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Otto and Ilse Gerson papers

Creator:
Gerson, Otto  Search this
Gerson, Ilse, 1901-1980  Search this
Names:
Fine Arts Associates  Search this
Galerie Dina Vierny  Search this
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery  Search this
Otto Gerson Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
Marcks, Gerhard  Search this
Smith, David, 1906-1965  Search this
Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851  Search this
Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954  Search this
Wotruba, Fritz, 1907-1975  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1933-1980
Summary:
The papers of New York art dealers and gallery owners Otto and Ilse Gerson measure 3 linear feet and date from 1933 to 1980. This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, exhibition files, artists' files, collectors' files, business records, inventory and stock records, printed materials, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York art dealers and gallery owners Otto and Ilse Gerson measure 3 linear feet and date from 1933 to 1980. This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, exhibition files, artists' files, collectors' files, business records, inventory and stock records, printed materials, and photographs.

Biographical material consists of Otto and Ilse Gerson's naturalization certificates and Ilse Gerson's will.

Correspondence includes a mixture of personal and professional letters. There are a few scattered letters between Otto and Ilse Gerson as well as correspondence with clients, museums, dealers, and artists. Notable correspondents include art dealer Curt Valentin and the artist Gerhard Marcks. There is also correspondence with the Dina Vierny Gallery in Paris, France.

There is a small number of files on the Joseph Mallord William Turner exhibition at Gerson Gallery in 1960 which include correspondence, loan forms, and printed material.

Artists' files contain correspondence, estimates, inventories, sales records, and printed material for art work by five different artists such as Jacques Lipchitz, David Smith, and Fritz Wotruba.

Collectors' files include correspondence, invoices, photographs, and other material related to purchases by various art collectors.

Business records consist of purchase and sales records, audit reports, balance sheets, certificates of authenticity, a sales ledger, and legal documents regarding the business conducted by Fine Arts Associates and Otto Gerson Gallery, and legal agreements and contracts related to the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery merger.

Inventory and stock records include assorted art inventories, a stock book, and stock cards for artists.

Printed material includes a few Gerson Gallery exhibition catalogs and clippings of exhibition reviews.

Photographs consists of a few snapshots of Otto and Ilse Gerson and images of gallery installations.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1933-1973 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1937-1980 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Turner Exhibition Files, 1960-1961 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 4: Artists' Files, 1950-1966 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 5: Collectors' Files, 1956-1966 (0.3 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 6: Business Records, circa 1945-1964 (0.3 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 7: Inventory and Stock Records, 1946-1965 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1951-1962 (0.1 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1945-circa 1960 (2 folders; Box 3)
Biographical / Historical:
Otto Gerson was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States, where he met and married Ilse Goehler in 1939. They both became U.S. citizens and together they rose to prominence as art dealers in New York City, circa 1940-1962, bringing works by noted post-war European (and some American) artists to the American market.

The Gersons also owned and operated galleries in New York, including Fine Arts Associates and Gerson Gallery. The Gerson Gallery was located at 41 East 57th Street in New York City and later merged with another gallery to form the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery around 1963, shortly after Otto Gerson's death.
Provenance:
The Otto and Ilse Gerson papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1984 by Indian Head Bank North on behalf of Otto and Ilse Gerson.
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.
Rights:
The Otto and Ilse Gerson 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:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Gallery owners  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Otto and Ilse Gerson papers, 1933-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gersotto
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Otto and Ilse Gerson papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gersotto

Wotruba : Schüler, Freunde, Zeitgenossen : innerer Burghof und Galerie Hassfurther, verkaufsausstellung, 14. September bis 28. November 1995

Title:
Shüler, Freunde, Zeitgenossen
Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Breicha, Otto  Search this
Galerie, Auktionshaus und Antiquariat für Kunst und Wissenschaft Wolfdietrich Hassfurther  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, portraits ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Austria
Date:
1995
Topic:
Sculptors  Search this
Artists  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_622650

Fritz Wotruba: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, Austrian  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF003236
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_142011

Seated Figure, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Medium:
Limestone
Type:
Sculptures
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Owner/Location:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery 1285 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo New York 14222 Accession Number: 67:1
Date:
1959
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Figure  Search this
Control number:
IAS 33660103
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_466721

Zeitlos : das Menschenbild in der Skulptur und Zeichnung Fritz Wotrubas ; eine Retrospektive / Wilfried Seipel (HG.)

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Seipel, Wilfried  Search this
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien  Search this
Palais Harrach  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
111 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 x 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
[1995?]
Call number:
N6811.5.W67 A4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_624896

Fritz Wotruba : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Gent

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (Ghent, Belgium)  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
1 portfolio, 12 p. (2 folded sheets) : ill. ; ;28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
Call number:
NB511.5.W6 A4 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636268

Fritz Wotruba

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Galerie Welz, Salzburg  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 17 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1959
C1959
Call number:
NB.511.5.W6A4.1959
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638471

Fritz Wotruba, Humanität aus dem Stein, von Friedrich Heer, aus persönalichen Aufzeichnungen von Fritz Wotruba

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Heer, Friedrich 1916-1983  Search this
Physical description:
128 p. illus
Type:
Books
Date:
1961
[c1961]
Call number:
NB.511.5.W6.H43
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640422

Wotruba [exhibition] March, 1964

Author:
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
34 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1964
1964]
Call number:
NB511.5.W6 A4 1964
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640861

Wotruba : Zeichnungen 1925-1950 : Kunsthaus Zürich, Graphisches Kabinett, 9. Juni-14. August 1988

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Kunsthaus Zürich  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill., 1 port. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
C1988
Call number:
NC245.W6 A4 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640862

Fritz Wotruba : [Ausstellung], Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zürich, März-April 1963

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Galerie Charles Lienhard  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
[32] p. : ill., port. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1963
C1963
Call number:
NB511.5.W6 A4 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_644225

Wotruba, 1907-1975, Skulpturen : 29. Mai bis 5. Juli 1986

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Graphisches Kabinett Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill., port. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
[1986]
Call number:
NB511.5.W6 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649212

Wotruba : Figur als Widerstand : Bilder u. Schriften zu Leben u. Werk : Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien und der Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Wiener Secession, 20.10-23.12.1977 / hrsg. von Otto Breicha

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Breicha, Otto  Search this
Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien  Search this
Wiener Secession  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
256 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Austria
Date:
1977
C1977
Topic:
Artists' preparatory studies--Exhibitions  Search this
Sculptors--Biography--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NB511.5.W6 A4 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651142

Fritz Wotruba / [Redaktion, Otto Breicha, Jürg Janett]

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Breicha, Otto  Search this
Janett, Jürg  Search this
Kunsthaus Zug  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
146 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1992
C1992
Call number:
NB511.5.W6 A4 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651357

Fritz Wotruba / [hrg. von] Friedrich Heer

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Heer, Friedrich 1916-1983  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975 Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
157 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1977
Call number:
NB511.5.W6 A4 1977a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652201

Fritz Wotruba : Druckgraphik, 1950-1975 : 11. Mai-9. Juli 1989 / [Ausstellung und Katalog, Erwin Mitsch, Renata Antoniou]

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Mitsch, Erwin 1931-  Search this
Antoniou, Renata  Search this
Graphische Sammlung Albertina  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Graphische Sammlung Albertina  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Austria
Vienna
Date:
1989
[1989]
Topic:
Prints--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NE646.W65 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_656906

Dialog mit der Moderne : Fritz Wotruba und die Sammlung Kamm : Katalog der Stiftung Sammlung Kamm / herausgegeben von Matthias Haldemann

Title:
Fritz Wotruba und die Sammlung Kamm
Katalog der Stiftung Sammlung Kamm
Author:
Haldemann, Matthias  Search this
Kunsthaus Zug  Search this
Stiftung Sammlung Kamm  Search this
Subject:
Kamm, Fritz Art collections  Search this
Kamm, Fritz Art collections Art patronage  Search this
Kamm, Editha Art collections  Search this
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Galerie Würthle History  Search this
Physical description:
297 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
20th century
Topic:
Art, Austrian  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Call number:
N5240 .D43 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_663931

Fritz Wotruba. Sochy a kresby. [Katalog] výstavy, Praha, 15. dubna-11 června 1969. Texty: Werner Hofmann, Jiří Lpta;ík. Něm. texty [z cĕs̆.] pr̆el. Ferdinand Kirschner

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Hofmann, Werner 1928-2013  Search this
Kotalík, Jiří  Search this
Národní galerie v Praze  Search this
Physical description:
[15] p. [32] p. of plates. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
Call number:
NB534.5.W6 H6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_668717

Um Wotruba. Schriftum zum Werk. Mit Beiträgen von Theodor W. Adorno [u.a.] [Illustriert]

Author:
Breicha, Otto  Search this
Adorno, Theodor W. 1903-1969  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
247 p. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
(1967)
Call number:
NB538.W6 B7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_668787

Wotruba : [exposition]

Author:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Museum am Ostwall (Dortmund, Germany)  Search this
Galerie Claude Bernard  Search this
Subject:
Wotruba, Fritz 1907-1975  Search this
Physical description:
[26] p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1961
Call number:
N40.1.W921 M9
N40.1.W921M9
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_307751

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