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Roberts, Colette Jacqueline, 1910-1971  Search this
Cavallon, Giorgio  Search this
Snelson, Kenneth  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya  Search this
Le Prat, Thérèse  Search this
Soulages, Pierre  Search this
Marisol  Search this
Hartl, Léon  Search this
Venet, Bernar  Search this
Stern, Philippe  Search this
Bauermeister, Mary  Search this
Hamilton, George Heard  Search this
Wilson, Jane  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Moy, Seong  Search this
Zuka  Search this
Lamb, Alberto Cifolelli  Search this
Ferren, John  Search this
Dehner, Dorothy  Search this
Sandberg, H.  Search this
Schwabacher, Ethel  Search this
Damisch, Hubert  Search this
Manso, Leo  Search this
Bissière, Roger  Search this
Jenkins, Paul  Search this
Smith, Leon Polk  Search this
Nesbitt, Lowell  Search this
Miles, Jeanne Patterson  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Tuttle, Richard  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Huyghe, René  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam  Search this
Lam, Jennett  Search this
Novak, Giora  Search this
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Candell, Victor  Search this
Watts, Robert M.  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Baber, Alice  Search this
Boxer, Stanley  Search this
Adler, Samuel  Search this
Balzac  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Drude, Helene  Search this
Geoffrey, J. Iqbal  Search this
Hamilton, Richard  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Bachet, F.  Search this
Gray, Cleve  Search this
Ernst, Jimmy  Search this
Hare, David  Search this
Cooke, Kathleen McKeith  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Chryssa  Search this
Ekstrom, Arne H.  Search this
Dodd, Lamar  Search this
Norotzky, Norman  Search this
Fine, Albert M.  Search this
Hopkins, Budd  Search this
Hultberg, John  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Reid, Robert Dennis  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
Ortman, George Earl  Search this
Yunkers, Adja  Search this
Campbell, Kenneth  Search this
Natkin, Robert  Search this
Bearden, Romare  Search this
Karp, Ivan C.  Search this
Nevelson, Mike  Search this
Kanovitz, Howard  Search this
Levee, John H.  Search this
Bishop, Isabel  Search this
Sterne, Hedda  Search this
Barrie, Erwin S.  Search this
Lindner, Richard  Search this
Gillet, R. G.  Search this
Guerrero, José  Search this
Picabia, Gabrielle  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William  Search this
Pfriem, Bernard A.  Search this
Kaupelis, Robert  Search this
Landsman, Stanley  Search this
Deem, George  Search this
Twiggs, Russell  Search this
Vollmer, Ruth Landshoff  Search this
Vieira da Silva  Search this
Pavlowsky, Jacqueline  Search this
Botkin, Henry  Search this
Lund, David  Search this
Day, John  Search this
Cunningham, Ben  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
Sarkisian, Sarkis  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
New York University  Search this
Grand Central Moderns (Gallery)  Search this
Le Point Cardinal (Gallery)  Search this
British Broadcasting Corporation  Search this
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
10.2 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The papers of New York City and Paris art historian, educator, and gallerist Colette Roberts measure 10.2 linear feet and date from 1918 to 1971. Papers include correspondence, writings, teaching records, project proposals, gallery records from Grand Central Moderns Gallery, clippings, Roberts' printed articles, press releases, exhibition catalogs, posters, photographs, and a few works of art on paper. Also found are 124 interviews with contemporary artists conducted by Roberts.<br /> Significant correspondents include Sam Adler, Erwin Barrie, Hubert Damisch, George Deem, Mesdames de Harting and de Tinan, Lamar Dodd, Hélène Drude (Le Point Cardinal gallery), Arne Ekstrom, Albert M. Fine (Fluxus artist), Iqbal Geoffrey, R.G. Gilllet, Adolph Gottlieb, Cleve Gray, Leon Hartl, Jennett Lam, Alberto Cifolelli Lamb, Mike Nevelson, Norman Norotzky, Jacqueline Pavlowsky, Abe Rattner, Ad Reinhardt, H. Sandberg, Philippe Stern, Russell Twiggs, and Zuka.<br /> Writings by Roberts include manuscripts and articles about artists, writings about her own art, personal writings, working notes from interviews and classes, reviews, and translations between English and French.<br /> Among the personal records are Robert's files relating to teaching, charitable activities, and exhibitions. Also found are gallery records from Grand Central Moderns Gallery, including artist résumés, a card file of Page 3 artworks with provenance information, exhibition catalogs and announcements, membership records, posters, publicity, and sales records.<br /> Printed materials in the collection include clippings, Roberts' printed articles, press releases, and other exhibition catalogs and announcements. Photographs are of Roberts, artists, including Ad Reinhardt, classes, art spaces, and works of art. A small number of artworks on paper are also found, including Fluxus art stamps and a printed picture of Ray Johnson stamped "DOUGHNUT FESTIVAL."<br /> Documentation of interviews with artists conducted by Roberts includes a card index file, a few transcripts, and the original sound recordings. Most of the recordings are interviews with artists that Roberts created during a class she taught at New York University between 1957 and 1971 called "Meet the Artist," including Dorothy Dehner, John Ferren, Ray Johnson, Ivan Karp, Thérèse le Prat, Richard Lindner, Seong Moy, Brian O'Doherty, Man Ray, Ethel Schwabacher, Hedda Sterne, Marie Helena Vieira da Silva, and many others. In preparation for magazine articles, Roberts conducted more extensive interviews with Chryssa, Marcel Duchamp, Adolph Gottlieb, and Louise Nevelson. A few of the recordings of Marcel Duchamp were not created by Roberts. In addition to Roberts' interviews, a few scattered recordings of lectures, interviews conducted by people other than Roberts, and other miscellany are found among the sound recordings.
Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, 1918-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
All of the sound recordings in this collection were digitized for research access in 2009-2010 and are available at the Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original sound tape reels for the archival notations on them, but original reels are not available for playback due to fragility.
Bauermeister, Duchamp (spring 1963 interview only), Gottlieb (1964 interview only), Hultberg, Lam (Apr-May 1968 only), Lindner (1965 only), and Nevelson (1968 only): are transcribed.
Related Materials:
A copy of a 1967 oral history with Adolf Gottlieb conducted by Dorothy Seckler for the Archives of American Art oral history program, which was found in Roberts' papers, has been returned to the Archives' oral history collection.
Additional papers and recordings of Colette Roberts are held by Syracuse University Library Special Collections Research Center.
Biography Note:
Colette Roberts (1910-1971) was an art critic and former director of the Grand Central Moderns Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Language Note:
Some of the interviews are in French.
The sound recordings and transcripts of interviews with artists, were donated by Colette Roberts in 1970. The remaining papers were donated by her son, Richard B. Roberts, in 1973.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Painting, Modern  Search this
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Archives of American Art