The collection is arranged as 7 series: Series 1: Biographical Information, circa 1950s-1983 (Box 1; 2 folders) Series 2: Business and Financial Records, 1940-1983 (Box 1; 12 folders) Series 3: Correspondence, 1937-1983 (Boxes 1-8; 7 linear feet) Series 4: Artwork, 1973 (Box 8; 1 folder) Series 5: Writings and Notes, 1967-1983 (Box 8; 3 folders) Series 6: Printed Material, 1950-1982 (Box 8; 2 folders) Series 7: David Smith Estate Materials (Boxes 9-11; 1.2 linear feet)
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The papers of art critic, author, and lecturer Clement Greenberg measure 8.6 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1983. The bulk of the collection consists of letters from art critics, artists, family, friends, galleries, and museums. Notable correspondents include Jack Bush, Anthony Caro, Richard Diebenkorn, Friedel Dzubas, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, Hans Hofmann, Morris Louis, Robert Motherwell, Charles Pollock, Jules Olitski, David Smith, and Anne Truitt among others. Also found are biograpical materials, personal business and financial records, an etching by Kurt Wisneski, printed materials, and two reports by Greenberg concerning his travels.
Clement Greenberg papers, 1937-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of this collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels N69-91, N70-7, and N737 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
The Portland Art Museum holds Clement Greenberg's private art collection as well as a library of exhibition catalogs. The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels N69-91, N70-7, and N737). Most, but not all, of these papers were later donated by Greenberg. Loaned materials not donated at a later date remain with the lender and are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Clement Greenberg was a highly influential art critic working in New York City from the 1940s through the 1960s. He was an advocate of modern art, particulary the abstract expressionist movement, and one of the first critics to recognize the significance of Jackson Pollock's work.
The collection is in English and French.
Clement Greenberg initally lent material for microfilming in 1968-1969. He donated most of this material with additional papers in several accretions between 1984 to 1991.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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