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Thomas B. Clarke letters from or about Homer Dodge Martin

Creator:
Clarke, Thomas B. (Thomas Benedict), 1848-1931  Search this
Names:
Macbeth, William, 1851-1917  Search this
Martin, Homer Dodge, 1836-1897  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1893-1897
Summary:
The Thomas B. Clarke letters from or about Homer Dodge Martin measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1893-1897. Twenty-two letters from Martin to art collector and patron Thomas B. Clarke, document Martin's work, his financial struggles, and his physical and mental condition in the last 5 years of his life. Additional letters to and from others further illuminate Martin's relationship with Clarke and provide insight into his financial affairs and the increasingly favorable market for the painter's work just prior to and following his death in 1897.
Scope and Content Note:
This collection measures 0.2 linear feet, including 22 letters from Homer Martin to art patron Thomas Clarke, and dates from 1893-1897. Since Martin kept no diaires or sales ledgers himself, the letters are invaluable in understanding his painting, financial struggles, and his physical and mental condition in the last 5 years of his life. Additional letters from Martin's son, Ralph, his wife, Elizabeth, and gallery owner William Macbeth, and a letter from Martin to his friend Montgomery Schuyler, further illuminate Clarke's activities as a dealer and patron of Martin's work, and provide insight into Martin's financial affairs and the increasingly favorable market for the painter's work just prior to and following his death in 1897.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 1 series:

Series 1: Thomas B. Clarke Letters From or About Homer Dodge Martin, 1893-1897 (Box 1; 9 folders)
Biographical Note:
Thomas Benedict Clarke (1848-1931) was a New York prosperous merchant who began collecting American art in the 1870s. Over the course of the next 20 years he actively traded, loaned, and sold artwork through dealers in New York City, outlets in Worcester, Cincinnati and St. Louis, and with artists. He also shared his collection through public and private exhibitions in New York and elsewhere. He earned praise from the critics for being the foremost patron of American painters during the late 1800s and was praised by many painters for his attention to American artists at a time when they considered themselves neglected or ignored.

Hudson River School painter Homer Dodge Martin (1836-1897) was one of the artists for whom Clarke acted as patron. Martin studied briefly with James Hart and spent his summers during the 1860s sketching in the Adirondacks, the Catskills and the White Mountains and then painted landscapes from the sketches he made at his studio in New York City's Tenth Street Studio Building.

In 1876 he took his first trip to Europe and from 1882-1886 lived in Normandy, France. There he was influenced both by the Barbizon school of painting and the Impressionists and his painting took on darker, more melancholy tones.

By 1887 Martin had returned to New York and in 1893 moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. During the 1890s Martin was plagued by ill health and financial struggles. A dead optic nerve in one eye and a cataract in the other, left him close to blindness when he died in February 1897. At the time of his death two of his greatest paintings, Westchester Hills (circa 1887) and Harp of the Winds (1895), remained unsold and another, Adirondack Scenery (1895) had been bought by Clarke for circa $400.

In 1890, Clarke had dissolved his dry-goods partnership, Clarke & King, and announced that he would no longer deal in American pictures except as an agent for George Inness. Clarke opened a showroom known as "Art House" in 1891 on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and began dealing primarily in Oriental porcelains and Greek antiquities. The Martin letters are one source of evidence that Clarke did, however, continue to deal in American art as a private agent through Macbeth Gallery and others. A letter written on Clarke's behalf to Martin dated April 17, 1896, stated that he had contacted Samuel P. Avery on Martin's behalf, and suggested that he consign his paintings to Avery, rather than having Clarke promote them himself.

In January 1899 Clarke announced that he would dispose of his American pictures at auction following a week long exhibition at the American Art Association. In February 1899, 7 of the 10 Homer Martin paintings in Clarke's possession were sold at that auction, including Adirondack Scenery for $5500. Within two years of his death, Martin's Harp of the Winds was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In addition to the Metropolitan Museum, Martin's work can be found in other important American museums including the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He became a member of the National Academy of Design in 1874 and was one of the founders of the Society of American Artists.
Related Material:
The James Stillman letters relating to Homer Dodge Martin have also been digitized and are available online via the Archives of American Art's website. Additional material relating to Homer Dodge Martin, including correspondence with Thomas B. Clarke and Elizabeth Martin, can be found in the Macbeth Gallery records at AAA.
Provenance:
Most of the letters were donated by Charles Feinberg in 1957. Four additional letters were given to the Archives by Irving Burton in 1967.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Thomas B. Clarke letters from or about Homer Dodge Martin are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
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Painters  Search this
Topic:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art patrons -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Citation:
Thomas B. Clarke letters from or about Homer Dodge Martin, 1893-1897. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.clartbhm
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Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects records

Creator:
Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects  Search this
Names:
Hays, Aline Davis  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1941
Summary:
The Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects records are dated 1941 and comprise 0.4 linear feet. The records contain correspondence between Committee member and co-founder, Aline Davis Hays, and various organizations, artists, and museum professionals concerning support for the Committee in its efforts to preserve the continuation of the government arts projects under the WPA. The records also include writings about the importance of the WPA as well as a synopsis of the WPA from 1940 to 1941.
Scope and Content Note:
The Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects records are dated 1941 and comprise 0.4 linear feet. The records contain correspondence between Committee member and co-founder, Aline Davis Hays, and various organizations, artists, and museum professionals concerning support for the Committee in its efforts to preserve the continuation of the government arts projects under the WPA. The records also include writings about the importance of the WPA as well as a synopsis of the WPA from 1940 to 1941.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 2 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1941 (Box 1; 0.4 linear ft.)

Series 2: Writings, circa 1941 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Historical Note:
The Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects was founded by Aline Davis Hays, The Hon. Stanley M. Isaacs, and Samuel L. M. Barlow to assemble public support for both the preservation of Federal Art Projects (WPA) and the permanent extension of government support for the arts, including painting and sculpture, music, drama, dance, letters, graphic arts and photography.
Provenance:
Gift of New York Artists Equity Association through Regina Stewart, Director, 2010.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
United States. -- Work Projects Administration  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Citation:
Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects records, 1941. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.citicomf
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Agnes Rindge Claflin papers concerning Alexander Calder

Creator:
Claflin, Agnes Rindge, 1900-1977  Search this
Names:
Vassar College. Art Gallery  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Potcards
Manuscripts
Photographs
Illustrated letters
Date:
1936-circa 1970s
Summary:
The papers of arts administrator, collector, and educator Agnes Rindge Claflin concerning Alexander Calder measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1936-circa 1970s. Included are five letters, two of which are illustrated, and one postcard from Alexander Calder to Claflin; two handwritten manuscripts by Calder, one untitled and "A Propos of Measuring a Mobile," 1943; an invitation to a Calder exhibition at Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1952; and 14 photographs of Calder, of Calder and Claflin in Calder's studio, of Calder's art work, and of a Calder exhibition installation at Vassar Art Gallery, 1942. Transcriptions of three of the letters and both manuscripts are also included.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of arts administrator, collector, and educator Agnes Rindge Claflin concerning Alexander Calder measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1936-circa 1970s. Included are five letters and one postcard from Alexander Calder to Claflin, two of which are illustrated; two handwritten manuscripts by Calder, one untitled and "A Propos of Measuring a Mobile," 1943; an invitation to a Calder exhibition at Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1952; and 14 photographs of Calder, of Calder and Claflin in Calder's studio, of Calder's art work, and of a Calder exhibition installation at Vassar Art Gallery, 1942. One photograph depicting an event is possibly the opening of the Calder exhibition at Vassar Art Gallery, 1942. Also included are two polaroid photographs most likely from the 1970s. Transcriptions of three of the letters and both manuscripts are also included.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of the collection, items are organized into one series of 23 folders:

Series 1: Agnes Rindge Claflin Papers Concerning Alexander Calder, 1936-circa 1970s (Box 1; 23 folders)
Biographical Note:
Agnes Rindge Claflin (1900-1977) was an arts administrator, collector, and educator who spent the majority of her career at Vassar College as a professor and serving as director of its art gallery for 28 years.

Claflin was born Agnes Millicent Rindge in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 19, 1900. She graduated from the Madeira School in 1917, attended Mount Holyoke College for two years, and graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College. Afterwards, Claflin briefly taught at Vassar College before returning to Radcliffe and earning her M.A. and Ph.D. She rejoined the Vassar College faculty in 1928 and served as the director of the Vassar Art Gallery from 1934-1962. Claflin published Sculpture in 1929 and in the 1930s she began writing articles for several different publications. At the request of Alfred Barr, she joined the Advisory Committee for the Museum of Modern Art in 1941 and became the Assistant Executive Vice President from 1943-1944. Claflin held a number of other positions in art organizations such as the Commission on Arts of the American Association of Colleges (1939), Art in America (1940-1943), Art Division of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (1941-1942), American Federation of Arts (1944-1945), and Committee on Fellowships of the College Art Association (1945-1948). She married Philip W. Claflin, a captain in the U.S. Army, in 1945. Throughout her career, Claflin lectured at organizations and universities across the United States, including the Chicago Art Institute, Columbia University, New York University, Yale University, and many others. Agnes Claflin died on June 12, 1977.

Claflin and Calder were colleagues and friends. In 1942, the Vassar Art Gallery hosted a Calder exhibition installation. The following year, Claflin wrote and narrated a short film, "Alexander Calder: Sculpture and Constructions," which was presented with the Museum of Modern Art's Calder exhibition of the same year.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art holds several collections related to the Agnes Rindge Claflin papers concerning Alexander Calder, including the Alexander Calder papers which have been fully digitized; Alexander Calder letters and photographs microfilmed on reel 4781; Alexander Calder letter microfilmed on reel 2787, frames 963-970; and an oral history interview with Alexander Calder, October 26, 1971, available as a transcript online.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1981 by Philip W. Claflin, widower of Agnes Rindge Claflin.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Agnes Rindge Claflin papers concerning Alexander Calder are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Potcards
Manuscripts
Photographs
Illustrated letters
Citation:
Agnes Rindge Claflin papers concerning Alexander Calder, 1936-circa 1970s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.clafagne
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In celebration: the four corners project

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2014-04-21T14:15:14Z
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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edanmdm:yt_-juK0PTbAiI

Dodge House 1916 (1965)

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2011-06-20T19:14:07Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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John Zinsser

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Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2016-02-26T22:06:12Z
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
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National Poetry Month Readings from the Archives of American Art’s Collection -Elizabeth Botten

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Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2020-04-22T19:43:34Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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Archives of American Art—Dig Deep

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Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2019-10-23T13:59:25Z
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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Robert Laurent home movies

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Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2014-09-30T18:12:07Z
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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Archives of American Art
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David Reed

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Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2016-02-26T22:06:12Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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National Poetry Month Readings from the Archives of American Art’s Collection-Jennifer Snyder

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2020-04-22T20:10:43Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Amateur films from Mexico, 1935-1941

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2012-08-16T13:41:54Z
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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Anne Waldman and Ted Berrigan read their poem "Memorial Day," ca 1973

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2013-05-30T18:23:05Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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Friday Gallery Talk: Kenjiro Okazaki with Katsuyoshi Tsujita

Creator:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2015-05-07T21:31:32Z
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Art, modern  Search this
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Field trip to Gordon Matta-Clark's "Splitting" house, circa 1974

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Archives of American Art  Search this
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Youtube videos
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2013-10-28T13:59:50Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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Tim Clifford, "Robert Motherwell: A Centennial Celebration"

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2016-02-26T22:06:12Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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Archives of American Art Short Film Series: Jeff Donaldson Letter to Fellow OBAC Members, June 1967

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Archives of American Art  Search this
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Youtube videos
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2020-05-29T13:50:15Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Cornelia Chapin home movies, Paris studio and zoo, 1934-1936

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Archives of American Art  Search this
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Youtube videos
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2018-07-24T14:29:08Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Archives of American Art Short Film Series: Mark Rothko Letter to Lee Krasner, August 16, 1956

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Archives of American Art  Search this
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Youtube videos
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2020-05-29T19:17:05Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Unedited footage from Murals of Aztlan by James Tartan 1981

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Archives of American Art  Search this
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Youtube videos
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2018-11-21T17:46:18Z
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Art, American  Search this
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