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J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967

Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber), 1887-1961  Search this
Subject:
Beckmann, Max  Search this
Baskin, Leonard  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Morrison, Helen Balfour  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily  Search this
White, Clarence H.  Search this
Schmid, Elsa  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Artlover  Search this
Gehenna Press  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Etchings
Topic:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- History  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Periodicals  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9191
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211386
AAA_collcode_neumjsra
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211386
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Extent:
2.6 Linear feet (Box 8-10, 12)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1909-2008
Scope and Contents note:
Printed material is extensive and includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, and invitations for solo and group shows of Weber's work, press releases, and two published booklets written by Weber: "Art Consciousness" and "Things." Also found are news clippings, magazines, brochures, newsletters, and publications produced by art organizations, schools, and museums. Also of note are four volumes of Artlover published by J. B. Neumann.
Arrangement note:
Folders are arranged alphabetically. Items within each folder are arranged in rough chronological order.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Max Weber papers, 1902-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.webemax, Series 7
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Max Weber papers
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Archives of American Art
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Artlover: J. B. Neumann's Bilderhefte

Collection Creator:
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1935-1936
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Max Weber papers, 1902-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Max Weber papers
Max Weber papers / Series 7: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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J. B. Neumann papers

Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Names:
Artlover  Search this
Gehenna Press  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000  Search this
Beckmann, Max, 1884-1950  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily, 1866-1944  Search this
Morrison, Helen Balfour, 1901-1984  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Schmid, Elsa, 1897-  Search this
Photographer:
White, Clarence H., 1871-1925  Search this
Extent:
2.1 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Etchings
Date:
1905-1967
Summary:
The papers of gallery director, art dealer and publisher Jsrael Ber Neumann (1887-1961) measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1967. The papers document Neumann's career as the director of galleries in Berlin and Munich, Germany (1910-1924) as well as the New Art Circle gallery in New York City (1924-1952). Neumann was a respected art dealer, publisher of Artlover periodical, founder of Gehenna Press, and frequent lecturer. Found within his papers are correspondence with artists and museums, writings, printed materials mostly comprised of exhibition catalogues, artwork, and photographic materials.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of gallery director, art dealer and publisher Jsrael Ber Neumann (1887-1961) measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1967. The papers document Neumann's career as the director of galleries in Berlin and Munich, Germany (1910-1924) as well as the New Art Circle gallery in New York City (1924-1952). Neumann was a respected art dealer, publisher of Artlover periodical, founder of Gehenna Press, and frequent lecturer. Found within his papers are correspondence with artists and museums, writings, printed materials mostly comprised of exhibition catalogues, artwork, and photographic materials.

Correspondence is between Neumann and friends, colleagues, and museums. There is also correspondence with notable artists, including Josef Albers, Leonard Baskin, Max Beckmann, Wassily Kandinsky, and Abraham Rattner, among others. There are also condolence letters from friends and colleagues to Elsa Schmid, Neumann's wife.

Scattered writings consist of typescript drafts of Neumann's speeches and one article on expressionism. There is also one speech written by curator Richard Klein.

Printed materials comprise the bulk of the collection and include a bound gallery guest register, a disbound scrapbook, exhibition catalogs and announcements, brochures, magazines, posters, and news clippings. There are many exhibition catalogs from Neumann's galleries in Berlin and Munich as well as from the New Art Circle gallery in New York. Artwork consists of two etchings and one drawing by an unknown artist or artists.

Photographic materials include black and white photographs and negatives, including notable portraits of Neumann by photographers Helen Balfour Morrison, Clarence White, and Hans Namuth.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 5 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1925-1961 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Writings, 1919, 1954-circa 1960 (5 folders; Box 1)

Series 3: Printed Materials, 1910-1967 (1.7 linear feet; Box 1-4)

Series 4: Artwork, 1919-circa 1960 (3 folders; Box 3-4)

Series 5: Photographic Materials, 1905-circa 1950 (0.2 linear feet; Box 3-4)
Biographical / Historical:
J. B. (Jsrael Ber) Neumann (1887-1961) was a gallery director, art dealer and publisher. After immigrating to the U.S., Neumann founded the New Art Circle Gallery in New York City. Before then, he had art galleries in Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf and Bremen, Germany.

J. B. Neumann was born in Austria in 1887. His father was an oil and lumber dealer. Neumann initially studied business but later apprenticed to a book and picture dealer when he was nineteen. While working as a clerk in a large bookstore in London, Neumann had the opportunity to work at the rare book dealer's table in the British Museum. The job allowed him to assess and handle fine and rare books, starting a lifelong passion, and Neumann went on to amass a substantial personal library.

In 1910, Neumann returned to Berlin, Germany and in 1911 opened a book and art shop where he exhibited the work of Edvard Munch and others. Neumann had many friends who were artists and in 1915-1916 he was secretary to the Berlin Secession, a prominent German artist association. By 1922 Neumann had branch offices in Bremen, Dusseldorf and Munich.

Neumann immigrated to America in 1923 and left the Berlin gallery to the directorship of Karl Nierendorf and the Munich gallery to G√ľnther Franke. Neumann settled in New York City and one year later he opened a 57th Street gallery and bookshop, first called J.B. Neumann's Print Room and later the New Art Circle gallery. He supported numerous artists, including Wassily Kandinsky, Max Beckmann, Paul Klee, and Georges Rouault. Elsa Schmid, Neumann's wife, was an artist who worked in mosaics.

Neumann also worked as a publisher. He created the printing company Gehenna Press and published a series of periodicals including Bilderhefte (Berlin, 1920-1922) and Artlover (New York, 1926-1945, 1959). The New Art Circle gallery closed circa 1952 and, after working as its director for nearly three decades, Neumann became a consultant for museums and collectors. He was also a lecturer and he frequently spoke about art at universities, museums and galleries.

Neumann died in Rye, New York on April 28, 1961. He is survived by his widow, Elsa Schmid (d. 1970); two sons, Peter and Albrecht; and a daughter, Mrs. Johanna Lam.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds a collection of Josef Albers letters to J. B. Neumann, 1934-1947 on microfilm reel 911.

Additional J.B. Neumann papers are also located at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The museum microfilmed a portion of these papers and donated a copy of that film to the Archives. This material may be viewed on reel NJBN5 at Archives of American Art offices, affliate centers, and via interlibrary loan.
Separated Materials:
Also available at the Archives of American Art are materials lent for microfilming (reels NJBN-1- NJBN-5) including correspondence with numerous artists, art critics, museum directors and others. The materials on reel NJBN-1- NJBN-4 were returned to Neumann's wife, Elsa Schmid and the original material on reel NJBN-5 is located at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY. Loaned material is not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Neuman's wife, Elsa Schmid and The Museum of Modern Art lent the Archives of American Art material for microfilming in 1966-1967. The rest of the J.B. Neumann papers were donated in several installments between 1973-2007 by Eva Lee (family friend), Joy Weber, Max Weber's daughter, Neil Richmond, and Hellie Neumann, J.B. Neumann's granddaughter.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- History  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Etchings
Citation:
J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.neumjsra
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Artlover: J. B. Neumann's Bilderhefte Anthology, Volume III

Collection Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1924-circa 1936
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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J. B. Neumann papers
J. B. Neumann papers / Series 3: Printed Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Artlover Issues

Collection Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1926-circa 1945
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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J. B. Neumann papers
J. B. Neumann papers / Series 3: Printed Materials
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-neumjsra-ref74

Artlover Library, Volumes 1, 2 and 5

Collection Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1926-circa 1945
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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J. B. Neumann papers
J. B. Neumann papers / Series 3: Printed Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-neumjsra-ref75

Artlover J. B. Neumann's Bilderhefte "This issue is a program of our New York Exhibitions...,"

Collection Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 51, Item 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Miscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection, 1813-1953, bulk 1915-1925. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Miscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection
Miscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection / Series 5: Art Exhibition Catalogs: M-O / New Art Circle, 35 W. 57th, New York City
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-archamea-ref732

Artistry (1936); Artists Equity News (1934); Artlover (J. B. Neuman, Inc., undated); Art Lovers' Magazine (1925)

Collection Creator:
Bulliet, C.J. (Clarence Joseph), 1883-1952  Search this
Container:
Box 33, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1925-1936
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
The C. J. Bulliet papers, circa 1888-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers
C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers / Series 6: Printed Material / 6.2: Printed Material by Others / Periodicals
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bullclar-ref3788

An art-lover's guide to the exposition [microform] : explanations of the architecture, sculpture and mural paintings, with a guide for study in the art gallery / by Sheldon Cheney

Author:
Cheney, Sheldon 1886-1980  Search this
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
100 p. : ill., plans ; 18 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1915
Call number:
mfm 003107.168.15
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_486677

An art-lover's guide to the exposition; explanations of the architecture, sculpture and mural paintings, with a guide for study in the art gallery, by Sheldon Cheney

Author:
Cheney, Sheldon 1886-1980  Search this
Subject:
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
100 p. incl. front., illus., plans. 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1915
Call number:
N4874 .C51
N4874.C51
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_155551

Artlover

Title:
Art lover
Author:
Neumann, J. B (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
New Art Circle  Search this
Physical description:
4 v. ill. 25-27 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1927
1945
1927-1945
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N1 .A785
AP1 .A7865
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_69768

Artlover : J.B. Neumanns Bilderhefte : anthologie d'un marchand d'art

Author:
Klee, Paul 1879-1940  Search this
Neumann, J. B (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Subject:
Klee, Paul 1879-1940  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1959
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1021260

Artlover : J.B. Neumanns Bilderhefte : anthologie d'un marchand d'art / edited, published by J.B. Neumann

Author:
Neumann, J. B (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1928
[1928?]
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N8640.J12 A78 1928
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1021475

Artlover : J.B. Neumanns Bilderhefte : anthologie d'un marchand d'art / edited and published by J.B. Neumann

Author:
Neumann, J. B (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
193u
[193-?]
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N8640.J12 A78 1930z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1021482

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