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Braunstein Galleries, San Francisco, Calif.

Collection Creator:
Fendrick Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 64, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979-1983, undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use of unmicrofilmed material 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:
Fendrick Gallery records, 1952-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fendrick Gallery records
Fendrick Gallery records / Series 5: Museums and Galleries Files / 5.1: Domestic Museums and Galleries / California
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9deb0a5a6-7ab7-45fb-8ec1-229ba5472c00
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-fendgall-ref785

Braunstein/Quay Gallery records

Creator:
Braunstein/Quay Gallery  Search this
Names:
32 Main Street Gallery (Tiburon, Calif.)  Search this
Braunstein Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Quay Ceramics Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Quay Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Ruth Braunstein's Quay Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Braunstein, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Hardy, Don Ed  Search this
Kienholz, Edward, 1927-  Search this
Reddin-Kienholz, Nancy  Search this
Shaw, Richard  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
36.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1956-2011
Summary:
The Braunstein/Quay Gallery records measure 36.9 linear feet and date from 1956 to 2011. The records consist of administrative records, artist files, exhibition and event files, and financial records that shed light on the gallery's operations through correspondence, price lists, inventories, printed material, born digital material, photographs, and more.
Scope and Contents:
The Braunstein/Quay Gallery records measure 36.9 linear feet and date from 1956 to 2011. The records consist of administrative papers, artist files, exhibition and event files, and financial records that shed light on the gallery's operations through correspondence, price lists, inventories, printed material, born digital material, photographs, and more.

Administrative records consist of property records, advertising files, papers related to professional organizations, non-profits, 139 Spring Street Inc., and scant personal and professional papers from Ruth Braunstein. Correspondence files include letters exchanged between Braunstein and collectors, museums and galleries, artists, conservationists, and printers. Photographs found here depict the gallery's physical space as well as images captured during events, exhibitions, and installations from the 1960s to 1980s.

Artist files mostly include resumes or biographies, correspondence, price lists, newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements, press releases, and catalogs. Folders might also include press packets, a mixture of personal and professional correspondence; CDs, DVDs, photographs, slides, and negatives of artists, artwork, and gallery installations; exhibition material such as loan agreements, announcements and catalogs, reviews, and notices of sale; shipping and transportation papers; and financial records.

Exhibition and event files shed light on group exhibitions held at Braunstein/Quay and events and exhibitions held elsewhere that involved artwork or artists with Braunstein/Quay. Folders might include contracts and agreements, loan and shipping records, correspondence, printed material, photographs, born digital materials, financial papers, and artist resumes. Also found here are press releases, catalogs, announcement cards, and scant clippings from Braunstein/Quay's exhibitions. Financial records consist of artist statements, sales records, and bills for shipping, framing, conservation, and utilities.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as four series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1961-2009 (Box 1-4; 3.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Artist Files, 1956-2011 (Box 4-29, 39; 25.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition and Event Files, 1961-2010 (Box 29-33; 4.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Financial Records, 1965-1996 (Box 33-39; 3.8 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Braunstein/Quay Gallery was a contemporary art gallery founded in 1961 in San Francisco, California, by Ruth Braunstein. An early proponent of sculptural clay, fiber art, art furniture, glass, and ceramic work as fine art, the gallery dealt with contemporary art in various mediums. Some of Braunstein/Quay's most well-known artists include Peter Voulkos, Richard Shaw, Robert Brady, John Altoon, Bruce Conner, and Mary Snowden.

Ruth Braunstein and Verna Are began renting a gallery space in Tiburon, California, in July 1961 under the name Gallery 32. Verna Are's expertise was in furniture and interior design items, while Braunstein's was contemporary fine art. Later in the summer of 1961, Braunstein changed the name to The Quay Gallery. She credited architect Raphael Soriano as having come up with the name. In the early 60s, Braunstein developed relationships with others in the California art community, namely David Stuart, Jackie Anhalt, Felix Landau, and Rolf Nelson. Early artists at the gallery included Hal Riegger, Doris Aller, Igor Medvedev, Win NG, Jim Melchert, and Elton Bennet.

In May 1965, Braunstein moved the gallery to San Francisco. After fellow gallerist Jim Newman closed his gallery near Braunstein's in 1968, Braunstein began showing several of Newman's artists, including Richard Shaw, Bruce Conner, Jeremy Anderson, and Sidney Gordon. In 1968, the gallery had its first show of Peter Voulkos's work after agreeing to pay him a stipend for one year. Voulkos and Braunstein's relationship continued into the 2000s.

In 1970, Braunstein went into business with collector Rena Bransten to start Quay Ceramics Gallery. Silvia Brown was involved with the business for one year, and later, Bransten's daughter, Trish, became partners with Braunstein after her mother left. Ruth Braunstein still operated her art gallery, then named Braunstein Gallery, which had moved from its original location on Jerome Street to Sutter Street in San Francisco. Quay Ceramics Gallery was located next door. Several administrative changes and name variations occurred over the next few decades, but Braunstein kept its gallery space on Sutter Street until 1999.

In 1975, Ruth Braunstein joined gallerists Phyllis Kind from Chicago, Carl Solway from Cincinnati, and Ed Thorp from Santa Barbara to establish a gallery in New York called 139 Spring Street, Inc. They opened with a show of Peter Voulkos and Sam Tchakalian. Only Voulkos artwork sold; bought by fellow art dealer Grace Borgenicht. The partners dismantled the gallery coop four years later.

Braunstein/Quay promoted the San Francisco art scene and the careers of many artists for 50 years. In addition to the artists mentioned above, other artists influenced by Braunstein/Quay include Dominic DiMare, Gyongy Laky, Myra Block, Elin Elisofon, Robilee Frederick, Bean Finneran, David Anderson, Kimberly Austin, Arthur Okamura, Dennis Oppenheim, and Kyle Reicher. Braunstein/Quay, known to represent Braunstein's perspective on what she connotated as 'fine art,' exhibited works in the 1990s by tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy, and held a group show exhibiting works by tattoo artists, Out of Skin: Work by Tattooers (1996). Other unique shows included a group exhibition dedicated to dog imagery, The Dog Show, A Group Exhibition (1988); a group exhibition of book art, Redefining the Book (1994); and an exhibition of photographs of actress and Andy Warhol associate, Candy Darling, Candy Darling, Always a Lady (1997). In 2010, Cabrillo Gallery held a retrospective of Braunstein's career as a gallerist, Ruth Braunstein and the Braunstein Quay Gallery, 1961-Present.

Ruth Braunstein was born in Minneapolis in 1923. She pursued a career in modern dance, dancing professionally in Washington D.C. and at the Minneapolis Dance Center. She married Theodore Braunstein in 1943. They moved to San Francisco, California, in 1960 and had two children, born two years apart. Aside from her career as a gallerist, Braunstein gave lectures, juried art competitions, participated in workshops, and was involved in various professional art organizations. In the early 1970s, Ruth Braunstein, along with a group that included Michael Wallace, Jim Willis, Buzz Sawyer, and Helen Henninger, founded the San Francisco Art Dealers' Association. The association put on a series of Introductions exhibitions every July for artists who had never shown in San Francisco; these exhibitions ran until 2002. Braunstein was also a committee member for ArtTable and on the board of Fiberworks. She passed away in September, 2016.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in several installments from 1974 to 2011 by gallery director and owner Ruth Braunstein.
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. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Art dealers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State)  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women art dealers  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- California
Citation:
Braunstein/Quay Gallery records, 1956-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.braugall
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Braunstein/Quay Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94f7ea069-6662-4862-aa7b-3e2f82d90858
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-braugall

Braunstein/Quay Gallery records, 1956-2011

Creator:
Braunstein/Quay Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Braunstein, Ruth  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Shaw, Richard  Search this
Kienholz, Edward  Search this
Reddin-Kienholz, Nancy  Search this
Hardy, Don Ed  Search this
32 Main Street Gallery (Tiburon, Calif.)  Search this
Braunstein Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Quay Ceramics Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Quay Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Ruth Braunstein's Quay Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Citation:
Braunstein/Quay Gallery records, 1956-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women art dealers  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Women  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8306
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210477
AAA_collcode_braugall
Theme:
Art Market
Women
Art Gallery Records
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210477

Braunstein Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.) [Folder]

Additional name:
Braunstein/Quay Gallery  Search this
Ruth Braunstein's Quay Gallery  Search this
Quay Gallery  Search this
32 Main St. Gallery  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_97852

Richard Shaw : illusionism in clay, 1971-1985 : exhibition itinerary, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas ... [et al.]

Author:
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Braunstein Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Shaw, Richard 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 26 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
C1985
Call number:
NK4210.S52 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652456

Ruth Armer, 1896-1977

Author:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977  Search this
Braunstein Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
Subject:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977?  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
C1979
Call number:
ND237.A67 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_665283

John Altoon : 12 paintings

Title:
12 paintings : John Altoon
Twelve paintings : John Altoon
Author:
Altoon, John 1925-1969  Search this
Belloli, Jay  Search this
Edward Thorp Gallery  Search this
Tortue Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.)  Search this
Braunstein Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Altoon, John 1925-1969  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1984
C[1984]
Call number:
ND237.A45 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_668560

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