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Collection Creator:
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
(Boxes 1-2, 31-35, Sol 42; 6 linear feet)
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Series consists primarily of Nevelson's professional correspondence, as well as some personal and family correspondence. Files are typically made up of letters, invitations, greeting cards, and telegrams received by Nevelson, copies of letters sent on her behalf (by lawyers and assistants) or shared with her by others, and photographs, press releases, clippings, and other printed material enclosed with correspondence. Correspondents include artists, dealers, museums, universities, art critics, collectors, arts-related and social organizations, admirers, along with some friends, colleagues, and family members in addition to her son. (See appendix for a select list of notable correspondents.) General correspondence details the exhibition of Nevelson's work in various group and one-man shows; the consignment, sale, and disposition of her work, especially her dealings with the Martha Jackson Gallery and Daniel Cordier (in Europe); her donations of art work to museums and universities, and for auction by charitable organizations; and the various honors and awards received by her later in her career (including the Creative Arts Medal in Sculpture from Brandeis University and honorary degrees from the Philadelphia College of Art and Bowdoin College, among others). General correspondence also concerns Nevelson's various art-related activities, including her participation on various panels, and in workshops, conferences, and lecture series on art; her involvement in professional organizations, such as the Sculptor's Guild; and her service on various award juries and arts committees (such as the Arts and Entertainment Committee for the Rockefeller Team). Correspondence is arranged chronologically. Correspondence in this series from the 1966-1979 acquisition has been scanned in its entirety, except for Louise Nevelson's correspondence with her son, Mike. The bulk of correspondence donated by the Farnsworth Art Museum includes an item-level inventory, and is mostly separated by personal and business subject matter. See Appendix for a list of selected correspondents from Series 2.
Appendix: Selected Correspondents from Series 2:
List represents only a selection of correspondents and does not include names of family. Albright-Knox Art Gallery: 1971 American Federation of Arts: 1961, 1964 American Women in Radio and Television: 1959 Art in America -- : 1963, 1965 Art Institute of Chicago: 1962 The Artists' Gallery: 1955 Bloch, Ernest: 1933 Bourgeois, Louise: undated Bowdoin College: 1971 Brandeis University: 1971 Brooklyn Museum: 1956 Brooklyn Society of Artists: 1957 Buffalo Fine Arts Academy: 1962 Calder, Sandy: 1955 Chatham College: 1971 City of Scottsdale, Arizona: 1973 Cleveland Museum of Art: 1977 Colby College: 1957, 1973 Contemporary Arts Association of Houston: 1953 Cordier, Daniel: 1961 Dallas Museum of Fine Arts: 1974 Dehner, Dorothy: 1960 Detroit Institute of the Arts: 1966 Dord Fitz School and Gallery: 1960 Feininger, Lyonel: 1955 Galerie Jeanne-Bucher: 1961 Genauer, Emily: 1955 Grand Central Art Galleries: 1959 Guggenheim, Peggy: 1946 Hamline University: 1970, 1971 Harry Salpeter Gallery: 1961 Hirschhorn, Joseph: 1968 Hobart and William Smith Colleges: 1971 Indiana, Robert: 1966 Jackson, Martha (See Martha Jackson Gallery) Jacobi, Lotte: 1960, 1963, 1965 Kendall, Tom: 1959, 1961, undated Knox, Seymour: 1968 Kramer, Hilton: 1957 Lipman, Howard: 1962 Lipton, Seymour: 1955 Mademoiselle -- : 1961, 1962 Martha Jackson Gallery: 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1968, undated Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Visual Studies: 1971 Miller, Kenneth Hayes: 1931, 1933 Milone, Joe: 1941 Minneapolios College of Art and Design: 1971 Mount Holyoke College: 1962, 1964 Museum of Art, Carnegie Institution: 1967, 1971, 1974 Museum of Fine Arts of Houston: 1954 Museum of Modern Art: 1943, 1953, 1955, 1964, 1967, 1968 National Association of Women Artists: 1953, 1954 National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities: 1966 Neumann, Hans: 1962 Neumann, J. B.: 1954 New School for Social Research: 1961 The New York Times -- : 1968 New York State Council on the Arts: 1968 The New Yorker -- : 1967 Newsweek -- : 1967 Nierenforf, Karl: 1941, 1943, 1946 Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum: 1973 Ono, Yoko: 1971 Pace Gallery: 1976 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts: 1952, 1970 Philadelphia College of Art: 1961, 1968 Philadelphia Museum of Art: 1965 Princeton University: 1962 Queens College: 1958 Rhode Island School of Design: 1971 Riverside Museum: 1964 Rockefeller, Nelson: 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968 Roberts, Collette: 1952, 1953 Robus, Hugo: 1958 Rosenblum, Robert: 1958 Sewall, Mrs. Sumner: 1943 Silvermine Guild of Artists: 1953, 1954, 1955 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 1970, 1971 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: 1964, 1966 Tamarind Lithography Work Shop: 1971 Tate Gallery: 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968 Teachers College, Columbia University: 1964 Trenton State College: 1961 Tyler, Parker: 1958 United States Committee of the International Association of Art: 1971 University of Alabama, Department of Art: 1964 University of Bridgeport: 1971 University of Nebraska Art Galleries: 1951 Vogue -- : 1964 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: 1962 Walker Art Center: 1971, 1973 Weber, Max: 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951 Western College for Women: 1964 The White House: 1974 Whitney Museum of American Art: 1950, 1956, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967 Wichita State University: 1974 The Woman's College of The University of North Carolina: 1951 Women's Interart Center: 1973 Yale University, Department of Art: 1961
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Louise Nevelson papers, circa 1903-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
AAA.neveloui, Series 2
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