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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.

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:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Biochemistry  Search this
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
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 Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_137072

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

Konkrete Kunst : 50 Jahre Entwicklung : Helmhaus Zürich, 8. Juni bis 14. August 1960

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Weinberg-Staber, Margit  Search this
Helmhaus Zürich  Search this
Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : 168 ill. ; 30 x 12 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1960
20th century
Topic:
Concrete art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6494.C635 K668 1960
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_622979

Vantongerloo : Galerie Denise René, Paris

Author:
Vantongerloo, Georges 1886-1965  Search this
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Galerie Denise René  Search this
Subject:
Vantongerloo, Georges 1886-1965  Search this
Physical description:
[15] p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
[1989]
Call number:
N6973.V38 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635766

Max Bill / testi di Marco Meneguzzo, Max Bill, Valentina Anker, Giulio Carlo Argan

Title:
Max Bill, 30
Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Meneguzzo, Marco  Search this
Anker, Valentina  Search this
Argan, Giulio Carlo  Search this
Lorenzelli Arte (Milan, Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1903- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
C1985
Call number:
N7153.B5 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636811

Kunsthaus Zürich, Ausstellung 28. April bis 10. Juni 1956 : Josef Albers, Fritz Glarner, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart

Title:
Josef Albers, Fritz Glarner, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart
Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Kunsthaus Zürich  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Glarner, Fritz 1899-1972 Exhibitions  Search this
Vordemberge-Gildewart, Friedrich 1899-1962  Search this
Physical description:
44 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1956
1956]
Topic:
Art, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
N3647.5 .K86 1956
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637327

Georges Vantongerloo, 1886-1965 : 22 Bilder = paintings, 1937-1949 : [Ausstellung] 7. Mai bis 16. Juli 1977, Galerie Lopes, Zürich / [Text von] Margit Staber [und] Max Bill

Author:
Vantongerloo, Georges 1886-1965  Search this
Weinberg-Staber, Margit  Search this
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Galerie Lopes  Search this
Subject:
Vantongerloo, Georges 1886-1965  Search this
Physical description:
34 p., [4] leaves of plates : 4 col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1977
[1977]
Call number:
N6973.V38 A4 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638924

Max Bill. [Exposition] Musée Rath, Genève,6 au 30 avril 1972. [Conception de l'exposition et du catalogue: Max Bill et Valentina Anker

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Anker, Valentina  Search this
Musée Rath  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
89p. illus. (part col.) 25cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
1972]
Call number:
N7153.B5.A4.1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639417

Max Bill, Georges Vantongerloo : a working friendship : 50 years of sculpture, painting and drawing : 26 June - 14 September 1996, Annely Juda Fine Art

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Vantongerloo, Georges 1886-1965  Search this
Annely Juda Fine Art  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-  Search this
Vantongerloo, Georges 1886-1965  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
[1996?]
Call number:
N7153.B5 A4 1996b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_645100

Max Bill / [contribution by] Eduard Hüttinger

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Hüttinger, Eduard  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
225 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
Call number:
N7153.B5 A413 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646068

Max Bill: surfaces. [Translated from the German by David Britt]

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Marlborough-Godard Gallery (Toronto, Ont.)  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (chiefly col. illus.) 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
Call number:
ND853.B48 A4 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651094

Max Bill / compiled by Margit Staber

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Weinberg-Staber, Margit  Search this
Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd  Search this
Marlborough Galerie (Zurich, Switzerland)  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
[54] p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
1974?]
Call number:
ND853.B48 S73
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651117

Max Bill / with an essay by Max Bense

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Bense, Max 1910-1990  Search this
Hanover Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-  Search this
Physical description:
28 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 15 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1966
Call number:
N7153.B5 A4 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652894

Max Bill : 15. März-16. April 1963, Gimpel & Hanover Galerie

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Gimpel & Hanover Galerie  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1963
[1963]
Call number:
N7153.B5 A4 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652895

Max Bill. Malerei und Plastik 1928-1968. (Ausstellung,) Kunsthalle Bern, 6. April-12. Mai 1968. (Katalog.)

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Kunsthalle Bern  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
92 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
Call number:
N7153.B5.A4.1968
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654982

Line + movement / Max Bill ... [et al]

Author:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Annely Juda Fine Art  Search this
Subject:
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Physical description:
ca. 130 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
[1994]
20th century
Topic:
Art, European  Search this
Call number:
N6490 .L52 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_656077

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