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Creator:
Benn, Ben, 1884-1983  Search this
Subject:
Bluemner, Oscar  Search this
Benn, Velida  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Geist, Sidney  Search this
Van Dine, S. S.  Search this
Artists' Gallery (New York, N.Y)  Search this
Harry Salpeter Gallery  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Walker Art Center  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Illustrated letters
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
6.3 Linear feet
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into seven series based primarily on type of material. Material within each series is arranged chronologically. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1983, undated (Box 1; 2 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1906-1993, undated (Boxes 1-4; 4.0 linear ft.) Series 3: Diaries, Notebooks, and Scrapbooks, 1915-1977, undated (Boxes 4-5; 11 folders) Series 4: Personal Business Records, circa 1910-1979, undated (Box 5; 9 folders) Series 5: Artwork, 1924-1974, undated (Box 5,7; 6 folders, 6 oversized items) Series 6: Printed Material, 1911-1991, undated (Boxes 5-6; 2.0 linear ft.) Series 7: Photographs and Negatives, 1920-1969, undated (Box 6; 6 folders)
Access Note / Rights:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
Summary:
The papers of modernist painter Ben Benn measure 6.3 linear feet and date from 1906 through 1977, with the bulk of the papers dating from circa 1920 - circa 1970. The collection includes correspondence between Benn and his wife Velida Benn and letters from Oscar Bluemner, Max Weber, Joseph Stella, and other artists. Also found are sketches, sketchbooks, diaries, scrapbooks, personal business records, clippings, photographs, exhibition catalogs, art journals, and auction catalogs. Some of the printed material is quite rare.
Citation:
Ben Benn papers, 1905-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
Biography Note:
New York painter Ben Benn was born in Russia in 1884 as Benjamin Rosenberg and died in 1983. Benn studied drawing and painting at the National Academy of Design from 1904-1908 and had his first exhibition, "Oils by Eight American Artists," at the Artists' Gallery in 1907. In 1916, Benn participated in the "Forum Exhibition of Modern American Painters" at the Anderson Galleries, along with artists Thomas Hart Benton, Oscar Bluemner, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Man Ray, Abraham Walkowitz, and others. The exhibition was important in advancing the cause of modern art in American, particularly the American avant-garde and was recreated by the Whitney in 1983.
Language Note:
English .
Provenance:
The Ben Benn papers were donated by Benn's nephew Peter Rosenberg to the Archives of American Art in 1988.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting, American -- Economic aspects  Search this
Painting, American -- 20th century  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6209
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216494
AAA_collcode_bennben
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216494