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Primitivism and twentieth-century art : a documentary history / edited by Jack Flam with Miriam Deutch

Title:
Primitivism and 20th-century art
Author:
Flam, Jack D  Search this
Deutch, Miriam 1952-  Search this
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Negerplastik  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 491 p. : ill., map ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
C2003
20th century
Topic:
Primitivism in art--History  Search this
Art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_739211

Ethnologie de l'art moderne Carl Einstein ; édition présentée et annotée par Liliane Meffre

Author:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940,  Search this
Author:
Meffre, Liliane  Search this
Physical description:
123 pages color illustrations 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Date:
1993
20th century
20e siècle
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Art, Modern--African influences  Search this
Art, Modern--American influences  Search this
Art  Search this
Art--Philosophie  Search this
Critique d'art--Histoire  Search this
Call number:
N6490 .E34 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_545276

Karl Knaths papers

Creator:
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Names:
Roseberg, Paul and Company  Search this
Einstein, Carl, 1885-1940  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich, 1878-1935  Search this
Mehler, F. A.  Search this
Meierhans, Joseph, b. 1890  Search this
Mocsanyi, Paul  Search this
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985  Search this
Extent:
8.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Paintings
Manuscripts
Prints
Sketches
Transcripts
Date:
1890-1973
bulk 1922-1971
Summary:
The papers of cubist painter Karl Knaths measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1890 to 1973, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1922 to 1971. The collection includes biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, four diaries, 22 notebooks and notes on theoretical color and compositional approaches to painting, published and draft copies of essays on art, miscellaneous printed material, 132 sketchbooks and other artwork.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers of cubist painter Karl Knaths measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1890 to 1973, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1922 to 1971. The collection includes biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, four diaries, 22 notebooks and notes on theoretical color and compositional approaches to painting, published and draft copies of essays on art, miscellaneous printed material, and 132 sketchbooks and additional artwork.

Biographical material consists of a copy of Knaths's curriculum vitae, a press release, and miscellaneous personal financial records.

Correspondence in the collection documents Knaths's relationships with family, friends, and business associates after his move to Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1919. Notable correspondents include Duncan and Marjorie Phillips, artist Joseph Meierhans, and the gallery Paul Rosenberg and Co.

The papers include three of Knaths's personal diaries (1916-1919, 1948) and a diary written by F.A. Mehler in 1890. Additional writings include lecture notes from classes that Knaths both attended and taught; 22 notebooks that explore his interest in articulating a color and compositional theory of painting; loose notes on various artists, projects, and facets of painting; several of his completed essays on art, including "Decorative Material" and "Pictorial Analysis;" and a draft of his unpublished manuscript "Ornament and Glory." Writings by others include 15 lecture transcripts from courses taught by Hans Hofmann during the 1930s, Knaths's translations of essays by Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevitch, and Carl Einstein, and a biographical essay on Karl Knaths by Paul Mocsanyi.

Printed materials in the collection include clippings, exhibition catalogs, and programs related to Knaths's one-man exhibitions and group shows, and the books Syracuse University Centennial Collection of Art (1970) and Karl Knaths: Five Decades of Painting (1973).

The bulk of the collection consists of 132 sketchbooks and additional artwork. Sketchbooks date from the 1920s to the 1970s and document Knaths's early figurative and landscape studies and later explorations of cubist style and compositional experiments with color, line, and form. Additional artwork includes numerous color charts and diagrams that Knaths kept to inform his painting color palette; outlines of compositional works on both graphed and regular paper; loose pencil sketches and pastels of figures, landscapes, and compositional experiments; and finished paintings and prints.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 6 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1950s-1971 (Box 1, 8; 6 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1923-1971 (Box 1; .5 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1890, 1916-1968 (Boxes 1-3, 8, OV 14, OV 19; 2 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1920s-1973 (Box 3, OV 19; 10 folders)

Series 5: Sketchbooks, circa 1920s-1970s (Boxes 3-6, 9-13; 4.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork, circa 1920s-1970s (Box 6, 13, OV 15-18, OV 20-22; 1.8 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Karl Knaths (1891-1971), born Otto G. Knaths, lived and worked in Provincetown, Massachusetts and was known for his cubist style of painting.

Knaths was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in his early twenties. The 1913 Armory Show provided his first major encounter with modernist art styles and the works of Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh. In 1919, Knaths moved to Provincetown and began to explore cubist perspectives in his own work, which drew much of its inspiration from the fishing culture and landscapes of his Cape Cod environs. Intellectually curious and drawn to art theory, Knaths recorded his thoughts on composition rules, color classifications, and the potential intersections between music, space, and color theory in notebooks, notes, and sketchbooks throughout his career.

The patronage of art collector Duncan Phillips led to Knaths's first one-man show at the Phillips Collection in 1929. The following year, he landed a solo show at New York's Daniel Gallery. Knaths joined the Works Progress Administration in 1934 and painted murals and other works for a year and a half. From 1938 to 1950, he also taught painting and art theory during a six week course held at the Phillips Art School, and was a guest lecturer at Black Mountain College, North Carolina (1944) and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (1948). From 1945 to 1971, he was represented by the art gallery Paul Rosenberg and Co. Knaths died in 1971 in his home in Provincetown, at the age of 80.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Archives of American Art holds one oral history interview with Karl Knaths conducted by Dorothy Seckler in 1962; a transcript of a 1968 lecture delivered by Knaths at the Provincetown Art Association in Provincetown, Massachusetts; and a 1955 video recording documenting Knaths's Cape Cod influenced artwork, directed by Jack Calderwood.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel D81) including one sketchbook. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
In 1962, Karl Knaths lent the Archives of American Art a sketchbook and a selection of papers for microfilming. Upon Knath's death in 1972, these papers, excluding the sketchbook, along with additional materials, were willed to the Archives. His executor, Kenneth Desmarais, donated additional material from Knaths's estate in 1977 and 1980.
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:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Cape Cod  Search this
Topic:
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Cubism  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Color in art  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Paintings
Manuscripts
Prints
Sketches
Transcripts
Citation:
Karl Knaths papers, 1890-1973, bulk 1922-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.knatkarp
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Karl Knaths papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9cf903b6a-d529-4267-91e3-c358928a643c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-knatkarp
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Carl Einstein : the arts of Africa / by Liliane Meffre

Author:
Meffre, Liliane  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Negerplastik  Search this
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2015
Call number:
N5310.7 .W927
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1051012

Carl Einstein : a defense of the real / David Quigley

Author:
Quigley, David 1973-  Search this
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
316 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2007
C2007
Call number:
N7483.E36 Q56 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_919068

Les arts de l'Afrique / Carl Einstein ; présentation et traduction par Liliane Meffre ; légendes des oeuvres et notes établies par Jean-Louis Paudrat

Author:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Writer of added commentary:
Meffre, Liliane  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Paudrat, Jean-Louis  Search this
Physical description:
330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa
Date:
2015
Topic:
Sculpture, African  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NB1080 .E4914 2015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1051689

Die Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts / von Carl Einstein

Author:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Physical description:
655 p., xl leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1931
C1931
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern--History  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painters  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Call number:
N6490 .E35 1931
N6490.E35 1931
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_454326

Men of nails : monuments, expressionism, fetishes, Dadaism

Author:
Simmons, Sherwin  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Germany
Date:
2001
Topic:
Primitivism in art  Search this
Sculpture, German--African influences  Search this
Dadaism  Search this
Minkondi  Search this
Call number:
N5310.7 .R428
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_751745

Carl Einstein découvreur de l'art africain

Author:
Meffre, Liliane  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Views on African art  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
France
Date:
2002
Topic:
Art, African--Appreciation  Search this
Call number:
PT2609.I6 C37 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_753724

The death of the work of art : Carl Einstein and the Berlin Museum of Ethnology

Author:
Fleckner, Uwe  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Museum für Völkerkunde (Berlin, Germany)  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Germany
Berlin
Date:
2006
Topic:
Ethnological museums and collections  Search this
Call number:
GN35 .S343 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_834814

Photography at the crossroads : African art in the age of mechanical reproduction

Title:
African art in the age of mechanical reproduction
Author:
Grossman, Wendy  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Negerplastik  Search this
Sheeler, Charles 1883-1965  Search this
Evans, Walker 1903-1975  Search this
Zayas, Marius de African Negro art  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2006
Topic:
Photography of African sculpture  Search this
Art, African--Appreciation  Search this
Art, African--Foreign public opinion  Search this
Fang reliquary figures  Search this
Call number:
GN35 .S343 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_834815

Exhibition of bronze statuettes B.C. : Hittite, Etruscan, Egyptian, Greek ; pref. by Carl Einstein

Author:
Stora Art Galleries, Inc., New York  Search this
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Physical description:
14 p., 17 leaves of plates : ill., maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1932
[1932?]
Topic:
Bronzes, Ancient  Search this
Call number:
739 .S88
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863085

African sculpture : 1915

Author:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Date:
2003
Topic:
Sculpture, African  Search this
Art, African--Appreciation  Search this
Volume perception  Search this
Call number:
N7428.5 .P72 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_762844

Totality against a subject : Carl Einstein's Negerplastik Sebastian Zeidler

Author:
Zeidler, Sebastian  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Negerplastik  Search this
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2004
Topic:
Sculpture, African--Influence  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .O27X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1004005

Afrikanische legenden

Author:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Physical description:
280 p. 19 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa
Date:
1925
Topic:
Legends  Search this
Tales  Search this
Call number:
GR350.E37X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_103092

Looking for Africa in Carl Einstein's Negerplastik / Z. S. Strother

Author:
Strother, Z. S  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Negerplastik  Search this
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2013
Topic:
Photography of African sculpture  Search this
Art, African--History  Search this
Art, African--Historiography  Search this
Call number:
N1 .A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1017287

Afrikanische plastik

Author:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. 48 pl. on 24 l. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa
Date:
1921
[1921]
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NB1080 .E5X
NB1080.E5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_122317

Masques de danse rituelle Ekoi

Author:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Cross River Region (Cameroon and Nigeria)
Date:
1991
1929
Topic:
Masks, Ekoi  Search this
Ejagham helmet masks  Search this
Skin-covered headdresses  Search this
Call number:
N2 .D61X volume 1AFA
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_690571

Carl Einstein e l'arte africana / edited by Carlo L. Ragghianti

Author:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Bassani, Ezio  Search this
Parodi da Passano, M. Giovanna  Search this
Della Ragione, Gilda  Search this
Ragghianti, Carlo Ludovico  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Negerplastik  Search this
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940 Afrikanische Plastik  Search this
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
Topic:
Sculpture, African--Study and teaching  Search this
Art, African--Study and teaching--History  Search this
Call number:
N7380 .C934
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_667909

Die kunst des 20. jahrhunderts

Author:
Einstein, Carl 1885-1940  Search this
Physical description:
575 p
Type:
Books
Date:
1926
Topic:
Arte (seculo 20)  Search this
Call number:
N6490 .E5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_653277

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