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José de Rivera papers

Creator:
De Rivera, José Ruiz, 1904-1985  Search this
Names:
American Iron and Steel Institute  Search this
Exposition universelle et internationale (1958 : Brussels, Belgium)  Search this
New York World's Fair (1964-1965)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Goldsmith, Howard  Search this
Marter, Joan M.  Search this
Extent:
5.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Collages
Sketchbooks
Interviews
Transcripts
Sketches
Motion pictures (visual works)
Blueprints
Photographs
Date:
1930-1991
Summary:
The papers of sculptor José de Rivera date from 1930 to 1991 and measure 5.6 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, letters, scattered personal business records, commission files, art work including four sketchbooks, printed material, and photographs. One of the commission files includes a motion picture film.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of sculptor José de Rivera date from 1930 to 1991 and measure 5.6 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, letters, scattered personal business records, commission files, art work including four sketchbooks, printed material, and photographs. One of the commission files includes a motion picture film.

Biographical material consists of a biographical account, resumé, military service records, an interview transcript, certificates, addresses, and miscellaneous notes and writings.

Twenty-nine folders of letters are primarily from de Rivera's patron, attorney Howard Goldsmith, but also include single letters from Marcel Breuer, John Canaday, Emlen Etting, Dag Hammarskjold, and G. Vantongerloo.

Scattered personal business records include rental records, sculpture inventories, a contract, receipts, and miscellaneous records.

Commission files contain letters, contracts, receipts, clippings, blueprints, miscellaneous printed material, and photographs concerning several of de Rivera's commissions, including Brussels Construction for the Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, his sculpture for the 1964 New York World's Fair, and Infinity, commissioned for the Smithsonian. A file for Construction #73 completed for the American Iron and Steel Institute also contains a reel of 16mm motion picture film.

Art work consists of four sketchbooks, drawings, and geometric collages including detached cut out shapes.

Printed material includes primarily clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs. There is also a copy of the book José de Rivera Constructions by Dore Ashton and Joan M. Marter. Photographs are of de Rivera, miscellaneous art-related events, his studio, his art works, and of miscellaneous exhibition installations. Commission files also contain photographs.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1942-1984 (Box 1; 11 folders)

Series 2: Letters, 1938-1988 (Box 1; 29 folders)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1947-1984 (Box 1; 11 folders)

Series 4: Commission Files, 1955-1977 (Box 1-2, 6-7, OVs 10-11, FC 13; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Art Work, 1960-1984 (Box 2, 6, OV 8; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1931-1991 (Box 2-4, 6; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographs, 1930-1985 (Box 4-7, OV 9-OV 10, 12; 1.7 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
José de Rivera (1904-1985) worked primarily in New York as an abstract expressionist sculptor known for twisting steel or bronze bands into space-defining three-dimensional shapes.

José A. Ruiz was born on September 18, 1904 in West Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the son of Joseph and Honorine Montamat Ruiz. He would later take the surname of his maternal grandmother, de Rivera. Early in his life his family moved to New Orleans where his father was a sugar mill engineer on a plantation. De Rivera became adept at repairing machinery and doing blacksmith work with his father. Shortly after completing high school in 1922, de Rivera moved to Chicago where he was employed in foundries and machine shops as a pipe fitter and tool and die maker. His 1926 marriage to Rose Covelli ended in divorce.

Beginning in 1928 de Rivera attended night drawing classes conducted at the Studio School by painter John W. Norton. De Rivera was impressed by the Egyptian collections at the Field Museum. The work of Mondrian, Brancusi, and Georges Vantongerloo also exerted a strong influence on him. In 1932, he traveled through southern Europe and North Africa visiting Spain, Italy, France, Greece, and Egypt. Upon his return to the United States he decided to become a sculptor.

From 1937-1938, de Rivera was employed by the Works Progress Administration-Federal Art Project and created the sculpture Flight for the Newark, New Jersey airport. During World War II, he first served in the U.S. Army Corps from 1942 to 1943. For the following three years, he designed and constructed ship models used as training aids in the U. S. Navy.

De Rivera's first solo exhibition was in 1946 in New York at the Mortimer Levitt Gallery. In 1953, de Rivera taught sculpture at Brooklyn College. For the following three years, he was a critic in sculpture at Yale University and taught at the School of Design at North Carolina State College from 1957 to 1960. De Rivera married Lita Jeronimo in 1955.

In 1961 de Rivera was given a retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. One of his most notable works Infinity was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution for the front of its newly built Museum of History and Technology in 1963.

José de Rivera died on March 19, 1985 in New York City.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel N70-32) including biographical material, correspondence, writings, drawings, printed material, and photographs. Loaned material was returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
In 1970, José de Rivera loaned the Archives of Amrican Art material for microfilming. The artist and the Grace Borgenicht Gallery donated additional papers in 1982 and De Rivera's son, Joseph A. Ruiz II, gave more material in 1998.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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.
Topic:
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Sculpture, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Collages
Sketchbooks
Interviews
Transcripts
Sketches
Motion pictures (visual works)
Blueprints
Photographs
Citation:
José de Rivera papers, 1930-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.derijose
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José de Rivera papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-derijose

Keith Edmier mother mold editor: Janine Latham ; text: Keith Edmier ; design: Lucas Page

Title:
Mother mold
Writer of added commentary:
Edmier, Keith 1967-  Search this
Editor:
Latham, Janine  Search this
Host institution:
Friedrich Petzel Gallery  Search this
Author:
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Subject:
Edmier, Keith 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
50 unnumbered postcards chiefly color illustrations 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2017
Topic:
Face in art  Search this
Modeling  Search this
Portrait sculpture, American  Search this
Sculpture--Technique  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
NB237.E34 A4 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1084349

We are transmitters a visual essay + guide to Richard Harned's Eccentric Vision by Carolyn P. Speranza

Title:
Eccentric vision
Author:
Speranza, Carolyn P.  Search this
Artist:
Harned, Richard S.  Search this
Host institution:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Author:
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Subject:
Harned, Richard S  Search this
Physical description:
8 unnumbered pages illustrations (some color) 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Exhibition catalogs
Specimens
Place:
United States
Date:
1990
20th century
Topic:
Kinetic sculpture, American  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.H2798 S86 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1102686

Ten projects for staircases by Athena Tacha

Title:
10 projects for staircases
Author:
Tacha, Athena 1936-  Search this
Author:
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume chiefly illustrations 20 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Date:
1972
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Staircases  Search this
Call number:
NB237.T29 A4 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_704049

Heri Bert Bartscht papers

Creator:
Bartscht, Heri Bert, 1919-  Search this
Extent:
1 Microfilm reel
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Scrapbooks
Date:
1954-1977
Scope and Contents:
The microfilm Heri Bert Bartscht papers contain correspondence; two scrapbooks (1955-1977); magazine articles; and miscellany.
Biographical / Historical:
Heri Bert Bartscht (1919-1996) was a German-born sculptor and educator in Dallas, Texas. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and moved to Dallas in 1953 with his wife, Waltraud. Bartscht founded the Dallas Society for Contemporary Arts and in 1961 established a sculpture program at the University of Dallas, where he taught until 1990. Barscht was a devout Roman Catholic and his sculptures were often influenced by his religious beliefs. He also completed artistic commissions such as baptismal fonts, altar panels, altars, and stations of the cross for churches in the Southwest.
Related Materials:
The Dallas Museum of Art Archives holds the Heri Bert Bartscht papers, 1946-1992.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1980 by Heri Bert Bartscht.
Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.
Restrictions:
Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- Texas -- Dallas  Search this
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.bartheri
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bartheri

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's sculpture His last charge

Creator:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Subject:
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1919
Topic:
Figure sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14267
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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers, 1851-1975, bulk 1888-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14267

Photograph of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney memorial exhibition at Whitney Museum of American Art

Subject:
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1943
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19659
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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers, 1851-1975, bulk 1888-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19659
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Photograph of Friendship Fountain by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney at Paris Salon

Subject:
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Paris, France
Date:
1913
Topic:
Figure sculpture  Search this
Figure sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)21249
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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers, 1851-1975, bulk 1888-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_21249

Announcement for "Painting and Sculpture by American Negro Artists"

Subject:
Barthe, Richmond  Search this
Gilbraith, Otis  Search this
Hayden, Palmer C.  Search this
Johnson, Malvin Gray  Search this
Milles, Carl  Search this
Ogunjami, Suzanna  Search this
Stark, Inez Cunningham  Search this
Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Place:
Chicago, Ill.
Date:
1936
Topic:
African American art  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American painting  Search this
African American sculpture  Search this
African American women artists  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17654
See more items in:
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago records, 1917-1981
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17654

Reproduction of Diana by Augustus Saint Gaudens

Subject:
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
between 1940 and 1969?
Topic:
Figure sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18346
See more items in:
Marion Sanford and Cornelia Chapin papers, 1929-1988
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18346

Sculpture by Lipton

Creator:
Boxer, Nathan, 1925-2009  Search this
Subject:
Lipton, Seymour  Search this
Type:
Motion Picture Film
Date:
1954
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14834
See more items in:
Seymour Lipton papers, 1900-1991
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14834

Installation view of Bruce Nauman exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery at 420 West Broadway in New York City

Photographer:
Davies, Bevan, 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1980
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Sculpture, Abstract  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17910
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17910
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Installation view of Bruce Nauman exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery at 65 Thompson St. in New York City

Photographer:
Zeidman, Dorothy  Search this
Subject:
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1990
Topic:
Animal sculpture  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17912
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17912
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Bruce Nauman's 'Sealed Security Piece D'

Subject:
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
not before 1969
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17913
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17913
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Installation view of Bruce Nauman's 'Dead End Tunnel Folder into Four Arms with Common Walls' at Leo Castelli Gallery at 420 West Broadway in New York City

Photographer:
Davies, Bevan, 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
not before 1980
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17914
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17914
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Installation view of Bruce Nauman's 'Animal Pyramid' in Greenwood Park at the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa

Subject:
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Des Moines Art Center  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Des Moines, Iowa
Date:
not before 1990
Topic:
Bronze sculpture  Search this
Bronze sculpture, American  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17915
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17915
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Bruce Nauman, 'Tunnels Butted and Adjacent; Triangle to Square, Square to Triangle'

Photographer:
Gardner, Rick  Search this
Subject:
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
not before 1981
Topic:
Design drawings  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17916
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17916
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Bruce Nauman, 'Drawing for Malice'

Photographer:
Davies, Bevan, 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
not before 1980
Topic:
Design drawings  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17917
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17917
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Photocollage of model for Bruce Nauman's 'Animal Pyramid II'

Photographer:
Zeidman, Dorothy  Search this
Subject:
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
not before 1989
Topic:
Bronze sculpture  Search this
Bronze sculpture, American  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17918
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17918
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Bruce Nauman, 'Malice'

Subject:
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
not before 1980
Topic:
Neon sculpture  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17919
See more items in:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17919

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