The Smith Andersen Gallery records measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1981. The collection sheds light on the gallery's operations through artist files and scant exhibition and gallery files.
Scope and Contents:
The Smith Andersen Gallery records measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1981. The collection sheds light on the gallery's operations through artist files, exhibition files, and gallery files. Artist files are comprised of biographical summaries, correspondence with artists and other galleries, newspaper and magazine clippings, images of artwork, and more. Exhibition files include loan agreements, slides of artwork, correspondence, consignment records, and printed material. Gallery files contain correspondence, consignment records, and some photographs. The collection also includes correspondence, price lists, and printed material relating to the Institute of Experimental Printmaking.
The collection is arranged as two series.
Series 1: Artist Files, 1963-1981 (Box 1-2, OV 4; 1.4 linear feet)
Series 2: Exhibition and Gallery Files, 1970-1978 (Box 2-3; .5 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
The Smith Andersen Gallery was founded in Palo Alto, California, in 1969 by Paula and Phillip Kirkeby. The gallery represented contemporary artists working in a range of mediums, including fabric, paint, print, and sculpture; and had studio space inside for invited artists to use. In 1978, Paula Kirkeby, along with Joseph Goldyne and Mary Margaret Anderson, founded the fine arts print publishing company 3EP, LTD., in Palo Alto. In 1984, Paula Kirkeby took over the 3EP operations and renamed it Smith Andersen Editions. The Smith Andersen Gallery closed in 2016 upon Paula Kirkeby's death.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the records of 3EP Ltd., 1970-1984.
The collection was donated in several installments from 1977 to 1981 by Paula Z. Kirkeby, director of Smith Andersen Gallery.
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Art galleries, Commercial -- California
Smith Andersen Gallery records, 1963-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.