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Correspondence relating to Edgar J. Kaufmann, Jr. bibliography

Creator:
Willis, Alfred Edward  Search this
Names:
Kaufmann, Edgar, 1910-1989  Search this
Extent:
20 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1986-1989
Scope and Contents:
Willis' correspondence with Edgar J. Kaufmann, Jr., architectural historians, and librarians concerning the preparation of a bibliography of Kaufmann's writings, sponsored by the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University, to be published by Architectural History Foundation.
Biographical / Historical:
Kaufmann and Willis are architectural historians.
Provenance:
Donated by Alfred Willis, 1993.
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.
Occupation:
Architectural historians  Search this
Topic:
Architecture -- Historiography  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.willalfr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-willalfr

Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh

Creator:
Berman, Avis  Search this
Names:
Arensberg, Walter, 1878-1954  Search this
Dale, Chester, b. 1883  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Harmon, Lily, 1912-  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar, 1910-1989  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Rich, Daniel Catton, 1904-1976  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Date:
1939-2006
Summary:
The Avis Berman research material on art dealer and curator Katharine Kuh measures 3.0 linear feet and dates from 1939 to 2006. The materials were compiled by art historian Avis Berman in preparing Katharine Kuh's memoir, which was published posthumously as My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the Scenes with a Legendary Curator. The collection includes Katharine Kuh's files; Kuh's drafts, manuscripts and interviews for her memoir; and Avis Berman's files relating to the book's publication. Also included is memorabilia.
Scope and Content Note:
The Avis Berman research material on art dealer and curator Katharine Kuh measures 3.0 linear feet and dates from 1939 to 2006. The materials were compiled by art historian Avis Berman in preparing Katharine Kuh's memoir, which was published posthumously as My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the Scenes with a Legendary Curator. The collection includes Katharine Kuh's files; Kuh's drafts, manuscripts and interviews for her memoir; and Avis Berman's files relating to the book's publication. Also included is memorabilia.

The Katharine Kuh files contain correspondence; exhibition files; writings and notes; and Kuh's interview with Lily Harmon on J. B. Neumann. Correspondents include Walter Arensberg, Marcel Duchamp, and Edgar Kaufmann. Also included is the scattered correspondence of Daniel Catton Rich with Walter Arensberg, Chester Dale, Katharine Kuh, Samuel Marx, and others. Exhibition files pertain to exhibitions curated by Katharine Kuh for the Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection and one-man shows for Rico Lebrun and Mark Tobey, respectively.

Sorting Out and Summing Up: Episodes in An Art Odyssey contains Katharine Kuh's draft versions of book chapters; her manuscripts and interviews; and drafts of chapters that were not incorporated in the published memoir. Also included are manuscripts for the memoir and an annotated version of Avis Berman's interview with Kuh.

The Avis Berman files include correspondence, writings, printed material, clippings, press releases, and miscellaneous printed material. Files document Berman's activities concerning the publication of the memoir.

Memorabilia consists of a monograph and a memorial booklet.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 series:

Series 1: Katharine Kuh Files, 1944-2003 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: -- Sorting Out and Summing Up: Episodes in an Art Odyssey -- by Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006 (Boxes 1-3; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Avis Berman Files, 1950s-2006 (Box 3; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Memorabilia, 1976, 1977 (0.1 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Writer and art historian, Avis Berman lives and works in New York City. Berman was a close friend of Katharine Kuh's and is Kuh's literary executor. Berman compiled Katharine Kuh's research materials for the memoir that she was working on at the time of her death; the book was subsequently published as My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the Scenes with a Legendary Curator in 2006.

Katharine Kuh (1904-1994) was a curator and art dealer born in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in 1925, where she studied art history under Alfred Barr. In 1928, she earned her Master's in Art History at the University of Chicago. As a graduate student, Kuh developed an interest in modern art, particularly the work of European artists.

Kuh married George Kuh, a businessman in 1930. She and Kuh divorced six years later.

In 1935, she established the Katharine Kuh Gallery in Chicago. The gallery was dedicated to featuring the works of contemporary European and American painters and sculptors, such as Alexander Archipenko, Alexei Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Gyorgy Kepes, Paul Klee, Gaston Lachaise, Fernand Léger, Carlos Mérida, Joan Miro, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Pablo Picasso, as well as Charles Biederman, Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, and Isamu Noguchi, among others. The Katharine Kuh Gallery was one of the first galleries in Chicago to show photography as art. Kuh held exhibitions for Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Edward Weston, and she also showed the photographs of Gyorgy Kepes and Man Ray.

At the gallery, Kuh taught classes on an informal basis to individuals interested in modern art. During this period, she spent her summers as a Visiting Professor of Art History at the University School of Fine Arts of San Miguel in Guanajuarto, Mexico (1938-1940). With the onset of America's involvement in World War II, Kuh realized that the war would curtail her contact with many of the European artists whose works she had promoted and in 1942, she decided to close the gallery.

In 1943, Katharine Kuh took a position in the public relations department at the Art Institute of Chicago. The following year, Kuh was asked to take over the Gallery of Art Interpretation at the Art Institute. Later she was appointed the Curator of Painting and Sculpture; in this role, she developed a close collaborative relationship with the Director of the Art Institute, Daniel Catton Rich. From 1946-1953, she served as the Editor of the Art Institute of Chicago Quarterly.

She left the Art Institute in 1959 and settled in New York City. She served as an art editor at the Saturday Review and World Magazine. She was also an art consultant for the First National Bank of Chicago from 1968-1979.

Katharine Kuh traveled extensively and often wrote about the art of the places she visited such as Sicily, Turkey, and the Yucatan. In the 1940s Kuh developed an interest in the wood carvings of the Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest. The University of Alaska awarderd her an honorary doctorate for her efforts to preserve the indigenous artwork of the region's Native Americans.

Her publications on twentieth-century art included: Art Has Many Faces (1951), The Artist's Voice: Talks with Seventeen Artists (1962), Break-up: The Core of Modern Art (1965), and The Open Eye: In Pursuit of Art (1971). Kuh also wrote the catalog that accompanied the "Fernand Léger Retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago" (1953). At the time of her death, Katharine Kuh had completed a final draft of her memoir, which she had tentatively titled, Sorting Out and Summing Up: Episodes in an Art Odyssey.

In 1994, Katharine Kuh died in New York City.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art holds the Katharine Kuh papers, 1908-1994. Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Katharine Kuh conducted by Avis Berman, March 18, 1982-March 23, 1983. Additional Katharine Kuh material is located at the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Provenance:
The Avis Berman Research Material, 1939-2006 was donated to the Archives of American Art by Avis Berman, an art historian and literary executor of Katharine Kuh's estate in 2007.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own.
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:
Art dealers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Curators -- Illinois-Chicago  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Citation:
Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bermavis3
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bermavis3

Oral history interview with Charles Alan on Aline Saarinen

Interviewee:
Alan, Charles, 1908?-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Kaufmann, Edgar, 1910-1989  Search this
Louchheim, Joseph H., 1908?-1970  Search this
McAndrew, John  Search this
Saarinen, Aline B. (Aline Bernstein), 1914-1972  Search this
Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961  Search this
Shaw, Elizabeth Roberts, 1921-  Search this
Stanton, Frank, b. 1890  Search this
Extent:
31 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1973 February 17
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Charles Alan conducted 1973 February 17, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Alan reminisces about his sister, Aline Saarinen. He touches upon her educational background; her work for "Art News" magazine and the "New York Times"; and research for her book, "The Proud Possessors," and an unpublished biography of Stanford White. He discusses Saarinen's television career with NBC News; and her relationships with Edgar Kaufman, Jr., Joseph Louchheim, John McAndrew, Elizabeth Shaw, Frank Stanton and others. Alan also comments on Eero Saarinen's personality, architectural projects, and work methods.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Alan (1908?-1975) was an art dealer from New York, New York. Attended Horace Mann School, graduating in 1924, and Yale School of Drama in 1925. Worked as a set designer for MGM and Warner Brothers. In 1930, became a theatrical set designer and director. After serving in the Army in World War II, he worked for Edith Halpert at the Downtown Gallery. In 1952, he opened the Charles Alan Gallery, specializing in contemporary art. Alan closed the gallery in 1970 to become a private dealer.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hrs., 6 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Occupation:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.alan73
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-alan73

Introductions to modern design: What is modern design? What is modern interior design? By Edgar Kaufmann, Jr

Author:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) What is modern design?  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) What is modern interior design?  Search this
Physical description:
30, 32 p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
1950
Call number:
NK1510 .N53
NK1510 .N39X
NK1510.N53 NK1510.N39X
NK1510.N39X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_4903

What is modern design? By Edgar Kaufmann, Jr

Author:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Physical description:
30, [2] p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1950
[1950]
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Call number:
NK1510 .N53w
NK1510.N53w
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_57020

Minutes of the Conference on Industrial Design, A New Profession / held by the Museum of Modern Art for the Society of Industrial Designers, from November 11 to 14, 1946

Title:
Conference on Industrial Design, A New Profession
Author:
Conference on Industrial Design, A New Profession (1946 : Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Hudnut, Joseph 1886-1968  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Baermann, Walter 1903-  Search this
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Teague, Walter Dorwin 1883-1960  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László 1895-1946  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Society of Industrial Designers  Search this
Physical description:
77 leaves ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1947
C1947]
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Industrial design--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
TS171.A1 M87 1947
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_829884

La casa sulla cascata di F. Ll. Wright = F. Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater [di] Bruno Zevi [ed] Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. Fotografie di Paul Mayen

Title:
F. Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
Fallingwater
Author:
Zevi, Bruno 1918-2000  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Kauffman family Homes and haunts  Search this
Fallingwater (Pa.)  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. illus. (part col.), plans. 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pennsylvania
Date:
1965
[1965]
Topic:
Usonian houses  Search this
Call number:
NA737.W7 Z63 1965
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_538417

An American architecture. Edited by Edgar Kaufmann

Author:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Physical description:
269 p. illus., port., plans. 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1955
20th century
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Architecture--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_540388

Frank Lloyd Wright at the Metropolitan Museum of Art / by Edgar Kaufmann ; with an essay by Julia Meech-Pekarik, introduction by R. Craig Miller

Author:
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Meech-Pekarik, Julia Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese prints  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
C1982
20th century
Topic:
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
NA737.W7 K292 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_544489

Frank Lloyd Wright : the Kaufmann office / Christopher Wilk

Author:
Wilk, Christopher  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Victoria and Albert Museum  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959 Contributions in office decoration  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar J. 1885-1955  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Physical description:
86 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
20th century
Topic:
Office decoration  Search this
Call number:
NA737.W7 W53 1993X
NA737.W7W53 1993X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_445866

Frank Lloyd Wright : writings and buildings / selected by Edgar Kaufmann and Ben Raeburn

Author:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Raeburn, Ben  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Physical description:
346 p. : ill., map, plans ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1960
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
NA737.W7 A48 1960b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_474647

Fallingwater, a Frank Lloyd Wright country house / Edgar Kaufmann, Jr

Author:
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Kauffman family Homes and haunts  Search this
Fallingwater (Pa.)  Search this
Physical description:
190 p. : ill. ; 34 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pennsylvania
Date:
1986
Topic:
Usonian houses  Search this
Call number:
NA737.W7K29 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_310401

Writings and buildings. Selected by Edgar Kaufmann and Ben Raeburn

Author:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Raeburn, Ben  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Physical description:
346 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1960
[1960]
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.W94 K15
N40.1.W94K15
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_319168

La "Casa sulla cascata" di Frank Lloyd Wright, 25 anni dopo. Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, 25 years after [by] Bruno Zevi [and] Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. Fotografie di Paul Mayen

Author:
Zevi, Bruno 1918-2000  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. ill. (part col.) 33 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pennsylvania
Date:
1963
C1963
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Call number:
NA737.W7 Z63 1963
NA737.W7Z63 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_332242

Prize designs for modern furniture from the International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr

Author:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989-  Search this
Physical description:
77 p. illus., group ports., diagrs. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1950
[1950]
Topic:
Furniture  Search this
Call number:
NK2260.N4X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_182779

The Rise of an American architecture [by] Henry-Russell Hitchcock [and others] Edited with an introd. and exhibition notes by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr

Author:
Hitchcock, Henry Russell 1903-1987  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
x, 241 p. illus., maps, plans, ports. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1970
[1970]
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Architecture--History  Search this
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Call number:
NA710 .R59
NA710 .R5X
NA710.R59 NA710.R5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_4067

Louis Sullivan and the architecture of free enterprise; edited by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr

Author:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Subject:
Sullivan, Louis H. 1856-1924  Search this
Physical description:
45 p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1956
1956]
Call number:
NA737.S9 C5X
NA737.S9C5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_47408

Prestini's art in wood / photography by Barbara Morgan ; essay by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr

Author:
Prestini, James 1908-1993  Search this
Morgan, Barbara Brooks 1900-1992  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Subject:
Prestini, James 1908-  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : chiefly ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
1950
C1950
Topic:
Treenware  Search this
Call number:
NK9798.P7 K3X
NK9798.P7 K3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_53939

What is modern interior design? By Edgar Kaufmann, Jr

Author:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1953
[1953]
Topic:
Interior decoration  Search this
Call number:
NK2110 .N53
NK2110.N53
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_61432

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