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Rudy Burckhardt papers

Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Names:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Richard Green Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cornell, Joseph -- Photographs  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997 -- Photographs  Search this
Flavin, Dan, 1933- -- Photographs  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011 -- Photographs  Search this
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991 -- Photographs  Search this
Judd, Donald, 1928- -- Photographs  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962 -- Photographs  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997 -- Photographs  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988 -- Photographs  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988 -- Photographs  Search this
Pettet, Simon  Search this
Rockefeller, David, 1915-  Search this
Stella, Frank -- Photographs  Search this
Extent:
5.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Negatives
Date:
1934-2015
Summary:
The papers of photographer, filmmaker, and painter Rudy Burckhardt measure 5.6 linear feet and date from 1934 to 2015. A bulk of the collection consists of black and white negatives which document over 260 mid-to-late twentieth century modern artists, their work, studios, and/or exhibitions. Notable artists include Willem de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Joseph Cornell, Helen Frankenthaler, Donald Judd, Franz Kline, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Stella, and many others. Burckhardt was hired to photograph for a number of New York art galleries such as the Leo Castelli Gallery and Green Gallery; art collectors including Chaim Gross and David Rockefeller; and art magazines such as ARTnews. Personal papers include announcements and an exhibition catalog; clippings; photographs on postcards; and a book, entitled Conversations with Rudy Burckhardt About Everything, by Simon Pettet, 1987. A small but rich addition to the collection dates from 1941-2015 and contains a curriculum vitae; letters from Joe Brainard, Harold Schimmel, and others; writings; one scrapbook dating from World War II containing letters Burckhardt wrote to Edwin Denby; printed announcements and clippings; and one photograph of Burckhardt taken by Yvonne Jacquette.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of photographer, filmmaker, and painter Rudy Burckhardt measure 5.6 linear feet and date from 1934 to 2015. A bulk of the collection consists of black and white negatives which document over 260 mid-to-late twentieth century modern artists, their work, studios, and/or exhibitions. Notable artists include Willem de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Joseph Cornell, Helen Frankenthaler, Donald Judd, Franz Kline, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Stella, and many others. Burckhardt was hired to photograph for a number of New York art galleries such as the Leo Castelli Gallery and Green Gallery; art collectors including Chaim Gross and David Rockefeller; and art magazines such as ARTnews. Personal papers include announcements and an exhibition catalog; clippings; photographs on postcards; and a book, entitled Conversations with Rudy Burckhardt About Everything, by Simon Pettet, 1987. A small but rich addition to the collection dates from 1941-2015 and contains a curriculum vitae; letters from Joe Brainard, Harold Schimmel, and others; writings; one scrapbook dating from World War II containing letters Burckhardt wrote to Edwin Denby; printed announcements and clippings; and one photograph of Burckhardt taken by Yvonne Jacquette.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 3 series:

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1934-1990 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Photographic Materials, circa 1950-1975 (Boxes 2-13; 4.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Addition to the Rudy Burckhardt Papers, 1941-2015 (Box 14-15; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Rudy Burckhardt (1914-1999) was a Swiss-American photographer, filmmaker, and painter based in New York, N.Y. during the post-World War II era. Originally from Basel, Switzerland, Burckhardt relocated to New York in 1935 at the age of 21. Burckhardt shared a loft in Chelsea with American dance critic and poet, Edwin Denby, next-door to Willem and Elaine de Kooning.

After completing his service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1944, Burckhardt pursued an education in painting. He studied with French painter and writer, Amédéé Ozenfant in New York, circa 1948-1949; Italian painter and professor Giuseppe (Beppe) Guzzi in Rome; and the Academy of Naples, circa 1950-1951.

Burckhardt married painter and collagist, Edith Schloss in 1947 and in 1949 their son Jacob, a filmmaker, was born. The two separated and in 1964, Burckhardt married American painter, Yvonne Jacquette and the same year the couple's son Thomas (Tom), a painter, was born.

Throughout his career, Burckhardt collaborated with a number of notable post-war visual artists such as Joseph Cornell, Larry Rivers, Jane Freilicher, Alex Katz, Nell Blaine, Lois Dodd, and Red Grooms as well as writers and poets including Edwin Denby, John Ashbery, Phillip Lopate, and Kenneth Kock.

Burckhardt was hired to photograph New York-based visual artists, their work, studios, and exhibitions. A bulk of the black and white negatives that make up the collection were produced circa 1950 to 1975. Burckhardt photographed for the Leo Castelli Gallery for approximately 20 years. He also frequently photographed for Thomas B. Hess, editor of ARTnews.

Early exhibitions of Burckhardt's street photography include Photo League, 1948; Limelight Gallery, 1954; and Gotham Bookmart, 1972 and 1980. Painting exhibitions include the Tanager Gallery, 1959; Green Mountain Gallery, 1971, 1974, and 1978; and Blue Mountain Gallery, 1981; Brooke Alexander Gallery 1976 and 1978. A number of his films have been collected by and shown at the Museum of Modern Art, 1987 and circa 1993.
Related Materials:
Available in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Rudy Burckhardt conducted by Martica Sawin on January 14, 1993.
Provenance:
The first accession of biographical material was donated to the Archives of American Art by Rudy Burckhardt in 1993. A second installment of photographic material was donated by Yvonne Jacquette Burckhardt, Burckhardt's widow, in 2011. A third addition was donated by Yvonne Jacquette Burckhardt in 2016.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Photographers  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Filmmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Negatives
Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.burcrudy
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Leo Castelli Gallery announcement for an exhibition of sculptures by Marisol

Creator:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Marisol  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1957
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8813
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Stable Gallery records, 1916-1999, bulk bulk 1953-1970
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8813

Leo Castelli at the Castelli Gallery, 420 West Broadway

Photographer:
Woodson, J.  Search this
Subject:
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1978
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10187
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10187
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Installation view of the Ninth Street show

Photographer:
Siskind, Aaron, 1903-1991  Search this
Subject:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1951
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10391
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10391
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Leo Castelli, Venice, Italy letter to Nina Sutherland

Creator:
Castelli, Leo, 1907-1999  Search this
Sutherland, Nina  Search this
Subject:
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Venice Biennale  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1964 June 22
Topic:
Awards  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11720
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11720
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Cy Twombly letter to Leo Castelli

Creator:
Twombly, Cy, 1928-  Search this
Castelli, Leo, 1907-1999  Search this
Subject:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1963?
Topic:
Art market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11824
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11824
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Andy Warhol exhibition diagram

Subject:
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
ca. 1982
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11825
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11825
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Leo Castelli in a room of the Jasper Johns exhibit at the Castelli Gallery

Subject:
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Johns, Jasper  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1958
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11828
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11828
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Installation view of Lee Bontecou show at the Castelli Gallery

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Bontecou, Lee  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1960
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Sculpture, Abstract  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12470
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12470
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Notebook of Leo Castelli

Creator:
Castelli, Leo, 1907-1999  Search this
Subject:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
1979-1980
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12471
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12471

Installation view of the John Chamberlain and Frank Stella exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Chamberlain, John Angus  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1962
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13339
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13339
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Installation view of the John Chamberlain exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Chamberlain, John Angus  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1971 between Apr 17 and May 8
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13340
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13340
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Installation view of the Bruce Nauman exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
between 1968 Jan. 27 and Feb. 17
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13383
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13383
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Page of clippings from the Leo Castelli Gallery's artist file on Andy Warhol

Creator:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1965?
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13420
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13420

Leo Castelli Gallery warehouse space

Subject:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1970 Feb. 2
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13471
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13471

Leo Castelli Gallery warehouse space with rows of wrapped paintings

Subject:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1970 Feb 2
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13472
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13472

Empty room in the Leo Castelli Gallery warehouse

Subject:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1970 Feb 2
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13473
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13473

Frank Stella Paintings exhibition poster

Creator:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Stella, Frank  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1962
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13917
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13917
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Installation view of the Marisol exhibition

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Marisol  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1957
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14647
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14647
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Installation view of Roy Lichtenstein's Sculptures exhibition at 420 W. Broadway

Subject:
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1977 Nov 19 - Dec 17
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15021
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15021
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