The papers of sculptor, painter, and race car driver Salvatore Scarpitta measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1934 to 2012. The papers include personal and professional letters from friends and galleries, exhibition and loan files, legal records pertaining to Scarpitta's estate, financial records, a scrapbook, photographs, printed material, and video recordings.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor, painter, and race car driver Salvatore Scarpitta measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1934-2012. The papers include personal and professional letters from friends and galleries, exhibition and loan files, legal records pertaining to Scarpitta's estate, financial records, a scrapbook, photographs, printed material, and video recordings.
Financial and legal records include court documents related to Scarpitta's estate, loan agreements with various museums and galleries, expenses for various exhibitions, records for commission work, and appraisal documents. Correspondence, both personal and professional, are from friends, galleries and institutions. Printed materials include magazine and newsletter clippings related to Scarpitta, exhibition materials from specific museums, exhibition catalogs and press releases, and miscellaneous materials such as school yearbooks. Photographic material includes personal photographs, photographs of artwork, photographs of Scarpitta as a racer, and a photo journal from a friend documenting his trip to see one of Scarpitta's exhibition openings. Video recordings include materials related to Scarpitta's career as a race car driver.
The collection is arranged as 5 series.
Series 1: Financial and Legal Records, 1972-2012 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1976-2007 (1 folder; Box 1)
Series 3: Printed Material, 1934-2000 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 4: Photographs, circa 1960-2007 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 1, OV 4)
Series 5: Video Recordings, 1983-2011 (2 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)
Biographical / Historical:
Salvatore Scarpitta (1919-2007) was a sculptor, painter, and race car driver in Los Angeles, California, and New York, New York. Scarpitta was born in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Monuments Man, and afterwards lived for a period of time in Rome. In 1958 he moved to New York and was represented by the Leo Castelli Gallery. At the Castelli Gallery, Scarpitta received 10 solo exhibitions and was involved in numerous group shows. His work included multimedia canvases, sleds, and sprint cars.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Salvatore Scarpitta conducted by Paul Cummings, January 31-February 3, 1975.
The Salvatore Scarpitta papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2014 by Salvatore Scarpitta's daughter, Stella Cartaino.
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audio visual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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Salvatore Scarpitta papers, 1934-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.