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White Light/"White Rainbow"/White Twister/"The White Tornado"

Artist:
Rockne Krebs, born Kansas City, MO 1938-died Washington, DC 2011  Search this
Medium:
pencil and colored ink on paperboard
Dimensions:
sheet: 20 x 15 in. (50.8 x 38.2 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1978
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program
Object number:
1977.47.124
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7b269bda6-846c-43ae-96b8-f2e12ae5afed
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1977.47.124

Sun Dog

Artist:
Rockne Krebs, born Kansas City, MO 1938-died Washington, DC 2011  Search this
Medium:
screenprint
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Landscape\tree  Search this
Object\written matter  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donald A. Brown
Object number:
1978.168.12
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk79e9e2390-ebe2-43b7-81e6-b746c54f8afc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1978.168.12

Clouds Going South for the Winter

Artist:
Rockne Krebs, born Kansas City, MO 1938-died Washington, DC 2011  Search this
Medium:
pencil and pastel on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 24 7/8 x 19 in. (63.1 x 48.3 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1973
Topic:
Landscape\weather\cloud  Search this
Landscape\imaginary  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fendrick
Object number:
1980.131.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk75bc42c65-7ce5-4af7-9c3e-5efa3a7d7e71
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1980.131.1

Pattern of 15 Basswood Trees

Artist:
Rockne Krebs, born Kansas City, MO 1938-died Washington, DC 2011  Search this
Medium:
pen and ink on paper mounted on pencil and pastel on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 19 x 24 7/8 in. (48.3 x 63.1 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1970 and 1973
Topic:
Landscape\road  Search this
Figure  Search this
Recreation\sport and play\cycling  Search this
Landscape\tree\basswood tree  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fendrick
Object number:
1980.131.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7b5596b51-b0c6-4d63-a800-7636cd7a1ff6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1980.131.2

Maquette for White Tornado

Artist:
Rockne Krebs, born Kansas City, MO 1938-died Washington, DC 2011  Search this
Medium:
mixed media: acrylic on wood and metal wire
Dimensions:
23 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. (59.1 x 64.2 x 64.2 cm)
Type:
Sculpture-Maquette
Date:
1978
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Study\sculpture model  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration
Object number:
1980.49.8
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7cefdd7c0-a8a3-4c46-a86e-8a75c5546d2e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1980.49.8

Rockne Krebs, 1938- [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_30166

Alma W. Thomas Retrospective Exhibition (1972), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alma Thomas papers
Alma Thomas papers / Series 4: Exhibition Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-thomalma-ref812
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Oral history interview with Rockne Krebs

Interviewee:
Krebs, Rockne, 1938-2011  Search this
Interviewer:
Forgey, Benjamin  Search this
Names:
Caro, Anthony, 1924-  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010  Search this
Olitski, Jules, 1922-2007  Search this
Extent:
164 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1990 Jan. 27-Feb. 3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Rockne Krebs conducted 1990 Jan. 27-Feb.3, by Benjamin Forgey, for the Archives of American Art.
Krebs discusses growing up in Kansas City; his early interest in art; childhood art classes at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; his family and their home; studying sculpture at the University of Kansas; influential teachers; attending Naval Officer's Training School; his U.S. Navy service and art education while in the Navy; working in Washington, D.C. as the Public Affairs Officer for Vice-Admiral Frost in the 1960s; his wife Denise and their daughter Heather; meeting Anthony Caro, Kenneth Noland, and Jules Olitski; his "Chevron" series; his interest in planes, light, space, and "dematerializing" sculpture; the influence of Walter Hopps; working with laser specialists and Hewlett Packard equipment; his outdoor city-scale laser sculpture; and his early principal patrons Mr. and Mrs. Philip M. Stern and works created for them. Krebs also describes in detail his laser sculptures for the New Orleans Museum of Art (1971) and St. Petersburg (1975-1976) and comments on economic, political and social aspects of the art world.
Biographical / Historical:
Rockne Krebs (1938-2011) was a sculptor from Washington, D.C.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hrs., 27 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others. Funding for these interviews provided by the Lannan Foundation.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Sculpture -- Technique  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.krebs90
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-krebs90
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Oral history interview with Sam Gilliam

Interviewee:
Gilliam, Sam, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Forgey, Benjamin  Search this
Names:
Coalition of Washington Artists  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
District of Columbia Arts Center, Inc.  Search this
Jefferson Place Gallery  Search this
Washington Gallery of Modern Art (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Downing, Thomas, 1928-1985  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Krebs, Rockne, 1938-2011  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (Sound recording, sound cassettes)
54 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1989 Nov. 4-11
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Sam Gilliam conducted 1989 Nov. 4-11, by Ben Forgey for the Archives of American Art. Gilliam speaks of his decision to come to Washington, D.C., from Louisville, Ky.; his shift from figurative painting to abstract painting; meeting Washington painters Robert Gates and Tom Downing; the "stature" of Tom Downing in the Washington art scene in the 1960s and Walter Hopps' role; influential exhibitions at the Jefferson Place Gallery and the Washington Gallery of Modern Art; being a Washington artist and a black artist; artist/teachers at American University; the Johnson Avenue Workshop grant; his relationship with Rockne Krebs; the history of the Washington Coalition of Artists; the Corcoran Gallery and the Washington Project for the Arts' relationship to Washington artists; his involvement with the District of Columbia Art Center; teaching; and his working methods. Gilliam also discusses various paintings, processes, materials, ideas and experiments at length. He recalls Gene Davis, Howard Mehring, Ken Noland, Morris Louis, Nesta Dorrance, Alma Thomas, Lou Stovall, Al Nodal, Jock Reynolds, Michael Botwinick, Willem de Looper, Paul Reed, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Sam Gilliam (1933- ) was a painter of Washington, D.C.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.gillia89
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gillia89
Online Media:

Thomas Downing papers

Creator:
Downing, Thomas, 1928-1985  Search this
Names:
Osuna Gallery (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Downing, Thomas, 1928-1985  Search this
Romero, Phillip  Search this
Wordell, Sidney  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Date:
circa 1946-1995
Summary:
The papers of painter Thomas Downing measure 1.4 linear feet and date from circa 1946 to 1995. The papers document his career as an artist in Washington, D.C. and Provincetown, Massachusetts through biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed material, photographic material and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter Thomas Downing measure 1.4 linear feet and date from circa 1946 to 1995. The papers document his career as an artist in Washington, D.C. and Provincetown, Massachusetts through biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed material, photographic material and artwork.

Biographical material consists of Downing's college diploma, resume, biographical outlines, birth and death certificates, travel documents, passports and other miscellaneous documents.

Correspondence is between Thomas Downing and his family, friends, and colleagues. Notable correspondents include Phillip Romero, Osuna Galleries and Sidney Wordell.

Writings include notes, notebooks, annotated calendars and essays. There are a few writings by others such as poems by Sidney Wordell and Philip Romero's essay about Thomas Downing.

Personal business records consist of a few legal records, shipping and transportation invoices, and professional certificates.

Printed material includes clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, two books and an auction catalog.

Photographic material depict Thomas Downing, friends, family, travel, and artwork.

Artwork consists of sketchbooks and drawings by Thomas Downing, plus some drawings by the artist's son, Aaron Downing.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1949-1995 (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1948-circa 1987 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1969-1986 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1950-1986 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1946-1987 (Boxes 1-2; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1950-1988 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1950-1984 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas Downing (1928-1985) was a painter based in Washington, D.C., and Provincetown, Massachusetts, who was associated with the Washington Color School.

Thomas Downing was born in Suffolk, Virginia, in 1928. He received his undergraduate degree from Randolph Macon College in Virginia in 1948, then attended Pratt Institute in New York from 1948 to 1950. He traveled to Europe for one year in 1950 to 1951 on a grant from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

After serving in the military, Downing moved to Washington, D.C., for a teaching job in 1953. He enrolled in a course at Catholic University and studied art under Kenneth Noland, who was a major influence on his work. Downing later shared a studio with Howard Mehring, with whom he founded the Origo, a cooperative gallery that operated from early 1959 to roughly mid-1960. During the 1960s, Downing also taught at the Corcoran School, numbering among his students Sam Gilliam, Rockne Krebs, and Michael Clark. Although he mostly resided in D.C., the last ten years of his life were spent in Provincetown, Massaschusetts, where he died in 1985.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel 4058) including eleven letters from Thomas Downing to his son Aaron and seven photographs of Thomas Downing and others. Lent material was returned to the lender and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Material was first lent to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1988 by Downing's son, Aaron Downing, and then returned to the lender. His widow, Louise Downing, donated additional papers in 1988.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Color-field painting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Thomas Downing papers, circa 1946-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.downthom
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Thomas Downing papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-downthom
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Krebs, Rockne, 1973-1979

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 12
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2033. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted. Transferring office; 3/22/2019 memorandum, Johnstone to Laura Augustin; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-136, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office, Acquisition Records (Declined)
See more items in:
Acquisition Records (Declined)
Acquisition Records (Declined) / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-136-refidd1e1350

Krebs, Rockne - No. XXXII

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American Art. Department of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 29
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 16-22 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 458, National Museum of American Art. Department of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture, Records
See more items in:
Records
Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0458-refidd1e2043

Krebs, Rockne - Pie Flower

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American Art. Department of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 29
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 16-22 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 458, National Museum of American Art. Department of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture, Records
See more items in:
Records
Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0458-refidd1e2058

Rockne Krebs; [exhibition] Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Feb. 14-April 30, 1971

Author:
Wood, James N  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Kerbs, Rockne  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. illus
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
Call number:
NB237.K72 W6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642635

Rockne Krebs : a retrospective of drawings, 1965-1982, 2 February through 6 March 1983

Author:
Krebs, Rockne 1938-  Search this
Baxter Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Krebs, Rockne 1938- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
C1982
Call number:
N40.1.K916x B2
NC139.K72 A4 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_650003

Ten Washington artists: 1950-1970; Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring, Sam Gilliam, Blaine Larson, Michael Clark, J. L. Knight [and] Rockne Krebs. [Prepared by Andrew Hudson]

Author:
Hudson, Andrew  Search this
Edmonton Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
62 p. illus. (part col.) 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1970
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6535.W3 H8X
N6535.W3H8X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_10665

Projected images : Peter Campus, Rockne Krebs, Paul Sharits, Michael Snow, Ted Victoria, Robert Whitman : Walker Art Center, 21 September-3 November 1974 : an exhibition / organized by Walker Art Center with the assistance of the Bush Foundation

Author:
Walker Art Center  Search this
Physical description:
46 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1974
C1974
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR646.U6 M5688 1974X
TR646.U6M5688 1974X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_55343

Rockne Krebs, by James N. Wood

Author:
Wood, James N  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Krebs, Rockne 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. illus. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
1971]
Call number:
NB237.K72 W6X
N40.1.K916W8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_8075

Rockne Krebs : drawings for sculpture you can walk through

Type:
Books
Date:
2013
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1015433

White Light, White Rainbow, White Twister, White Tornado, (sculpture)

Title:
White Tornado, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Krebs, Rockne 1938-  Search this
Medium:
Aluminum tubes, glass prisms and neon tubes
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by United States General Services Administration Art-in-Architecture Program 18th & F Streets Washington District of Columbia 20506
Located Federal Building 444 S.E. Quincy Street Atruim Topeka Kansas
Date:
1979. Completed Nov. 1979
Topic:
Landscape--Phenomenon--Rainbow  Search this
Disaster--Storm--Tornado  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87980036
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_302941

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