Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
336 documents - page 1 of 17

Oral history interview with Rudy Burckhardt, 1993 January 14

Interviewee:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Interviewer:
Sawin, Martica  Search this
Subject:
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Denby, Edwin Hooper  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Grooms, Red  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Filmmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12098
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215325
AAA_collcode_burckh93
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215325
Online Media:

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
See more items in:
Rudy Burckhardt papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-burcrudy

Jackson Pollock holding a can of paint

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1950
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3875
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3875
Online Media:

Jackson Pollock at work

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1950
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3908
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3908
Online Media:

Jackson Pollock at work

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1950
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3909
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3909

Jackson Pollock working on a painting

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1950
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3910
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3910

Jackson Pollock working on a painting

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1950
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3911
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3911

Jackson Pollock in his studio.

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1950
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3912
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3912

Cans of paint and canvases in Jackson Pollock's studio

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1950
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3913
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3913
Online Media:

Jackson Pollock at work

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1950
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5734
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5734

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in Pollock's studio

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1950
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8734
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8734

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
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12470
Online Media:

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
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13339
Online Media:

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
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13340
Online Media:

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
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13383
Online Media:

Frank Stella exhibition installation

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Stella, Frank  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1960
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13911
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13911
Online Media:

Frank Stella exhibition installation

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Stella, Frank  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1960
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13912
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13912
Online Media:

Installation view of the opening exhibition in the new gallery

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Stella, Frank  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1959
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13913
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13913
Online Media:

Exhibition installation view of Frank Stella's paintings (L. to R.) Lake City, Ophir, and Telluride

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Stella, Frank  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1962 May
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13914
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13914
Online Media:

Installation view of the Frank Stella exhibition

Photographer:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Subject:
Stella, Frank  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1962 May
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13915
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13915
Online Media:

Modify Your Search







or


Narrow By