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Jimmy Ernst papers, 1802-2010, bulk 1930-2005

Creator:
Ernst, Jimmy, 1920-1984  Search this
Subject:
Ernst, Max  Search this
Pozzatti, Rudy O.  Search this
Ernst, Dallas  Search this
Brooklyn College  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Topic:
Educators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16037
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)308599
AAA_collcode_ernsjimm
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_308599
Online Media:

Artists in Exile

Artist:
Herman Landshoff, 1905 - 1986  Search this
Sitter:
Stanley William Hayter, 1901 - 1988  Search this
Leonora Carrington, 6 Apr 1917 - 25 May 2011  Search this
Frederick John Kiesler, 22 Sep 1890 - 27 Dec 1965  Search this
Kurt Seligmann, 1900 - 1962  Search this
Max Ernst, 1891 - 1976  Search this
Amedee Ozenfant, 1886 - 1966  Search this
Andre Breton, 1896 - 1966  Search this
Fernand Léger, 1881 - 1955  Search this
Berenice Abbott, 17 Jul 1898 - 9 Dec 1991  Search this
Jimmy Ernst, 1920 - 1984  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim, 26 Aug 1898 - 23 Dec 1979  Search this
John Ferren, 1905 - 1970  Search this
Marcel Duchamp, 28 Jul 1887 - 2 Oct 1968  Search this
Pieter Cornelis Mondrian, 1872 - 1944  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 23.5cm x 18.5cm (9 1/4" x 7 5/16")
Mount: 34cm x 26.6cm (13 3/8" x 10 1/2")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1942
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief  Search this
Architecture\Fireplace  Search this
Max Ernst: Male  Search this
Max Ernst: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Fernand Léger: Male  Search this
Fernand Léger: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Fernand Léger: Education\Educator\Professor\University  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim: Female  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim: Visual Arts\Founder\Art Museum  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim: Visual Arts\Art Collector  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim: Visual Arts\Art Patron  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim: Visual Arts\Administrator\Art Museum\Director  Search this
Pieter Cornelis Mondrian: Male  Search this
Pieter Cornelis Mondrian: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
John Ferren: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
John Ferren: Male  Search this
Jimmy Ernst: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Jimmy Ernst: Male  Search this
Andre Breton: Male  Search this
Andre Breton: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Andre Breton: Literature\Writer\Essayist  Search this
Andre Breton: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Literary  Search this
Andre Breton: Literature\Editor\Journal  Search this
Amedee Ozenfant: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Amedee Ozenfant: Male  Search this
Amedee Ozenfant: Literature\Writer  Search this
Kurt Seligmann: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Kurt Seligmann: Male  Search this
Leonora Carrington: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Leonora Carrington: Female  Search this
Leonora Carrington: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor  Search this
Leonora Carrington: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Stanley William Hayter: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Stanley William Hayter: Male  Search this
Berenice Abbott: Female  Search this
Berenice Abbott: Literature\Writer  Search this
Berenice Abbott: Visual Arts\Artist\Photographer  Search this
Frederick John Kiesler: Male  Search this
Frederick John Kiesler: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor  Search this
Frederick John Kiesler: Literature\Writer  Search this
Frederick John Kiesler: Visual Arts\Architect  Search this
Frederick John Kiesler: Performing Arts\Scenographer  Search this
Marcel Duchamp: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Marcel Duchamp: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.92.159
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4064f474f-69c9-4320-bc60-b11b62fb8df2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.92.159

Jimmy Ernst papers

Creator:
Ernst, Jimmy, 1920-1984  Search this
Names:
Brooklyn College  Search this
Ernst, Dallas  Search this
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976  Search this
Pozzatti, Rudy, 1925-  Search this
Extent:
16.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
1802-2010
bulk 1930-2005
Summary:
The papers of painter Jimmy Ernst measure 16.3 linear feet and date from 1802 to 2010, with the bulk of the records dating from the 1930s to 2005. The collection documents Ernst's work as a professional artist, educator and lecturer, and his involvement with the abstract expressionist art movement in the United States through biographical material, correspondence, writings, some personal business papers, teaching materials and lecture notes, printed material, photographs as well as sound and video recordings. Also found is a series of research material, drafts, notes, publicity, correspondence, and interviews pertaining to the writing of Ernst's memoir, A Not So Still-Life (1984).
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter Jimmy Ernst measure 16.3 linear feet and date from 1802 to 2010, with the bulk of the records dating from the 1930s to 2005. The collection documents Ernst's work as a professional artist, educator and lecturer, and his involvement with the abstract expressionist art movement in the United States through biographical material, correspondence, writings, some personal business papers, teaching materials and lecture notes, printed material, photographs as well as sound and video recordings. Also found is a series of research material, drafts, notes, publicity, correspondence, and interviews pertaining to the writing of Ernst's memoir, A Not So Still-Life (1984).

Biographical material is comprised of resumes and other summaries of Ernst's career; documents such as passports, will and estate records, contact lists, and school papers from his childhood in Germany; records of the awards Ernst received; and sound and video recordings, including interviews.

Correspondence includes Ernst's letters to and from family, friends, colleagues, and organizations. Topics concern artwork, some political and philosophical issues, services, and personal matters. Also included are a few files of Dallas Ernst's correspondence.

Writings include essays and short writings by Ernst concerning politics, art, poetry, and his own life experiences. Also found are drafts of writings that would later go on to be published, such as his "Freedom of Expression in the Arts" (1964) and "A Letter to the Artists of the Soviet Union" (1961). Additionally, there are a few files that contain writings by Dallas Ernst as well as drafts, essays, M.A. theses, and reviews by other artists, students, and critics in regards to Ernst's art, exhibitions, and career. Papers pertaining to the writing of Ernst's memoir, A Not So Still-Life (1984) include research material, drafts, notes, photographs, publicity material, correspondence, and interviews.

Teaching and lecture material consists of correspondence, drafts of speeches, notes, and videos of talks given by Ernst. Documentation covers the periods that Ernst taught at Brooklyn College's Department of Design from 1951 to 1977, lectured at museums and universities in the United States and Europe, and gave commencement speeches to the graduates of Silvermine College of Art in 1969 and Long Island University in 1982.

Exhibition papers include one video, correspondence, ephemera, and lists of artworks shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe from 1951 to 1999. After Ernst's death in 1984, his wife Dallas Ernst handled the exhibiting of his art.

Personal business papers document the handling, sale, and consignments of Ernst's artwork. The material is predominantly correspondence with galleries that represented Ernst, although there are files containing receipts, tax documents, and acknowledgements for services and donated artwork. There is also one file concerning Dallas' involvement in the reproduction of sculptures done by Max Ernst.

Printed material includes clippings, newsletters, bulletins, periodicals, and books concerning Ernst's life and career; exhibitions catalogs and announcements; miscellaneous clippings and printed material, some of which were collected by Ernst and annotated; and some reproductions of Ernst's artwork.

Photographs and slides document Ernst's personal and professional life. They include images of the Ernst family both in the United States and Europe, snapshots taken at events and during trips, images of Max and Jimmy Ernst's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1802-2005, bulk 1931-2005 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1941-1998 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 2-4)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1954-2005 (0.8 linear feet; Box 4)

Series 4: -- A Not So Still-Life -- (1984), circa 1920-1995 (2 linear feet; boxes 5-6)

Series 5: Exhibitions, circa 1954-2000 (1 linear foot; Box 7)

Series 6: Teaching and Lectures, 1948-1983 (0.5 linear feet; Box 8)

Series 7: Personal Business Records, 1953-1993 (13 folders; Boxes 8-9)

Series 8: Printed Material, circa 1940-2010 ( 7.5 linear feet; Boxes 9-17)

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1890-2010 (0.5 linear feet; Box 16)
Biographical / Historical:
Jimmy Ernst (1920-1984) was a painter and educator in East Hampton, New York.

Ernst was born Hans-Ulrich Ernst in Cologne, Germany. After Ernst's parents divorced in 1922, Ernst spent the next 11 years living in Cologne with his mother, art historian and journalist Louise Straus-Ernst. Ernst ultimately left Germany to live with family elsewhere in Europe, including his father Max Ernst, surrealist and founder of the Dada movement in Paris. Ernst moved to New York in 1938 and held positions at Warner Brothers, the film library at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and eventually as director of Peggy Guggenheim's gallery-museum Art of This Century.

It was not until after Ernst moved to the United States that he began focusing on his own art. In 1944 Ernst had his first one-man exhibition at the Norlyst Gallery, and since has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1956), Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (1963), Tampa Museum of Art (1994), Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg, Florida (1998), and the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (1999); and has been featured in many group exhibitions including shows at MoMA (1951); Art Institute of Chicago (1960); and the Guggenheim Museum (1954, 1961).

In addition to his career as an artist, Ernst was also a professor in the design department at Brooklyn College from 1951 to 1977, and in 1963 Ernst and a fellow artist, Rudy Pozzatti, participated in an art lecture tour in the U.S.S.R and Germany. Ernst's accolades include the Brandeis University Creative Arts Award, membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters, an honorary doctorate from Long Island University, and was awarded numerous prizes and fellowships from museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum.

Jimmy Ernst married Edith Dallas Bauman (known as Dallas, 1923-2011) in 1947. Dallas served as an assistant to Jimmy by managing the transfer and handling of art work to and from exhibitions, galleries, and buyers; Dallas even presented one of Jimmy's lectures in his place in 1964 due to a health emergency. After Jimmy's death, Dallas continued the business of dealing and exhibiting his artwork. Jimmy and Dallas had two children, Eric and Amy, also artists.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives are the Max and Dorothea Ernst letters concerning Max Ernst's American citizenship status (photocopies) microfilmed on reel 3829
Provenance:
This collection was donated in 2012 by Amy Ernst, Jimmy Ernst's daughter.
Restrictions:
This collection is access restricted; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access, with permission, to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' 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:
Painters -- New York (State) -- East Hampton  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- East Hampton  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Jimmy Ernst papers, 1802-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.ernsjimm
See more items in:
Jimmy Ernst papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ernsjimm

Oral history interview with Jimmy Ernst, 1974 Sept. 20

Interviewee:
Ernst, Jimmy, 1920-1984  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Educators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13149
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212651
AAA_collcode_ernst74
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212651

Jimmy Ernst, 1920-1984 [Folder]

Additional name:
Ernst, Hans Ulrich  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Art & Artist files at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_28827

Jimmy Ernst (1920-1984) : the sea of grass series and beyond / essay by Jennifer Hardin

Title:
Sea of grass series and beyond
Author:
Ernst, Jimmy 1920-1984-  Search this
Hardin, Jennifer  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts (Saint Petersburg, Fla.)  Search this
Subject:
Ernst, Jimmy 1920-  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
Call number:
ND237.E7 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_623477

Jimmy Ernst, 1920-1984 : retrospective, 1942-83

Author:
Ernst, Jimmy 1920-1984  Search this
Harmon-Meek Gallery (Naples, Fla.)  Search this
Butler Institute of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Ernst, Jimmy 1920-1984  Search this
Physical description:
43 p. : ill. (part col.), ports. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
C1987
Call number:
N40.1.E699 H2
N40.1.E699H2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_319200

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