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Tirca Karlis Gallery records, circa 1920-1980

Creator:
Tirca Karlis Gallery (Provincetown, Mass.)  Search this
Subject:
Robus, Hugo  Search this
Cohen, Tirca Karlis  Search this
Burliuk, David  Search this
Grosz, George  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Citation:
Tirca Karlis Gallery records, circa 1920-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women art dealers  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8563
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210742
AAA_collcode_tirckarl
Theme:
Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210742

Tirca Karlis Cohen posing in her gallery

Photographer:
Weissberg, Will  Search this
Subject:
Cohen, Tirca Karlis  Search this
Tirca Karlis Gallery (Provincetown, Mass.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1955
Citation:
Will Weissberg. Tirca Karlis Cohen posing in her gallery, ca. 1955. Tirca Karlis Gallery records, circa 1920-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12737
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Archives of American Art
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Tirca Karlis Gallery records

Creator:
Tirca Karlis Gallery (Provincetown, Mass.)  Search this
Names:
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965  Search this
Burliuk, David, 1882-1967  Search this
Cohen, Tirca Karlis  Search this
Grosz, George, 1893-1959  Search this
Robus, Hugo, 1885-  Search this
Extent:
4.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-1980
Summary:
The records of Provincetown, Massachusetts art gallery Tirca Karlis Gallery measure 4.7 linear feet and date from circa 1920 to 1980. The collection comprises Tirca Karlis's personal papers documenting her dance career, her death, and including photos of family and friends; correspondence with galleries, museums, clients, and artists; artist's files consisting mostly of printed material on George Grosz, David Burliuk, Hugo Robus, Milton Avery, Robert Goodnough, and others; administrative and business records detailing the gallery's activities through sales and inventory records, receipts and invoices, guestbooks, tax ledgers, and consignment records; and printed materials such as exhibition announcements and catalogs for the Tirca Karlis Gallery and other galleries, clippings, press releases, and exhibition schedules.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Provincetown, Massachusetts art gallery Tirca Karlis Gallery measure 4.7 linear feet and date from circa 1920 to 1980. The collection comprises Tirca Karlis's personal papers documenting her dance career, her death, and including photos of family and friends; correspondence with galleries, museums, clients, and artists; artist's files consisting mostly of printed material on George Grosz, David Burliuk, Hugo Robus, Milton Avery, Robert Goodnough, and others; administrative and business records detailing the gallery's activities through sales and inventory records, receipts and invoices, guestbooks, tax ledgers, and consignment records; and printed materials such as exhibition announcements and catalogs for the Tirca Karlis Gallery and other galleries, clippings, press releases, and exhibition schedules.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as five series.

Series 1: Tirca Karlis Personal Papers, circa 1920-circa 1975 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1, OV 7)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1929-1980 (0.8 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Artist's Files, 1947-1980 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 4: Administrative and Business Records, 1954-1980 (2.2 linear feet; Boxes 2-5)

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1937-1980 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 5-6, OV 7)
Biographical / Historical:
The Tirca Karlis Gallery (est. 1958) was a commercial art gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Tirca Karlis (b. early 1900s-1974) was born in Russia and immigrated to New York in 1930 with her husband Karlis (Charles) Cohen. Having studied dance at the Palucca School of Dance in Dresden, Germany, Karlis began her life in New York teaching dance and holding dance recitals. Her involvement in the arts community allowed Karlis to become acquainted with artists in New York whose art she began collecting. In 1953, Karlis opened her first small gallery in New York. She subsequently opened a summer gallery in Westport, Connecticut, before opening the Provincetown gallery in 1958.

Karlis maintained close relationships with many of the artists the gallery represented including Milton Avery, Raphael Soyer, Robert Goodnough, Leo Manso, George Grosz, David Burliuk, Hugo Robus, and Edward Giobbi.

Karlis died in 1974. Her husband and son, Aaron Cohen, operated the gallery into the early 1980s.
Provenance:
The Tirca Karlis Gallery records were donated from 1981 to 1982 by Aaron Cohen, son of Tirca Karlis Cohen, and current owner of the Tirca Karlis Gallery. Five additional items were donated in 2014 by Matthew Weseley.
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:
Women art dealers  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- Massachusetts
Citation:
Tirca Karlis Gallery records, circa 1920-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tirckarl
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Tirca Karlis Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b4df524e-21c4-42e4-9393-52f514cf3b36
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tirckarl

Tirca Karlis Cohen and her husband standing in front of her gallery

Subject:
Cohen, Tirca Karlis  Search this
Tirca Karlis Gallery (Provincetown, Mass.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1955
Citation:
Tirca Karlis Cohen and her husband standing in front of her gallery, ca. 1955. Tirca Karlis Gallery records, circa 1920-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12736
See more items in:
Tirca Karlis Gallery records, circa 1920-1980
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12736

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