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Oral history interview with Muriel Castanis, 1971

Interviewee:
Castanis, Muriel, 1926-2006  Search this
Interviewer:
Holmes, Doloris  Search this
Subject:
Women Artists in Revolution (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13002
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214188
AAA_collcode_castan71
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214188

[Muriel Castanis : miscellaneous uncataloged material]

Author:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-2006  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Art and Artist Files Collection DSI  Search this
Subject:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-2006  Search this
Type:
Books
Vertical files
Artist files
Call number:
AAF--Castanis, Muriel
Restrictions & Rights:
FOLDER(S) DO NOT CIRCUATE. FOLDERS MUST BE CONSULTED ON SITE
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_562419

Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records

Creator:
Karp, Ivan C., 1926-2012  Search this
OK Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Names:
Baeder, John  Search this
Butterfield, Deborah, 1949-  Search this
Castanis, Muriel, 1926-  Search this
Celender, Don, 1931-2005  Search this
Clarke, John Clem, 1937-  Search this
De Andrea, John, 1941-  Search this
Dufresne, Leonard, 1941-  Search this
Goings, Ralph  Search this
Grinder, Robert  Search this
Hanson, Duane  Search this
Kacere, John C., 1920-1999  Search this
Karp, Marilynn Gelfman  Search this
McLean, Richard Thorpe, 1934-  Search this
Rohm, Robert  Search this
Salt, John, 1937-  Search this
Wesselmann, Tom, 1931-2004  Search this
Extent:
80.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Prints
Diaries
Date:
1960-2014
Summary:
The Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records measure 80.3 linear feet and are dated 1960-2014. The collection documents the operation and activities of the contemporary art gallery founded by Ivan C. Karp in the SoHo area of Manhattan. Exhibition files, artist files, printed material and photographic materials reveal the wide range of artists represented by OK Harris and the gallery's role in introducing Photo-realism to the public. Aso included are administrative files, prints by OK Harris artists, business and personal correspondence, 39 journals by Karp spanning a period of 62 years, and other personal papers. Material pre-dating the 1969 establishment of OK Harris Works of Art consists of printed items and a few letters.
Scope and Contents:
The Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records measure 80.3 linear feet and are dated 1960-2014. The collection documents the operation and activities of the contemporary art gallery founded by Ivan C. Karp in the SoHo area of Manhattan. Exhibition files, artists' files, printed material, and photographic materials reveal the wide range of artists represented by OK Harris and the gallery's role in introducing Photo-realism to the public. Also included are administrative files, prints by OK Harris artists, business and personal correspondence, 39 journals by Karp spanning a period of 62 years, and other personal papers. Material pre-dating the 1969 establishment of OK Harris Works of Art consists of printed items and a few letters.

Correspondence, both professional and personal, is with museums, galleries, art dealers, art collectors, and graduate students. Artists John Baeder, Deborah Butterfield, John Clem Clarke, John DeAndrea, Jim Dine, Leonard Dufresne, Robert Ginder, Ralph Goings, Duane Hanson, Richard McLean and Tom Wesselmann are among the correspondents.

Admininstrative files concern the daily operation of OK Harris Works of Art. Included are instructions regarding administrative functions and forms for routine activities to enable employees to conduct business in Ivan Karp's absence. Along with files about other items occasionally sold at the gallery, there are files about projects of interest to the Karps, sample announcements, invitations, and advertisements.

Exhibition files document group shows, collectibles and antique exhibitions, summer invitationals, and special event exhibitions at OK Harris Works of Art. The files include photographs and slides, schedules, lists of titles and prices, artists' resumes, installation layouts, reviews and publicity materials, and other items.

Artist files constitute the largest series in the collection at 34 linear feet, and document the gallery's relationships with artists throughout its 45 year history. Files are comprised of biographical information, correspondence, notes, publicity and other printed material (including a few items pre-dating the gallery). Among the many transactions recorded are arrangements for and documentation of solo exhibitions at OK Harris. There are photographs, slides and color transparencies of individual works, and some views of exhibition installations. John Baeder, Muriel Castanis, Don Celender, Ralph Goings, John Kacere, Richard McLean, Robert Rohm and John Salt are among the most extensively documented artists.

Printed material produced by OK Harris Works of Art includes exhibition catalogs, exhibition announcements, invitations, checklists, price lists posters, and notices of gallery sponsored events and activities. Printed material from other sources consists of exhibition reviews, articles about Ivan and Marilynn Karp, OK Harris Works of Art, and the gallery's artists. These appeared in art and mainstream periodicals, newspapers, exhibition catalogs, and books. Also found are posters, reproductions of artwork, and miscellaneous printed items. Artwork consists of 40 prints by artists affiliated with OK Harris. Most are signed; 2 are black and white prints, the remainder are color lithographs. Included is Radical Realism I, a set of 6 prints issued by Mother Lode Editions, 1972.

Thirty-two linear feet of photographs, negatives, slides, transparencies and digital images are of artwork by OK Harris artists, exhibition installation views, and miscellaneous subjects. Photographs of artwork by 59 OK Harris artists are found in binders called "Artists' Photo Books." Installation views of exhibitions held at OK Harris Works of Art during its 45 year history fill 61 binders. Miscellaneous subjects include OK Harris office space, galleries and staff. Also found are photographs of group shows, art fairs, and gallery artists' exhibitions at other venues.

The Ivan C. Karp personal papers include obituaries from print and internet sources along with other biographical information, published versions of brief interviews conducted for various purposes, writings, a few materials relating to business and academic activities, and some personal photographs. Journals, 1950-2012 (bulk 1991-2012) record travel, daily activities, and reflections.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged in 8 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1960-2013 (Boxes 1-2B; 2.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Administrative Files, 1969-2014 (Box 3; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1969-2014 (Boxes 3-4; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Artist Files, 1967-2014 (Boxes 4-38, 80; 34 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1963-2014 (Boxes 38-44, 80, OV 88 - OV 90; 5.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork, 1970s-circa 1980 (Box 44, OV 81-OV 87; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographic Materials, 1960s-2014, bulk 1969-1999 (Boxes 44-76; 32 linear feet)

Series 8: Ivan C. Karp Personal Papers, 1961-2012 (Boxes 76-79; 4 linear feet)
Historical note:
OK Harris Works of Art specialized in a wide range of contemporary art and was known for its early support of Photo-realism. When it opened in 1969, the gallery was one of the first to operate in the SoHo area of Manhattan and its presence helped shape the neighborhood's development into a vibrant arts district.

Ivan C. Karp (1926-2012), the founder of OK Harris Works of Art, established a reputation in the art world while co-director of Leo Castelli Gallery from 1959-1969. He is credited with launching the careers of Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, John Chamberlain, Tom Wesselmann, and Claes Oldenburg. Karp wrote, published, and lectured extensively on art and the art business. He was the author of a romantic novel about New York life, Doobie Doo (published in 1965, front cover by Roy Lichtenstein, back cover by Andy Warhol) and his short stories were published in literary reviews. Karp was actively involved in architectural preservation efforts in New York City. As President of the Anonymous Arts Recovery Society, he rescued and stored cornices, capitals, portals, columns and other architectural fragments of historical and aesthetic interest from demolition sites. Many are displayed in his Anonymous Arts Museum, Charlotteville, NY and some became part of a sculpture garden that Karp donated to the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

While Leo Castelli Gallery was closed for summer vacations in 1963 and 1964, Karp ran his own contemporary art gallery in Provincetown. He named it OK Harris, a name he thought suggestive of a colorful, very American character. A few years later, Karp opened OK Harris Works of Art in SoHo where a portrait of a bearded man titled "Oscar Klondike Harris" hung in his office. "Mr. Harris" frequently assumed blame for delays, rejections and other unwelcome news or decisions. OK Harris Works of Art (first at 469 West Broadway and later at 383 West Broadway) was a 10,000 square foot ground-floor space where as many as six concurrent solo exhibitions were presented every six weeks. The goal was "to exhibit the broadest spectrum of the most adventuresome art being offered" and the focus was on emerging artists, many of them unknown. In addition to being at the forefront of the Photo-realist movement in 1969, OK Harris Works of Art was the first gallery to exhibit the work of Duane Hanson, Deborah Butterfield, Manny Farber, Richard Pettibone, Robert Cottingham, Robert Bechtle, Marilyn Levine, Nancy Rubins, Malcolm Morley, Luis Jiminez, Jake Berthot, Jack Goldstein, Porfirio DiDonna, and Al Souza.

An approachable, friendly man who enjoyed sharing his knowledge, Karp usually sat at the gallery's front desk and was available to all. Unlike many dealers, he was willing to look at and discuss artists' slides, offered encouragement, and often followed up with studio visits.

At his request, Marilynn Gelfman Karp became gallery director after her husband's death in 2012. She ran the business with gallery staff including Ivan's oldest son, Ethan. Following Ivan's guidelines, OK Harris Works of Art closed with a gala celebration 2014 for all the gallery's artists, collectors and friends.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews with Ivan C. Karp conducted by Richard Brown Baker, 1963 October 18; by Paul Cummings, 1969 March 12; and by Ronny Cohen, 1986 April 17-1988 October 18. The Marilynn Gelfman Karp Collection of Ephemera owned by the New-York Historical Society includes OK Harris printed material, prints, and posters.
Provenance:
Marilynn Karp, wife of Ivan C. Karp, donated scattered papers in 2011 and 2013, and the bulk of the collection in 2014.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery 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:
Photo-realism  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Prints
Diaries
Citation:
Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records, 1960-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.okharr
See more items in:
Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-okharr
Online Media:

Spirit of Freedom, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-  Search this
Founder:
Johnson Atelier  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: cast bronze with green patina; Base: cast limestone or concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Montgomery County Department Facilities/Services 110 North Washington Street, 3rd Floor Rockville Maryland 20850
Located District Court of Maryland 27 Courthouse Square Rockville Maryland
Date:
Commissioned Jan. 1990. May 1992
Topic:
Allegory--Civic--Liberty  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Control number:
IAS MD000038
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_316411

Ideals, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-  Search this
Founder:
Tallix  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze with green patina; Base: aggregate
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of Oregon Arts Commission 550 Airport Road S.E Salem Oregon 97305
Located Portland State Office Building 800 N.E. Oregon Street Portland Oregon
Date:
Commissioned 1991. Feb. 1992
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Allegory--Quality--Hope  Search this
Control number:
IAS OR000135
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_323719

(580 California Street Roof Figures), (sculpture)

Title:
Five Hundred Eighty California Street Roof Figures), (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-  Search this
Kelly, George M.  Search this
Architect:
Johnson, Philip 1906-  Search this
Burgee, John  Search this
Achilles, Stephen  Search this
Assistant:
Guinee, John  Search this
Fabricator:
Spring, Bob  Search this
Modern Art Foundry  Search this
Architectural firm:
John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson  Search this
Medium:
Sculptures: fiberglass; Bases: aluminum
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Gerald D. Hines Interests 580 California Street Cornice of mansard roof San Francisco California 94104
Date:
Commissioned March 1982. April 1985
Topic:
Figure group--Female  Search this
Control number:
IAS CA000990
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331666

Context and collaboration for contemporary art : the sculptural program for 580 California Street / by David Robertson

Title:
Sculptural program for 580 California Street
Author:
Robertson, David 1937-  Search this
Trout Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-  Search this
Johnson, Philip 1906-2005  Search this
Burgee, John 1933-  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
San Francisco
Date:
1986
1986?]
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Statues  Search this
Artists and architects  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.C3456 R6 1986
N40.1.C3456R6 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_427314

Mod Donn Art: 11 women artists

Author:
Inspired by (work): Lamb, Myrna 1942- Mod Donna  Search this
Author of introduction:
Ceballos, Jacqueline Michot 1925-  Search this
Contributor:
Walsh, Alida -2006  Search this
Wilson, Ann 1931-  Search this
Ringgold, Faith  Search this
Lockpez, Inverna  Search this
Crump, Iris active 1970  Search this
Gordon, Juliette active 1970  Search this
Millett, Kate  Search this
Stevens, May  Search this
Castanis, Muriel 1926-2006  Search this
Spero, Nancy 1926-2009  Search this
Saporta, Sara active 1970  Search this
Event place:
Public Theater (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Mod Donn Art (Exhibition)  Search this
Physical description:
16 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1970
20th century
Topic:
Feminism in art  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N72.F45 M63 1970
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1068103

Untitled - 85, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-  Search this
Medium:
Cloth and epoxy resin
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Butler Institute of American Art 524 Wick Avenue Youngstown Ohio 44502 Accession Number: 994-S-107
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 42830064
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_442021

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-  Search this
Medium:
Cloth and epoxy
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum South Hadley Massachusetts 01075 Accession Number: 1990.2
Date:
1990
Topic:
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Control number:
IAS 60500037
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_459915

Reading, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-  Search this
Medium:
Figure: bronze; Base: stone
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Arizona State University, West Campus 4701 West Thunderbird Road Phoenix Arizona 85069
Date:
1991
Topic:
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Reading  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Book  Search this
Control number:
IAS AZ000331
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_325588

Patina VI, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-  Search this
Medium:
Cloth and epoxy
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Virlane Foundation 1055 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans Louisiana 70130
Located at K & B Corporation 1055 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans Louisiana 70130
Date:
1986
Topic:
Figure--Full length  Search this
Control number:
IAS 64820058
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292967

Untitled Standing Figure, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Castanis, Muriel 1926-  Search this
Medium:
Cloth and epoxy
Type:
Sculptures
Date:
1983
Topic:
Figure--Full length  Search this
Dress--Historic--Classical Dress  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87670002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299558

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