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Anna Walinska papers, 1927-2002, bulk 1935-1980

Creator:
Walinska, Anna, 1906-1997  Search this
Subject:
Avery, Milton  Search this
Hacohen, Bracha  Search this
Littlefield, William Horace  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Walinsky, Louis Joseph  Search this
Beata, Welsing  Search this
Guild Art Gallery  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Interviews
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Transcripts
Travel diaries
Place:
Europe -- description and travel
Israel -- description and travel
Citation:
Anna Walinska papers, 1927-2002, bulk 1935-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Drawing--Study and teaching  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Painting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Asia--Description and travel  Search this
Middle East--Description and travel  Search this
Trinidad and Tobago--Description and travel  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6942
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209071
AAA_collcode_walianna
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209071
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Anna Walinska papers

Creator:
Walinska, Anna  Search this
Names:
Guild Art Gallery  Search this
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965  Search this
Beata, Welsing  Search this
Hacohen, Bracha  Search this
Littlefield, William Horace, 1902-1969  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Walinsky, Louis Joseph, 1908-2001  Search this
Extent:
2.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Interviews
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Transcripts
Travel diaries
Place:
Europe -- description and travel
Israel -- Description and Travel
Date:
1927-2002
bulk 1935-1980
Summary:
The papers of New York-based painter, teacher and art director Anna Walinska measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1927 to 2002, with the bulk of material from 1935 to 1980. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writings, travel diaries, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork, sketchbooks, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York-based painter, teacher and art director Anna Walinska measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1927 to 2002, with the bulk of material from 1935 to 1980. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writings, travel diaries, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork, sketchbooks, and photographs.

Biographical material consists of awards, certificates, curriculum vitae, biographical outlines, exhibition lists, passports and other material. There is a partial transcript from a radio interview of Anna Walinska. Also included are limited financial records.

Correspondence includes Anna Walinska's letters to her family from her 1954-1955 trip abroad to multiple countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. There is personal and professional correspondence with friends, artists and art institutions. Notable correspondents include Milton Avery, Louise Nevelson, Beata Welsing, Bracha Hacohen, William Littlefield, and Walinska's brother Louis Walinsky.

Writings consist of Walinska's notes, notebooks, lectures, essays, and a handwritten prospectus for Guild Art Gallery. There is one folder of writings by others about Walinska at the end of the series. There are four travel diaries that describe Walinska's trip around the world from 1954-1955, during which she traveled to many countries, and later trips to locations such as Israel and Trinidad.

Printed Material include clippings about Anna Walinska, group and solo exhibition catalogs, announcements, event invitations, and course catalogs for the Master Institute of United Art in New York City, where Walinska taught painting and drawing classes.

There are three scrapbooks: one scrapbook is about Guild Art Gallery, the second scrapbook is about the Holocaust exhibition, the third oversized scrapbook documents Walinska's career and activities overall.

Artwork consists of two bound sketchbooks as well as drawings and sketches in a variety of mediums from pencil and ink to watercolors and oils.

Photographs are of Walinska, friends, family, artists, artwork, exhibition installations, and other subjects. One album includes photos of Anna Walinska and her travels, along with images of friends and colleagues. The second album includes photographs of Walinska's solo exhibition at Sunken Meadow Gallery (1959). There is also one folder of photocopies of photos of assorted artwork by Walinska.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1927-2002 (Box 1; 11 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-1995 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1935-circa 1983 (Box 1; 8 folders)

Series 4: Travel Diaries, 1954-1973 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1942-2002 (Boxes 1-2; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, circa 1929-1980 (Boxes 2, 4; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1929-1963 (Box 3; 5 folders)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1932-1980 (Box 3; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Anna Walinska (1906-1997) was a New York artist, teacher and gallery director who traveled widely and is most well known for her paintings related to the subject of the Holocaust.

Anna Walinska was born in London, England in 1906 to labor organization leader Ossip Walinsky and poet Rosa Newman Walinska. She had two siblings, Emily and Louis. The family immigrated to New York City in 1914, and Anna Walinska began studying at the Art Students League in 1918. In 1926, she travelled to Paris and studied art at the Academie de Grande Chaumier with Andre L'Hote. France was her primary residence until 1930.

In 1935, Walinska and artist Margaret Lefranc co-founded the Guild Art Gallery at West 57th Street in New York and gave Arshile Gorky his first solo exhibition in the city. The gallery closed its doors in 1937. In 1939, Walinska was the Assistant Creative Director of the Contemporary Art Pavilion at the New York World's Fair. During this time, Walinska also pursued her own art and exhibited work in numerous group shows.

From 1954 to 1955, Walinska traveled around the world, visiting the capitals and major cities of many countries in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Places she went included Japan, Burma (now known as Myanmar), Pakistan, Greece, Italy, France and Spain. During her four month stay in Burma, she painted a portrait of Prime Minister U Nu and she later became a highly respected portrait artist who painted numerous illustrious subjects such as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, artists Louise Nevelson and Mark Rothko, and many others.

In 1957, Walinska became the artist-in-residence at the Riverside Museum where she also taught and exhibited with other artists. That same year, she had her first retrospective at the Jewish Museum in New York City.

Walinska exhibited widely and often. Holocaust: Paintings and Drawings, 1953-1978, which opened at the Museum of Religious Art at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, is probably the most well-known of her exhibitions and it traveled across the country to several other sites such as the War Memorial Building in Baltimore and Mercy College of Detroit. Works from this exhibition were acquired by multiple museums to become part of their permanent collections.

Walinkska died on December 19, 1997 at the age of 91 in New York City. In 1999, there was a retrospective of her work titled Echoes of the Holocaust: Paintings, Drawings, and Collage, 1940-1989 held at Clark University's Center for Holocaust Studies. The Onisaburo Gallery at New York's Interfaith Center also held a solo exhibition titled Portraits of Faith (2000). Her art is part of the collections at the Denver Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Rose Art Museum, and other museums.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also has the Guild Art Gallery records, which consists of material related to the gallery that was co-founded by Anna Walinska.
Provenance:
The papers were donated by Anna Walinska in two installations in 1976 and 1981. Rosina Rubin, Anna Walinska's niece, made a third donation of material in 2017.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., research center.
Occupation:
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Drawing--Study and teaching  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Painting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Asia--Description and travel  Search this
Middle East--Description and travel  Search this
Trinidad and Tobago--Description and travel  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Interviews
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Transcripts
Travel diaries
Citation:
Anna Walinska papers, 1927-2002, bulk 1935-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.walianna
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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EDAN-URL:
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Last traces : the lost art of Auschwitz / photography and text by Joseph P. Czarnecki ; introduction by Chaim Potok

Author:
Czarnecki, Joseph P  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 175 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Poland
Oswiecim
Date:
1989
20th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Auschwitz (Concentration camp) in art  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Call number:
ND2812.P62 O834 1989X
ND2812.P62O834 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_380466

Anselm Kiefer/Paul Celan : myth, mourning and memory / Andrea Lauterwein

Author:
Lauterwein, Andréa 1969-  Search this
Kiefer, Anselm 1945-  Search this
Subject:
Celan, Paul Influence  Search this
Kiefer, Anselm 1945- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
253 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2007
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_901460

The last expression : art and Auschwitz / edited by David Mickenberg, Corinne Granof, Peter Hayes

Title:
Art and Auschwitz
Author:
Mickenberg, David 1954-  Search this
Granof, Corinne  Search this
Hayes, Peter 1946 September 7-  Search this
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art  Search this
Davis Museum and Cultural Center  Search this
Brooklyn Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)  Search this
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)  Search this
Auschwitz (Pologne : Camp d'extermination)  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 272 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Exhibition catalogues
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Europe
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Date:
2003
©2003
20th century
Topic:
Nazi concentration camp inmates as artists  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Concentration camp inmates as artists  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Art européen  Search this
Dessin  Search this
Holocauste (1939-1945)  Search this
Peinture  Search this
Prisonnier de guerre  Search this
Thème artistique  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_717634

Jenni Lukač

Author:
Lukač, Jenni  Search this
Krannert Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Lukač, Jenni  Search this
Krannert Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
33 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 16 x 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Call number:
N6549.L835 A4 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897415

The Holocaust wall hangings [videorecording] / produced by Judith Weinshall Lieberman and Bob Lewis ; directed by Bob Lewis

Author:
Liberman, Judith Weinshall  Search this
Lewis, Bob  Search this
Carousel Films  Search this
Subject:
Liberman, Judith Weinshall  Search this
Physical description:
1 videocassette (23 min., 5 sec.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in
Type:
Videorecordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1996
C1996
20th century
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Wall hangings  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Call number:
NK3012.A3 H64 1996
video 000946
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_896052

Spirit and vision in Holocaust art / [Ori Z. Soltes]

Author:
Soltes, Ori Z  Search this
B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum  Search this
Subject:
Sanabria, Sherry Zvares  Search this
Karver, Sherry  Search this
Physical description:
7 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm. + 1 plate ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
[1994?]
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Call number:
ND237.S36 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_906697

Zoran Music : nous ne sommes pas les derniers

Title:
Nous ne sommes pas les derniers
Author:
Music, Zoran Antonio 1909-2005  Search this
Musées de Marseille  Search this
Subject:
Music, Zoran Antonio 1909-2005 We are not the last  Search this
Physical description:
61 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
[2003]
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_740273

The texture of memory : Holocaust memorials and meaning / James E. Young

Author:
Young, James Edward  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 398 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Europe
Israel
United States
Date:
1993
20th century
Topic:
Holocaust memorials  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Public art  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Museums  Search this
Call number:
D804.3.Y68 1993X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_445100

Olocausto : Arbit Blatas

Title:
Arbit Blatas
Olocausto, Blatas
Author:
Blatas, Arbit  Search this
Bouret, Jean  Search this
Subject:
Blatas, Arbit  Search this
Physical description:
84 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 x 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Venice
Venice (Italy)
Date:
1979
1979]
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Jews  Search this
Ethnic relations  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.B6376 B7 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_492732

The Anne Frank project : installations / by Ellen Rothenberg ; essay by Elizabeth A. Brown

Author:
Rothenberg, Ellen 1949-  Search this
Brown, Elizabeth A (Elizabeth Ann) 1956-  Search this
University of California, Santa Barbara University Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Rothenberg, Ellen 1949-  Search this
Frank, Anne 1929-1945 Diaries  Search this
Physical description:
11 p. (some folded) : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.R8344 B8 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468064

Depiction and interpretation : the influence of the Holocaust on the visual arts / Ziva Amishai-Maisels

Author:
Amishai-Maisels, Ziva 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
xxxiii, 567 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
20th century
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Influence  Search this
Call number:
N8210.A59 1993X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_444704

The story of Karl Stojka a childhood in Birkenau : exhibition at the embassy of Austria, April 30 to May 29, 1992 : catalogue by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ; a project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council ; [primary author Sybil Milton]

Artist:
Stojka, Karl 1931-  Search this
Author:
Milton, Sybil  Search this
Author:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  Search this
United States Holocaust Memorial Council  Search this
Subject:
Birkenau (Concentration camp) In art  Search this
Physical description:
64 pages illustrations (some color) 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Chronology
Pictorial works
Personal narratives, Austrian
Government publications
Chronologies
Exhibition catalogs
Personal narratives
Place:
Austria
Germany
Date:
1992
Topic:
Romani Genocide, 1939-1945  Search this
Nazi concentration camp inmates  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Study and teaching  Search this
Art  Search this
Concentration camp inmates  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) in art  Search this
Romanies--Nazi persecution  Search this
Study skills  Search this
Call number:
ND511.5.S75 A4 1992
ND511.5.S75A4 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_432867

Holocaust project : from darkness into light / Judy Chicago ; with photography by Donald Woodman

Author:
Chicago, Judy 1939-  Search this
Woodman, Donald  Search this
Maurice Spertus Museum of Judaica  Search this
Subject:
Chicago, Judy 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 205 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.C519 W8 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_477687

Light from the yellow star : a lesson of love from the Holocaust / Robert O. Fisch

Author:
Fisch, Robert O  Search this
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Fisch, Robert O Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Hungary
Budapest
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Jews--Persecutions  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.F514 F8 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_479578

The art of memory : Holocaust memorials in history / edited by James E. Young ; with contributions by Matthew Baigell ... [et al.]

Author:
Young, James Edward  Search this
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Deutsches Historisches Museum  Search this
Münchner Stadtmuseum  Search this
Physical description:
196 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Europe
United States
Israel
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Holocaust memorials--Exhibitions  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Public art  Search this
Call number:
D804.3 .A78 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_463514

The Holocaust wall hangings / Judith Weinshall Liberman

Title:
Marvade ha-Shoʼah
Author:
Liberman, Judith Weinshall  Search this
Yad ṿa-shem, rashut ha-zikaron la-Shoʼah ṿela-gevurah Muzeʼon  Search this
Subject:
Liberman, Judith Weinshall Holocaust wall hangings  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
20th century
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Wall hangings--History  Search this
Call number:
NK3049.A3 W45 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_829887

Image and remembrance : representation and the Holocaust / edited by Shelley Hornstein and Florence Jacobowitz

Author:
Hornstein, Shelley  Search this
Jacobowitz, Florence 1957-  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 332 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
20th century
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Arts, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_789249

Louise Kramer : sculpture and drawings

Title:
Sculpture and drawings
Author:
Kramer, Louise  Search this
Munro, Eleanor C  Search this
Subject:
Kramer, Louise  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
[2006]
Topic:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.K67 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825987

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