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Genauer, Emily, 1910-2002  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd  Search this
Tamayo, Rufino  Search this
Carnegie, Dorothy  Search this
Chagall, Marc  Search this
Dalí, Salvador  Search this
Graham, Martha  Search this
Guggenheim, Harry Frank, 1890-1971  Search this
Still, Clyfford  Search this
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice)  Search this
Aronson, David  Search this
Bishop, Isabel  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
11.4 Linear feet
This collection is arranged as 6 series. Series 1: Correspondence and Letters, 1938-1991 (Box 1, 12, 0.8 linear feet) Series 2: Writings, circa 1930s-1990s (Box 1-3, 2.5 linear feet) Series 3: Research and Reference Files, circa 1920s-1990s (Box 4-6, 2.6 linear feet) Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1933-1992 (Box 6-7, 0.8 linear feet) Series 5: Printed Materials, circa 1920s-1990s (Box 7-9, 12, 1.6 linear feet) Series 6: Photographs, circa 1930s-1970s (Box 9-11, 12, 1.8 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The papers of art critic Emily Genauer measure 11.4 linear feet and date from circa 1920 to 1990. Found within the papers are correspondence with artists, gallery owners, and friends; extensive writings; research and reference files; personal business records; and photographs. Notable correspondents include David Aronson, Mrs. Max Beckman, Isabel Bishop, Dorothy Carnegie, Marc Chagall, Salvatore Dali, Stuart Davis, Martha Graham, Harry F. Guggenheim, Irene Rice Pereira, Clyfford Still, Rufino Tamayo, and Frank Lloyd Wright, among many others.
Emily Genauer papers, circa 1920-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reel NG1 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care Pool Fund.
Use Note:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel NG1) including 300 letters, photographs, and printed material. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Biography Note:
Emily Genauer (1911-2002) was a modern art critic and columinst working in New York City from 1932 until well into the 1980s. In 1974, she won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished art criticism.
Genauer was born in 1911 in Staten Island. She attended Hunter College and Columbia University, majoring in Journalism. She began her writing career in 1929 with the New York World , which later became the New York World-Telegram. She became a strong advocate for modern art and sculpture and introduced modern artists like Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera to the newspaper audience. She also followed lesser known artists and often visited their studios, and they, in return, regularly read her articles and reviews of their shows.
Genauer left the New York World-Telegram in 1949 after a dispute with the owner who accused her writing as overly sympathetic to "Communists and left-wingers" and told her she could no longer write about Picasso. She immediately went to work as the art critic for the New York Herald Tribune , where she worked until 1967, when it folded. She then wrote a regular column for the Newsday Syndicate until the mid-1970s. She also worked for Harper's and in television and served on the council for the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1966 to 1970. Genauer was the author of a number of books, including The Best of Art , Chagall at the Met , and Rufino Tamayo .
Genauer passed away in 2002 in New York City at the age of 91.
Language Note:
The collection is in English
Emily Genauer lent letters on reel NG1 for microfilming 1959. Constance Roche, daughter of Emily Genauer, donated additional papers in 2000 and 2003.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Women art critics  Search this
Women  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art