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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1958-2003
Scope and Contents note:
This series contains personal and professional correspondence including letters from craft artists and other notables such as Walter F. Mondale, Isamu Noguchi, and Hannah Tillich, (Mrs. Paul Tillich). Also found are greeting cards and postcards from colleagues, friends and family including some artwork as illustrations or enclosures. Professional correspondence includes letters from museums and art institutions, including the American Craft Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Josef Albers Foundation, design and manufacturing corporations and magazines such as Connoisseur and Contact.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Jack Lenor Larsen papers, 1941-2003. Archives of America Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.larsjack, Series 2
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9bb891a0e-027c-4a46-a431-f44b34dbd1ec
EDAN-URL:
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Variant

Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic on fiberboard
Dimensions:
48 x 96 in. (121.9 x 243.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1973
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.12
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py205c21558-e0d6-49d7-9df6-3778a82b3774
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_79.12

Variant

Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic on fiberboard
Dimensions:
47 7/8 x 96 1/8 in. (121.6 x 244.2 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1973
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.13
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School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py21a6f880a-1a2f-4260-bf3f-d7030dd5de33
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_79.13

Study for "Variant"

Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976  Search this
Medium:
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
12 5/8 x 16 7/8 in. (32 x 42.8 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1948-1951
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.15
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School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py23b20d6f3-3f05-4998-9ecc-97c4b8b9798c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_79.15

Study for "Variant"

Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976  Search this
Medium:
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
18 x 22 in. (45.8 x 55.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1956
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.16
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py26ef2d09d-242c-4a63-9bb7-c7434c7d748e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_79.16

Study for "Homage to the Square: Last Century"

Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976  Search this
Medium:
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
17 1/2 x 17 9/16 in. (44.4 x 44.6 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1956
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.17
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py20b314292-a479-4a2d-9f73-26d137c339f3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_79.17

Study for "Homage to the Square: From the Soil"

Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976  Search this
Medium:
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
17 15/16 x 17 15/16 in. (45.6 x 45.5 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1954
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.18
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2398efe42-a47c-43cd-89fa-ad32c12b98c6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_79.18

Homage to the Square: Plus II (Instrumentation)

Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976  Search this
Medium:
Serigraph on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 19 x 19 in. (48.2 x 48.2 cm) image: 11 x 11 in. (28 x 28 cm)
Type:
Print
Date:
1975
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, by exchange, 1981
Accession Number:
81.246
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py269120a54-907a-4c0a-a0ec-d0f3a5b93035
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_81.246

Homage to the Square: Plus II (Mitered Square)

Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976  Search this
Medium:
Serigraph on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 19 1/16 x 19 1/16 in. (48.3 x 48.3 cm) image: 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (28.6 x 28.6 cm)
Type:
Print
Date:
1975
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, by exchange, 1981
Accession Number:
81.247
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py29c17625c-6028-4e38-a618-1d6f684955a8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_81.247

Jack Lenor Larsen papers, 1941-2003

Creator:
Larsen, Jack Lenor, 1927-2020  Search this
Subject:
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
Constantine, Mildred  Search this
Drutt, Helen Williams  Search this
Tillich, Hanna  Search this
Wood, Beatrice  Search this
Mondale, Walter F.  Search this
Abakanowicz, Magdalena  Search this
Josef Albers Foundation  Search this
Type:
Audiocassettes
Photographs
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Citation:
Jack Lenor Larsen papers, 1941-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Textile design -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11580
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)248960
AAA_collcode_larsjack
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_248960
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Writing in threads weaving language writing, Mairéad Bryne [and 14 others] ; weavings, editor Francesca Capone

Title:
Weaving language
Writer of afterword:
Capone, Francesca C.,  Search this
Author:
Byrne, Mairéad  Search this
Issuing body:
Printed Matter, Inc.  Search this
Author:
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
83 pages, 4 unnumbered pages color illustrations 38 cm
Type:
Poetry
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Specimens
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2015
Topic:
Communication and technology  Search this
Fiberwork  Search this
Stitches (Sewing)  Search this
Storytelling  Search this
Weaving in literature  Search this
Weaving  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.C368 W75 2015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1073889

Jack Lenor Larsen papers

Creator:
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Names:
Josef Albers Foundation  Search this
Abakanowicz, Magdalena  Search this
Constantine, Mildred  Search this
Drutt, Helen Williams  Search this
Mondale, Walter F., 1928-  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
Tillich, Hanna  Search this
Wood, Beatrice  Search this
Extent:
3.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiocassettes
Photographs
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Date:
1941-2003
Summary:
The Jack Lenor Larsen papers measure 3.7 linear feet and date from 1941-2003. Larsen was a renowned weaver and designer, entrepreneur, and a scholar who wrote and lectured on modernist design. His career in the New York design world is documented by biographical materials, correspondence, writings by and about him, various printed materials and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The Jack Lenor Larsen papers measure 3.7 linear feet and date from 1941-2003. Larson was a renowned weaver and designer, entrepreneur, and a scholar who wrote and lectured on modernist design. His career in the New York design world is documented by biographical materials, correspondence, writings by and about him, various printed materials and photographs.

Found are biographical materials and artifacts including items from his early years, 4 volumes of daily planners and numerous awards. Correspondence includes letters from notables such as Isamu Noguchi, Walter F. Mondale, and various craft artists such as Helen W. Drutt English, Magdalena Abakanowicz, and Beatrice Wood, and author Hannah Tillich, widow of Paul Tillich. Business correspondence is from museums, professional societies, magazines and other organizations such as the Josef Albers Foundation. Larsen also curated textile exhibitions and there are records pertaining to these exhibitions.

There are a substantial number of writings, lectures and speeches by Larsen, and proofs of a book he co-authored with Mildred Constantin, Beyond Craft: The Art of Fabric. Also found are writings about Larsen and 3 interviews with him including a 1965 videotaped interview, 2 transcribed interviews, and an audio tape of Larsen's talk "Personal Perspective," presented at a conference of the American Craft Council.

Photographs show Larsen and his employees at work and at professional events. Photographs removed from albums retain their original order. Lastly, there are printed materials include catalogs and announcements, newspaper and magazine clippings, and press and promotional materials.
Arrangement:
The Jack Lenor Larsen papers are organized into 7 series based primarily on record type and arranged chronologically.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1941-2001, (Box 1, 5; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1958-2003, (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition Records, 1986-1990, (Boxes 1-2; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, 1950-2003, (Boxes 2-3; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Photographs, 1970-1992, (Box 3, 5; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1972-2002, (Boxes 4-5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Audio Recordings, 1965, (Box 4; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Jack Lenor Larsen (b. 1927), based in New York and of international reputation, has been deeply involved in the design of hand woven fabric and its application to modernist interior design. An international entrepreneur, Larsen also has written books on design and has been a frequent lecturer.

Larsen was born in Seattle, Washington to parents of Canadian/Scandinavian descent; his father was a building contractor. Larsen studied architecture at the University of Washington and became interested in materials design, receiving his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in 1951. Following graduation, he opened a studio in New York and established Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated. Just months later, Larsen successfully competed for the commission to design draperies for the important glass walled Lever House building on Park Avenue designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

Larsen was highly successful in marketing his ideas and innovations, which included combining metallic thread with natural polished linen and hand woven fabrics consisting of varied yarns in random and repeating patterns. This later style of fabric became known as the "Larsen Look" and was synonymous with modern design. Larsen's firm successfully adapted technological advances to fabric design but also used ancient techniques; they were first to design fabrics for jet air planes, stretch upholsestry and printed velvets.

In 1958-1960, Larsen represented the United States Department of State in Vietnam and Taiwan, studying those countries' crafts with the goal of developing industry to create jobs and products for export. Larsen then saw the opportunity for international fabric design and production. He travelled to Latin America, Africa and Asia to study local crafts and weaving with an eye towards business opportunites, focusing on hand spun and hand woven silks. By the 1990s Larsen was producing fabric in over 30 countries. In 1997, Jack Lenor Larsen, Inc. merged with the British fabric house, Cowtan and Tout and became the United States subsidiary of the British company, Colefax and Fowler.

Many museums have collected and/or exhibited Larsen fabrics. Notable among them are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musee des Arts Decoratifs (in the Louvre Museum), Museum of Modern Art, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In addition, Larsen is the author of several books relating to fabric and fabric design including Material Wealth: Living with Luxurious Fabrics (an international survey of contemporary fabric design) and an autobiography, Jack Lenor Larsen: A Weaver's Memoir.
Provenance:
The records were donated to the Archives in 2004 by Jack Lenor Larsen in connection with the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Weavers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Textile design -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiocassettes
Photographs
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Citation:
Jack Lenor Larsen papers, 1941-2003. Archives of America Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.larsjack
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Jack Lenor Larsen papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95e987001-3318-425b-8b00-4af714dd07fd
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-larsjack
Online Media:

Personal Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1958
1972-1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Jack Lenor Larsen papers, 1941-2003. Archives of America Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jack Lenor Larsen papers
Jack Lenor Larsen papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91ac1113b-55f4-4338-b316-722dc7746e7a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-larsjack-ref47
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Business Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-2003
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Jack Lenor Larsen papers, 1941-2003. Archives of America Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jack Lenor Larsen papers
Jack Lenor Larsen papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw933dd7b5b-73b4-4d2d-bd4a-531bc9390788
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-larsjack-ref48
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Josef Albers Foundation

Collection Creator::
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 12
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 99-090, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Subject Files
Subject Files / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa99-090-refidd1e270

TL.2.1985 The Josef Albers Foundation

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American Art. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 53 of 55
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 453, National Museum of American Art. Office of the Registrar, Records
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Records
Records / Box 53
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0453-refidd1e17262

Josef Albers : glass, color, and light

Title:
Glass, color, and light
Author:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim Collection  Search this
Josef Albers Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Physical description:
150 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Germany
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Glass art--History--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.A33 G9 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_500639

Josef Albers : vidrio, color y luz : una exposición / organizada por la Peggy Guggenheim Collection y la Josef Albers Foundation, Orange, Connecticut ; [traducciones al español, Harry Smith]

Title:
Vidrio, color y lux
Author:
IVAM Centre Julio González  Search this
Josef Albers Foundation  Search this
Peggy Guggenheim Collection  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Physical description:
151 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Germany
Date:
1994
1995
20th century
Topic:
Glass art--History--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.A33 G9 S1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_542721

The photographs of Josef Albers : a selection from the collection of the Josef Albers Foundation : an exhibition / organized by the American Federation of Arts

Author:
Albers, Josef  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Josef Albers Foundation Photograph collections Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
16 p., [36] p. of plates : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
C1987
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647.A332 A5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_359539

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