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Gregory Battcock papers

Creator:
Battcock, Gregory, 1937-  Search this
Names:
Bronx Museum of the Arts  Search this
International Association of Art Critics  Search this
Trylon & perisphere  Search this
William Paterson College of New Jersey -- Faculty  Search this
Battcock, Elizabeth  Search this
Beker, Gisela  Search this
Brown, Cee  Search this
Burton, Scott  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976 -- Photographs  Search this
Carsman, Jon, 1944-  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Dalí, Salvador, 1904-  Search this
Dreva, Jerry  Search this
Frank, Peter, 1950-  Search this
George, John  Search this
Glusberg, Jorge  Search this
Goldstein, Al  Search this
Halbert, Jacques  Search this
Hess, Emil, 1889-1945  Search this
Levine, Les, 1935-  Search this
Livingston, Braniff  Search this
McGeehan, Robert, 1933-  Search this
Morley, Malcolm, 1931-  Search this
Nakagawa, Naoto, 1944-  Search this
Neri, Julio  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-2006  Search this
Partch, Harry, 1901-1974  Search this
Peña, Rolando, 1942-  Search this
Picard, Lil  Search this
Pocock, Philip  Search this
Schult, Ha, 1939-  Search this
Van Baron, Judith  Search this
Varble, Stephen  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-  Search this
Wechter, Vivienne Thaul  Search this
Whyte, Ron  Search this
Extent:
10.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Photographs
Interviews
Date:
1952-circa 1980
Summary:
The papers of New York art critic, writer, educator, and painter, Gregory Battcock, measure 10.6 linear feet and date from 1952 to circa 1980. The collection includes biographical material, correspondence, published and unpublished writings, artists' files, personal business records, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographic materials, and artifacts that detail his involvement in both the mainstream and fringe art scenes of the 1970s.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York art critic, writer, educator, and painter, Gregory Battcock, measure 10.6 linear feet and date from 1952 to circa 1980. The collection includes biographical material, correspondence, published and unpublished writings, artists' files, personal business records, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographic materials, and artifacts that detail his involvement in both the mainstream and fringe art scenes of the 1970s.

Biographical materials contain address lists, six appointment books, a diploma and certificate, family history, identification documents, interviews, resumes, obituaries, a William Paterson College of New Jersey teaching file, and membership files for The Bronx Museum, International Association of Art Critics, and other organizations. Correspondence is with Battcock's mother, Elizabeth; friends and colleagues Peter Frank, John George, Al Goldstein, Braniff Livingston, Robert McGeehan, Julio Neri, Judith Van Baron, Ron Whyte, and others regarding social events, reprint permissions, book projects, travel arrangements, real estate, and freelance work.

Writings and notes include personal journal entries, drafts for articles and essays, manuscripts for published and unpublished works including "The Story of Film" and Breaking the Sound Barrier: A Critical Anthology of the New Music, his dissertation titled "Constructivism and Minimal Art: Some Critical, Theoretical and Aesthetic Correlations," book proposals, lectures, limericks, restaurant reviews, notes and writings by Jorge Glusberg and Vivienne Thaul Wechter.

Files for artists contain mostly printed material on Gisela Beker, Cee Brown, Jon Carsman, Christo, Jerry Dreva, Jacques Halbert, Emil Hess, Les Levine, Naoto Nakagawa, Nam Jun Paik, Harry Partch, Lil Picard, Philip Pocock, HA Schult, Andy Warhol, and others. The file for Salvador Dalí contains one video recording. Battcock's personal business records include contracts and payments for his writing, real estate papers, business agreements, papers regarding his father's estate, a loan agreement for Andy Warhol's "Self Portrait," and files detailing the theft of two painting by Malcom Morley from Battcock's residence.

Found in printed materials are clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, flyers, post cards, magazines, press releases, issues of Trylon & Perisphere and Gay magazines, and other material that features Battcock's writings. Additional clippings of Battcock's writings that appeared in the New York Free Press, New York Review of Sex and Politics, Domus, The Soho Weekly News, New York Arts Journal, Gay, and other publications are contained in ten scrapbooks.

Photographs are of Battcock, colleagues and friends, works of art from his personal collection, travel, and artists Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Nam Jun Paik, Julio Neri, Rolando Peña, Stephen Varble, and Scott Burton. Several keys with a detached keychain labeled 'studio' are in artifacts.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1958-1980 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1960s-circa 1980 (2.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-3, 12)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1966-1980 (2.7 linear feet; Boxes 4-6)

Series 4: Artists' Files, 1960s-1980 (0.6 linear feet; Box 6)

Series 5: Personal Business Records, 1966-1980 (0.5 linear feet; Box 6-7)

Series 6: Printed Materials, 1952-1980 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 7-8, 12-13)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1959-1980 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 8-9, 12)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, 1960s-1980 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 9-11)

Series 9: Artifacts, circa 1970s (0.1 linear feet; Box 11)
Biographical / Historical:
Gregory Battcock (1937-1980) was an art critic, writer, educator, and painter from New York, N.Y. He attended Michigan State University, the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, and Hunter College for his undergraduate and graduate studies before receiving his Ph.D. from New York University in 1978. His dissertation was titled "Constructivism and Minimal Art: Some Aesthetic, Theoretical and Critical Correlations."

Battcock was a prolific writer and wrote numerous articles as a correspondent for Art & Artists and Domus magazines. His column, "The Last Estate," appeared in Gay magazine as well as other publications. In 1977, Battcock co-founded the short-lived magazine, Trylon & Perisphere, with his close friend, playwright Ron Whyte. Even though only three issues were printed, the magazine exhibited Battcock's predilection for art society gossip, and provocative imagery and prose. E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. published several of Battcock's books including Why Art: Casual Notes on the Aesthetics of the Immediate Past, Breaking the Sound Barrier: A Critical Anthology of the New Music, and Idea Art: A Critical Anthology. In addition to his writing career, Battcock taught fine art at William Paterson College of New Jersey, was art critic for New York Free Press from 1967 to 1970, Editor-in-Chief of Arts Magazine from 1973 to 1975, and appeared in the Andy Warhol films The Illiac Passion, Horse, and Batman Dracula.

Battcock was murdered in Puerto Rico on December 25, 1980. At the time of his death he was working on "The Story of Film," which remains unpublished, and The Art of Performance: A Critical Anthology, which was published posthumously in 1984.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an audio interview recorded on December 11, 1969 with Gregory Battcock for the University Roundtable radio series. The recording forms part of the WFUV radio interviews relating to art, 1969-1973 collection.
Provenance:
The Gregory Battcock papers were donated in 1992 by Nancy Mahl, an artist who occupied a studio in Jersey City, N.J. that had formerly been leased by a moving and storage company, and who came upon Battcock's papers in the building. The papers had been shipped to the Jersey City building without the knowledge of Ron Whyte (executor of Battcock's estate) and the Rev. Paul William Bradley, who had arranged to have Battcock's papers stored after his death. Additional papers were donated 2003 by Rev. Paul W. Bradley, who inherited the papers after the death of his partner Ron Whyte.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Constructivism (Art)  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Minimal art  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art thefts  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Photographs
Interviews
Citation:
Gregory Battcock Papers, 1952-circa 1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.battgreg
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-battgreg

Young fluxus : an exhibition of works by John Armleder ... [et al. : exhibition] April 10-May 15, 1982, Artists Space / organized by Ken Friedman and Peter Frank with Elizabeth Brown

Author:
Armleder, John  Search this
Friedman, Ken 1949-  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Brown, Elizabeth  Search this
Artists Space (Gallery)  Search this
Physical description:
[62] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1982
C1982
20th century
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--History  Search this
Call number:
N6494.F55 Y72 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_493179

Chaz Bojórquez / essay, Peter Frank ; interview, Amanda Erlanson

Artist:
Bojórquez, Chaz  Search this
Author:
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Interviewer:
Erlanson, Amanda  Search this
Subject:
Bojórquez, Chaz  Search this
Physical description:
178 pages : illustrations (some color); 32 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
2016
Topic:
Graffiti  Search this
Street art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081698

Judith Rothschild : gesture and geometry 1948-1960

Title:
Gesture and geometry 1948-1960
Author:
Rothschild, Judith  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Hackett-Freedman Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Rothschild, Judith  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2004
C2004
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
ND237.R7254 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_804908

Martin Lubner, Lorraine Lubner : recent work : April 5-May 4, 1993

Title:
Lubner and Lubner
Author:
Lubner, Martin 1929-  Search this
Lubner, Lorraine  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Brandstater Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Lubner, Martin 1929-  Search this
Lubner, Lorraine  Search this
Physical description:
[19] p. : col. ill. ; 18 x 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
[1993]
Call number:
ND237.L84 A4 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_812698

Watercolors of Klaus Fussmann : Lefebre Gallery, New York, Nov. 13-Dec. 15, 1979

Author:
Fussmann, Klaus 1938-  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Lefebre Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Fussmann, Klaus 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : chiefly ill. (1 col.) ; 19 x 19 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Watercolor painting  Search this
Call number:
ND1954.F87 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_834481

Compassionate images : Ron Cohen ... [et al.] / curated by Paul Krainak

Author:
Cohen, Ron 1948-  Search this
Krainak, Paul  Search this
Gumpert, Lynn  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Herron School of Art Gallery  Search this
N.A.M.E. Gallery  Search this
Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture  Search this
Subject:
Cohen, Ron 1948-  Search this
Physical description:
[20] p. : ill ; 16 x 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1982
C1982
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .C58143 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_834541

Niki de Saint Phalle : last works on paper

Title:
In fond memory of Niki de Saint Phalle, 1930-2002, her last images
Niki de Saint Phalle, her last images
Author:
Saint-Phalle, Niki de 1930-2002  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Herbert Palmer Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Saint-Phalle, Niki de 1930-2002  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : col. ill. ; 13 x 18 cm. + 1 card (12 x 17 cm.)
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
[2003]
Call number:
N6853.S255 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_848512

John Pearson : drawings, 1983-1984 : March 5-30, 1985, Bertha Urdang Gallery / essay by Peter Frank

Author:
Pearson, John 1940-  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Bertha Urdang Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Pearson, John 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
17 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
C1985
Call number:
NC139.P354 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_701345

Artists' books USA / guest curators, Peter Frank and Martha Wilson

Author:
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Wilson, Martha 1947-  Search this
Independent Curators Incorporated  Search this
Physical description:
ca. 150 leaves ; 9 x 14 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1978
C1978
20th century
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_746227

Luc Leestemaker / essays by Peter Frank, Doug Meyer, Dr. A. Vint

Author:
Leestemaker, Luc 1957-  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Subject:
Leestemaker, Luc 1957-  Search this
Physical description:
119 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2004
C2004
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Dutch  Search this
Call number:
ND653.L417 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_762877

Robert De Niro, Sr. : October 5-28, 2000 / [essay by Peter Frank]

Author:
De Niro, Robert 1922-1993  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Hackett-Freedman Gallery  Search this
Subject:
De Niro, Robert 1922-1993  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND237.D37 A4 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_789732

Robert De Niro, Sr. / [Preface by Lawrence Salander ; essay by Peter Frank ; edited by Andrew Kelly and Ivana Salander]

Author:
De Niro, Robert 1922-1993  Search this
Salander, Lawrence B  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Subject:
De Niro, Robert 1922-1993  Search this
Physical description:
208 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
[2004]
Call number:
ND237.D37 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_791259

Line and image : the northern sensibility in recent European drawing / Peter Frank, guest curator ; essay by Peter Frank

Author:
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Independent Curators Incorporated  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. ; 18 cm. x 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
C1987
20th century
Topic:
Drawing, European  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Call number:
NC95 .L56 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_606999

Rafael Cauduro : recent paintings : October 3-30, 1991

Title:
Cauduro
Recent paintings : October 3-30, 1991
Author:
Cauduro, Rafael 1950-  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Louis Newman Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Cauduro, Rafael 1950-  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : [3] col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
[1991]
Topic:
Human figure in art  Search this
Call number:
ND259.C43 A42 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_609039

Artifacts of the street / by R. Lee White ; photographs by James R. Cessna

Author:
White, R. Lee (Randy Lee) 1951-  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Boulder Art Center  Search this
Comic Relief (Fund raising enterprise)  Search this
Subject:
White, R. Lee (Randy Lee) 1951-  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 x 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
1993]
Call number:
N40.1.W587 B68 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_611506

Under currents : an exhibition of West Coast artists / curated by Laura Ross-Paul, catalog essay by Peter Frank

Author:
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Ross-Paul, Laura  Search this
Portland Center for the Visual Arts  Search this
Physical description:
[20] p. : ill., ports. ; 18 x 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
1987
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6525 .U53
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636306

Martin Mull : recent work 1992-1993

Author:
Mull, Martin  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Subject:
Mull, Martin  Search this
Physical description:
[7] p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 22 x 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
Call number:
N6537.M84 A4 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636840

Constructed image, constructed object : Alternative Museum / [Geno Rodriguez, curator ; catalog essay : Peter Frank]

Author:
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Rodriguez, Geno  Search this
Alternative Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1984
C1984
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, Abstract  Search this
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Call number:
NB212 .C66 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636842

Constructures : new perimetrics in abstract painting / curated by Peter Frank

Author:
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
Nohra Haime Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Barth, Francis  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
[1985]
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
ND212.5.A2 F72
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639596

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