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Barbara Swan letters to Rosalind and Edwin Miller, 1961-1991

Creator:
Swan, Barbara, 1922-  Search this
Swan, Barbara, 1922-  Search this
Subject:
Miller, Edwin Haviland  Search this
Miller, Rosalind S.  Search this
Chaet, Bernard  Search this
Fink, Aaron  Search this
Fink, Alan  Search this
Fink, Joanna Elizabeth  Search this
Gustin, Dan  Search this
Milton, Peter  Search this
Sexton, Anne  Search this
Stevovich, Andrew  Search this
Alpha Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10853
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214605
AAA_collcode_swanbarb
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214605

Oral history interview with Alan Fink, 1997 Jan. 22 and Jan. 29

Interviewee:
Fink, Alan, 1925-  Search this
Fink, Alan, 1925-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Swan, Barbara  Search this
Mirski, Boris  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13009
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216022
AAA_collcode_fink97
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216022

Oral history interview with Alan Fink

Interviewee:
Fink, Alan, 1925-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Mirski, Boris, 1898-1974  Search this
Swan, Barbara, 1922-  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound cassettes (Sound recording (2 1/2 hrs.), analog)
45 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 Jan. 22 and Jan. 29
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alan Fink conducted 1997 Jan. 22 and Jan. 29, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, at Fink's Alpha Gallery, Boston, Mass.
JANUARY 22, 1997 SESSION: Fink discusses his childhood, early education, and first profession; traveling in Europe and meeting his future wife, the painter, Barbara Swan; and becoming interested in art.
JANUARY 29, 1997 SESSION: Coming to Boston in 1951 largely because Barbara Swan was there; first work as a gallery manager (1951-1967) for Boris Mirski; the New York dealer, Edith Halpert with whom he worked closely; the painter and head of Brandeis University art department, Mitchell Siporin; Leonard Baskin, and David Aronson; the lack of support for young local artists from Boston institutions; the major local collector of young local artists, Jerry Goldberg and Abe Pollin who followed his example; the increased number of Boston art galleries in the 1960s as art collecting grew; great success of a show of African masks at Mirski Gallery; his last years with Mirski; opening of his Alpha Gallery in September 1967; and taking on some of Mirski's artists, including Michael Mazur, Robert Birmelin, Philip Gausman, Barbara Swan, Marianna Pineda, Harold Tovish, Elbert Weinberg, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Alan Fink (1925-) is an art dealer in Boston, Mass. and is married to Barbara Swan.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.fink97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fink97

Barbara Swan letters to Rosalind and Edwin Miller

Creator:
Swan, Barbara, 1922-  Search this
Names:
Alpha Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Chaet, Bernard  Search this
Fink, Aaron, 1955-  Search this
Fink, Alan, 1925-  Search this
Fink, Joanna Elizabeth, 1958-  Search this
Gustin, Dan  Search this
Miller, Edwin Haviland  Search this
Miller, Rosalind S., 1923-  Search this
Milton, Peter, 1930-  Search this
Sexton, Anne  Search this
Stevovich, Andrew, 1948-  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet ((microfilmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1991
Scope and Contents:
Swan, writing to her friends Rosalind and Edwin Miller, discusses her husband Alan Fink's positions as an art dealer and owner of the Alpha Gallery in Boston, mentioning artists Milton Avery, Gregory Gillespie, Don Gustin, Ellsworth Kelly, Boris Mirski, and Andy Stevovich. She writes also about her son Aaron's art career and daughter Joanna's career as assistant to Alan, her health problems dealing with lupus, family vacations and activities with Swan's mother and aunt, Peter and Edith Milton, and Bernard and Ninion Chaet, her numerous trips to New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for various art openings; and her friendship with poet Anne Sexton.
Other topics include her painting career, including illustrating Sexton's versions of Grimm's fairytales, portraits of various friends and commissions, exhibitions, painting style, and inspirations for her bottle and quarry reflection paintings.
Biographical / Historical:
Swan, a painter, draftsman, and lithographer from Boston, Mass., was friends of Rosalind Miller, a professor of psychiatric social work at Columbia University, and Edwin Miller, a Walt Whitman scholar and biographer of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Millers are collectors of American textiles.
Provenance:
Donated 1992 by Rosalind Miller.
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.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.swanbarb
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-swanbarb

Wlodzimierz Ksiazek : paintings 1990-2001 / essays by Richard Brilliant, Robert Morgan ; introduction by Bruce Herman

Author:
Ksiazek, Wlodzimierz 1951-  Search this
Brilliant, Richard  Search this
Morgan, Robert C. 1943-  Search this
Herman, Bruce  Search this
Barrington Center for the Arts Gallery  Search this
Alpha Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Ksiazek, Wlodzimierz 1951-  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Poland
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_634421

Milton Avery : works on paper

Author:
Avery, Milton 1885-1965  Search this
Alpha Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Avery, Milton 1885-1965  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1970
1970]
Call number:
N6537.A92 A4 1970
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640022

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