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Dwan Gallery records

Creator:
Dwan Gallery  Search this
Names:
Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Dwan Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Anastasi, William, 1933-  Search this
Andre, Carl, 1935-  Search this
Arakawa, Shusaku, 1936-  Search this
Arman, 1928-2005  Search this
Dwan, Virginia  Search this
Flavin, Dan, 1933-  Search this
Goodnough, Robert, 1917-  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Kienholz, Edward, 1927-  Search this
Klein, Yves, 1928-1962  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962  Search this
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007  Search this
Mitchell, Joan, 1926-1992  Search this
Morris, Robert, 1931-  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Parker, Raymond, 1922-  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-  Search this
Raysse, Martial, 1936-  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Richenburg, Robert  Search this
Rivers, Larry, 1925-  Search this
Saint-Phalle, Niki de, 1930-  Search this
Scarpitta, Salvatore, 1919-  Search this
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Snelson, Kenneth, 1927-2016  Search this
Weber, John, 1932-2008  Search this
Extent:
2.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Date:
1959-circa 1982
bulk 1959-1971
Summary:
The Dwan Gallery records measure 2.3 linear feet and consist primarily of files of exhibitions curated by Virginia Dwan at Dwan Galleries in Los Angeles (1959-1967) and New York (1965-1971). Found within this nearly comprehensive set of exhibition files may be lists of exhibited works, price lists, photographs, slides or color transparencies of installations, invitations, full-size posters, magazine and newspaper clippings and exhibition catalogs.
Scope and Contents:
The Dwan Gallery records measure 2.3 linear feet and consist primarily of files of exhibitions curated by Virginia Dwan at Dwan Galleries in Los Angeles (1959-1967) and New York (1965-1971). Found within this nearly comprehensive set of exhibition files may be lists of exhibited works, price lists, photographs, slides or color transparencies of installations, invitations, full-size posters, magazine and newspaper clippings and exhibition catalogs.

Artists that held exhibitions at the Dwan Gallery in New York and Los Angeles include: Robert Goodnough, Robert Richenburg, Larry Rivers, Philip Guston, Yves Klein, Salvatore Scarpitta, Arakawa, Martial Raysse, Ad Reinhardt, Arman, Franz Kline, Edward Kienholz, Claes Oldenburg, Niki de Sainte Phalle, Joan Mitchell, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Morris, Dan Flavin, Raymond Parker, Kenneth Snelson, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Robert Smithson, and Anastasi. Also, the exhibition files are nearly comprehensive and include: Language to be Looked at and/or Things to be Read annual series (1967-1970), Boxes (1964), Earth Works (1968), My Country 'tis of Thee (1962) and 10 (1967 and 1968). Many of the multiple artist shows were created and organized by gallery director John Weber and/or Virginia Dwan. Many of these exhibition files include full-sized posters and panoramic photos showing installations.

Also found are records created by a consulting firm hired by the Dwan Gallery to inventory the exhibition files prior to donation to the Archives of American Art. These guides appear at the beginning of each series and outline a chronology of exhibitions held at each branch.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into two series:

Series 1: Los Angeles Exhibition Files, 1959-1967, after 1981 (Box 1-2, 5, OV6, OV8; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 2: New York Exhibition Files, 1965-1971, after 1982 (Box 2-4, OV7; 1.0 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
In 1959, Virginia Dwan opened her first gallery on 1091 Broxton Avenue in the Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Her independent wealth allowed her to open a gallery without worrying about business and sales. Three years after opening, the Dwan Gallery moved into a new Westwood Village space especially designed to express the gallery's contemporary aesthetic. In 1965, Virginia Dwan moved to New York City and founded an east coast branch of the Dwan Gallery at 29 West 57th Street.

Early exhibitions at the Dwan Gallery showed Abstract Expressionist artists and works of art from New York which Dwan consigned from other galleries. After traveling to New York and France, Virginia Dwan's interests and tastes manifested in exhibitions by 1961 with Yves Klein. Through Klein, Dwan made connections to other Nouveaux RĂ©alistes artists that the gallery featured in solo and group shows. Later exhibitions featured Land and Minimilist artists. Dwan recognized that many of her shows were not considered salable but continued to show the avant-garde. She saw the gallery as an opportunity to expose the public to different styles of art.

Virginia Dwan maintained a close and personal relationship with many of her artists. She allowed large stipends to gallery artists and invited them to spend time at her home in Malibu, California. When working with artists concentrating on found objects, Dwan would accompany them on scavenger hunts and shopping trips. In the case of Robert Smithson and other Land Art artists, she traveled to offsite locations to visit works of art in progress. Dwan relied on her longtime gallery director, John Weber to interact with collectors as she preferred to maintain her connection with the artists.

The Dwan Gallery Los Angeles closed in mid-1967 but the New York branch remained open. By 1971, Virginia Dwan felt pressure to support her thirteen artists through a period of economic insecurity. She decided to close the gallery secretly and only informed her artists at the last minute. The final exhibition at Dwan Gallery New York closed in June of 1971.
Related Materials:
Also found within the Archives of American Art is an interview with Virginia Dwan conducted March 21 through June 1, 1984 by Charles Stuckey.
Separated Materials:
Dwan Gallery exhibition catalogs that were donated to the Archives in 1989 were transferred to the Smithsonian Institution American Art and National Portrait Gallery Library.

Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture holds Dwan Gallery materials related to exhibitions in the Library and Archives.
Provenance:
The Dwan Gallery records were donated in 1996 by Virginia Dwan, the former owner of the gallery.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Dwan Gallery records 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.
Topic:
Art -- New York (State) -- New York -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art -- California -- Los Angeles -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Earthworks (Art)  Search this
Minimal art  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Citation:
Dwan Gallery records, 1959-circa 1982, bulk 1959-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.dwangall
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dwangall
Online Media:

[William Anastasi : miscellaneous uncataloged material]

Author:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Art and Artist Files Collection DSI  Search this
Subject:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Type:
Books
Vertical files
Artist files
Call number:
AAF--Anastasi, William
Restrictions & Rights:
FOLDER(S) DO NOT CIRCUATE. FOLDERS MUST BE CONSULTED ON SITE
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_565110

William Anastasi : a retrospective / [foreword by Elisabeth Delin Hansen ; essays by Bent Fausing and Thomas McEvilley]

Author:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Hansen, Elisabeth Delin  Search this
Fausing, Bent  Search this
McEvilley, Thomas 1939-2013-  Search this
Nikolaj kirke (Copenhagen, Denmark)  Search this
Subject:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 20 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
20th century
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897658

William Anastasi : a retrospective, 1960-1995 / director, Elsa Longhauser ; curator, Richard Torchia ; curatorial consultant, Eileen Neff

Author:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Longhauser, Elsa Weiner  Search this
Neff, Eileen  Search this
Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia  Search this
Goldie Paley Gallery  Search this
Moore College of Art and Design  Search this
Subject:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. ; 20 X 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
C1995
Call number:
N6537.A5245 A4 1995
N40.1.A529 M66 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_609502

William Anastasi : a selection of works from 1960 to 1989, October 7-29, 1989, Scott Hanson Gallery

Author:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
McEvilley, Thomas 1939-2013  Search this
Scott Hanson Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
1989
C1989
Call number:
N6537.A5245 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_670217

Wall, ceiling, floor / Michael Straus, guest curator

Author:
Straus, Michael  Search this
Bell, Tiffany  Search this
McEvilley, Thomas 1939-2013-  Search this
Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, Ala.)  Search this
Subject:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Judd, Donald 1928-1994  Search this
Sandback, Fred 1943-2003  Search this
Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, Ala.)  Search this
Physical description:
82 p. : col. ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Minimal art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_900773

Untitled (Window), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Medium:
Mixed media
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Weatherspoon Art Gallery Spring Garden & Tate Street Greensboro North Carolina 27412
Date:
1966
Topic:
Architecture--Detail--Window  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75006413
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_11707

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Anastasi, William 1933-  Search this
Medium:
Steel rods
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Rutgers University Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum 71 Hamilton Street New Brunswick New Jersey 08901-1248
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76001769
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_3118

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