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Galerie Chalette records

Creator:
Galerie Chalette  Search this
Names:
Arp, Jean, 1887-1966  Search this
Bill, Max, 1908-1994  Search this
Diller, Burgoyne, 1906-1965  Search this
Fangor, Wojciech, 1922-  Search this
Fuller, Sue, 1914-  Search this
Gonzalez, Roberta  Search this
González, Julio, 1876-1942  Search this
Lejwa, Arthur  Search this
Lejwa, Madeleine Chalette, 1914-1996  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946  Search this
Reimann, William  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Smith, Leon Polk, 1906-1996  Search this
Vasarely, Victor, 1906-1997  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Extent:
24.15 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sound recordings
Lectures
Notebooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1916-1999
bulk 1939-1994
Summary:
The records of the New York Galerie Chalette measure 24.15 linear feet and date from 1916-1999, with the bulk of the material dating from 1939-1994. The collection documents this contemporary art gallery's operations from its founding in 1954 through Madeleine Lejwa's later years as an independent dealer. Included are correspondence, artists' files, financial and legal records, printed materials, clippings, exhibition catalogs, audio and video recordings, and motion picture film; about half of the collection consists of photographs. Arthur Lejwa's profession as a biochemist prior to becoming a gallery owner is also documented in this collection. The collection also contains personal records of the Lejwas, including correspondence, legal papers, photographs, photo albums, and printed material.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the New York Galerie Chalette measure 24.15 linear feet and date from 1916-1999, with the bulk of the material dating from 1939-1994. The collection documents this contemporary art gallery's operations from its founding in 1954 through Madeleine Lejwa's later years as an independent dealer. Included are correspondence, artists' files, financial and legal records, printed materials, clippings, exhibition catalogs, audio and video recordings, and motion picture film; about half of the collection consists of photographs. Arthur Lejwa's profession as a biochemist prior to becoming a gallery owner is also documented in this collection. The collection also contains personal records of the Lejwas, including correspondence, legal papers, photographs, photo albums, and printed material.

Among the artists represented in the artists' files are Jean Arp, Max Bill, Burgoyne Diller, Wojciech Fangor, Sue Fuller, Julio Gonzalez, Roberta Gonzalez, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, William Reimann, George Rickey, Leon Polk Smith, Victor Varsarely, Max Weber, and various Dada artists. Many artists are represented in the large collection of photographs as is the Lejwa's personal collection. Included in the business records are invoices, receipts for works sold, yearly sales and purchase ledgers, checks for artwork purchases, and index card files recording sales. Legal records include files related to litigation, primarily Lebenstein v. Lejwa. The collection includes film reels and audio recordings of lectures, broadcasts, and exhibits from the 1960s-1990s. It also includes two film reels from a French television program about Jean Arp.

Among the personal records are biographical information, correspondence, legal records mostly related to the settlement of Arthur Lejwa's estate, a significant quantity of snapshots, negatives and slides, and newspaper clippings chronicling Arthur Lejwa's work as a biochemist and the Robert Gould Research Foundation. Arthur Lejwa's scientific career is also represented in biographical information, publications, research notebooks, and photographs. Much of the personal correspondence is from 1939-1951 and is written in Polish, Yiddish and German. The Lejwa's philanthropic donations, especially in Israel, are documented in correspondence, papers, and photographs. Many of the photographs and photo albums record Madeleine Lejwa's travels in the 1970s-1990s.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series. The series are generally arranged alphabetically by type of material or subject, and chronologically thereafter.

Missing Title

Series 1: Correspondence, 1920-1995 (Boxes 1-2; 1.4 linear foot)

Series 2: Artists' Files, 1916-1996 (Boxes 2-6, 25; 4.3 linear feet)

Series 3: General Business Files, 1950-1994 (Boxes 6-8; 2.3 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Materials, 1931-1996 (Boxes 9-10, 25; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1920s-1994 (Boxes 10-16, 24-25; 7 linear feet)

Series 6: Legal Records, 1938, 1959-1988 (Box 17; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Personal Papers of Arthur and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1925-1999 (Boxes 17-21, 25; 3.7 linear feet)

Series 8: Motion Picture Film, Audio, and Video Recordings, circa 1950s-1995 (Boxes 21-23, FC 29-42; 4.3 linear feet)
Historical Note:
Art dealers and collectors Madeleine Chalette (1915-1996) and Arthur Lejwa (1895-1972) opened the Galerie Chalette in New York on 45 West 57th Street in February, 1954. The gallery originally specialized in contemporary French graphics and later shifted its focus to contemporary twentieth century European and American art, particularly the work of Jean Arp. Over the years, Galerie Chalette relocated twice. In 1957, the gallery moved to 1100 Madison Avenue and then to 9 East 88th Street in 1964.

Madeleine Chalette was born in 1915 in Paris and grew up in Poland. In 1940, after Madeleine's efforts to secure the release of her father, Leon Chalette, from Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin were successful, father and daughter traveled by boat to Shanghai. They stayed in Shanghai throughout World War II, arriving in the United States in 1946. Arthur Lejwa, a Polish-born biochemist, immigrated to the United States in 1939 and taught at Long Island University. In 1947, Madeleine and Arthur Lejwa were married in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Arthur was the Director of the Robert Gould Institute for Nutritional Research.

The gallery was very active in the 1950s and 1960s, as evidenced by the numerous exhibitions. Many of the exhibitions in the 1950s were thematic. Exhibitions in the 1960s were mostly organized around the work of a particular artist, such as Wojciech Fangor and Leon Polk Smith. In 1972, the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcased Jean Arp's work from the Lejwa's collection and a few works lent by Arp's widow, Marguerite Arp. The exhibition was expanded and traveled as "Arp 1877-1966," first exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and then shown in seven museums in the United States and six in Australia.

In the early 1970s, the Lejwas began supporting institutions in Jerusalem, including donating a 17th century Polish menorah to The Israel Museum and five sculptures to be displayed in public spaces: "The Threshold of Jerusalem" by Jean Arp, "The Loop" by Robert Engman, George Rickey's "Two Lines Oblique," "The Skedion Ekton" by Stephanie Scuris, and "Four Cubes Cut in Identical Halves" by Max Bill.

Following Arthur's death on October 27, 1972, Madeleine continued as an independent dealer and consultant and renamed the business Chalette International. In the 1980s, Madeleine Lejwa continued her philanthropic endeavors in Jerusalem, donating to a scholarship fund for Arab students. She was also a strong supporter of New York University's archeological site Aphrodisias, in southwestern Turkey. In the 1970s and 1980s, Lejwa traveled widely including Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, Turkey, Japan, and China. Madeleine passed away at age 81 on June 9, 1996.
Related Material:
Addition papers related to Leon Chalette and Madeleine Chalette are located at Leo Baeck Institute, New York, N.Y.
Separated Material:
Papers related to Leon Chalette's imprisonment in Sachsenhausen concentration camp were transferred to the Leo Baeck Institute, New York, N.Y. in 2010.
Provenance:
The records were donated by Robert Warshaw, executor of the Madeleine Chalette Lejwa estate in two accessions in 1997 and 2005.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Biochemistry  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State)
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Lectures
Notebooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Galerie Chalette records, 1916-1996, bulk 1939-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.galechal
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Galerie Chalette records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b597c84e-8c86-44a4-a9e7-ecb2bc419f14
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-galechal
Online Media:

Max Bill: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, Swiss  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF000278
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_137072

Max Bill

Author:
Kestner-Gesellschaft  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
84 p. illus. (part col.) 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
[1968]
Call number:
N40.1.B557K4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_105085

Max Bill: das druckgrafische Werk bis 1968. [Hrsg. von der Albrecht-Dürer-Gesellschaft e.V. Katalogredaktion: Herbert Bessel

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Bessel, Herbert  Search this
Albrecht-Dürer-Gesellschaft  Search this
Kunsthalle Nürnberg  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) illus., plates (part col.) 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
C1968]
Call number:
N40.1.B557y A3
N40.1.B557yA3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_90669

Max Bill : [exhibition] Staempfli Gallery ... New York, May 24 to June 18, 1966

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Staempfli Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([6] pages) : illustrations (some color) ; 20 x 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1966
Call number:
N7153.B4 A4 1966b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_913392

Max Bill / Manuel Fontán del Junco, María Toledo, eds. ; texts by Max Bill, Jakob Bill, Karin Gimmi, Manuel Fontán del Junco, Neus Moyano, Gillermo Zuaznabar, Fernando Marzá and María Amalia García

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Writer of added text:
Bill, Jakob  Search this
Interviewer:
Fontán del Junco, Manuel 1963-  Search this
Editor:
Toledo, Maria  Search this
Host institution:
Fundación Juan March  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
329 pages (some folded) : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits, plates ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Switzerland
Date:
2015
20th century
Topic:
Art, Swiss  Search this
Concrete art  Search this
Call number:
N7153.B5 A4 2015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1057177

Moderne Schweizer Architektur. Modern Swiss architecture. 1925-1945

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (in portfolio) illus., diagrs., plans. 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Switzerland
Date:
1949
[1949]
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
NA1348 .M62X
NA1348.M62X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_90371

Max Bill. (Exposition,) Musée Rath, Genève, 6 au 30 avril 1972. (Catalogue.)

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Anker, Valentina  Search this
Musée Rath  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
90 p. illus. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
Call number:
N40.1.B557 A6
N40.1.B557A6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_42612

Max Bill : [catalogue / compiled and edited by Max Bill and James N. Wood]

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Wood, James N  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
198 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
[1974]
Call number:
N40.1.B557 A34 1974
N40.1.B557A34 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_420721

Dokumentation über Marcel Duchamp / [hrsg. von Hans Fischli und Willy Rotzler]

Author:
Kunstgewerbemuseum Zürich  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel 1887-1968  Search this
Fischli, Hans 1909-1989  Search this
Rotzler, Willy  Search this
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Subject:
Duchamp, Marcel 1887-1968  Search this
Physical description:
40 p. : ill., port. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1960
Call number:
N40.1.D83 Z9
N40.1.D83Z9
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_86306

Max Bill; œuvres, 1928-1969. Édité à l'occasion de l'exposition Max Bill. Centre national d'art contemporain, Paris, 30 octobre-10 décembre 1969. Musée de peinture et de sculpture, Grenoble, 13 décember-1er février 1970. [Catalogue

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Centre national d'art contemporain (Paris, France)  Search this
Musée de Grenoble  Search this
Physical description:
93 p. illus. (part col.) 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
1969]
Call number:
N40.1.B557 C3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_80571

Max Bill / Galerie Beyeler

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Galerie Beyeler  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
C1996
Call number:
NB853.B48 A4 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_839510

Form; eine Bilanz über die Formentwicklung um die Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
168 p. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1952
1952]
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Call number:
NC703 .B55 1952
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_778701

Form : eine Bilanz über die Formentwicklung um die Mitte des XX. Jahrhunderts = a balance sheet of mid-twentieth-century trends in design = un bilan de l'evolution de la forme au milieu du XXe siècle / Max Bill

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
168 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Date:
1952
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Call number:
TS171.6 .B55 1952
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_778982

Œuvre complète, 1934-1938 / Le Corbusier et Pierre Jeanneret ; publié par Max Bill ; texte par Le Corbusier

Author:
Le Corbusier 1887-1965  Search this
Jeanneret, Pierre 1896-1967  Search this
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
175 p. : ill., plans ; 24 x 29 cm
Type:
Designs and plans
Date:
1945
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
City planning  Search this
Call number:
NA1053.J43 A1 1945
NA1053.J43A1 1945
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_84067

Max Bill, Retrospektive : Skulpturen, Gemälde, Graphik 1928- 1987 : Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 12. Juni-2. August 1987 / [Austellungsleitung, Christoph Vitali ; Organisation, Ingo Begall]

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Vitali, Christoph  Search this
Begall, Ingo  Search this
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-  Search this
Physical description:
284 p. : chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
C1987
Call number:
N40.1.B557 S3
N40.1.B557S3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_353495

Oeuvre complète, 1934-1938, [par] Le Corbusier & P. Jeanneret ; Publiee par Max Bill ; texte parLe Corbusier

Author:
Le Corbusier 1887-1965  Search this
Jeanneret, Pierre 1896-1967  Search this
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
175 p. : ill., maps, plans, port. ; 24 x 29 cm
Type:
Designs and plans
Date:
1967
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
City planning  Search this
Call number:
NA1053.J43 A3 1967
NA1053.J43A3 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_358537

Max Bill : ohne Anfang, ohne Ende : eine Retrospektive zum hundertsten Geburtstag des Künstlers, Designers, Architekten, Typografen und Theoretikers = Max Bill : no beginning, no end : a retrospective making the centenary of the artist, designed, architect, typographer and theoretician

Title:
No beginning, no end
Ohne Anfang, ohne Ende
Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
MARTa Herford (Herford, Germany)  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
199 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Switzerland
Date:
2008
C2008
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1023034

Max Bill's view of things : Die gute Form : an exhibition 1949 / edited by Lars Müller ; in collaboration with the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich ; with texts by Jakob Bill ... [et al.]

Author:
Müller, Lars 1955-  Search this
Bill, Jakob  Search this
Editor:
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Place:
Switzerland
Date:
2015
20th century
Topic:
Industrial design--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044254

Max Bill : five decades / Max Bill

Title:
Five decades
5 decades
Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Thomas, Angela  Search this
Annely Juda Fine Art  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
[96] p. : ill. (chiefly col.), port. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1006250

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