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Joe Shannon papers, circa 1980-2005

Creator:
Shannon, Joe, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Kitaj, Sandra Fisher  Search this
Arikha, Avigdor  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Lerner, Abram, first director and curator  Search this
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Alvarado-Juárez, Francisco  Search this
McIlvain, Isabel  Search this
Topic:
Curators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13694
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)276357
AAA_collcode_shanjoe
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_276357

John D. Graham papers, 1799-1988, bulk bulk 1890-1961

Creator:
Graham, John D. (John Dabrowsky), ca. 1887-1961  Search this
Subject:
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Ultra Violet  Search this
Burliuk, David  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Gilot, Francoise  Search this
Gorchov, Ron  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Mayer, Jack  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists as authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Antiques  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7215
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209352
AAA_collcode_grahjohn
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209352
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R.B. Kitaj papers, 1960-2001

Creator:
Kitaj, R. B. (Ronald Brooks), 1932-  Search this
Topic:
Figurative art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6330
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)226177
AAA_collcode_kitajrb
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_226177

Sidney Delevante papers, 1922-1978

Creator:
Delevante, Sidney, 1894-  Search this
Subject:
Bishop, Isabel  Search this
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9301
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211496
AAA_collcode_delesidn
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211496

Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983

Creator:
Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988  Search this
Subject:
Delevante, Sidney  Search this
Deutsch, Babette  Search this
Ciardi, John  Search this
Cunningham, Merce  Search this
Ferber, Edna  Search this
Folinsbee, John Fulton  Search this
Canaday, John  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter  Search this
Evergood, Philip  Search this
Arms, John Taylor  Search this
Chappell, Warren  Search this
Blume, Peter  Search this
Brooks, Van Wyck  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault  Search this
Westcott, Glenway  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Moore, Marianne  Search this
Tooker, George  Search this
Van Veen, Stuyvesant  Search this
Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison)  Search this
Vonnegut, Kurt  Search this
Porter, Fairfield  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Bacon, Peggy  Search this
Schmidt, Katherine  Search this
Mumford, Lewis  Search this
Neel, Alice  Search this
Pittman, Hobson Lafayette  Search this
Leighton, Clare  Search this
Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest)  Search this
Lattimore, Richmond Alexander  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Kearns, James  Search this
Laning, Edward  Search this
Kroll, Leon  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Johnson, Una E.  Search this
American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers  Search this
New Society of Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Watercolors
Sketches
Photographs
Prints
Sketchbooks
Illustrated letters
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Realism in art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9195
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211390
AAA_collcode_bishisab
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211390
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Isabel Bishop papers

Creator:
Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988  Search this
Names:
American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers  Search this
New Society of Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953  Search this
Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987  Search this
Blume, Peter, 1906-1992  Search this
Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963  Search this
Canaday, John, 1907-1985  Search this
Chappell, Warren, 1904-  Search this
Ciardi, John, 1916-  Search this
Cunningham, Merce  Search this
Delevante, Sidney, 1894-  Search this
Deutsch, Babette, 1895-1982  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter, 1891-  Search this
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973  Search this
Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968  Search this
Folinsbee, John Fulton, 1892-1972  Search this
Force, Juliana, 1876-1948  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina  Search this
Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison), 1883-1968  Search this
Johnson, Una E.  Search this
Kearns, James  Search this
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974  Search this
Laning, Edward, 1906-  Search this
Lattimore, Richmond Alexander, 1906-1984  Search this
Leighton, Clare, 1899-  Search this
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954  Search this
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972  Search this
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990  Search this
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Pittman, Hobson Lafayette, 1899 or 1900-1972  Search this
Porter, Fairfield  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Schmidt, Katherine, 1898-1978  Search this
Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970  Search this
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Tooker, George  Search this
Van Veen, Stuyvesant  Search this
Vonnegut, Kurt  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault, 1894-1972  Search this
Westcott, Glenway  Search this
Zorach, William, 1887-1966  Search this
Extent:
2.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Watercolors
Sketches
Photographs
Prints
Sketchbooks
Illustrated letters
Date:
1914-1983
Summary:
The papers of realist painter Isabel Bishop date from 1914 to 1983 and measure 2.6 linear feet. The collection documents Bishop's painting career, her friendship with other artists, and her participation in several arts organizations. There are scattered biographical documents, correspondence with fellow artists such as Peggy Bacon, Warren Chappell, Edward Laning, and R. B. Kitaj, and with writers, curators, museums, galleries, arts organizations, and others. Also found are arts organization files, Bishop's writings about Warren Chappell and friend Reginald Marsh, notes, exhibition catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material, photographs of Bishop and her artwork, and photographs of Reginald and Felicia Marsh. Original artwork includes 8 sketchbooks, loose sketches, prints, and watercolor figure studies.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of realist painter Isabel Bishop date from 1914 to 1983 and measure 2.6 linear feet. The collection documents Bishop's painting career, her friendship with other artists, and her participation in several arts organizations. Scattered biographical documents include awards and a file on her participation in art juries.

Bishop was friends with many artists and cultural figures and her correspondence includes letters to and from artists such as John Taylor Arms, Peggy Bacon, Peter Blume, Warren Chappell (many letters from Chappell are illustrated), Sidney Delevante, Edwin Dickinson, Philip Evergood, John Folinsbee, Malvina Hoffman, Jo Hopper, James Kearns, Leon Kroll, Clare Leighton, Jack Levine, Alice Neel, Hobson Pittman, Fairfield Porter, Abraham Rattner, Katherine Schmidt, Henry Schnakenberg, Raphael Soyer, George Tooker, Stuyvesant Van Veen, Franklin Watkins, Mahonri Young, and William Zorach. Bishop not only corresponded with artists but also many poets, authors, historians, and dancers, such as Van Wyck Brooks, John Canaday, John Ciardi, Merce Cunningham, Babette Deutsch, Edna Ferber, Richmond Lattimore, Marianne Moore, Lewis Mumford, Kurt Vonnegut, and Glenway Westcott. Also found are letters from many galleries, museums, and schools which exhibited or purchased her work, including curators Juliana Force and Una Johnson.

Bishop kept files from her affiliations with the American Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers and the New Society of Artists, containing mostly membership and financial records, and a file on a UNESCO conference. Unfortunately, files documenting her membership and vice presidency of the National Institute of Arts & Letters are not found here.

A small amount of Bishop's writings and notes include essays about friends and artists Reginald Marsh and Warren Chappell. Printed material consists of exhibition catalogs and announcements, news clippings, magazines, and a design by G. Alan Chidsey for a book about Bishop. Photographs depict Bishop with her husband and in her studio, her artwork, and also include three photographs of her friend, Reginald Marsh.

Original artwork includes eight small sketchbooks, loose pen and ink sketches, intaglio prints, watercolor figure studies, and a drawing of Bishop by Aaron Bohrod.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1943-1975 (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1939-1983 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Organization Files, 1924-1937, 1951-1952 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings & Notes, 1937-1960s (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1930-1979 (Box 2; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, 1914, circa 1920s-1975 (Box 2, OV 5; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1940s-1970s (Box 2-4, OV 5; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Isabel Bishop (1902-1988) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to John Remsen Bishop and Anna Bartram Newbold Bishop. Shortly after her birth the family moved to Detroit, Michigan. As a child Bishop took art classes and had a growing interest in drawing. In 1918 at the age of 16 she left home and moved to New York City where she enrolled in the School of Applied Design for Women to be an illustrator. However, her real interest was in painting, not the graphic arts, and she enrolled in the Art Students League in 1920. There she studied with Kenneth Hayes Miller and Guy Pene du Bois and met many young artists, including Reginald Marsh and Edwin Dickinson, both of whom became close friends. She took classes until 1924 and rented a studio and living space on 14th Street in a neighborhood where many artists maintained studios at the time.

Bishop began exhibiting her work and participated in artist groups, including the Whitney Studio Club and the New Society of Artists. During the 1920s and 1930s she developed a realist style of painting, primarily depicting women in their daily routine on the streets of Manhattan. Her work was greatly influenced by Peter Paul Rubens and other Dutch and Flemish painters that she had discovered during trips to Europe. In 1932 Bishop began showing her work frequently at the newly opened Midtown Galleries, where her work would be represented throughout her career.

In 1934 she married Harold Wolff, a neurologist, and moved with him to Riverdale, New York. Bishop kept her studio in Manhattan, moving from 14th Street to Union Square. She remained in her Union Square studio for fifty years (1934-1984). From 1936 to 1937 she taught at the Art Students League and in 1940 her son Remsen was born. In 1941 she was named a member of the National Academy of Design and from 1944 to 1946 she was the Vice President of the National Institute of Arts & Letters, the first woman to hold an executive position with that organization. She wrote articles and joined other artists in speaking out in support of realist painting and against the abstract style that was dominating the New York art scene.

During her long career which lasted into the 1980s, Bishop exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, traveled throughout the U. S. as an exhibition juror, and won many awards for her work, including the award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts presented by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.
Related Material:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are three oral history interviews with Isabel Bishop, April 15, 1959, May 29, 1959, and November 12-December 11, 1987.

The Whitney Museum of American Art and Midtown Galleries loaned additional Bishop papers to the Archives for microfilming on reels NY59-4 and NY59-5. These items were returned to the lenders after microfilming and are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in several installments by Isabel Bishop from 1959 to 1983.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Isabel Bishop papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Realism in art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Watercolors
Sketches
Photographs
Prints
Sketchbooks
Illustrated letters
Citation:
Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bishisab
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-bishisab
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Joe Shannon papers

Creator:
Shannon, Joe  Search this
Names:
Alvarado-Juárez, Francisco, 1950-  Search this
Arikha, Avigdor, 1929-  Search this
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Kitaj, Sandra Fisher  Search this
Lerner, Abram, first director and curator  Search this
McIlvain, Isabel  Search this
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1980-2005
Scope and Contents:
Letters, writings, exhibition and symposium files regarding the career of Joe Shannon as an exhibition designer, painter, and curator. Letters are from R. B. Kitaj, Sandra Fisher, Abram Lerner, Avigdor Arikha, Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, Isabel McIlvain, Raphael Soyer and others. Writings include drafts of published and unpublished articles, lectures, and reviews by Shannon. Exhibition files regard exhibitions curated by Shannon including "Edwin Dickinson: Selected Landscapes," "R. B. Kitaj," and "Representation Abroad." Also included is a file concerning the symposium "Aspects of Realism," sponored by La Napoule Art Foundation.
Biographical / Historical:
Exhibition designer, painter, curator; Washington, D.C.
Provenance:
Donated in 2007 by Joe Shannon.
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:
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Curators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.shanjoe
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shanjoe

R.B. Kitaj papers

Creator:
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Extent:
9.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1960-2001
Scope and Contents:
Included are catalogs, magazines, exhibition announcements and newspaper articles that document the life and career of Kitaj.
Biographical / Historical:
R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007) was a Painter, printmaker in Los Angeles, Calif.
Provenance:
Donated 2001 by R.B. Kitaj.
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:
Painters -- California  Search this
Printmakers -- California  Search this
Topic:
Figurative art  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.kitajrb
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kitajrb

John D. Graham papers

Creator:
Graham, John, 1887-1961  Search this
Names:
Burliuk, David, 1882-1967  Search this
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964  Search this
Gilot, Francoise, 1921-  Search this
Gorchov, Ron  Search this
Gorky, Arshile, 1904-1948 -- Photographs  Search this
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Mayer, Jack  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 -- Photographs  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Ultra Violet  Search this
Extent:
11.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Date:
1799-1988
bulk 1890-1961
Summary:
The papers of painter, collector, and writer John Graham measure 11.2 linear feet and date from 1799 to 1988, with the bulk of materials dating from 1890 to 1961. Papers document the life of John Graham, born Ivan Dombrowsky, through personal documents related to military service and family history, passports, artifacts, correspondence, appointment books, financial records, inventories, wills, extensive writings and notes, books, clippings, exhibition catalogs, photographs of Graham and his family and friends, and artwork created and collected by Graham.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers of painter, collector, and writer John Graham measure 11.2 linear feet and date from 1799 to 1988, with the bulk of materials dating from 1890 to 1961. Papers document the life of John Graham, born Ivan Dombrowsky, through personal documents related to military service and family history, passports, artifacts, correspondence, appointment books, financial records, inventories, wills, extensive writings and notes, books, clippings, exhibition catalogs, photographs of Graham and his family and friends, and artwork created and collected by Graham.

Biographical Materials and Artifacts include passports and other official documents, as well as records related to Graham's family, military service, and medical history. Among the artifacts are paint pots and a palette. Correspondence is with art and antique dealers and collectors, and includes significant correspondence and related documents of Jack Mayer, Graham's agent from the late 1950s. Several artists and famous friends are represented in Graham's correspondence including David Burliuk, Stuart Davis, Ultra Violet, Francoise Gilot, R.B. Kitaj, Marc Tobey, and Ron Gorchov.

Personal Business Records contain appointment books spanning 1931 to 1961 which record appointments but were also used as notebooks and sketchbooks. Other Business Records include inventories of Graham's books and antiques made by Graham, records of antique-related transactions, wills of Graham and his last wife, Marianne Strate, and extensive personal financial records from the last few years of his life.

Graham's writings are found scattered throughout the collection, as is his artwork. The Writings series is dominated by Graham's lengthy book projects, found in multiple drafts. The author's annotated published works are also found, as well as typescripts of several published essays by and about Graham. Lists, notes, and writings on a wide range of subjects are found on loose pages and in notebooks dated from 1931 to 1961. Among the Printed Materials are many annotated books from Graham's library, some of which contain drawings, and clippings and exhibition catalogs related to Graham's career going back to the 1920s. Reference files of printed ephemera and clippings collected by Graham are found on a variety of subjects, some of which contain pictorial subjects used in Graham's paintings.

Photographs depict Graham from childhood through his last years in cabinet card portraits, passport photographs, and snapshots. Photographs are also found of his parents, his five wives and four children, and a number of famous friends including Pablo Picasso, Françoise Gilot, their children, and Arshile Gorky. Artwork includes Graham's sketchbooks of 1934, 1960, and 1961, loose sketches, and a collection of file folders with many symbols and illustrations. Also found among the artwork are antique and contemporary prints and drawings collected by Graham.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials and Artifacts, 1799, 1822, 1891-1961 (Boxes 1, 11-12, 17; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1932-1988 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa 1931-1962 (Boxes 1-3; 1.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, 1839, circa 1923-1986 (Boxes 3-5, OV 13; 2.9 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Materials, circa 1885-1961 (Boxes 6-9, OV 14; 3.7 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1860-1985 (Box 9-10, 17, OV 15; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1852-1961 (Box 10, OV 16; 1 linear foot)
Biographical/Historical note:
The Russian émigré painter and writer John Graham, born Ivan Dombrowsky, was born in Kiev in 1886, 1887, or 1888. All three conflicting dates are found on various legal papers, licences, and passports. His parents were of minor nobility but with little means. He attended law school and served in the Circassian Regiment of the Russian army, earned the Saint George's Cross during World War I, and was imprisoned as a counterrevolutionary by the Bolsheviks after the assassination of Czar Nicholas II and his family in 1918. He fled for a time to his mother's native Poland, and finally in 1920, he emigrated with his second wife Vera and their son Nicholas to the United States. He began calling himself John in the US, and had his name officially changed to John Graham upon becoming a United States citizen in 1927. The name Graham may have been a transliteration of his father's name, Gratian. Graham is often described as a quixotic figure who cultivated a larger-than-life persona in the artistic circles of New York in the first half of the twentieth century through his authoritative philosophical and aesthetic arguments on the one hand, and his often fabulous tales of his early life on the other, including a story he wrote of his origins in which he was dropped as an infant onto a rock in the Caspian Sea by an enormous eagle.

In New York, Graham studied at the Art Students League, taking classes with John Sloan, William von Schlegell, and Allen Tucker. Among his fellow students were Dorothy Dehner and David Smith, Adolph Gottlieb, Alexander Calder, and Elinor Gibson, who married Graham in 1924. The couple lived briefly in Elinor's native Baltimore, Maryland, where he met Etta and Claribel Cone, collectors of modern European paintings. It may have been the Cone sisters who introduced Graham to their circle of avant-garde artists and art collectors in Paris in the late 1920s. Whatever its origin, Graham's early style has been compared to Cezanne, Braque, Derain, and Chirico, and his frequent trips to Europe made him a conduit for current art ideas and trends for the American artists who knew him.

Graham exhibited his paintings steadily in the late 1920s and early 1930s, including shows at the Society of Independent Arists (New York) in 1925, the Modernist Galleries (Baltimore) in 1926, Galerie Zaborowski (Paris) in 1928 and 1929, at Dudensing Galleries (New York) and Phillips Memorial Gallery (Washington) in 1929, the First Biennial at the Whitney Museum in 1932, and at 8th Street Gallery (New York) in 1933. During this period Graham and his wife Elinor lived in Paris, New York City, New Jersey, and upstate New York. He spent a year teaching at Wells College in Aurora, New York, where he also executed a series of wall panels in 1932. Graham's friendships with other artists during this period included Arshile Gorky, Stuart Davis, and Willem de Kooning. De Kooning is said to have called Davis, Gorky, and Graham the "three smartest guys on the scene."

Graham's European travels also enabled him to earn a living by buying primitive sculpture and antiques for collectors and dealers. In the 1930s he bought African Art for Vanity Fair editor and art collector Frank Crowninshield, and in 1936, Graham arranged an exhibition of Crowninshield's collection at Jacques Seligmann gallery. Graham and Elinor Gibson divorced in 1934 and he married Constance Wellman in Paris in 1936. They lived in Brooklyn Heights near Adolph Gottlieb, David Smith, and Dorothy Dehner, and worked for Hilla Rebay in her formation of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, which became the Guggenheim Museum. Suffering financial hardship in the late years of the Depression, Constance and Graham lived in Mexico for several stretches of time, and Graham published several articles on Mexico and Mexican Art, and an essay entitled "Primitive Art and Picasso" in Magazine of Art.

Graham was a prolific writer, but only a few of his written works found their way into print. Aside from his essays, published works include a small book of poetry, Have It!, published in 1923, and a book which presented Graham's personal theories of art entitled System and Dialectics of Art, published in 1937 by Delphic Studios, an eclectic New York gallery and small press run by Alma Reed. The book was influential for a younger generation of American artists; Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in particular both expressed appreciation for Graham's ideas. For decades, Graham worked on several other major written works which were not published, including a highly stylized, symbolist work about his childhood and an encyclopedic collection of short, didactic essays on a wide range Grahamiam themes, a work which Graham usually referred to as Orifizio Mundi.

In 1942, Graham organized the exhibition "French and American Painters" at McMillen Gallery (New York) which showed Modigliani, Picasso, Braque, Rouault, and Matisse, alongside the Americans Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Stuart Davis, David Burliuk, and Walt Kuhn, among others. The show was well-received critically and, as it was Jackson Pollock's first public exhibition and Willem de Kooning's second, and the occasion of Pollock and Lee Krasner's meeting, could be considered a watershed event in contemporary American art.

Graham's own style made a pronounced shift away from abstraction in the 1940s. He began referencing renaissance art in his paintings, incorporating occult symbols, and signing them "Ioannus Magus," or "Ioannus San Germanus." His marriage to Constance ended acrimoniously around this time. He met Marianne Strate, a bookbinder, through her daughter Ileana Sonnabend and son-in-law Leo Castelli. They lived in Southampton, New York, where Graham was close to the Castellis, Paul Brach, Miriam Schapiro, and where he renewed his friendship with Willem de Kooning, who had a studio in Castelli's East Hampton home in the early 1950s. Marianne died in 1955.

Graham exhibited at the Stable Gallery in 1954, and at the newly-opened, uptown Whitney Museum of American Art in 1955. Jack Mayer became Graham's dealer in the late 1950s, held exhibitions at his Madison Avenue gallery, Gallery Mayer, in 1960, and arranged for an exhibition at the Tennessee Fine Arts Center in 1961, shortly before Graham's death. Graham left the United States for the last time in 1959, lived in Paris for two years, and died in June 1961 in a hospital in London. Gallery Mayer held a memorial exhibition at the end of 1961. Retrospective exhibitions of Graham's work have been held at the Art Institute of Chicago (1963), the Museum of Modern Art (1968), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1969), and the Phillips Collection (1987).
Separated Materials note:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel 5049) including six volumes of notebooks and several loose sketches. Loaned materials were returned to MoMA and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
The papers of John Graham were given to the Archives of American Art in five separate accessions between 1985 and 1988. The bulk of papers were donated by Graham's son, John David Graham, in 1985, with later additions from Patricia Graham, the widow of John David Graham, in 1986, 1987, and 1988, via the Andre Emmerich Gallery, Inc. The Department of Prints and Drawings of the Museum of Modern Art donated more papers and loaned additional materials for microfilming in 1986.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Rights:
The John Graham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists as authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Antiques  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Citation:
John Graham Papers, 1799-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.grahjohn
See more items in:
John D. Graham papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-grahjohn
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Sidney Delevante papers

Creator:
Delevante, Sidney, 1894-  Search this
Names:
Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988  Search this
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot ((partially microfilmed on 4 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1922-1978
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; biographical data; writings; photograph; exhibition catalogs and announcements; and clippings.
REEL N68-114: Correspondence, 1922-1968. 3 volumes of letters.
REEL N69-3: Correspondence with galleries; brochures and exhibition notices; lecture and teaching data; and reviews.
REEL 1927: Correspondence with Isabel Bishop, Ronald Kitaj and others; typescript of "My Testament"; catalogs; clippings; and Delevante's book of poetry and drawings, GALUMPS AND COMPANY.
REEL 3948: Biographical material; 3 letters, 1966-1968; clippings, 1961-1968; exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1955-1968; newsletters, 1961; school brochures, 1959-1964; and a photograph of a painting by Delevante, 1968.
UNMICROFILMED: Biographical data; copies of 4 letters; exhibition catalogs and announcements; newspaper clippings; 2 published books, 1963 and 1965, with verse and illustrations by Delevante; printed material; and a photograph of a painting by Delevante. Duplicates of some of this material appear on reel N/69-3.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, educator; New York, N.Y. Painter of child-like, fantastic figures. Taught at Columbia University and Cooper Union.
Provenance:
Material on reel 1927 and unfilmed donated 1966-1979 by Sidney Delevante. Material on reels N68-114 and N69-3 lent for microfilming 1969 by Delevante. Material on reel 3948 donated 1984 by Syracuse University.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.delesidn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-delesidn

Robert Creeley

Alternate Title:
For Love
Artist:
R. B. Kitaj, 29 Oct 1932 - 21 Oct 2007  Search this
Sitter:
Robert Creeley, 21 May 1926 - 30 Mar 2005  Search this
Medium:
Color screenprint
Dimensions:
Sheet: 64.8 × 45.7 cm (25 1/2 × 18")
Mat (Verified): 81.3 × 55.9 cm (32 × 22")
Type:
Print
Date:
1966
Topic:
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Equipment\Drafting & Writing Implements\Ruler  Search this
Robert Creeley: Male  Search this
Robert Creeley: Literature\Writer  Search this
Robert Creeley: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of R. B. Kitaj Estate
Object number:
NPG.2011.125
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 342
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm49c2d9ce5-e5c9-4124-a2c0-5e02bf9b1fbb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2011.125

Wir haben es night vergessen: Nous n'avons pas oublié: We have not forgotten (xxvii), from the series In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part

Artist:
R. B. Kitaj, born Chagrin Falls, OH 1932-died Los Angeles, CA 2007  Search this
Printer:
Kelpra Studio  Search this
Publisher:
Marlborough AG Shellenberg FL  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
22 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (57.2 x 77.5 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1969
Topic:
Figure group\female and child  Search this
Occupation\military\soldier  Search this
State of being\evil\war  Search this
History\Germany\Holocaust  Search this
Object\written matter\book  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kalago Properties
Object number:
1997.102.10
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk792bf5536-611e-4db2-90db-f4ebea842933
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.102.10

The Jewish Question (xxix), from the series In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part

Artist:
R. B. Kitaj, born Chagrin Falls, OH 1932-died Los Angeles, CA 2007  Search this
Printer:
Kelpra Studio  Search this
Publisher:
Marlborough AG Shellenberg FL  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
30 1/2 x 22 3/8 in. (77.5 x 56.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1969
Topic:
Object\written matter\book  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kalago Properties
Object number:
1997.102.11
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7d964cdcd-24a5-4d64-8971-578b30b656f1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.102.11

The Plague (xxxi), from the series In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part

Artist:
R. B. Kitaj, born Chagrin Falls, OH 1932-died Los Angeles, CA 2007  Search this
Printer:
Kelpra Studio  Search this
Publisher:
Marlborough AG Shellenberg FL  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
22 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (57.2 x 76.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1969
Topic:
Object\written matter\book  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kalago Properties
Object number:
1997.102.12
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7d3c8cc9b-0d89-49d9-9590-df74307e87f8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.102.12

The Prevention of Destitution (xxxii), from the series In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part

Artist:
R. B. Kitaj, born Chagrin Falls, OH 1932-died Los Angeles, CA 2007  Search this
Printer:
Kelpra Studio  Search this
Publisher:
Marlborough AG Shellenberg FL  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
22 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (57.2 x 76.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1969
Topic:
Object\written matter\book  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kalago Properties
Object number:
1997.102.13
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk747b38e43-69fc-4e35-966c-fe24079a25a5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.102.13

Hollywood, wie es wirklich ist (xxxiii), from the series In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part

Artist:
R. B. Kitaj, born Chagrin Falls, OH 1932-died Los Angeles, CA 2007  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
21 7/8 x 30 3/4 in. (55.6 x 78.1 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1969
Topic:
Object\written matter\book  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kalago Properties
Object number:
1997.102.14
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7c8aba3d2-f100-414f-9ec8-6ec57416f8e8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.102.14

La Lucha del Pueblo Español por su Libertad (xxxv), from the series In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part

Artist:
R. B. Kitaj, born Chagrin Falls, OH 1932-died Los Angeles, CA 2007  Search this
Printer:
Kelpra Studio  Search this
Publisher:
Marlborough AG Shellenberg FL  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
30 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (77.5 x 56.5 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1969
Topic:
Figure male\bust  Search this
Occupation\military\soldier  Search this
Object\written matter\book  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kalago Properties
Object number:
1997.102.15
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk753f7aa10-3ee7-42cf-aef2-3701f831fa3a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.102.15

Intelligence Bulletin (xxxix), from the series In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part

Artist:
R. B. Kitaj, born Chagrin Falls, OH 1932-died Los Angeles, CA 2007  Search this
Printer:
Kelpra Studio  Search this
Publisher:
Marlborough AG Shellenberg FL  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
30 3/4 x 22 1/2 in. (78.1 x 57.2 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1969
Topic:
Occupation\military  Search this
Object\written matter\book  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kalago Properties
Object number:
1997.102.16
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk716b63450-bdc0-4d51-bc9b-4865e3f17479
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.102.16

Edward Weston (xiii), from the series In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part

Artist:
R. B. Kitaj, born Chagrin Falls, OH 1932-died Los Angeles, CA 2007  Search this
Printer:
Kelpra Studio  Search this
Publisher:
Marlborough AG Shellenberg FL  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
30 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. (77.5 x 57.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1969
Topic:
Object\written matter\book  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kalago Properties
Object number:
1997.102.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk78c8ee41f-81f9-4a43-a9a8-d3bdcef92cd0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.102.2

O'Neill (xv), from the series In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part

Artist:
R. B. Kitaj, born Chagrin Falls, OH 1932-died Los Angeles, CA 2007  Search this
Printer:
Kelpra Studio  Search this
Publisher:
Marlborough AG Shellenberg FL  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
30 3/4 x 22 in. (78.1 x 55.9 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1969
Topic:
Waterscape  Search this
Object\written matter\book  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kalago Properties
Object number:
1997.102.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk70842a608-09da-4e9d-b98f-2f67e0fcec55
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.102.3

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