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Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014

Creator:
Benton, Fletcher Chapman, 1931-  Search this
Subject:
Louchheim, Marlene  Search this
Lucie-Smith, Edward  Search this
Finn, David  Search this
Jones, Lillian E.  Search this
Bury, Pol  Search this
De Wilde, Dan  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert  Search this
Valentine, De Wain  Search this
Tooker, Dan  Search this
Sanders, Pieter  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Neubert, George W.  Search this
Marquand, Ed  Search this
Galerie Denino  Search this
André Emmerich Gallery  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Motion pictures (visual works)
Drawings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Photographs
Christmas cards
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13352
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)251862
AAA_collcode_bentflet
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Audio - Visual
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_251862
Online Media:

Bruce Conner papers, 1956-1975

Creator:
Conner, Bruce, 1933-2008  Search this
Subject:
DeFeo, Jay  Search this
Neubert, George W.  Search this
Rockwell, Tony  Search this
St. John, Terry  Search this
Albright, Thomas  Search this
Humphrey, John  Search this
Janss, Ed  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9385
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211582
AAA_collcode_connbruc2
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211582

Bruce Conner papers

Creator:
Conner, Bruce, 1933-2008  Search this
Names:
Albright, Thomas  Search this
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989  Search this
Humphrey, John  Search this
Janss, Ed  Search this
Neubert, George W.  Search this
Rockwell, Tony  Search this
St. John, Terry  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet ((on 3 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1956-1975
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; business records; teaching contracts; printed material, and material relating to Jay DeFeo.
REEL 1092: Correspondence with museums and galleries; papers related to museum and gallery business; income tax papers; teaching contracts; catalogs and announcements; and clippings.
REEL 911: Working files relating primarily to Jay DeFeo's painting "The Rose," as well as her recent works. The files contain correspondence with DeFeo, and with Thomas Albright, George Neubert, Terry St. John, John Humphrey, Tony Rockwell, and Ed Janss. Also included are photographs of "The Rose" and DeFeo's "telephone series"; business material; and clippings.
REEL 2802: A letter to Alfred Frankenstein, Oct. 2, 1976, asking "Has Christo taken the role of criminal perpetrator of a 'Crime Against Nature'..." Frankenstein replies "How idiotic can you get?" and Conner responds at length.
Biographical / Historical:
Printmaker and filmmaker; San Francisco, Calif.
Provenance:
Material on reel 911 lent for microfilming, 1975 and the remainder donated 1976 by Bruce Conner.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Filmmakers -- California  Search this
Printmakers -- California  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.connbruc2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-connbruc2

Fletcher Benton papers

Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Names:
André Emmerich Gallery  Search this
Galerie Denino  Search this
Bury, Pol, 1922-2005  Search this
De Wilde, Dan  Search this
Finn, David  Search this
Jones, Lillian E.  Search this
Louchheim, Marlene  Search this
Lucie-Smith, Edward  Search this
Marquand, Ed  Search this
Neubert, George W.  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Sanders, Pieter  Search this
Tooker, Dan  Search this
Valentine, De Wain, 1936-  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert, 1907-1987  Search this
Extent:
8.7 Linear feet
1.47 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Interviews
Motion pictures (visual works)
Drawings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Photographs
Christmas cards
Date:
1934-2014
Summary:
The papers of sculptor and painter Fletcher Benton measure 8.2 linear feet and 1.47 GB and date from 1934 to 2014. They document his career as a sculptor with international presence through certificates, personal photographs, legal papers, correspondence, exhibition and commission documentation, clippings, exhibition-related printed materials, broadcast materials, publications about his work, an editioned kinetic Christmas card, and photographs, sound and video recordings, and motion picture film documenting his work and career.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor and painter Fletcher Benton measure 8.2 linear feet and 1.47 GB and date from 1934 to 2014. They document his career through personal photographs, legal papers, correspondence, exhibition and commission documentation, clippings, exhibition-related printed materials, broadcast materials, publications about his work, an editioned kinetic Christmas card, photographs, sound and video recordings motion picture film, some of which also appears in digitized form.

Biographical Materials include personal photographs, legal documents related to a court case with book designer Ed Marquand, biographical texts, interview transcripts, and a home video made by the artist. Correspondence is with other artists, friends, galleries, museums and other institutions, including George W. Neubert, André Emmerich Gallery, Pieter Sanders, Pol Bury, George Rickey, Ulfert Wilke, Marlene Louchheim, DeWain Valentine, Lillian E. Jones, and Edward Lucie-Smith. Interviews include sound recordings of interviews with Benton by academics and journalists, including Edward Lucie-Smith, Dan Tooker, and Dan De Wilde.

Exhibition and Commission Files consist of correspondence with galleries, museums and commission patrons; financial records; shipping and subcontracting documentation; motion picture film, video, and sound recordings related to exhibitions and installations; and planning and design materials. Series includes a significant amount of oversized drawings and plans for site-specific work. There is a large volume documentation from the Folded Circle-Arc commission by Stanley Consultants, Inc. in Muscatine, Iowa; the California/International Arts Foundation Traveling Sculpture Exhibition; Double Folded Circle Ring in Brussels and Double Circle Folded by Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Printed Materials include news clippings related to Benton's career, as well as brochures, exhibition catalogs, posters and other printed materials related to exhibitions and commissions. Broadcast materials include television news footage, radio and television interviews, documentaries, and promotional materials made by galleries and other cultural institutions.

Photographic and Moving Image Materials include art-related images showing Benton in his studio and images of exhibitions, installations and inaugurations. Also found are still photographs and motion picture films of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, and kinetic drawings, and a series of photographs of sculptures taken by David Finn.

Artwork consists of an editioned art Christmas card created by Benton for Galeria Bonino in New York from 1969. An American Artist Moving Image Materials consist of 13 videocassettes (VHS) which document the production process of the documentaryFletcher Benton: An American Artist by Morgan Cavett. There is footage from interviews with Benton and with curator George W. Neubert, footage of San Francisco with comments from Benton about his time there, interviews with the artist's studio assistants, images of his studio in Dore street and a couple of almost finished rough versions of the documentary.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as nine series.

Series 1: Biographical Material (0.3 linear feet; boxes 1, 9)

Series 2: Correspondence (1 linear foot; boxes 1, 2, OV 10)

Series 3: Interviews (0.3 linear feet; box 2)

Series 4: Exhibition and Commission Files (2 linear feet, 0.50 GB; boxes 2-4, OV 11-13, RD 14, FC 15, ER01)

Series 5: Printed Materials (2.3 linear feet; boxes 4-6, OV 10)

Series 6: Broadcast Materials (1.1 linear foot; boxes 6-7)

Series 7: Photographic and Moving Image Materials (0.5 linear feet, 0.97 GB; boxes 7, 9, FC 16-17, ER02)

Series 8: Artwork (1 item; box 7)

Series 9: -- An American Artist -- Video Recordings (0.6 linear feet; boxes 7-8)
Biographical / Historical:
Fletcher Benton was born in Jackson, Ohio in 1931 to Fletcher and Nell Cavett Benton and was the oldest of three children. Benton graduated from Jackson High School in 1949. After serving in the Navy he graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1956 and moved to San Francisco, where he started working as an instructor at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1959. He was in San Francisco during the flourishing of the Beat generation, where he had a studio in the North beach area and exhibited at coffee house galleries.

After travelling around Europe in 1960, Benton moved to New York City where he tried to make his living through painting and teaching privately. During those years he was supported by Jackson's local arts patron and family friend, Lillian E. Jones. In 1960 he had his first solo exhibition at Gump's gallery in San Francisco, but his work was taken down after one day because it was considered obscene for including female nudes. He returned to San Francisco in late 1961.

In 1966 Fletcher started teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute and established himself as a primary figure of American kinetic art. In 1966, Peter Selz included his work in the exhibition Directions in Kinetic Sculpture at the University Art Gallery in Berkeley, CA. During the exhibition Benton met the artists Pol Bury and George Rickey with whom he became friends. The exhibition, along with an article "The Movement Movement" that appeared in Time magazine the same year, established Benton's reputation as a significant American Kinetic artist. He also started teaching at the California State University in San José in 1967 where he continued working until 1986.

By 1974 Benton abandoned kinetic art to continue exploring sculpture in three dimensions in a style that became known as "new constructivism." The artworks were conceived in the series Folded Circles and Folded Square Alphabets and were produced in bronze, aluminum and steel. It was also during the 1970s that he started doing large-scale commissions such as the 1977 IBM commission.

Between 1981 and 1984 Benton constructed his studio in Dore Street in the Market district of San Francisco where he continues to work today. During the 1980s Benton started his Balanced/Unbalanced series, which introduced the idea of gravity using geometric forms in different formats and sizes.

From 1984 he began to show more work in Europe, especially in Germany, where in 1993 he got a major commission to create a colossal public sculpture in Cologne entitled Steel Watercolor Triangle Ring. It was also in Germany where Benton encountered the work of Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich, and he began work on his Construct Relief series in reponse, which he dedicated to Kandinsky. These geometric constructions are flat, canvas-like steel structures that combine features of painting and sculpture. As the series evolved, the work became more like painting, constructed to hang on the wall without a back piece, so they seem to be floating in the space.

Benton continues to live and work in San Francisco and is represented by multiple galleries in the United States and Germany.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Fletcher Benton conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom, 1989 May 2-4 is available on the Archives of American Art website.
Provenance:
Donated 2005-2006 and 2014 by Fletcher Benton. Benton's wife, Bobbie Benton, organized the material by subject matter and date.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Rights:
The Fletcher Benton 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.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Motion pictures (visual works)
Drawings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Photographs
Christmas cards
Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bentflet
See more items in:
Fletcher Benton papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bentflet

Henry John Weeks papers, 1965-1973

Creator:
Weeks, Henry John  Search this
Subject:
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Russell, Morgan  Search this
Lundeberg, Helen  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Jean  Search this
Neubert, George W.  Search this
Adlmann, Jan Ernst  Search this
Wong, Jason D.  Search this
Conklin, Dallas M.  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser  Search this
Gardiner, Henry G.  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8756
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210937
AAA_collcode_weekhenr
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210937

Henry John Weeks papers

Creator:
Weeks, Henry John  Search this
Names:
Adlmann, Jan Ernst  Search this
Conklin, Dallas M.  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978  Search this
Gardiner, Henry G.  Search this
Lundeberg, Helen, 1908-1999  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Jean  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Neubert, George W.  Search this
Russell, Morgan, 1886-1953  Search this
Wong, Jason D.  Search this
Extent:
85 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1965-1973
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, Weeks' masters thesis about Southern California painters, and miscellany.
Correspondence with Stanton Macdonald-Wright. They write about a Macdonald-Wright autobiography, the sale of his works works and of Morgan Russell paintings owned by Macdonald-Wright, the financial problems of Macdonald-Wright, and personal matters.
Other correspondents include Helen Lundeberg, Henry Gardiner, Lorser Feitelson, Jason Wong, Jan Adlmann, Dallas Conklin, George Neubert, and Jean Macdonald-Wright (Stanton's wife), among others.
Biographical / Historical:
Art administrator, agent and critic; San Francisco, Calif. Weeks was painter Stanton Macdonald-Wright's Northern California agent.
Provenance:
Lent 1974 for microfilming by Henry John Weeks.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- California  Search this
Arts administrators -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art critics -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.weekhenr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-weekhenr

Coming of age in California : museums of modern and contemporary art : sound recording and transcript

Interviewee:
Tuchman, Maurice  Search this
Hultén, Karl Gunnar Pontus, 1924-  Search this
Koshalek, Richard  Search this
Neubert, George W.  Search this
Powell, Earl A.  Search this
Hopkins, Henry, 1928-2009  Search this
Moderator:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Creator:
Coming of age in California (1981 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Extent:
51 Pages (Transcript)
Container:
Item aaaoh055
Item IM100RC.077
Type:
Archival materials
Text [31027000061586]
Audio [31027000061594]
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1981 March 21
Scope and Contents:
A panel discussion held at the Stanford Court Hotel, San Francisco, moderated by Archives of American Art West Coast Regional Director, Paul Karlstrom.
Panel members are Henry Tyler Hopkins, Pontus Hulten, Richard Koshalek, George Neubert, Earl A. Powell, III, and Maurice Tuchman.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hrs., 46 min.
Funding note:
Funding for the digital preservation of this recording was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Provenance:
Recorded by the AAA for inclusion in its Oral History Program.
Collection Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from Archives of American Art and panelists.
Occupation:
Art museum directors -- California  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- California
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.archiv57, Item AAA
See more items in:
Archives of American Art sound recordings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-archiv57-ref6

Forgotten dimension : a survey of small sculpture in California now ; an exhibition / organized by the Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, California, 1982

Author:
Neubert, George W  Search this
Fresno Arts Center  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill. (1 col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Date:
1982
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NB230.C2 F7 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639568

Nathan Oliveira : November-December, 1979 / [introduction by George W. Neubert]

Author:
Oliveira, Nathan 1928-2010  Search this
Neubert, George W  Search this
John Berggruen Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Oliveira, Nathan 1928-  Search this
Physical description:
12 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
Call number:
ND237.O53 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_648519

Nathan Oliveira : a survey exhibition, 1957-1984 / foreword by Henry T. Hopkins ; essays by Thomas H. Garver and George W. Neubert

Author:
Oliveira, Nathan 1928-2010  Search this
Garver, Thomas H  Search this
Neubert, George W  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Subject:
Oliveira, Nathan 1928-  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1984
C1984
Call number:
N6537.O44 A4 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649796

The new constructivism of Fletcher Benton / George Neubert ... [et al.]

Author:
Benton, Fletcher 1931-  Search this
Neubert, George W  Search this
Subject:
Benton, Fletcher 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
330 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2001
C2001
Call number:
N40.1.B473 N49 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_679700

Nathan Oliveira : a survey exhibition, 1957-1983 / foreword by Henry T. Hopkins ; essays by Thomas H. Garver and George W. Neubert

Author:
Oliveira, Nathan 1928-2010  Search this
Garver, Thomas H  Search this
Neubert, George W  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Subject:
Oliveira, Nathan 1928-  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1984
C1984
Call number:
N40.1.O475 S19
N40.1.O475S19
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_251220

George Inness landscapes : his signature years, 1884-1894 : dates of the exhibition, November 28, 1978 - January 28, 1979, the Oakland Museum Art Department / Marjorie Dakin Arkelian, George W. Neubert ; [photography by Joe Samberg]

Author:
Arkelian, Marjorie Dakin  Search this
Neubert, George W  Search this
Inness, George 1825-1894  Search this
Oakland Museum Art Department  Search this
Subject:
Inness, George 1825-1894  Search this
Physical description:
71 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1978
C1978
Call number:
N40.1.I58 A7
N40.1.I58A7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_118000

Manuel Neri, sculptor / by George W. Neubert ; exhibition, September 21 to November 28, 1976, the Oakland Museum ; preface and text by George W. Neubert ; photography, Joe Sanberg

Author:
Neubert, George W  Search this
Neri, Manuel 1930-  Search this
Oakland Museum  Search this
Subject:
Neri, Manuel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
40 p. : ill. ; 34 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1976
C1976
Call number:
N40.1.N445 N4
N40.1.N445N4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_142995

Robert Graham, statues / Graham W.J. Beal, George W. Neubert

Author:
Beal, Graham William John  Search this
Neubert, George W  Search this
Walker Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Graham, Robert 1938-2008  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
C1981
Call number:
N40.1.G74 B3
N40.1.G74B3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_146412

Xavier Martinez (1869-1943) by George W. Neubert. [Exhibition at] the Oakland Museum, Art Special Gallery, February 12 through April 7, 1974

Author:
Neubert, George W  Search this
Oakland Museum  Search this
Subject:
Martinez, Xavier 1869-1943  Search this
Physical description:
71 p. illus. (part col.) 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
1974]
Call number:
ND237.M253 N48X
N40.1.M38 N4
N40.1.M38N4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_42002

Public sculpture-urban environment : exhibition organized by George W. Neubert, September 29-December 29, 1974, the Oakland Museum

Author:
Neubert, George W  Search this
Oakland Museum  Search this
Physical description:
68 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 x 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1974
C1974
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Art, Municipal  Search this
Urban beautification  Search this
Call number:
NB212 .P97
NB212.P97
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_75852

The years at White Gate Ranch, Stinson Beach, California 1963-1976 : Robert Hudson, Cornelia Schulz, Martha Shaw, Richard Shaw, April 21-June 18, 1995 / Suzanne Royce, curator ; George Neubert, consulting curator ; Linda Samuels, introduction

Author:
Royce, Suzanne  Search this
Neubert, George W  Search this
Samuels, Linda  Search this
Bolinas Museum for the Art and History of Coastal Marin  Search this
Subject:
Hudson, Robert 1938-  Search this
Schulz, Cornelia 1936-  Search this
Shaw, Martha  Search this
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
[1995]
Call number:
N6487.B95 B95 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_930948

George W. Neubert [Folder]

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
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_50222

Rosalia L. Coney, (painting)

Painter:
Martinez, Xavier 1869-1943  Search this
Subject:
Coney, Rosalia Labistida  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Feb. 1894
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Control number:
IAP 87100001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_237502

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