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Piri Halasz papers

Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Names:
Caro, Anthony, 1924-  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-1988  Search this
Lipsky, Pat, 1941-  Search this
Louis, Morris, 1912-1962  Search this
Olitski, Jules, 1922-2007  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Poons, Larry  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Tofel, Jennings, 1891-1959  Search this
Truitt, Anne, 1921-2004  Search this
Extent:
1.8 linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Drafts (documents)
Lectures
Greeting cards
Manuscripts
Interviews
Photographs
Transcripts
Writings
Date:
1969-2009
Summary:
The papers of Piri Halasz are dated 1966-2009, and measure 1.8 linear feet. The collection consists of correspondence with Clement Greenberg and a number of well-known artists, manuscripts of articles, complete and partial drafts and transcripts of lectures and talks, interview transcripts, exhibition reviews, research, biographical material, photographs and printed material documenting her activities as an art critic, writer and curator. An unprocessed addition donated in 2017 includes biographical material, writings, 19 audio cassette tapes of interviews with various artists, curators, and critics, and two CDs containing images related to her lectures.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Piri Halasz are dated 1966-2009, and measure 1.8 linear feet. Correspondence with Clement Greenberg and a number of well-known artists, manuscripts of articles, drafts and transcripts of lectures and talks, interview transcripts, exhibition reviews, research, biographical material, photographs and printed material documenting her activities as an art critic, writer and curator. An unprocessed addition donated in 2017 includes biographical material, writings, 19 audio cassette tapes of interviews with various artists, curators, and critics, and two CDs containing images related to her lectures.

The series titled "Greenbergiana" contains various materials related to Greenberg, including an interview Halasz conducted with Greenberg in 1991, a questionnaire filled out by artist Pat Lipsky Sutton concerning Greenberg's ideas about her work, and items concerning his death and memorial services.

Correspondence contains letters from Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Anne Truitt, and others. There is a folder of greeting cards, some with original artwork, from artists of her acquaintance. Also found is correspondence with publishers about articles she submitted. Photographs are of Halasz and colleagues.

Writings include drafts of published and unpublished articles about Pablo Picasso, Ad Reinhardt, Abraham Rattner, Jennings Tofel, Larry Poons, Stanley William Hayter, Morris Louis, Manhattan museums, Randy Bloom and other subjects. There are transcripts of lectures and talks given by Halasz, and transcripts of interviews she conducted with Stanley William Hayter and Randy Bloom.

"A Year in the Life of Present Modernism," an exhibition curated by Halasz, was held in 1997-1998 at the Tribes Gallery, New York City. Documentation includes printed material, photographs, and biographical information about Halasz and participating artists.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 series:

Series 1: "Greenbergiana," 1989-1996(Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1969-2007 (Box 1; 0.2 linear ft.)

Series 3: Writings and Related Materials, 1980-2009 (Boxes 1-2; 0.6 linear ft.)

Series 4: "A Year in the Life of Present Modernism," 1996-1998 (Box 2; 1 folder)

Series 5: Unprocessed Addition, 1966-2005 (Box 3)
Biographical Note:
Piri Halasz (b. 1935) is an art critic, writer, lecturer, teacher, curator and blogger who focuses on the New York art scene and politics from the 1940s to the present. She corresponded with a number of well-known artists; her long-standing association with Clement Greenberg is represented in her correspondence, articles and interviews.

Halasz, a native New Yorker, attended Barnard College where she majored in English literature. After her graduation in 1956, Halasz worked at Time magazine for six years as a researcher, primarily in business news, before being promoted to writer. For the next six years, she wrote articles covering a range of subjects including obituaries, celebrities, books, current trends and world affairs. Her 1966 cover story for Time , "Swinging London," was a cultural snapshot of mid-1960s London that resulted in an invitation to write A Swinger's Guide to London. Published by Coward McCann in 1967, it is scheduled for republication in 2010 as part of the Authors Guild "Back in Print" program.

In 1967 Halasz was assigned to write the art page of Time. Her 1969 article about Helen Frankenthaler attracted the attention of Clement Greenberg and they became close friends. Greenberg encouraged her to leave Time, which she did in 1969.

She returned to Columbia in 1974 to pursue graduate studies in art history and obtained her PhD in 1982; a substantial section of Halasz's dissertation was devoted to Greenberg's philosophy. Halasz has since pursued a career as an art critic, writer, lecturer, teacher, curator and blogger. In 1996 she launched "From the Mayor's Doorstep," an online column of art criticism and politics which became a blog in 2010.

Halasz has taught at Columbia University, Hunter College, C. W. Post Center Long Island University, Molloy College, and Bethany College. She has published articles, primarily on art, in The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Arts Magazine, Art in America, ARTnews and NYArts.

Her self-published book, A Memoir of Creativity: Abstract Painting, Politics and the Media, 1958-2008 (iUniverse, 2009), is an insider's view of the publishing industry, the New York art scene and an explication of her theory of "multi-referential imagery. This theory posits that abstract painting refers to imagery that is unconsciously significant to the artist which then triggers recognition in the viewer.

Ms. Halasz lives and works in New York City.
Provenance:
Donated 2010 and 2017 by Piri Halasz.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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 critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drafts (documents)
Lectures
Greeting cards
Manuscripts
Interviews
Photographs
Transcripts
Writings
Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.halapiri
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"Greenbergiana,"

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1; 1 folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1989-1996
Scope and Contents note:
Materials relating to Greenberg consist of letters and cards concerning his death and memorial services, the transcript of an interview Halasz conducted with Greenberg in 1991, and a questionnaire about Greenburg completed by Pat Sutton. Also included are two issues of The Edmonton Review containing an interview with Greenberg and a tribute to him.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.halapiri, Series 1
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1; 0.2 linear ft.)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-2007
Scope and Contents note:
Among the correspondence are letters and greeting cards, several from artists, including original artwork by David Edison and Francine Tint.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.halapiri, Series 2
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Writings and Related Materials

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Extent:
(Boxes 1-2; 0.6 linear ft.)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980-2009
Scope and Contents note:
Included are partial drafts and final texts of articles (published and unpublished) and lectures. Also found are related materials such as correspondence about and contracts for lectures, and correspondence concerning articles not present in Halasz's papers.

The lecture titled "1946: As it Saw Itself" is about Ad Reinhardt. Included with this text is a reworking of Ad Reinhardt's Tree of Modern Art drawing by Smithsonian Fellows to commemorate her departure. The folder titled "National Museum of American Art" contains the text of a talk about Abraham Rattner. Materials regarding "Ella Blooms at the Gershwin" include the article published in Lingo #7, a photograph and the transcript of an interview with Randy Bloom.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.halapiri, Series 3
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"A Year in the Life of Present Modernism,"

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Extent:
(Box 2; 1 folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1996-1998
Scope and Contents note:
This series documents an exhibition curated by Halasz at the Tribes Gallery, New York City. Among the items are promotional reviews, exhibition views and biographical materials about Halasz and the seven artists represented: Randy Bloom, Frank Bowling, John Adams Griefen, Roy Lerner, Jill Nathanson, Pat Lipsky Sutton and Francine Tint.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.halapiri, Series 4
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Unprocessed Addition

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-2005
Scope and Contents:
The unprocessed addition of 1.0 linear feet includes biographical material, writings, 19 audio cassette tapes of interviews with carious artists, curators, and critics, and two CDs containing images from her lectures.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.halapiri, Series 5
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Articles, Published

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Articles, Unpublished

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Talks

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Frankenthaler, Helen

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983-2000
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Greenberg, Clement

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1989
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Greeting Cards

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987-2007
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Miscellaneous

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983-1998
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Olitski, Jules

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1984-1990
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Truitt, Anne

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983-1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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"The Impact of Expressionism in N.Y. in the 1940s,"

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Correspondence in response to Article on Multi-Referential Imagery

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Interview with Stanley William Hayter, and Article

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983-1984
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Correspondence regarding "Growing up Progressive,"

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988-1990
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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"Ella Blooms at the Gershwin,"

Collection Creator:
Halasz, Piri  Search this
Extent:
(2 folders)
Container:
Box 1, Folder 12-13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1991-1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Piri Halasz papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Piri Halasz papers, 1969-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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