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Samuel J. Wagstaff papers

Creator:
Wagstaff, Samuel J.  Search this
Names:
Basen, Dan, 1939-  Search this
Brecht, George  Search this
Byars, James Lee  Search this
De Maria, Walter, 1935-2013  Search this
Di Suvero, Mark, 1933-  Search this
Fine, Albert M.  Search this
Flavin, Dan, 1933-  Search this
Halprin, Anna  Search this
Hartigan, Grace  Search this
James, Charles, d. 1978  Search this
Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Manning, Doreen  Search this
Manning, Robert  Search this
Martin, Agnes, 1912-2004  Search this
Newton, Gordon, 1948-  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Roth, Dieter, 1930-1998  Search this
Saret, Alan, 1944-  Search this
Tuttle, Richard, 1941-  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-  Search this
Wilson, Mary F.  Search this
Extent:
6.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Drawings
Date:
circa 1932-1985
Summary:
The Samuel J. Wagstaff papers, circa 1932-1985 comprise 6.4 linear feet of correspondence, writings, miscellaneous records, printed material, and photographs documenting Wagstaff's professional and personal relationships with artists and photographers, his career as an art curator, and his position as an important collector of paintings and photographs. Correspondence with artists and others such as curators, arts organizations, galleries, and museums, reflects the diversity of contemporary American art and includes individuals associated with the abstract expressionist, Fluxus, pop, earth, conceptual, and minimalist art movements.
Scope and Content Note:
The Samuel J. Wagstaff papers, circa 1932-1985, comprise 6.4 linear feet of correspondence, writings, miscellaneous records, printed material, and photographs documenting Wagstaff's professional and personal relationships with artists and photographers, his career as an art curator, and his position as an important collector of paintings and photographs.

Correspondence with artists and others such as curators, arts organizations, galleries, and museums reflects the diversity of contemporary American art and includes individuals associated with the abstract expressionist, Fluxus, pop, earth, conceptual, and minimalist art movements. Wagstaff's importance as a collector and curator and his generosity to and interest in artists is evident from the large number of invitations to view and critique work, requests for fellowship and grant recommendations, and thank you notes from artists to whom he extended financial or moral support. Among the most prolific correspondents found here are: Dan Basen, George Brecht, James Lee Byars, Walter de Maria, Mark Di Suvero, Albert Fine, Dan Flavin, Ann Halprin, Grace Hartigan, Charles James, Philip Johnson, Ray Johnson, Doreen and Robert Manning, Agnes Martin, Gordon Newton, Claes Oldenburg, Ad Reinhardt, Dieter Rot, Alan Saret, Richard Tuttle, May Wilson, and Andy Warhol.

Writings by Wagstaff consist of "Looking at Modern Art" prepared for the Trinity College Reading Program, and an untitled, undated piece about multiplicity in art. Among the writings by other authors are Bruce Bennard's "The Photographer Rediscovered," "Pop Art" by Henry Geldzahler, and "Collecting Photographs" by Bonnie Barrett Stretch.

Miscellaneous records are drawings by Bruce Kleinsmith, a print by Harold Paris and artists' resumes. Also included is a costume consisting of a stuffed devil's tail and two red silk caps connected by a long sash, all in a matching red silk bag.

Among the printed material are books, exhibition catalogs and prospectuses, periodicals, press releases, reproductions, and a variety of other printed items relating to photography and art.

Photographs consist largely of copy prints and a small number of original prints. Also included are a few images of exhibition installations and other miscellaneous subjects. There are no portraits of Samuel J. Wagstaff among the photographs of people. Identified individuals include: Bella Abzug, Peter Allen, Michael Collins, Angela Davis, Candy Darling, Wendell Ford, Joseph Hirshhorn, W. A. Huffman, David Love, Marc Miller, Bettie Ringma, and Andy Warhol.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1932-1986 (Boxes 1-3, 8, OV 9-10; 2.5 linear ft.)

Series 2: Writings, 1961-1983 (Box 3; 0.2 linear ft.)

Series 3: Miscellaneous Papers and Artifacts, 1970s-1980s (Box 3; 0.2 linear ft.)

Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1914-1988 (Boxes 3-8, OV 11; 3.2 linear ft.)

Series 5: Photographs, 1975-1982 (Boxes 7-8; 0.1 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. (1921-1987), the son of a lawyer from an old New York family and fashion artist Olga Piorkowska, was born in New York City. A graduate of Yale University, he was an ensign in the Navy and took part in the D-day landing at Omaha Beach.

Following World War II, Wagstaff studied Renaissance art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. A David E. Finley art history fellowship took him to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C. in 1959. He served as curator of contemporary art at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn., from 1961 to 1968, where he coordinated sculptor Tony Smith's first museum show in 1966. In 1971, during Wagstaff's tenure as curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts (1968-1971), he presented Michael Heizer's installation Dragged Mass Geometric on the grounds of the museum.

In addition to his curatorial work, Samuel J. Wagstaff was a noted collector. Originally, he was a fairly influential collector of avant-garde paintings. After seeing the exhibition "The Painterly Photograph" and meeting photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Wagstaff became convinced that photographs were the most unrecognized and, possibly, the most valuable works of art. He moved to New York and began selling his collection of paintings, using the proceeds to begin his photography collection and concentrating on 19th century American, British, and French examples. Then, influenced by his lover, photographer Mapplethorpe, Wagstaff's taste veered toward the daring, and he began to depart from established names in search of new talent. His collection was soon recognized as one of the finest private holdings in the United States. An exhibition of his photographs was organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., in 1978, and A Book of Photographs from the Sam Wagstaff Collection was published to accompany the show that toured the country.

The photograph collection was sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, Calif., in 1984, for a reported $5 million. Wagstaff then focused his attention on collecting 19th century American silver, and a selection from that collection was exhibited at the New York Historical Society in 1987.

Samuel J. Wagstaff died in New York City on January 14, 1987, from pneumonia, a complication of HIV infection.
Provenance:
Samuel J. Wagstaff donated his papers between 1976 and 1986.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Samuel J. Wagstaff papers 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 dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photography  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Photographs -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Drawings
Citation:
Samuel J. Wagstaff papers, circa 1932-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wagssamu
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Samuel Wagstaff papers, 1932-1985

Creator:
Wagstaff, Samuel J., 1921-1987  Search this
Subject:
Johnson, Philip  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Manning, Doreen  Search this
Tuttle, Richard  Search this
Halprin, Anna  Search this
De Maria, Walter  Search this
Basen, Dan  Search this
Hartigan, Grace  Search this
Roth, Dieter  Search this
Fine, Albert M.  Search this
Di Suvero, Mark  Search this
Martin, Agnes Bernice  Search this
Manning, Robert  Search this
Newton, Gordon  Search this
James, Charles  Search this
Saret, Alan  Search this
Brecht, George  Search this
Reinhardt, Adolph Dietrich Friedrich  Search this
Byars, James Lee  Search this
Wilson, Mary F.  Search this
Oldenberg, Kla'es  Search this
Flavin, Dan  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Curators  Search this
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Art  Search this
Photography  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6939
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209068
AAA_collcode_wagssamu
Theme:
The Art Market
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209068
Online Media:

Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, 1918-1971

Creator:
Roberts, Colette Jacqueline, 1910-1971  Search this
Subject:
Cavallon, Giorgio  Search this
Snelson, Kenneth  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya  Search this
Le Prat, Thérèse  Search this
Soulages, Pierre  Search this
Hartl, Léon  Search this
Venet, Bernar  Search this
Stern, Philippe  Search this
Bauermeister, Mary  Search this
Hamilton, George Heard  Search this
Wilson, Jane  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Moy, Seong  Search this
Zuka  Search this
Lamb, Alberto Cifolelli  Search this
Ferren, John  Search this
Dehner, Dorothy  Search this
Sandberg, H.  Search this
Schwabacher, Ethel  Search this
Damisch, Hubert  Search this
Manso, Leo  Search this
Bissière, Roger  Search this
Jenkins, Paul  Search this
Smith, Leon Polk  Search this
Nesbitt, Lowell  Search this
Miles, Jeanne Patterson  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Tuttle, Richard  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Huyghe, René  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam  Search this
Lam, Jennett  Search this
Novak, Giora  Search this
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Candell, Victor  Search this
Watts, Robert M.  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Sarkis  Search this
Baber, Alice  Search this
Boxer, Stanley  Search this
Adler, Samuel  Search this
Balzac  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Drude, Helene  Search this
Geoffrey, J. Iqbal  Search this
Hamilton, Richard  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Bachet, F.  Search this
Gray, Cleve  Search this
Ernst, Jimmy  Search this
Hare, David  Search this
Cooke, Kathleen McKeith  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Chryssa  Search this
Ekstrom, Arne H.  Search this
Dodd, Lamar  Search this
Norotzky, Norman  Search this
Fine, Albert M.  Search this
Hopkins, Budd  Search this
Hultberg, John  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Reid, Robert Dennis  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
Ortman, George Earl  Search this
Yunkers, Adja  Search this
Campbell, Kenneth  Search this
Natkin, Robert  Search this
Bearden, Romare  Search this
Karp, Ivan C.  Search this
Nevelson, Mike  Search this
Kanovitz, Howard  Search this
Levee, John H.  Search this
Bishop, Isabel  Search this
Barrie, Erwin S.  Search this
Lindner, Richard  Search this
Gillet, R. G.  Search this
Escobar, Maria Sol  Search this
Guerrero, José  Search this
Steinberg, Hedda  Search this
Picabia, Gabrielle  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William  Search this
Pfriem, Bernard A.  Search this
Kaupelis, Robert  Search this
Landsman, Stanley  Search this
Deem, George  Search this
Twiggs, Russell  Search this
Vollmer, Ruth Landshoff  Search this
Vieira da Silva  Search this
Pavlowsky, Jacqueline  Search this
Botkin, Henry  Search this
Lund, David  Search this
Day, John  Search this
Cunningham, Ben  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Reinhardt, Adolph Dietrich Friedrich  Search this
New York University  Search this
Grand Central Moderns (Gallery)  Search this
Le Point Cardinal (Gallery)  Search this
British Broadcasting Corporation  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painting, Modern  Search this
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Artists  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Painters  Search this
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9702
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211935
AAA_collcode_robecoli
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211935
Online Media:

Fine, Albert M.

Collection Creator:
Wagstaff, Samuel J.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965-1971
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Collection Rights:
The Samuel J. Wagstaff papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Samuel J. Wagstaff papers, circa 1932-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Samuel J. Wagstaff papers
Samuel J. Wagstaff papers / Series 1: Correspondence / 1.1: Correspondence with Artists and Others
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-wagssamu-ref33

Fine, Albert M.

Collection Creator:
Roberts, Colette, 1910-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967-1968
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists 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.
Collection Citation:
Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, circa 1930-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Colette Roberts Papers and Interviews with Artists
Colette Roberts Papers and Interviews with Artists / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-robecoli-ref25

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