.V52 W56 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_485640

Vermeer : consciousness and the chamber of being / by Martin Pops

Author:
Pops, Martin  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 114 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
C1984
Topic:
Painting--Psychological aspects  Search this
Consciousness in art  Search this
Interior architecture in art  Search this
Environment (Aesthetics)  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.V52 P8
N40.1.V52P8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_308022

Vermeer, by Philip L. Hale; completed and prepared for the press by Frederick W. Coburn and Ralph T. Hale; with eighty one illustrations of which ten are in colour. Reproduced either from the paintings generally accepted as the work of Vermeer or from paintings sometimes attributed to him; together with examples of the work of some of his contemporaries and other material illustrating his surroundings

Author:
Hale, Philip Leslie 1865-1931  Search this
Coburn, Frederick William 1870-  Search this
Hale, Ralph Tracy 1880-  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 253 p. col. front., illus., plates (part col.) port., maps, facsims. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1937
[c1937]
Call number:
N40.1.V52 H16
N40.1.V52H16
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_361606

Art and autoradiography : insights into the genesis of paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and Vermeer

Author:
Ainsworth, Maryan Wynn  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Brookhaven National Laboratory Chemistry Department  Search this
Subject:
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn 1606-1669  Search this
Van Dyck, Anthony 1599-1641  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Physical description:
112 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
C1982
Topic:
Painting--Autoradiography  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.R38 A7
N40.1.R38A7
ND1635.A77 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_180933

In the light of Vermeer: five centuries of painting. Jubilee-Exhibition, Mauritshuis, 1816-1966, The Hague, 25 June-5 September 1966

Author:
Mauritshuis (Hague, Netherlands)  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Physical description:
[32] p., 66 plates. 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1967
[1967]
Topic:
Painting  Search this
Call number:
N5072.H14 I3 1967
N5072.H14I3 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_24619

Johannes Vermeer, painter of Delft, 1632-1675. [Translated from the Dutch ms. by C.M. Breuning-Williamson]

Author:
Swillens, P. T. A  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675  Search this
Physical description:
221 p. 80 plates. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1950
Call number:
N40.1.V52 S9 E1950
N40.1.V52S9 E1950
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_59633

Eye of the beholder : Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the reinvention of seeing / Laura J. Snyder

Author:
Snyder, Laura J.  Search this
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes 1632-1675 Knowledge Science  Search this
Leeuwenhoek, Antoni van 1632-1723  Search this
Physical description:
432 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Netherlands
Delft
Date:
2015
17th century
Topic:
Art and science--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1058315

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