The papers of Miami art critic Helen Kohen date from 1978 through 1996 and contain letters, postcards, exhibition announcements and invitations, and seventy-four untranscribed interviews of artists, dealers, and collectors in the Miami area.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of art historian and critic Helen L. Kohen measure one linear foot and date from 1976 through 1996. They consist primarily of letters, postcards, exhibition announcements and invitations from artists in the Miami area. Also found are eighty-two mini cassette tapes of seventy-four interviews Kohen conducted with art dealers, collectors, contemporary artists, and others in the Miami area as research and background for her newspaper column and other articles
The collection is arranged into five series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1954, 1984-1993, undated (Box 1, 10 folders)
Series 2: Printed Material, 1979-1996, undated (Box 1, 3 folders)
Series 3: Photographs, 1969, 1974, 1980-1994 (Box 1, 1 folder)
Series 4: Miscellany, 1983-1992, undated (Box 1 , 1 folder)
Series 5: Taped Interviews, 1986-1996, undated (Box 1, 1 folder and 82 micro-cassettes)
Art historian and critic Helen L. Kohen has authored numerous articles on contemporary art focusing on the formation of the art culture in Miami since the early 1980s. Helen L. Kohen is art critic emeritus for the The Miami Herald newspaper in Miami, Florida.
Helen L. Kohen donated her papers to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1997.
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
Papers concerning performance and conceptual artist Fernando García compiled by Nancy Clark. Included are a photocopy of a scrapbook kept by García's mother, Eneida, containing clippings from Miami newspapers, 1983-1984; a ten-page letter from Gail O'Connell Babcock to García, October 5 and 6, 1996; photographs of Garcia's work in the collection of José Perez; and forty postcards from García to his aunt and uncle Ana and Manolo Tongen, 1970-1978. Also found are papers of Fernando A. García including a resume; proposals and contracts; correspondence; photographs; newspaper clippings; exhibition announcements; studies and notes for works of art.
Biographical / Historical:
Nancy Clark was friend and promoter of García who was part of the "Miami Generation" of artists and member of NADA, a collaborative group in the 1980's.
Donated 1997 by Nancy Clark. Additions are expected.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.