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Tibor de Nagy Gallery  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich)  Search this
Rose, Leatrice  Search this
De Nagy, Tibor  Search this
Ciarrocchi, Ray  Search this
Reginato, Peter  Search this
Castoro, Rosemarie  Search this
Penney, Charles Rand  Search this
Robbin, Tony  Search this
Witteman-Widrig, Nancy  Search this
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy  Search this
Kozloff, Joyce  Search this
Hirsch, Pauli  Search this
Grooms, Red  Search this
Gregor, Harold  Search this
Goodnough, Robert  Search this
Art in America  Search this
United States Information Agency  Search this
Art Dealers Association of America  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
43.9 Linear feet; 3.26 Gigabytes
The Tibor de Nagy Gallery records are arranged into seven series. Series 1: Business Records and Correpondence, 1950-1993 (10 linear feet; Boxes 1-10) Series 2: Exhibition Files, 1941-1992 (2 linear feet; Boxes 11-12) Series 3: Artist Files, 1956-1993 (18.6 linear feet; Boxes 13-31, 46) Series 4: Financial and Legal Records, 1951-1984 (3.5 linear feet; Boxes 31-34) Series 5: Inventory Records, 1952-1989 (9 linear feet; Boxes 34-43) Series 6: Houston Branch Records, 1969-1984 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 43-45) Series 7: Exhibition Announcements, 1953-2016 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 47-48)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
The records of the New York Tibor de Nagy Gallery measure 43.9 linear feet and date from 1941-2016. The records document the activities of the gallery through business records and correspondence, exhibition files, artist files, financial and legal records, inventory records, and a small amount of records of the Houston Branch.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery records, 1941-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Use Note:
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Related Materials:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are an oral history interview with Tibor de Nagy, March 29, 1976 conducted by Paul Cummings; the John Bernard Myers papers (which do not contain documentation of his work at the gallery); and the Watson/de Nagy Houston gallery records available only on microfilm, a small portion of which may also be duplicated in the original records described in this finding aid.
Biography Note:
One of the earliest modern art galleries in New York, Tibor de Nagy Gallery was founded in 1950 by Tibor de Nagy and John Bernard Myers. Initially the gallery featured the work of second generation Abstract Expressionists and continues to operate today with a focus on the Post War second generation New York School.
John B. Myers served as the gallery's first director and De Nagy was the business manager while continuing to work in the banking business. Early on, the gallery introduced and promoted second generation Abstract Expressionists such as Grace Hartigan and Alfred Leslie. The gallery quickly earned a reputation for promoting the work of emerging artists, including Carl Andre, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Red Grooms, Fairfield Porter, and Larry Rivers, among others, giving many of them their first solo shows.
Later the gallery gained a reputation as a space for collaborative artistic ventures and organized exhibitions that combined visual imagery and poetry by several New York School poets. The gallery also published books by poets John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler, as well as a poetry newsletter entitled Semi-Colon .
In 1973 de Nagy teamed with Marvin Watson to open the Watson/deNagy Gallery in Houston, which closed in 1983. Tibor de Nagy retired from banking in 1970 and continued running the gallery until he died in 1993. The Tibor de Nagy gallery continues operating today at 724 Fifth Avenue under the direction of Andrew Arnot and Eric Brown. It also works with a number of estates, including those of Joe Brainard, Rudy Burckhardt, Donald Evans, and Jess.
Language Note:
The collection is in English.
The records were donated by Tibor de Nagy Gallery in multiple accessions between 1993-1996 and in 2018. Additional material about the exhibition, Digital Explorations: Emerging Visions in art , 1988, donated in 2020 by one of the exhibition curators, Ligia Ercius-DiPaola.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art