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Karp, Ivan C., 1926-2012  Search this
OK Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Wesselmann, Tom  Search this
Rohm, Robert  Search this
Salt, John  Search this
Kacere, John C.  Search this
McLean, Richard Thorpe  Search this
Goings, Ralph  Search this
Grinder, Robert  Search this
Hanson, Duane  Search this
Karp, Marilynn Gelfman  Search this
Baeder, John  Search this
Butterfield, Deborah  Search this
Castanis, Muriel  Search this
Celender, Don  Search this
Clarke, John Clem  Search this
De Andrea, John  Search this
Dufresne, Leonard  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
80.3 Linear feet
This collection is arranged in 8 series: Series 1: Correspondence, 1960-2013 (Boxes 1-2B; 2.4 linear feet) Series 2: Administrative Files, 1969-2014 (Box 3; 0.7 linear feet) Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1969-2014 (Boxes 3-4; 1.2 linear feet) Series 4: Artist Files, 1967-2014 (Boxes 4-38, 80; 34 linear feet) Series 5: Printed Material, 1963-2014 (Boxes 38-44, 80, OV 88 - OV 90; 5.2 linear feet) Series 6: Artwork, 1970s-circa 1980 (Box 44, OV 81-OV 87; 0.8 linear feet) Series 7: Photographic Materials, 1960s-2014, bulk 1969-1999 (Boxes 44-76; 32 linear feet) Series 8: Ivan C. Karp Personal Papers, 1961-2012 (Boxes 76-79; 4 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original material requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records measure 80.3 linear feet and are dated 1960-2014. The collection documents the operation and activities of the contemporary art gallery founded by Ivan C. Karp in the SoHo area of Manhattan. Exhibition files, artist files, printed material and photographic materials reveal the wide range of artists represented by OK Harris and the gallery's role in introducing Photo-realism to the public. Aso included are administrative files, prints by OK Harris artists, business and personal correspondence, 39 journals by Karp spanning a period of 62 years, and other personal papers. Material pre-dating the 1969 establishment of OK Harris Works of Art consists of printed items and a few letters.
Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records, 1960-2014. 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.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews with Ivan C. Karp conducted by Richard Brown Baker, 1963 October 18; by Paul Cummings, 1969 March 12; and by Ronny Cohen, 1986 April 17-1988 October 18. The Marilynn Gelfman Karp Collection of Ephemera owned by the New-York Historical Society includes OK Harris printed material, prints, and posters.
Biography Note:
OK Harris Works of Art specialized in a wide range of contemporary art and was known for its early support of Photo-realism. When it opened in 1969, the gallery was one of the first to operate in the SoHo area of Manhattan and its presence helped shape the neighborhood's development into a vibrant arts district.
Language Note:
The majority of the collection is in English; some material is in French and German.
Marilynn Karp, wife of Ivan C. Karp, donated scattered papers in 2011 and 2013, and the bulk of the collection in 2014.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Photo-realism  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
Art Gallery Records
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art