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Bourdon, David (critic)

Collection Creator:
Henri Gallery (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972-1978
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:
Henri Gallery records, circa early 1900s, 1940-1996, bulk 1957-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Henri Gallery records
Henri Gallery records / Series 2: Alphabetical Files / 2.1: Name Files
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Archives of American Art
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The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1964-2003

Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Meisel, Susan Pear  Search this
Vogel, Dorothy  Search this
Taylor, Elizabeth  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Sadat, Anwar  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Vogel, Herbert  Search this
Baldessari, John  Search this
Battcock, Gregory  Search this
Bourdon, David  Search this
Close, Chuck  Search this
Baeder, John  Search this
Kramer, Hilton  Search this
Krauss, Rosalind E.  Search this
Meisel, Louis K.  Search this
Eddy, Don  Search this
Estes, Richard  Search this
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Goings, Ralph  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Theme:
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15671
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282709
AAA_collcode_louikmei
Theme:
Art Gallery Records
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Archives of American Art
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The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records

Creator:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery  Search this
Names:
Baeder, John  Search this
Baldessari, John, 1931-  Search this
Battcock, Gregory, 1937-  Search this
Bourdon, David  Search this
Close, Chuck, 1940-  Search this
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Estes, Richard, 1932-  Search this
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Goings, Ralph  Search this
Kramer, Hilton  Search this
Krauss, Rosalind E.  Search this
Meisel, Louis K.  Search this
Meisel, Susan Pear  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002  Search this
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Sadat, Anwar, 1918-1981  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011  Search this
Vogel, Dorothy  Search this
Vogel, Herbert  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1964-2003
Summary:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1964-2003. The records of this New York gallery consist of correspondence with artists and other individuals, writings by Louis K. Meisel, subject files on Gregory Battcock and Jason Seley, and photographs. Correspondence documents the gallery's dealings with its artists.
Scope and Contents note:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1964-2003. The records of this New York gallery consist of correspondence with artists and other individuals, writings by Louis K. Meisel, subject files on Gregory Battcock and Jason Seley, and photographs. Correspondence documents the gallery's dealings with its artists.

Among the correspondents are John Baeder, Chuck Close, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Richard McClean, Theodoros Stamos, and others. Also found are letters from Larry Rivers, Anwar el-Sadat, Robert Hughes, and Tom Messer.

Writings include a typescript by Louis K. Meisel on becoming an art dealer. A subject file on art historian Gregory Battcock contains several reviews, scattered materials including letters, clippings, lists, press releases, and a photograph of Battcock with David Bourdon, Hilton Kramer, Rosalind Krauss, Barbara Rose, and others attending an International Art Association of Art Critics conference. There are subject files on Jason Seley containing photographs, correspondence, and printed materials.

Photographs include a photograph of Louis K. Meisel and his wife, Susan Meisel with Photorealists artists at a book party. Also found are photographs of John Baldesarri with Herbert and Dorothy Vogel; and Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 4 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1964-2003 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Writings, circa 1970s (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 3: Subject Files, 1974-1981 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1980s-1993 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Louis K. Meisel (1942- ) opened the Louis K. Meisel Gallery on Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City in 1966. The gallery has promoted the work of realist painters, sculptors, and photographers. Louis K. Meisel Gallery has also championed another genre of American realism, the Pin-up; the gallery has an extensive collection of vintage and contemporary Pin-ups. Artists represented include: John Baeder, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Ronald Kleemann, Mel Ramos, and Theodoros Stamos, among others.

Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, Louis K. Meisel has had a varied career as an art dealer, writer, and collector. Meisel attended Columbia University, 1964 and the New School for Social Research in New York, 1963-1965. Credited with coining the phrase, Photorealism in the late 1960s, Meisel defined the qualities of the Photorealist artist.

Louis K. Meisel has written numerous books and articles on Photorealism, the American Pin-Up, and other art-related topics. He has also lectured at academic and art-related institutions, including the Arts and Crafts Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1978; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1980, 2002; the Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 1993; and the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, 2002. His collecting interests have been wide-ranging. In addition to his extensive collection of Photorealist paintings and Pin-up illustrations, Meisel is a collector of 1940s Moderne, tin toys, Art Deco statues, and naturalia.

Since 2000, Louis K. Meisel, in partnership with Frank Bernarducci, has operated the Bernarducci. Meisel. Gallery on 57th Street in New York as a venue for established and emerging artists.
Provenance:
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records were donated by Louis K. Meisel in 1990 and 2009.
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.
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State)
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Louis K. Meisel Gallery selected records, 1973-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.louikmei
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Archives of American Art
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Terrain Gallery records, circa 1950s-2005, bulk 1955-1985

Creator:
Terrain Gallery  Search this
Terrain Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Bourdon, David  Search this
Koppelman, Dorothy  Search this
Wilson, Carrie  Search this
Koppelman, Chaim  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Nordness, Lee  Search this
Abeles, Sigmund  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Campbell, Lawrence  Search this
Bragar, Philip F.  Search this
Jacobs, Harold  Search this
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Rush, Andrew  Search this
Siegel, Eli  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Ward, Lynd  Search this
Koppelman, Chaim  Search this
Koppelman, Dorothy  Search this
Kramer, Hilton  Search this
Leiber, Gerson August  Search this
Longo, Vincent  Search this
Milton, Peter  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Transcripts
Topic:
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Aesthetic Realism  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13588
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)268633
AAA_collcode_terrgall
Theme:
Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_268633
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Terrain Gallery records

Creator:
Terrain Gallery  Search this
Names:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Abeles, Sigmund, 1934-  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Bragar, Philip F., 1925-  Search this
Campbell, Lawrence  Search this
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Jacobs, Harold, 1932-  Search this
Koppelman, Chaim, 1920-2009  Search this
Koppelman, Chaim, 1920-2009 -- Photographs  Search this
Koppelman, Dorothy  Search this
Koppelman, Dorothy -- Photographs  Search this
Kramer, Hilton  Search this
Leiber, Gerson August, 1921-  Search this
Longo, Vincent, 1923-  Search this
Milton, Peter, 1930-  Search this
Nordness, Lee  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967 -- Photographs  Search this
Rush, Andrew  Search this
Siegel, Eli, 1902-  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Ward, Lynd, 1905-1985  Search this
Wilson, Carrie  Search this
Interviewer:
Bourdon, David  Search this
Extent:
5.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Transcripts
Date:
circa 1950s-2005
bulk 1955-1985
Summary:
The records of the Terrain Gallery measure 5.3 linear feet and date from circa 1950s-2005, bulk 1955-1985. The bulk of the records consists of exhibition files that document over one hundred and forty exhibitions as well as the gallery's relationship with artists. The collection includes founding documents, correspondence, artists' files, writings and an interview, financial records, scrapbooks, and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the Terrain Gallery measure 5.3 linear feet and date from circa 1950s-2005, bulk 1955-1985. The bulk of the records consists of exhibition files that document over one hundred and forty exhibitions as well as the gallery's relationship with artists. The collection includes founding documents, correspondence, artists' files, writings and an interview, financial records, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Founding documents include statements of purpose, notes outlining plans for establishing a gallery, letters, and lists of expenses. Included are several versions of the gallery's manifesto "For the Union of Aesthetics and Ethics," drafted by founding members Martha Baird, Louis Dienes, Nat Herz, Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman, Sheldon Kranz, Barbara Lekberg, Nancy Starrels, and others.

Correspondence consists of letters between Dorothy Koppelman and artists, museums, and arts organizations. Subjects discussed are the scheduling of exhibitions and the gallery's lending of artwork to cultural institutions. Included are Dorothy's letters to art critics, including Dore Ashton, Thomas Hess, and Hilton Kramer seeking press coverage for the gallery's exhibitions. Among the additional frequent correspondents are Sigmund Abeles, American Federation of Arts, Philip Bragar, Lawrence Campbell, Museum of Modern Art (New York), Peter Milton, Lee Nordness, Andrew Rush, and Lynd Ward. Also found are scattered letters from Chaim Koppelman, Eli Siegel, and Theodoros Stamos.

Artists' files document approximately seventy artists and include curriculum vitae, letters, and scattered materials, e.g., exhibition brochures and invitations. Exhibition files provide an overview of the gallery's dealings with artists, museums, and the press, with the bulk of the material dating from 1955-1985. Materials include biographical information, correspondence, sales of artwork, printed material, photographs of exhibition installations and artwork.

Writings and an interview contain annotated typescripts and handwritten drafts on Aesthetic Realism by Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman and others. Included are several draft versions of David Bourdon's interview with Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman. The Koppelmans discuss the influence of Aesthetic Realism in their personal and professional lives as well as the critical response by the press and others to Aesthetic Realism's place in art history.

Financial and legal records consist of ledgers, financial reports, sales and loans, and consignment receipts, with the majority of the records dating from 1955-1983; scattered legal materials document the incorporation of the Terrain Gallery with the Aesthetic Realism Foundation.

Five scrapbooks contain a variety of exhibition materials: letters, statements about the gallery, lists, announcements, and printed material. Two of the five scrapbooks chronicle the gallery's early exhibitions from 1955 through 1960. The other scrapbooks document three exhibitions held at the Terrain Gallery.

Photographs are of Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman, Harold Jacobs, Gerson Leiber, Vincent Longo, Ad Reinhardt, and others. There are a few photographs of artwork by Michael Ponce de Leon and Edith Schloss.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Series 1: Founding Documents, 1953-1966 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1950s-1981 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Artists' Files, circa 1950s-2001 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, circa 1950s-2005 (Boxes 1-4, 6; 3.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Writings and Interview, 1955-1974 (Boxes 4-5; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Financial and Legal Records, 1955-1984 (Box 5; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1955-2000 (Boxes 5, 6; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, 1957-circa 1980s (Box 5; 0.1 linear feet)
Historical Note:
The Terrain Gallery is an art gallery in New York, N.Y., established in 1955 by Dorothy Koppelman (1920-) and informed by the guiding philosophy of Eli Siegel's Aesthetic Realism. The Terrain has as its motto as stated by Siegel, "In reality opposites are one; art shows this" and also gave rise to the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, a not-for-profit educational foundation."

In 1954, Dorothy Koppelman (1920-) and her husband artist Chaim Koppelman (1920-2009) formed a partnership with colleagues—artists, writers, photographers—to establish the Terrain Gallery. The gallery's first home was at 20 West 16th Street in New York City, and then moved to 39 Grove Street, New York, N.Y. from 1963- 1973; in 1973, the gallery moved to its present address at 141 Greene Street. Simultaneously, the Terrain Gallery gave rise to the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, a not-for-profit educational foundation. Terrain Gallery continues to give exhibitions and presentations based on Eli Siegel's statement: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."

The Terrain has featured paintings, sculptures, watercolors, and graphics, as well as photographic exhibitions, which have shown the work of both younger and established artists. Representative art photographers have included Ralph Hattersley, David Bernstein, Louis Dienes, Nat Herz, Lou Bernstein, Andre Kertesz, Steve Poleskie, Len Bernstein, and Harvey Spears. Every exhibition has included comment by artists and critics about how opposites are one in the technique and form of the works of art on view. Chaim Koppelman, for many years, headed the gallery's Print Division; printmakers such as Will Barnet, Leonard Baskin, Robert Conover, Edmond Casarella, Vincent Longo, and Nicholas Krushenick were frequent exhibitors. Though the Terrain does not maintain a stable of artists, the gallery has represented many well-known artists, including Richard Anuszkiewicz, Robert Blackburn, Lois Dodd, William King, Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman, Roy Lichtenstein, Harold Krisel, Larry Rivers, Clare Romano, and Arnold Schmidt.

Beginning in 1955 with a series of talks by the Seurat Art Club, the gallery has held lectures, seminars, and dramatic presentations that are open to artists, scholars, and the general public. As part of its educational outreach, the Terrain Gallery publishes catalogs, broadsides, announcements, and monographs. Eli Siegel's seminal fifteen questions, "Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?" was published in Terrain Gallery's opening announcement, February 26, 1955, and subsequently reprinted in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and elsewhere.

Bennett Schiff, art critic for a major New York newspaper, wrote in June, 1957, "There probably hasn't been a gallery before this like the Terrain, which devotes itself to the integration of art with all of living according to an esthetic principle which is part of an entire, encompassing philosophic theory…Aesthetic Realism: 'The art of liking oneself through seeing the world, art, and oneself as the aesthetic oneness of opposites'…the theory developed by Eli Siegel….It is a building, positive vision."

In 1972, the Terrain Gallery appointed Carrie Wilson to serve as co-director with Dorothy Koppelman. The following year, the Terrain became part of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation which includes in its curriculum courses in the visual arts. The Terrain Gallery continues to hold exhibitions and presentations based on the principles of Aesthetic Realism. Chaim Koppelman died in 2009 in New York City. Dorothy Koppelman (1920-) is a consultant on the faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, and serves as one of the gallery's coordinators with Carrie Wilson, Marcia Rackow, Nancy Huntting, Dale Laurin, Donita Ellison, and Dan McClung.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman papers, circa 1930s-2006, bulk 1942-2005.
Provenance:
The Terrain Gallery records were donated by Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman in 2006.
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 -- Philosophy  Search this
Aesthetic Realism  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State)
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Transcripts
Citation:
The Terrain Gallery records, circa 1950s-2005, bulk 1955-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.terrgall
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Cosmic Ray: A correspondent's open letter to the founder of the New York Correspondence School

Creator:
Bourdon, David, 1934-1998  Search this
Bourdon, David, 1934-1998  Search this
Subject:
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1995 June 28
Topic:
Death  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13556
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David Bourdon papers, 1941-1998
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Ray Johnson mail art to David Bourdon

Creator:
Johnson, Ray, 1927-1995  Search this
Bourdon, David, 1934-1998  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-1995  Search this
Subject:
New York Correspondence School  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
not before 1962
Topic:
Animals in art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14221
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David Bourdon papers, 1941-1998
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Victor Bockris letter to David Bourdon

Creator:
Bockris, Victor, 1949-  Search this
Bourdon, David, 1934-1998  Search this
Bockris, Victor, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Bockris, Victor  Search this
Bourdon, David  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
circa 1990
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16605
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David Bourdon papers, 1941-1998
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Archives of American Art
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Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Andy Warhol

Photographer:
Bourdon, David, 1934-1998  Search this
Bourdon, David, 1934-1998  Search this
Subject:
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1971 June 5
Topic:
Artists in groups  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8246
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David Bourdon papers, 1941-1998
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Richard C postcard to David Bourdon

Creator:
C,, Richard  Search this
Bourdon, David, 1934-1998  Search this
C,, Richard  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1971 Jan. 23
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8248
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David Bourdon papers, 1941-1998
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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David Bourdon papers, 1941-1998

Creator:
Bourdon, David, 1934-1998  Search this
Bourdon, David, 1934-1998  Search this
Subject:
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Type:
Transcripts
Interviews
Photographs
Topic:
Design  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Earthworks (Art)  Search this
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related  Search this
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6210
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216495
AAA_collcode_bourdavi
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216495
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Bourdon And Battcock

Artist:
Alice Neel, 28 Jan 1900 - 13 Oct 1984  Search this
Sitter:
David Bourdon, 1934  Search this
Gregory Battcock, 1941 - 1980  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
151.8cm x 142.3cm (59 3/4" x 56"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1970
Topic:
David Bourdon: Male  Search this
Gregory Battcock: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin
Object number:
1983.13.DUP1
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/sm4db11fa1d-2997-4804-9410-ca08509c393c
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Hostess

Artist:
Elie Nadelman, American, b. Warsaw, Poland, 1882–1946  Search this
Medium:
Cherry wood, gesso, paint, and graphite
Dimensions:
32 1/2 × 9 1/4 × 13 1/2 in. (82.6 × 23.5 × 34.3 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
(1918-1919, carved 1919-1923)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.3770
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py238657d95-a4b6-4d0b-a093-f03157b7917a
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Bourdon, David Joseph Jr.

Collection Creator:
Battcock, Gregory, 1937-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 37
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973-1974
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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:
Gregory Battcock Papers, 1952-circa 1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Gregory Battcock papers
Gregory Battcock papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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David Bourdon papers

Creator:
Bourdon, David  Search this
Names:
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Extent:
37 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcripts
Interviews
Photographs
Date:
1941-1998
Summary:
The papers of New York art critic and writer David Bourdon measure 37 linear feet and date from 1941-1998. The papers include scattered biographical materials, manuscript and published writings, extensive art and artists' research files, and printed materials.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York art critic and writer David Bourdon measure 37 linear feet and date from 1941-1998. The papers include scattered biographical materials, manuscript and published writings, extensive art and artists' research files, and printed materials.

Biographical materials consist of school writings; 2 folders of correspondence, including correspondence with Ray Johnson; Bourdon's mother's family reminiscences, and other personal scattered materials. Writings include essays, stories, articles, and manuscript material for the books Calder: Mobilist, Ringmaster, Innovator (1980) and Designing the Earth: the Human Impulse to Shape Nature (1995). The bulk of Bourdon papers consist of his compiled research files on art, artists, sculpture, architecture and design, earth art, and for his book Designing the Earth. Individual research files may include printed materials, correspondence, writings, interview transcripts, notes, photographs, and press releases. Printed material covers many of the same subjects as those found in the research files as well Bourdon's published writings.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 series. The found order has been maintained and is assumed to be that of David Bourdon.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1949-1997 (0.6 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Writings, 1941-1997 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Research files, 1945-1998 (25.8 linear feet; Boxes 2-28)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1962-1997 (9.4 linear feet; Boxes 28-39)
Biographical / Historical:
David Bourdon (1934-1998) was an art critic, editor, and author who worked primarily in New York City.

David Bourdon was born in 1934 in California but moved to New York City to attend Columbia University and continued to live there for most of his life. He wrote for numerous art publications and was known for his sharp insight and wit. From 1964 to 1966 and 1974 to 1977 he served as art critic for the Village Voice, was assistant editor of Life magazine from 1966 to 1971, associate editor of the Smithsonian Magazine from 1972 to 1974, and art critic for Vogue magazine from 1978 to 1983 when he became senior features editor. Bourdon was also a senior editor for GEO magazine in the early 1980s and New York correspondent for du magazine for about three years in the 1970s. He was a frequent contributor to Art in America, and, in the summer of 1977 produced a show-by-show review of the entire New York art season. Bourdon also served as president of the U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics.

Bourdon was friends with many artists, including Andy Warhol, whom he met in the 1950s while Warhol was working as a commercial artist. Bourdon wrote a book on Warhol (1989) and was involved in the some of Warhol's Factory projects, including the 1963 series of Elvis Presley silk screens. Bourdon wrote about the Manhattan art world of the early 1960s and was one of the early writers on the Minimalist moement. He also wrote about the Earth Art movement in the 1960s-1970s and was friends with Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer. He wrote Designing the Earth: the Human Impulse to Shape Nature which was published in 1995. He also wrote books on Christo (1972) and Alexander Calder (1980).

David Bourdon died in 1998 at the age of 63.
Related Materials:
Additional David Bourdon papers are located at the Museum of Modern Art Archives in New York.
Provenance:
The David Bourdon papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Les Levine, executor of the David Bourdon estate.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
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Topic:
Design  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Transcripts
Interviews
Photographs
Citation:
David Bourdon papers, 1941-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bourdavi
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Archives of American Art
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French 19th C III

Collection Creator:
Bourdon, David  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 14-15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1954-1993
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:
David Bourdon papers, 1941-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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David Bourdon papers
David Bourdon papers / Series 3: Research files / 3.1: Location
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bourdavi-ref100

French 19th C IV

Collection Creator:
Bourdon, David  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983-1991
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:
David Bourdon papers, 1941-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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David Bourdon papers
David Bourdon papers / Series 3: Research files / 3.1: Location
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bourdavi-ref101

French 20th C Pre 1945 I of VI

Collection Creator:
Bourdon, David  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964-1988
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:
David Bourdon papers, 1941-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
David Bourdon papers
David Bourdon papers / Series 3: Research files / 3.1: Location
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bourdavi-ref102

French 20th C Pre 1945 II of VI

Collection Creator:
Bourdon, David  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 3-4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1948-1982
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:
David Bourdon papers, 1941-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
David Bourdon papers
David Bourdon papers / Series 3: Research files / 3.1: Location
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bourdavi-ref103

French 20th C Pre 1945 III of VI

Collection Creator:
Bourdon, David  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 5-6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964-1994
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:
David Bourdon papers, 1941-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
David Bourdon papers
David Bourdon papers / Series 3: Research files / 3.1: Location
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bourdavi-ref104

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