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Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk, 1930-1994

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Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Adams, Ansel 1902-1984  Search this
Albright, Ivan 1897-1983  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander 1887-1964  Search this
Arp, Jean 1887-1966  Search this
Barr, Alfred H. Jr. 1902-1981  Search this
Calder, Alexander 1898-1976  Search this
Chagall, Marc 1887-1985  Search this
Chavez Morado, José 1909-2002  Search this
De Kooning, Willem 1904-1997  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter 1891-1978  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel 1887-1968  Search this
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Ernst, Jimmy 1920-1984  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire 1908-1997  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser 1898-1978  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto 1901-1966  Search this
Grabe, Klaus  Search this
Graves, Robert 1895-1985  Search this
Guggenheim, Peggy 1898-  Search this
Guston, Philip 1913-1980  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William 1901-1988  Search this
Hofmann, Hans 1880-1966  Search this
Inverarity, Robert Bruce 1909-1999  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily 1866-1944  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy 1906-2001  Search this
Kepes, Juliet  Search this
Klee, Paul 1879-1940  Search this
Kline, Franz 1910-1962  Search this
Knox, Seymour H. 1898-1990  Search this
Johnson, Philip 1906-2005  Search this
Léger, Fernand 1881-1955  Search this
Le Corbusier 1887-1965  Search this
Lundeberg, Helen 1908-1999  Search this
Lye, Len 1901-1980  Search this
Mérida, Carlos 1891-1984  Search this
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig 1886-1969  Search this
Millier, Arthur 1893-  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László 1895-1946  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Nutting, Muriel Leone Tyler b. 1892  Search this
Nutting, Myron Chester 1890-1972  Search this
O'Higgins, Pablo 1904-  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente 1883-1949  Search this
Ozbekhan, Hasan 1921-2007  Search this
Perkins, Frances  Search this
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Ray, Man 1890-1976  Search this
Rich, Daniel Catton 1904-1976  Search this
Rothko, Mark 1903-1970  Search this
Sandburg, Carl 1878-1967  Search this
Seligmann, Kurt 1900-1962  Search this
Shahn, Ben 1898-1969  Search this
Spaeth, Otto d. 1966  Search this
Sterne, Hedda 1910-2011  Search this
Stevenson, Adlai E (Adlai Ewing) 1900-1965  Search this
Still, Clyfford 1904-1980  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Winston, Harry Lewis  Search this
Young, Victor  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Arensberg, Louise S (Louise Stevenson) 1879-1953  Search this
Arensberg, Walter 1878-1954  Search this
Barnet, Will 1911-2012  Search this
Biddle, George 1885-1973  Search this
Breuer, Marcel 1902-  Search this
Campoli, Cosmo  Search this
Chermayeff, Serge 1900-  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Cox, Richard  Search this
Davis, Stuart 1892-1964  Search this
Day, Worden 1916-1986  Search this
Friendly, Fred W  Search this
Golub, Leon 1922-2004  Search this
Goto, Joseph 1920-  Search this
Hare, David 1917-1992  Search this
Hare, Denise Browne  Search this
Hélion, Jean 1904-1987  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H  Search this
Johnson, Ray 1927-1995  Search this
Johns, Jasper 1930-  Search this
Putnam, Wallace 1899-1989  Search this
Shackelford, Shelby  Search this
Tanning, Dorothea 1910-2012  Search this
Woolf, Olga  Search this
Thiel, Philip  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago Faculty  Search this
Katharine Kuh Gallery (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Pollack, Peter 1909-1978  Search this
Physical description:
12.0 linear feet
Collection descriptions
Sound recordings
United States
New York (State)
New York
bulk 1930-1994
20th century
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 265, 267, 2225-2227, and 2288 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.
Additional Katharine Kuh papers also located at: Yale University.
Katharine Kuh (1904-1994) was an art consultant, curator, and critic working in Chicago and New York City.
Finding aid available.
Donated 1971-1994 by Katharine Kuh and the Katharine Kuh estate. In addition, 147 works of art determined to have been made expressly for Kuh, or dedicated to her, were donated 1995 by the Art Institute of Chicago, which had received them from the Kuh estate along with other works of art in Kuh's collection.
Addl. KW Subjects:
Art galleries, Commercial Illinois Chicago
Art critics New York (State) New York
Authors Illinois Chicago
The papers of art historian, dealer, critic, and curator Katharine Kuh measure 12 linear feet and date from 1875-1994, with the bulk of the material dating from 1930-1994. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with family, friends and colleagues; personal business records; artwork by various artists; a travel journal; writings by Kuh and others; scrapbooks; printed material; photographs of Kuh and others; and audio recordings of Kuh's lectures and of Daniel Catton Rich reading poetry.
Biographical material consists of copies of Kuh's birth certificate, resumés, passports, award certificates, honorary diplomas, and address books listing information about several prominent artists and colleagues.
Four linear feet of correspondence offers excellent documentation of Kuh's interest in art history, her travels, her career at the Art Institute of Chicago, her work as a corporate art advisor, and as an author. There are letters from her mother Olga Woolf, friends, and colleagues. There is extensive correspondence with various staff members of the Art Institute of Chicago, the First National Bank of Chicago, and The Saturday Review. Also of interest are letters from artists and collectors, several of whom became life-long friends including Walter and Louise Arensberg, Cosmo Campoli, Serge Chermayeff, Richard Cox, Worden Day, Claire Falkenstein, Fred Friendly, Leon Golub, Joseph Goto, David Hare, Denise Brown Hare, Jean Hélion, Ray Johnson, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Len Lye, Wallace Putnam, Kurt Seligmann, Shelby Shackelford, Hedda Sterne, and Clyfford Still. Many letters are illustrated with original artwork in various media.
There are also scattered letters from various artists and other prominent individuals including Josef Albers, George Biddle, Marcel Breuer, Joseph Cornell, Stuart Davis, Edwin Dickinson, Joseph Hirshhorn, Daniel Catton Rich, and Dorothea Tanning.
Personal business records include a list of artwork, Olga Woolf's will, inventories of Kuh's personal art collection, miscellaneous contracts and deeds of gift, receipts for the sale of artwork, files concerning business-related travel, and miscellaneous receipts.
Artwork in the collection represents a wide range of artist friends and media, such as drawings, watercolors, paintings, collages, and prints. Included are works by various artists including lithographs by David Hare and a watercolor set, Technics and Creativity, designed and autographed by Jasper Johns for the Museum of Modern Art, 1970.
Notes and writings include annotated engagement calendars, travel journals for Germany, a guest book for the Kuh Memorial gathering, and many writings and notes by Kuh for lectures and articles concerning art history topics. Of interest are minutes/notes from meetings for art festivals, conferences, and the "Conversations with Artists Program (1961). Also found are writings by others about Kuh and other art history topics.
Six scrapbooks contain clippings that document the height of Kuh's career as a gallery director and museum curator. Scrapbook 6 contains clippings about Fernand Léger, the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953.
Additional printed material includes clippings about Kuh and her interests, a comprehensive collection of clippings of Kuh's articles for The Saturday Review, exhibition announcements and catalogs, calendars of events, programs, brochures, books including Poems by Kuh as a child, and reproductions of artwork. Of particular interest are the early and exhibition catalogs from the Katharine Kuh Gallery, and rare catalogs for artists including Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Stanley William Hayter, Hans Hofmann, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Franz Kline, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Pablo Picasso.
Photographs provide important documentation of the life and career of Katharine Kuh and are of Kuh, family members, friends, colleagues, events, residences, and artwork. Several of the photographs of Kuh were taken by Will Barnet and Marcel Breuer and there is a notable pair of photo booth portraits of Kuh and a young Ansel Adams. There are also group photographs showing Angelica Archipenko with Kuh; designer Klaus Grabe; painters José Chavez Morado and Pablo O'Higgins in San Miguel, Mexico; Kuh at the Venice Biennale with friends and colleagues including Peggy Guggenheim, Frances Perkins, Daniel Catton Rich, and Harry Winston; and "The Pre-Depressionists" including Lorser Feitelson, Robert Inverarity, Helen Lundeberg, Arthur Millier, Myron Chester Nutting, and Muriel Tyler Nutting.
Photographs of exhibition installations and openings include views of the Katharine Kuh Gallery; Fernand Léger, Man Ray, and László Moholy-Nagy at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Philip Guston, Jimmy Ernst, Seymour H. Knox, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. There are also photographs depicting three men posing as Léger's "Three Musicians" and the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Art Institute of Chicago. There is a photograph by Peter Pollack of an elk skull used as a model by Georgia O'Keeffe.
Additional photographs of friends and colleagues include Ivan Albright, Alfred Barr, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Willem De Kooning, Edwin Dickinson, Marcel Duchamp, Claire Falkenstein, Alberto Giacometti, poet Robert Graves with Len Lye, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Carlos Mérida, José Orozco, Hasan Ozbekhan, Pablo Picasso, Carl Sandberg, Ben Shahn, Otto Spaeth, Hedda Sterne, Adlai Stevenson, Clyfford Still, Mark Tobey, and composer Victor Young.
Photographs of artwork include totem poles in Alaska; work by various artists including Claire Falkenstein, Paul Klee, and Hedda Sterne; and work donated to the Guggenheim Museum.
Four audio recordings on cassette are of Katharine Kuh's lectures, including one about assembling corporate collections, and of Daniel Catton Rich reading his own poetry. There is also a recording of the Second Annual Dialogue between Broadcasters and Museum Educators.
Cite as:
Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
(10 bxs, #1-10) VC15F2-VC15F3
(1 hol, 1 pam, #11-12) V25E6
(2 sols, #13-14) V25E7
(4 ovs, #15-18) dr186
(4 ovs,#19-22) dr146
(1 ov, #23) dr151
(AV digital files, network accessible) DAMS
Art, Abstract  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art festivals  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Women museum curators  Search this
Women art critics  Search this
Women art historians  Search this
Women art dealers  Search this
Local number:
AAA 265
AAA 267
AAA 2225-2227
AAA 2288
AAA kuhkath
Restrictions & Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center
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