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Ben Zion

Artist:
Milton Clark Avery, 7 Mar 1885 - 3 Jan 1965  Search this
Sitter:
Ben Zion, 1897 - 1987  Search this
Medium:
Pencil
Dimensions:
27.9 × 21.6cm (11 × 8 1/2")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
n.d.a.
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Neckwear\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Ben Zion: Male  Search this
Ben Zion: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Object number:
DLR01792
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm40a6bb535-2c9d-44c0-85a7-29155a74e55c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_DLR01792

Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952

Creator:
Ben-Zion  Search this
Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6693
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208818
AAA_collcode_benzion
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208818

Albert Duveen art reference files

Creator:
Duveen, Albert  Search this
Names:
Centurion (Firm)  Search this
Holland House Corporation of the Netherlands  Search this
Alexander, Francis, 1800-1880  Search this
Allston, Washington, 1779-1843  Search this
Bartlett, W. H. (William Henry), 1809-1854  Search this
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Birch, Thomas, 1779-1851  Search this
Blackburn, Joseph, fl. 1753-1763  Search this
Blakelock, Ralph Albert, 1847-1919  Search this
Blauvelt, Charles F., 1824-1900  Search this
Blume, Peter, 1906-1992  Search this
Branchard, Emile Pierre, 1881-1938  Search this
Browere, A. D. O. (Alburtis Dell Orient), 1814-1887  Search this
Brown, John George, 1831-1913  Search this
Buddington, Jonathan  Search this
Buttersworth, James Edward, 1817-1894  Search this
Carter, Dennis Malone, 1827-1881  Search this
Cassatt, Mary, 1844-1926  Search this
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Chabor, Moura  Search this
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985  Search this
Chambers, Thomas, b. 1807 or 8  Search this
Charlot, Jean, 1898-1979  Search this
Cole, Thomas, 1801-1848  Search this
Constable, John, 1776-1837  Search this
Cope, George, 1855-1929  Search this
Copley, John Singleton, 1738-1815  Search this
Crawford, Ralston, 1906-1978  Search this
Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen), 1862-1928  Search this
Despiau, Charles, 1874-1946  Search this
Detre, Roland, 1903-  Search this
Dibble, Thomas R. (Thomas Reilly), 1898-  Search this
Donati, Enrico, 1909-2008  Search this
Doriani, William, 1891-  Search this
Doughty, Thomas, 1793-1856  Search this
Drew-Bear, Jessie, 1877?-1962  Search this
Duncanson, Robert S., 1821-1872  Search this
Durand, Asher Brown, 1796-1886  Search this
Durrie, George Henry, 1820-1863  Search this
Duveneck, Frank, 1848-1919  Search this
Duyckinck, Evert A. (Evert Augustus), 1816-1878  Search this
Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916  Search this
Eichholtz, Jacob, 1776-1842  Search this
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel), 1864-1941  Search this
Elliott, Charles Loring, 1812-1868  Search this
Field, Robert, 1769?-1819  Search this
Ganso, Emil, 1895-1941  Search this
Gargallo, Pablo, 1881-1934  Search this
Gelb, Jan, 1906-1978  Search this
Gillman, Paul  Search this
Gullager, Christian  Search this
Hall, George Henry, 1825-1913  Search this
Harding, Chester, 1792-1866  Search this
Harnett, William Michael, 1848-1892  Search this
Harvey, George W., 1855-  Search this
Hays, William Jacob, 1830-1875  Search this
Healy, G. P. A. (George Peter Alexander), 1813-1894  Search this
Henry, Edward Lamson, 1841-1919  Search this
Hesselius, John, 1728-1778  Search this
Hicks, Edward, 1780-1849  Search this
Hicks, Thomas, 1823-1890  Search this
Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910  Search this
Hudson, Samuel Adams, 1813-1894  Search this
Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906  Search this
Inman, Henry, 1801-1846  Search this
Inness, George, 1825-1894  Search this
Jarvis, John Wesley, 1780-1840  Search this
Johnson, Eastman, 1824-1906  Search this
Johnston, Henrietta  Search this
Johnston, John Bernard, 1847-1886  Search this
Kayn, Hilde B., 1903-1950  Search this
Kelekian, Dikran, 1868-1951  Search this
Lane, Fitz Hugh, 1804-1865  Search this
Lawson, Ernest, 1873-1939  Search this
Lefferts, M. F.  Search this
Leigh, William Robinson, 1866-1955  Search this
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin, 1867-1933  Search this
Malbone, Edward Greene, 1777-1807  Search this
Maurer, Alfred Henry, 1868-1932  Search this
Maurer, Louis, 1832-1932  Search this
Miller, Alfred Jacob, 1810-1874  Search this
Moeller, Louis, 1855-1930  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872  Search this
Neagle, John, 1796-1865  Search this
Organ, Donald  Search this
Otis, Bass, 1784-1861  Search this
Pach, Walter, 1883-1958  Search this
Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827  Search this
Peale, James, 1749-1831  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Penn, William, 1644-1718  Search this
Perry, E. W. (Enoch Wood), 1831-1915  Search this
Philippoteaux, Fʹelix Emmanuel Henri, 1815-1884  Search this
Polk, Charles Peale, 1767-1822  Search this
Pope, T. B. (Thomas Benjamin), d. 1891  Search this
Porter, Rufus, 1792-1884  Search this
Prior, William Matthew, 1806-1873  Search this
Quirt, Walter, 1902-  Search this
Ranney, William Tylee, 1813-1857  Search this
Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909  Search this
Robins, Louisa Winslow, 1898-1962  Search this
Roesen, Severin, ca. 1815-ca. 1872  Search this
Rosenthal, Albert, 1863-1939  Search this
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871  Search this
Rothermel, Peter Frederick, 1812-1895  Search this
Russell, Charles M. (Charles Marion), 1864-1926  Search this
Saint-Mémin, Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de, 1770-1852  Search this
Savage, Edward, 1761-1817  Search this
Sawitzky, William, 1880-1947  Search this
Schattenstein, Nikol, 1877-1954  Search this
Schussele, Christian, 1826?-1879  Search this
Serres, D.  Search this
Sharples, James, ca. 1751-1811  Search this
Shulman, Morris  Search this
Smibert, John, 1688-1751  Search this
Soudeikine, Serge  Search this
Soutine, Chaim, 1893-1943  Search this
Spencer, Frederick R., 1806-1875  Search this
Stewart, Albert T., 1900-1965  Search this
Street, Robert, 1796-1865  Search this
Strong, William J.  Search this
Stuart, Gilbert, 1755-1828  Search this
Sullivan, Charles, 1794-1867  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Tait, Arthur Fitzwilliam, 1819-1905  Search this
Tirrell, G.  Search this
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Vanderlyn, John, 1775-1852  Search this
Vanderlyn, Pieter, ca. 1687-1778  Search this
Von Schlegell, William, 1877-1950  Search this
Waldo, Samuel, 1783-1861  Search this
Walkowitz, Abraham, 1880-1965  Search this
Washington, George, 1732-1799  Search this
Weinberg, Elbert, 1928-  Search this
Weir, Julian Alden, 1852-1919  Search this
Welch, Thomas B., 1814-1874  Search this
Wertmüller, Adolph Ulric, 1751-1811  Search this
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820  Search this
Whitney, Anne, 1821-1915  Search this
Wiltz, Arnold, 1889-1937  Search this
Winner, W. E. (William E), -1883  Search this
Wood, S.  Search this
Wood, Thomas Waterman, 1823-1903  Search this
Extent:
5 Microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
[ca. 1831-1950]
Scope and Contents:
Files on ca. 150 American artists and art subjects, selected from Duveen's art reference files. Included are photographs of paintings in other collections, auction and exhibition catalogs, miscellaneous publications.
Files include: Francis Alexander, Washington Allston, William H. Bartlett, Ben-Zion, Thomas Birch, Joseph Blackburn, Ralph A. Blakelock, Charles F. Blauvelt, Peter Blume, Emile Branchard, Albertis D. O. Browere, John G. Brown, Jonathan Buddington, James E. Buttersworth, Carra, Dennis M. Carter, Mary Cassatt, George Catlin, Centurion, Paul Cezanne, Moura Chabor, Marc Chagall, T. Chambers, Jean Charlot, Thomas Cole, John Constable, George Cope, John S. Copley, Ralston Crawford, Jasper F. Cropsey, Arthur B. Davies, Charles Despiau, Roland Detre, Thomas R. Dibble, Enrico Donati, William Doriani, Thomas Doughty, Jessie Drew-Bear, Robert S. Duncanson, Dunlap, Asher B. Durand, George H. Durrie, Frank Duveneck, Evert Duyckinck, Thomas Eakins, Jacob Eichholtz, Louis M. Eilshemius, Charles L. Elliott, Robert Field, Emil Ganso, Pablo Gargallo, Jan Gelb, Paul Gillman, Christian Gullager, George H. Hall, Chester Harding, William M. Harnett, George Harvey, William J. Hays, George P. A. Healy, Edward L. Henry, John Hesselius, Edward Hicks, Thomas Hicks, Holland House, Charles Fevret de Saint-Memin, Winslow Homer, S. A. Hudson, Daniel Huntington, Henry Inman, George Inness, John W, Jarvis, Eastman Johnson, Henrietta Johnston, John Johnston, Hilde B. Kayn, Dikran K. Kelekian, Fitz Hugh Lane, Ernest Lawson, M. F. Lefferts, William R. Leigh, Abraham Lincoln, George B. Luks, Edward G. Malbone, Alfred H. Maurer, Louis Maurer, McKay, Alfred J. Miller, Louis C. Moeller, Samuel F. B. Morse, John Neagle, Donald Organ, Bass Otis, Walter Pach, Charles W. Peale, James Peale, Rembrandt Peale, William Penn, Enoch W. Perry, F. E. H. Philippoteaux, Charles P. Polk, T. B. Pope, Rufus Porter, William M. Prior, Walter Quirt, William T. Ranney, Reinhardt, Frederic Remington, Louisa Robins, Severin Roesen, Thomas P. Rossiter, Peter F. Rothermel, Charles M. Russell, Edward Savage, William Sawitzky, Nikol Schattenstein, Christian Schussele, D. Serres, James Sharples, Morris Shulman, John Smibert, Sergei Soudeikin, Haim Soutine, Frederick R. Spencer, Albert Stewart, Robert Street, William J. Strong, Gilbert Stuart, C. (Charles ?) Sullivan, Thomas Sully, Arthur F. Tait, G. Tirrell, John Trumbull, John Vanderlyn, Pieter Vanderlyn, William Von Schlegell, Samuel L. Waldo, Abraham Walkowitz, George Washington, Elbert Weinberg, Julian A. Weir, Thomas B. Welch, Adolph U. Wertmuller, Benjamin West, Anne Whitney, Arnold Wiltz, William E. Winner, S. Wood, and Thomas W. Wood.
The Saint-Memin, Stuart, B. West and Wertmuller files contain material from Albert Rosenthal relating to the above artists.
Arrangement:
Files are arranged alphabetically by artist and subject, rolls NDU1-NDU3; publications and other miscellany were filmed on rolls NDU4-NDU5.
Biographical / Historical:
Albert Duveen was an art dealer and collector with offices in New York, N.Y., specializing in early American art. He was a cousin to Joseph Duveen (1869-1939), 1st Baron Duveen, president of Duveen Brothers art dealers.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1958 by Duveen.
Restrictions:
The Archives does not own the original papers. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.duvealbe2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98968d056-cbe2-4e51-b974-7ee4067bcbae
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-duvealbe2

Abraham Walkowitz

Artist:
Ben Zion, 1897 - 1987  Search this
Sitter:
Abraham Walkowitz, 28 Mar 1880 - Jan 1965  Search this
Medium:
Not recorded
Dimensions:
Not recorded
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1943-44
Topic:
Abraham Walkowitz: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Abraham Walkowitz: Male  Search this
Abraham Walkowitz: Visual Arts\Artist\Printmaker\Etcher  Search this
Abraham Walkowitz: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: [UNLOCATED]
Object number:
UNL00350
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm45ec99156-2025-4fe4-ab73-d4462cf2c5c1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_UNL00350

Oral history interview with Ben-Zion interview, 1982 August 3-September 21

Interviewee:
Ben-Zion  Search this
Interviewer:
Shikler, Barbara  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Gallery Secession (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ben-Zion interview, 1982 August 3-September 21. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Jewish artists  Search this
Philadelphia Ten (Group of artists)  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12434
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215624
AAA_collcode_benzio82
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215624
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ben-Zion interview

Interviewee:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Interviewer:
Shikler, Barbara  Search this
Creator:
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Gallery Secession (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Extent:
56 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1982 August 3-September 21
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ben-Zion conducted 1982 August 3-1982 September 21, by Barbara Shikler, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project.
Ben-Zion speaks of his family's background in Ukraine and Poland and their arrival in the United States after the death of his father. He remembers working as a writer for a Hebrew newspaper in the Bronx, the writing block he suffered in reaction to Nazi atrocities in Europe, and his turn to art with the patronage of J. B. Neumann. He recalls exhibiting with The Ten, meeting Mark Rothko through the Gallery Secession, and the rift that developed among members of The Ten. He describes his own commercial success, the influence of Jewish tradition upon his choices of subject matter, and his relationship with the Jewish Museum in New York. He discusses a period in which he stopped painting and returned to writing, and his later interest in sculpture. He speaks of his writings and his work habits.
Biographical / Historical:
Ben-Zion (1897-1987) was a painter and sculptor from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 5 min.
Provenance:
This interview was conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and his Times oral history project, with funding provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation.
Others interviewed on the project (by various interviewers) include: Sonia Allen, Sally Avery, Bernard Braddon, Ernest Briggs, Rhys Caparn, Elaine de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Esther Gottlieb, Juliette Hays, Sidney Janis, Buffie Johnson, Jacob Kainen, Louis Kaufman, Jack Kufeld, Katharine Kuh, Stanley Kunitz, Joseph Liss, Dorothy Miller, Betty Parsons, Wallace Putnam, Rebecca Reis, Maurice Roth, Sidney Schectman, Aaron Siskind, Joseph Solman, Hedda Sterne, Jack Tworkov, Esteban Vicente and Ed Weinstein. Each has been cataloged separately.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Jewish artists  Search this
Philadelphia Ten (Group of artists)  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.benzio82
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9334805f4-8062-4838-9a63-3d95cd017b2a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-benzio82
Online Media:

Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin

Creator:
Wade, Jane, 1925-  Search this
Names:
Buchholz Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Curt Valentin Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Fine Arts Associates  Search this
Universität Hamburg  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Butler, Reg, 1913-1981  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Cox, Jan, 1919-1980  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Flannagan, John Bernard, 1895?-1942  Search this
Gerson, Otto  Search this
Hepworth, Barbara, Dame, 1903-1975  Search this
Kahnweiler, Daniel Henry, 1884-  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Kolbe, Georg, 1877-1947  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
Marcks, Gerhard  Search this
Marini, Marino, 1901-1980  Search this
Masson, André, 1896-1987  Search this
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986  Search this
Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963  Search this
Osborn, Robert Chesley, 1904-1994  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Pickens, Alton  Search this
Pickhardt, Carl E.  Search this
Piper, John, 1903-  Search this
Roesch, Kurt, 1905-  Search this
Smith, David, 1906-1965  Search this
Sutherland, Graham Vivian, 1903-  Search this
Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Prints
Sketches
Date:
1903-1971
Summary:
The Jane Wade papers regarding art dealer and New York gallery owner Curt Valentin, measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1903-1971. This small collection consists of papers donated by former Curt Valentin Gallery employee Jane Wade, which provide scattered documentation of Valentin's life and exhibitions at the Buchholz Gallery (renamed Curt Valentin Gallery in 1951) including biographical material, correspondence from artists Valentin represented, writings and notes, lists documenting clients, exhibitions held, and artwork by Picasso sold by the gallery, clippings of obituaries for Valentin, and a complete set of Buchholz Gallery exhibition catalogs from 1937-1948.
Scope and Contents:
The Jane Wade papers regarding art dealer and New York gallery owner Curt Valentin, measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1903-1971. This small collection consists of papers donated by former Curt Valentin Gallery employee Jane Wade, which provide scattered documentation of Valentin's life and exhibitions at the Buchholz Gallery (renamed Curt Valentin Gallery in 1951) including biographical material, correspondence from artists Valentin represented, writings and notes, lists documenting clients, exhibitions held, and artwork by Picasso sold by the gallery, clippings of obituaries for Valentin, and a complete set of Buchholz Gallery exhibition catalogs from 1937-1948.

Valentin's biographical material is in German and includes his baptismal certificate, a report book from Hamburg University, a letter of recommendation from Commetersche Kunsthandlung, a 1937 permit authorizing Valentin to buy and sell the work of German artists outside Germany, and his 1950 passport.

Valentin's correspondence is primarily with artists and includes letters from Ben-Zion, Reg Butler, Alexander Calder, Jan Cox, Lyonel Feininger, John Flannagan, Barbara Hepworth, Karl Knaths, Gerhard Marcks, André Masson, Henry Moore, Clifford Odets, Carl Pickhardt, Alton Pickens, John Piper, Kurt Roesch, and Graham Sutherland. There are also photocopies of three letters in German from Georg Kolbe. Many of the letters are substantial and provide details about the artists and their work. Also found are a letter vouching for Valentin's loyalty to the United States from Alfred Barr, and two 1942 letters from France from art dealer Henry Kahnweiler, containing news of European artists including Picasso and André Masson.

Jane Wade's correspondence extends to her time working for Otto Gerson at Fine Arts Associates, and includes letters from some of the artists whose work was handled by Curt Valentin, including Alexander Calder, Lois Dailey, and Henry Moore. There are also thirteen letters and telegrams from David Smith, with some responses from Jane Wade and Otto Gerson, which document exhibitions and details of his artist-dealer relationship with Gerson and include sketches of his sculpture with information about prices. Also found in Wade's correspondence are letters from Gertrude Lennart and Marino Marini. Lennart describes the last days of Valentin's life as she accompanied him on a visit to Marini in Italy in August 1954.

There are three folders of condolence letters written upon Valentin's death, from artists, museum and gallery professionals, and other colleagues and friends.

Writings and notes include two appreciations of Valentin written after his death by André Masson and Henry Moore, and a sheet of notes written by John Flannagan with an accompanying note entitled "Some of Johns' thoughts...."

Printed material is comprised of news clippings of obituaries and reviews of a memorial exhibition for Valentin, in addition to a complete set of bound exhibition catalogs for Buchholz Gallery from 1937-1948. Also found is a bound collection of 1929 exhibition catalogs for Galerie Alfred Flechtheim.

Artwork includes a Christmas card from Valentin designed by an artist whose name is illegible; a print by Gerhard Marcks; and a colored pencil sketch of "127 Evil Eye II" on Curt Valentin letter head, with an address on the Rue de Seine written beside it.

Photographs include two of Valentin in his gallery and two of an unidentified woman, possibly Jane Wade, in the gallery; a folder of photographs of Valentin's apartment showing his art collection; a photo of a Robert Osborn cartoon about Valentin; and a photo of "Portrait of Curt Valentin" by Jacques Lipchitz.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as a single series.

Series 1: Jane Wade Papers Regarding Curt Valentin, 1903-1971 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
Biographical / Historical:
Born in Germany in 1902, modern art dealer Curt Valentin immigrated to the United States in 1937 where he opened the Buchholz Gallery on West Forty-sixth Street in New York city. After two years he moved the gallery to West Fifty-seventh Street and in 1951 it was renamed the Curt Valentin Gallery.

Valentin's first job was with Alfred Flechtheim, the leading dealer in modern art in Berlin at that time. In 1934 he began working with Karl Buchholz in Hamburg, selling modern art classified as degenerate by the Nazi government from the rear of Buchholz's bookstore. In 1937 Valentin was granted a permit from the Reichskammer der bildenden Kunste in Berlin to purchase and sell German artwork outside of Germany. He left Germany that same year with a number of pictures and came to the United States.

Valentin was a widely respected dealer who specialized in modern paintings, sculpture, and prints, and handled the work of major artists including Alexander Calder, John Flannagan, Gerhard Marcks, Marino Marini, and Henry Moore.

Valentin died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 52, while visiting Mario Marini in Italy in 1954.

Jane Wade was employed as Valentin's assistant and continued to help run the Curt Valentin Gallery after his death, until it closed in 1955. She then worked for Otto Gerson at Fine Arts Associates, where she helped to handle the works of some of the artists previously represented by Valentin.
Related Materials:
The bulk of Curt Valentin's papers are held by the Museum of Modern Art Archives.
Provenance:
The Jane Wade papers were donated by Jane Wade in 1976. The catalogs of exhibitions organized by Curt Valentin were donated in 1977 by Jane Wade. In 2018 the two collections were merged and named the Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
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.
Occupation:
Gallery owners -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Prints
Sketches
Citation:
Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin, 1903-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wadejane
See more items in:
Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d90ebbb6-9d10-43dc-b167-46f7f8bba6e2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wadejane
Online Media:

Mercury Galleries records

Creator:
Mercury Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Names:
Anton, Harold  Search this
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Harris, Louis, 1902-1970  Search this
Kerkam, Earl, 1891-1965  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Date:
1937-1943
Summary:
The records of Mercury Galleries measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1943. The collection sheds light on the gallery's brief existence through correspondence, printed material including exhibition catalogs, announcements, press releases, and newspaper clippings, photographs of artwork, one transcript from a radio discussion, and flyers from WPA art tours.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Mercury Galleries measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1943. The collection sheds light on the gallery's brief existence through printed material including exhibition catalogs, announcements, press releases, and newspaper clippings, correspondence with artists, museums, and galleries, photographs of artwork, one transcript from a radio discussion, and flyers from WPA art tours.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Mercury Galleries was established in 1938 in New York, New York, by Sidney Paul Schectman (also known as Paul Kollmer) and Bernard Braddon. The gallery exhibited contemporary drawings, paintings, and sculptures and was known for its abstract expressionist and surrealist art shows.

Cornell graduates Schectman and Braddon opened Artmart Galleries in late 1937 in the loft of a building owned by family. They priced contemporary art between $5 and $50 regardless of who created it and any artist could exhibit and sell their original work there for a fee. Artists who exhibited there included Cleo Hartwig, Stanley William Hayer, and many more. Schectman and Braddon repeated this business model at Mercury Galleries the following year, and later organized the Circuit Art Association using the same idea.

Located in close proximity to the Whitney Museum, Mercury held The Ten: Whitney Dissenters (1938), featuring artists Adolph Gottlieb, Ralph Rosenborg, Mark Rothkowitz (Rothko), Ben-Zion, Joe Solman, Nahum Tschacbasov, Lou Schanker, Louis Harris, Earl Kerkam (guest), and Ilya Bolotowsky. Schectman, Braddon, and Louis Harris (a member of The Ten) broadcast a radio discussion titled "What's Wrong with American Art," in support of the show. The exhibition catalog foreword was written jointly by Schectman, Braddon, and Rothko.

Another notable Mercury Galleries group show was Visions of Other Worlds (circa 1937-1940), with works by surrealist painters Joan Miro, Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst and others, African sculpture, and drawings by patients of psychiatric institutions in France. Schectman and Braddon were introduced to African art through visiting exhibitions and by the collector Ladislos Segy.

In addition to those mentioned above, other artists exhibited at Mercury during its short existence included Henri Matisse, Zoltan Hecht, Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, poet Rachel Mack Wilson, Hananiah Harari, and John Rood.

The gallery closed in 1940.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Bernard Braddon and Sidney Paul Schectman conducted by Avis Berman, October 9, 1981.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Bernard B. Braddon, co-owner of Mercury Galleries, in 1981.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Surrealism  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State)
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Citation:
Mercury Galleries, 1937-1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mercgall
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Mercury Galleries records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f0dd6d74-6e8d-4a3b-897a-9104a3275032
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mercgall
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Helen Joy Weinberg papers

Creator:
Weinberg, Helen Joy, 1900-  Search this
Names:
Anapol, Bert  Search this
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Kimball, Arthur Henry, 1870-1944  Search this
Mason, Alice Trumbull, 1904-1971  Search this
Pross, Paul E. (Paul Edward)  Search this
Extent:
2.8 Linear feet ((on 5 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Date:
1908-1987
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, correspondence, business records, notes and writings, sketchbooks, printed material, and photographs reflect Weinberg's career as a painter and printmaker, primarily of abstract forms based on the human figure. There are also files pertaining to Weinberg's father, Arthur Henry Kimball.
REELS 837-839: Correspondence, 1927-1970, including letters from Bert Anapol, Ben-Zion, Alice Trumbull Mason, and Paul E. Pross, Jr; 4 artist's statements; a notebook listing works of art; miscellaneous notes and typescript fragments; clippings, 1948-1970; exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1948-1970; 14 sketchbooks, 1950-1961; 4 pages from a guest book, 1959, price lists, 1960-1970, consignment receipts, 1964-1969, 2 contracts for art rental services, 1954-1960, press releases, 1959-1966, and a book jacket for LOW VOICES by Paul E. Pross, illustrated by Weinberg; material relating to her father Arthur Kimball includes a biographical account, 4 photographs of Kimball, one with Weinberg, 1908-1933, 12 photographs of works of art, 4 sketchbook pages, and 4 clippings.
REELS 4864-4865: Biographical documents; a file on Arthur Kimball containing an exhibition catalog, 1932, and 11 photographs of his art work; letters received, 1927-1983, primarily relating to exhibitions and her donation of work to art institutions; notes and writings, including ideas for inventions, 1945; 14 notebooks, 1949-1974, containing notes on art history, printmaking techniques, and lists of works; 12 lists of works, some with prices, 1967-1975; a typescript for a tape on Weinberg's biblical work; and a typescript "Thoughts and Suggestions for the Art Student"; 17 sketchbooks, 1968-1981; clippings, 1921-1983; exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1948-1983; brochures and prospectuses; and photographs of Weinberg and her work, 1950-1969.
UNMICROFILMED: Handwritten list of collectors who own Weinberg's works; lists of works owned by Evanston Hospital and the University of Illinois (Chicago); correspondence with collectors.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, printmaker; Chicago, Ill. Born in New York City, Weinberg was the daughter of Arthur Henry Kimball (originally named Kaiser), a designer, garment manufacturer, and painter. After moving to Chicago with her family in 1909, Weinberg studied printmaking with Max Kahn at the Art Institute of Chicago, with Misch Kohn at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and painting with Gerald Landt at the Summer School of Painting in Saugatuck, Michigan. Weinberg was also employed in advertising and public relations work and was a free-lance writer.
Provenance:
Donated 1971-1987 by Helen Joy Weinberg. Microfilmed 1994 with grants from the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Goldie-Anna Charitable Trust, the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, and the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Jewish artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.weinhele
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw921f0940d-c74e-4903-a319-8add7cf7e6c3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-weinhele

Ben-Zion papers

Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Extent:
35 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1943-1952
Scope and Contents:
Reel NY 65-2: Album of black and white photographs of the artist's paintings. Reel N69-122: Catalogues, scrapbook leaves, articles, 1943-1952.
Biographical / Historical:
Ben-Zion (1897-1987) was a painter and sculptor in New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1965 and 1969 by Ben-Zion.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
Identifier:
AAA.benzion
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Ben-Zion papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9940e3437-6432-483e-86b3-2c38dd111f83
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-benzion

Catalogs, Announcements, and Invitations

Collection Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Container:
Reel N/69-122, Frame 41-114
Type:
Archival materials
Microform [31027000089777]
Collection Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Collection Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
See more items in:
Ben-Zion papers
Ben-Zion papers / Series 1: Ben-Zion papers / Writings: Some Reflections and Conclusions on Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw985e5923e-dc69-43d3-855d-ee7321d9bdd1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-benzion-ref10

Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, circa 1949-1963

Collection Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Container:
Reel N/69-122, Frame 115-155
Type:
Archival materials
Microform [31027000089777]
Collection Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Collection Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
See more items in:
Ben-Zion papers
Ben-Zion papers / Series 1: Ben-Zion papers / Writings: Some Reflections and Conclusions on Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw988cea5e9-51a6-4e73-a145-4c803bac81e1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-benzion-ref11

Leaves from a Scrapbook, circa 1943-1952

Collection Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Container:
Reel N/69-122, Frame 156-311
Type:
Archival materials
Microform [31027000089777]
Collection Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Collection Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
See more items in:
Ben-Zion papers
Ben-Zion papers / Series 1: Ben-Zion papers / Writings: Some Reflections and Conclusions on Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99c23f956-4220-4d01-8f50-82bb3352e38d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-benzion-ref12

Album 1: Biblical Themes

Collection Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Container:
Reel NY65-2, Frame 1-51
Type:
Archival materials
Microform [31027000097291]
Scope and Contents:
Frames 1 through 58 are missing.
Collection Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Collection Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
See more items in:
Ben-Zion papers
Ben-Zion papers / Series 1: Ben-Zion papers / Album of Black and White Photographs of Paintings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96e223a90-5290-4f94-875e-fb4591e2f1bd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-benzion-ref13

Album 2: Prophets and Biblical Themes

Collection Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Container:
Reel NY65-2, Frame 52-126
Type:
Archival materials
Microform [31027000097291]
Scope and Contents:
Frames 1 through 58 are missing.
Collection Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Collection Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
See more items in:
Ben-Zion papers
Ben-Zion papers / Series 1: Ben-Zion papers / Album of Black and White Photographs of Paintings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9020ac25a-05bb-4942-835f-ef42b1ed2dad
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-benzion-ref14

Album 3: Jewish Portraits and Themes De Profundis Series

Collection Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Container:
Reel NY65-2, Frame 127-191
Type:
Archival materials
Microform [31027000097291]
Scope and Contents:
Frames 1 through 58 are missing.
Collection Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Collection Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
See more items in:
Ben-Zion papers
Ben-Zion papers / Series 1: Ben-Zion papers / Album of Black and White Photographs of Paintings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9099e61cb-ea58-4fb9-8fc2-6b853a5df02a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-benzion-ref15

Album 4: Diverse

Collection Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Container:
Reel NY65-2, Frame 192-236
Type:
Archival materials
Microform [31027000097291]
Scope and Contents:
Frames 1 through 58 are missing.
Collection Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Collection Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
See more items in:
Ben-Zion papers
Ben-Zion papers / Series 1: Ben-Zion papers / Album of Black and White Photographs of Paintings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9cdf18acc-6bf0-4d01-b1dc-0edb3e456c4e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-benzion-ref16

Album 5: Diverse

Collection Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Container:
Reel NY65-2, Frame 237-295
Type:
Archival materials
Microform [31027000097291]
Scope and Contents:
Frames 1 through 58 are missing.
Collection Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Collection Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
See more items in:
Ben-Zion papers
Ben-Zion papers / Series 1: Ben-Zion papers / Album of Black and White Photographs of Paintings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91ff0abe6-e37d-42fe-a974-6fd5a641c300
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-benzion-ref17

Ben-Zion papers

Collection Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Collection Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
Identifier:
AAA.benzion, Series 1
See more items in:
Ben-Zion papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9bd222cdf-fb1f-4f58-8807-1f7e37d08b1a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-benzion-ref6

Writings: Some Reflections and Conclusions on Art

Collection Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897–1987  Search this
Container:
Reel N/69-122, Frame 1-311
Type:
Archival materials
Microform [31027000089777]
Collection Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Collection Citation:
Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.
See more items in:
Ben-Zion papers
Ben-Zion papers / Series 1: Ben-Zion papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94d5cdfe6-3a67-42bb-a4cd-a03c035a8d4d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-benzion-ref7

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