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Theodore F. Wolff at an exhibition installation

Photographer:
McKelvie, Kenneth H.  Search this
Subject:
Wolff, Theodore F.  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
197-?
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17796
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Theodore F. Wolff papers, 1920-2013, bulk 1977-2013
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17796
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Theodore F. Wolff papers, 1920-2013, bulk 1977-2013

Creator:
Wolff, Theodore F., 1926-2012  Search this
Subject:
Turrell, James  Search this
Miller, Melissa  Search this
Donati, Enrico  Search this
Hogue, Alexandre  Search this
Natkin, Robert  Search this
Landeck, Armin  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Witkin, Jerome  Search this
Kohlmeyer, Ida  Search this
Johnston, Ynez  Search this
Tacha, Athena  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6269
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216612
AAA_collcode_wolftheo
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216612
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Theodore F. Wolff papers

Creator:
Wolff, Theodore F.  Search this
Names:
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Donati, Enrico, 1909-2008  Search this
Hogue, Alexandre, 1898-  Search this
Johnston, Ynez, 1920-  Search this
Kohlmeyer, Ida, 1912-1997  Search this
Landeck, Armin, 1905-  Search this
Miller, Melissa  Search this
Natkin, Robert, 1930-  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Tacha, Athena, 1936-  Search this
Turrell, James  Search this
Witkin, Jerome  Search this
Extent:
8 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sketches
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Interviews
Date:
1920-2013
bulk 1977-2013
Summary:
The papers of art critic, writer, and painter Theodore F. Wolff measure 8 linear feet and date from 1920-2013, with the bulk of the material dating from 1977-2013. The collection documents Wolff's career through biographical material, correspondence, interviews, writings, subject files, printed material, a small amount of artwork, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art critic, writer, and painter Theodore F. Wolff measure 8 linear feet and date from 1920-2013, with the bulk of the material dating from 1977-2013. The collection documents Wolff's career through biographical material, correspondence, interviews, writings, subject files, printed material, a small portion of artwork, and photographs.

Biographical material consists of biographical data, curriculum vitae, and awards. Included are outgoing and incoming letters that document Wolff's activities as an art critic, appraiser, and fine arts consultant. A large portion of his correspondence is with artists. Among the correspondents are Richard Diebenkorn, Alexander Hogue, Ynez Johnston, Armin Landeck, Melissa Miller, Robert Natkin, Theodoros Stamos, Athena Tachna, Jerome Witkin, and the writer Tom Wolfe. There is significant correspondence with Morris Graves, James Hubbell, Clyfford Still, and Stow Wengenroth relating to their work and Wolff's writings.

Interviews consist of three interviews with Theodore F. Wolff as well as a panel discussion with Wolff and other artists. Found are interviews with Enrico Donati and James Turrell. Recordings are on five sound cassettes and three videocassettes. Writings consist of Wolff's reviews, mostly tearsheets for The Christian Monitor and draft versions of a book. Also included are talks and lectures on art and art education recorded on seven videocassettes and six sound cassettes. Subject files document Wolff's professional interests and relate to his writing projects, exhibitions, talks, and presentations. Included are interviews with artists that were used by Theodore Wolff as source material.

Printed material includes Theodore F. Wolff's published critical writings on art, artists, and education. Included are exhibition catalogs, brochures, journals, and monographs. Artwork consists of seventeen sketches by Wolff done early in his career. Photographs are of Theodore F. Wolff and with friends and colleagues, many of them unidentified. Included are photographs of Wolff with Ida Kohlmeyer.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1982-2013 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1920, 1951-2011 (Box 1; 0.75 linear feet)

Series 3: Interviews, circa 1990-2002 (Box 2; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, Talks, and Lectures, circa 1977-2005 (Boxes 2-4; 2.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Subject Files, circa 1940, 1964-2004 (Boxes 4-6; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1956-2006 (Boxes 6-8; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, 1942-1948 (Box 7, 1 folder)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1980-circa 2011 (Box 7; 0.25 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Theodore F. Wolff (1926-2012) was an art critic, writer, and painter in New York City.

Wolff attended the University of Wisconsin, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education in 1949 and a Masters degree in Art and Art History the following year. By the early 1950s, Wolff was living in San Francisco, where he began his professional career as a painter. In 1956, he and his wife, Collette Wolff, moved to New York. During this period, Wolff also worked as an art appraiser and fine arts consultant for collectors, galleries, and museums. In 1977, Wolff began writing art criticism for The Christian Science Monitor and held the post of art critic at the publication until 1990. In addition to his art columns to The Monitor, Wolff contributed critical and introductory essays on artists for exhibition catalogs and journals. Theodore F. Wolff taught and lectured on art and art education at museums, universities, and conferences. In 1982, he received the National Headliners Award for Consistently Outstanding Column on Art and the Art World Award for Distinguished Newspaper Art Criticism in 1983. In 1990, Theodore Wolff retired from The Christian Science Monitor. He devoted the latter part of his career to painting, writing, lecturing, and teaching.

Theodore F. Wolff died in 2012 in New York City. He is survived by his wife, Collette Wolff.
Provenance:
A small amount of material was donated in 1999 by Theodore F. Wolff. Additional papers were donated in 2013 by Collette Wolff, widow of Theodore F. Wolff.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Theodore F. Wolff 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 York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Interviews
Citation:
Theodore F. Wolff papers, 1920-2013, bulk 1977-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wolftheo
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Theodore F. Wolff papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wolftheo

John Wilde papers, 1935-2011

Creator:
Wilde, John, 1919-2006  Search this
Subject:
Hamady, Walter  Search this
Karidis, Jerome  Search this
Ernst, Max  Search this
Gardetto, Peter  Search this
Priebe, Karl J.  Search this
Bouras, Harry  Search this
Colescott, Warrington  Search this
Laird, Mary Louise  Search this
Seefeldt, Michael  Search this
Huppler, Dudley  Search this
Fein, Sylvia  Search this
Gardetto, Helga  Search this
Whitney, J. D.  Search this
Cozzolino, Robert  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Minasian, Khatchik  Search this
Terkel, Studs  Search this
Abercrombie, Gertrude  Search this
Economou, George  Search this
Glasier, Marshall  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F.  Search this
Lindbergh, Reeve  Search this
Tandem Press  Search this
Andrew Balkin Editions  Search this
Topic:
Drawings  Search this
Illustrated letters  Search this
Magic realism (Art)  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Collages  Search this
Sketchbooks  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Surrealism  Search this
Art  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Painters  Search this
Draftsmen (artists)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13425
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215872
AAA_collcode_wildjohn
Theme:
Diaries
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215872
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The many masks of modern art / Theodore F. Wolff

Author:
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 205 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
C1989
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6490.W65 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_416669

Annette

Artist:
Alberto Giacometti, Swiss, b. Borgonovo, 1901–1966  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
21 5/8 × 18 1/8 in. (54.8 × 46 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1961
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.2023
See more items in:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Surrealism (European)/Postwar European
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.2023

Enrico Donati : surrealism and beyond / Theodore F. Wolff

Author:
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Subject:
Donati, Enrico 1909- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
168 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
Topic:
Surrealism  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.D671 W65 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_506462

Morris Graves : flower paintings / Theodore F. Wolff ; with an introduction by John Yau

Title:
Flower paintings
Author:
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Graves, Morris 1910-2001  Search this
Subject:
Graves, Morris 1910-2001 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Flowers in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.G77 W85 1994
N40.1.G77 W85 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_469823

Joyce Treiman / Michael Duncan, Theodore F. Wolff

Author:
Duncan, Michael  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Treiman, Joyce  Search this
Subject:
Treiman, Joyce Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Treiman, Joyce Self-portraits  Search this
Physical description:
180 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1997
Topic:
Human figure in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.T773 D8 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_519511

Enrico Donati, 1909-2008 / [essay by Theodore F. Wolff.]

Artist:
Donati, Enrico 1909-2008  Search this
Contributor:
Wolff, Theodore F.  Search this
Host institution:
David Findlay Jr Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Donati, Enrico 1909-2008  Search this
Physical description:
[17] pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2014
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1031369

Koulbak : drawings : [exhibition] May 7-June 20, 1999 / Townsend Wolfe ; essay by Theodore F. Wolff

Title:
Drawings
Author:
Koulbak, Victor 1946-  Search this
Wolfe, Townsend  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Arkansas Arts Center  Search this
Subject:
Koulbak, Victor 1946- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 100 p. : col. ill. ; 34 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1999
C1999
Call number:
NC269.K68 A4 1999
N40.1.K8758x W6 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_564091

Terence La Noue : recent paintings and drawings

Author:
La Noue, Terence  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Arts Club of Chicago  Search this
Subject:
La Noue, Terence  Search this
Physical description:
[4] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
1983]
Call number:
N6537.L3 A4 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_940206

Theodoros Stamos : recent work

Author:
Stamos, Theodoros 1922-1997  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Louis Newman Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Stamos, Theodoros 1922-1997  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : col. ill., port. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
[1990]
Call number:
ND237.S647 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_957743

Ida Kohlmeyer : new dimensions, 1976-1986 : [exhibition] September 20-November 2, Tucson Museum of Art / essay by Theodore F. Wolff

Author:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-1997  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Tucson Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Kohlmeyer, Ida 1912-  Search this
Physical description:
[27] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
C1986
Call number:
ND237.K596 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639566

Will Barnet : five major paintings and related works on paper : April 23-May 21, 1994

Author:
Barnet, Will 1911-2012  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Terry Dintenfass, inc  Search this
Subject:
Barnet, Will 1911-  Search this
Physical description:
[18] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
[1994?]
Call number:
N6537.B22 B2 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640301

Morton Kaish : stars and stripes, blossoms and bridges : New York City, April 18-May 15, 1996 / [essay by Theodore F. Wolff]

Title:
Stars and stripes, blossoms and bridges
Author:
Kaish, Morton  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Hollis Taggart Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Kaish, Morton  Search this
Physical description:
[20] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
C1996
20th century
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND237.K34 A4 1996
ND237.K1535 A4 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_800945

Jerome Witkin / [text by Theodore Wolff]

Author:
Witkin, Jerome  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Sherry French Gallery  Search this
Delaware Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Witkin, Jerome  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
Call number:
ND237.W777 A4 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_829761

Morris Graves, the early works / essay by Theodore F. Wolff

Author:
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Museum of Northwest Art  Search this
Subject:
Graves, Morris 1910-2001  Search this
Physical description:
71 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
C1998
Call number:
N40.1.G77 W85e 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_537185

Wildeworld : the art of John Wilde / organized by Russell Panczenko, with an essay by Theodore F. Wolff

Title:
Wilde world
Author:
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
Panczenko, Russell  Search this
Wilde, John 1919-2006  Search this
Elvehjem Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Wilde, John 1919-2006  Search this
Physical description:
168 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1999
C1999
Call number:
N40.1.W6252 W6 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_590246

Theodoros Stamos : Arbeiten von 1945 bis 1984 = Works from 1945 to 1984 = Oeuvres de 1945 à 1984 [Ausstellung] 16.Juni bis 15.August 1984

Author:
Stamos, Theodoros 1922-1997  Search this
Cavaliere, Barbara  Search this
Wolff, Theodore F  Search this
M. Knoedler Zürich AG  Search this
Subject:
Stamos, Theodoros 1922-1997  Search this
Physical description:
319 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
[1984]
Call number:
ND.237.S647.A4.1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651891

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