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David Herbert papers

Creator:
Herbert, David, 1920-1995  Search this
Names:
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
David Herbert Gallery  Search this
Graham Gallery  Search this
Robert Fraser Gallery  Search this
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Stewart Neill Gallery  Search this
Andrade, Jaime, 1931-  Search this
Berman, Aaron  Search this
Blaszko, Martin, 1920-  Search this
Blum, Irving, 1930-  Search this
Carrington, Leona  Search this
Carsman, Jon, 1944-  Search this
Cotsen, Lloyd E.  Search this
Draper, William F., 1912-  Search this
Feigen, Richard L., 1930-  Search this
Fraser, Robert  Search this
Hoffman, Martin  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923-  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962  Search this
Lukin, Sven  Search this
McKelvy, Douglas  Search this
Merck, Josephine  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Negret, Edgar, 1920-2012  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Ossorio, Alfonso, 1916-1990  Search this
Padovano, Anthony  Search this
Ramirez, Eduardo  Search this
Reynal, Jeanne, 1903-  Search this
Smith, Leon Polk, 1906-1996  Search this
Sorel, Paul  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Extent:
5.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
Greece -- description and travel
Ecuador -- Description and Travel
Puerto Rico -- description and travel
Japan -- Description and Travel
Iwo Jima (Japan)
Date:
circa 1909-1996
bulk 1945-1995
Summary:
The papers of New York gallery owner and art dealer David Herbert measure 5.8 linear feet and date from circa 1909-1996, with the bulk of the material dating from 1945-1995. Herbert's papers document his years working for Betty Parsons Gallery, Sidney Janis Gallery, Graham Gallery, and others; the operation of the David Herbert Gallery from 1959-1962; Herbert's partnerships and agreements with Richard Feigen and others; and his activities as an independent dealer. Records include biographical material, correspondence, notebooks, subject files, artist files, exhibition files, business records, printed material, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York gallery owner and art dealer David Herbert measure 5.8 linear feet and date from circa 1909-1996, with the bulk of the material dating from 1945-1995. Herbert's papers document his years working for Betty Parsons Gallery, Sidney Janis Gallery, Graham Gallery, and others; the operation of the David Herbert Gallery from 1959-1962; Herbert's partnerships and agreements with Richard Feigen and others; and his activities as an independent dealer. Records include biographical material, correspondence, notebooks, subject files, artist files, exhibition files, business records, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical material includes address books and calendars, educational records, records of Herbert's military service in the United States Naval Construction Battalion in Japan, and resume's charting his career.

Correspondence is with Herbert's parents, friends, business colleagues, and artists. It includes documentation of Herbert's partnership with Richard Feigen, and his cooperative work with Irving Blum and Walter Hopps of Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, and Robert Fraser in London. Also documented are Herbert's relationship with Jaime Andrade and Andrade's family, and a lawsuit Herbert brought against Aaron Berman relating to the ownership of an Ellsworth Kelly drawing. There are scattered letters and postcards from artists and collectors, including Martin Blaszko, Lloyd Cotsen, Martin Hoffman, Ray Johnson, Josephine Merck, Alfonso Ossorio, Paul Sorel, and Clyfford Still.

Notebooks provide brief notes on Herbert's day-to-day business dealings. Subject files, consisting primarily of printed material, document Herbert's interests in several art world figures, subjects such as ancient art, and travel to locations such as Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and Greece.

Exhibition files include installation shots and catalogs for many of the exhibitions held at the David Herbert Gallery between 1959 and 1962.

Artist files document Herbert's interest in individual artists, such as William Draper, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz Kline, Sven Lukin, Edgar Negret, Louise Nevelson, Anthony Padovano, Eduardo Ramirez, and Jeanne Reynal, through printed material, photographs of artwork, scattered artist letters, and sales documentation.

Business records document the financial details and overall goals of Herbert's various business ventures. There is a sales book for Betty Parsons Gallery and Sidney Janis Gallery; Herbert's appraisal, consignment, commission, sales, and loan records; Herbert's business plans and projections; financial statements from the David Herbert Gallery; sales records for Graham Gallery; and records of Herbert's partnership with Douglas McKelvy.

Printed material includes announcements and catalogs from galleries Herbert worked for or collaborated with, including Graham Gallery, Betty Parsons Gallery, Feigen/Herbert Gallery, Stewart Neill Gallery, and Robert Fraser Gallery. Also found are obituaries and other new clippings of interest to Herbert.

Photographs are of Herbert, family members, and friends and colleagues, including his companion, Jaime Andrade, Leona Carrington, William Draper, Jon Carsman, Hans Namuth, and Leon Polk Smith. Many are color snapshots collected in two photographs albums. Also found are photographs taken in Japan and Iwo Jima in 1945-1946 of street scenes, Naval Construction Battalion facilities, and Herbert's army colleagues and friends.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as nine series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1920-circa 1995 (0.7 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1942-1996 (1 linear foot; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Notebooks, circa 1950s-circa 1995 (0.3 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 4: Subject Files, 1950s-1992 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1959-1963 (0.25 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Artist Files, 1950s-1993 (0.75 linear feet; Boxes 3-4)

Series 7: Business Records, 1950s-1992 (0.6 linear feet; Box 4)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1949-circa 1995 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 5-7)

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1909-circa 1990 (0.4 linear feet; Box 7)
Biographical / Historical:
New York gallery owner and art dealer David Herbert (1920-1995, born David Herbert Schmerer), worked for a number of important galleries in New York, had his own eponymous gallery from 1959-1962, operated as a private dealer, and was in partnership with dealer Richard Feigen from 1962-1964.

Herbert served in the United States Naval Construction Battalion from 1943-1946 and was posted to Japan in 1945-1946. After receiving a BA in art history from Syracuse University in 1951, he worked for Betty Parsons Gallery (1951-1953) and Sidney Janis Gallery (1953-1959), selling the work of contemporary American painters and sculptors, handling publicity, and installing exhibitions.

Herbert forged strong connections with artists and collectors alike, and was instrumental in launching the careers of a number of important artists. One such artist was Ellsworth Kelly, whom he recommended to Parsons, triggering Kelly's New York career. He opened the David Herbert Gallery in 1959, with investment from Douglas McKelvy, promoting the works of artists including Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Louise Nevelson, to leading collectors and museums.

Herbert often worked in cooperation with colleagues Irving Blum and Walter Hobbs in Los Angeles, and Robert Fraser in London. After closing his gallery in 1962, Herbert entered a partnership with dealer Richand Feigen, operating the Feigen/Herbert Gallery from 1962-1964. From 1964-1969 he worked as a private dealer specializing in twentieth century works of art and serving as a consultant to collectors, museums, artists, and corporate interests. From 1969-1975 he was Director and Art Salesman of contemporary and 19th Century American Art at Graham Gallery. Herbert subsequently continued as a private dealer from 1975 until his death.

Herbert traveled extensively, visiting museums, collectors, and galleries in England, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Hawaii, and Japan. Through Edgar Negret, whom Herbert represented, he met Jaime Andrade, who became his assistant at the Feigen/Herbert Gallery in 1963. In turn Andrade shared with Herbert an interest in pre-Columbian art and contemporary Spanish and Latin America art, hosting multiple visits to his native Ecuador by Herbert and others, including artist William Draper.

Andrade served as executor of Herbert's estate, following Herbert's death in 1995.
Provenance:
The David Herbert papers were given to the Archives of American Art by Jaime Andrade, Herbert's companion, in 1999.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D. C. Research Center. Contact Reference 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:
Gallery owners -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
David Herbert papers, circa 1909-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.herbdavi
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9be75a48b-8da9-4d68-9952-9de8b2091c80
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-herbdavi
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David Herbert papers, circa 1909-1996, bulk 1945-1995

Creator:
Herbert, David, 1920-1995  Search this
Herbert, David, 1920-1995  Search this
Subject:
Kline, Franz  Search this
Berman, Aaron  Search this
Blaszko, Martin  Search this
Lukin, Sven  Search this
Andrade, Jaime  Search this
Still, Clyfford  Search this
Blum, Irving  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Carrington, Leona  Search this
Merck, Josephine  Search this
Cotsen, Lloyd E.  Search this
McKelvy, Douglas  Search this
Carsman, Jon  Search this
Draper, William F.  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Ossorio, Alfonso  Search this
Negret, Edgar  Search this
Feigen, Richard L.  Search this
Sorel, Paul  Search this
Fraser, Robert  Search this
Hoffman, Martin  Search this
Smith, Leon Polk  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Padovano, Anthony  Search this
Reynal, Jeanne  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth  Search this
Ramirez, Eduardo  Search this
David Herbert Gallery  Search this
Graham Gallery  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Robert Fraser Gallery  Search this
Sidney Janis Gallery  Search this
Stewart Neill Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Greece -- description and travel
Ecuador -- description and travel
Puerto Rico -- description and travel
Japan -- Description and Travel
Iwo Jima (Japan)
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6259
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216588
AAA_collcode_herbdavi
Theme:
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216588
Online Media:

Soviet textiles : designing the modern utopia : selected from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection / Pamela Jill Kachurin

Title:
Designing the modern utopia
Author:
Kachurin, Pamela Jill  Search this
Cotsen, Lloyd E  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Physical description:
93 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Textile fabrics  Search this
Textile design  Search this
Art, Soviet  Search this
Call number:
NK8856.A1 K33 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_807934

Take no zōkei : Roido Kottsen Korekushon ten = Bamboo masterworks : Japanese baskets from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection / [henshū Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha]

Title:
竹の造形 : ロイド・コッツェン・コレクション展 = Bamboo masterworks : Japanese baskets from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection / [編集日本経済新聞社]
Roido Kottsen Korekushon ten
ロイド・コッツェン・コレクション展
Bamboo masterworks
Japanese baskets from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection
Author:
Ōita-shi Bijutsukan  Search this
JAC Project  Search this
Subject:
Cotsen, Lloyd E Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
189 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Bamboo baskets  Search this
Bamboo work  Search this
Call number:
NK3649.55.J3 T34 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_845796

Japanese bamboo baskets : masterworks of form & texture from the collection of Lloyd Cotsen / [produced by Lloyd Costen and Mary Hunt Kathlenberg ; edited by Joseph N. Newland ; essays by Lloyd Costen ... [et al]]

Title:
Masterworks of form & texture from the collection of Lloyd Costen
Author:
Costen, Lloyd E  Search this
Newland, Joseph N  Search this
Kathlenberg, Mary Hunt  Search this
Subject:
Cotsen, Lloyd E Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
391 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 36 cm
Type:
Private collections
Catalogs
Place:
Japan
Date:
1999
Topic:
Bamboo baskets  Search this
Bamboo work  Search this
Basketwork  Search this
Basket making  Search this
Call number:
NK3649.3 .J36 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_849136

The bamboo basket art of Higashi Takesonosai / Lloyd Cotsen, Robert T. Coffland ; photographs by Pat Pollard ; portrait by Art Streiber

Author:
Cotsen, Lloyd E  Search this
Coffland, Robert T  Search this
Pollard, Pat  Search this
Subject:
Higashi, Takesonosai 1915-  Search this
Physical description:
103 p. : ill. (mostly col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
2002
Topic:
Bamboo baskets  Search this
Bamboo work  Search this
Call number:
NK3649.55.J34 C68 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_856361

Masters of bamboo : artistic lineages in the Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Basket Collection / by Melissa M. Rinne, in collaboration with Koichiro Okada ; with contributions by Robert T. Coffland ; photography by Kazuhiro Tsuruta ; illustrations by Tomoyuki Okada = Take no meishō : Kottsen Korekushon ni miru takekōgei no denshō / Marisa Rinne cho, Okada Kōichiro kyōcho ; Robāto Kofurando kikō ; Tsuruta Kazuhiro shashin ; Okada Tomoyuki irasuto

Title:
Masters of bamboo : artistic lineages in the Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Basket Collection / by Melissa M. Rinne, in collaboration iwth Koichiro Okada ; with contritutions by Robert T. Coffland ; photography by Kazuhiro Tsuruta ; illustrations by Tomoyuki Okada = 竹の名匠 : コッツェン・コレクションに見る竹工芸の伝承 / マリサ・リンネ著, 岡田貢市郎共著 ; ロハート・コフラント寄稿 ; 鶴田和博写真 ; 岡田智之イラスト
Take no meishō : Kottsen Korekushon ni miru takekōgei no denshō
竹の名匠 : コッツェン・コレクションに見る竹工芸の伝承
Author:
Rinne, Melissa M  Search this
Okada, Kōichirō  Search this
Coffland, Robert T  Search this
Asian Art Museum--Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture  Search this
Subject:
Cotsen, Lloyd E Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
143 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
California
San Francisco
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Basket makers  Search this
Bamboo baskets  Search this
Bamboo work  Search this
Art, Japanese--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
NK3649.55.J3 R46 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_896856

The extraordinary in the ordinary : textiles and objects from the collections of Lloyd Cotsen and the Neutrogena Corporation : works in cloth, ceramic, wood, metal, straw, and paper from cultures throughout the world / edited by Mary Hunt Kahlenberg ; photography by Pat Pollard

Author:
Kahlenberg, Mary Hunt  Search this
Museum of International Folk Art (N.M.)  Search this
Subject:
Cotsen, Lloyd E Art collections  Search this
Neutrogena Corporation Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
280 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New Mexico
Santa Fe
Date:
1998
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Decorative arts--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
NK535.C68 E88 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_565565

The Lloyd Cotsen study collection of Chinese bronze mirrors / Lothar von Falkenhausen, editor

Author:
Falkenhausen, Lothar von  Search this
Brashier, K. E. 1965-  Search this
Subject:
Cotsen, Lloyd E Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 29 cm., in slipcase 30 x 30 x 9 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
China
California
Date:
2009
2011
C2009-2011
Topic:
Bronze mirrors  Search this
Bronze mirrors--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
NK8440.2.C6 L6 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_986328

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