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Barbara Mathes Gallery records pertaining to "Rio Nero" lawsuit, 1989-1995

Creator:
Barbara Mathes Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Bauman, Patricia  Search this
Mathes, Barbara  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Howard Greenberg Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13360
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)254923
AAA_collcode_barbmatg
Theme:
The Art Market
Women
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_254923
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Barbara Mathes Gallery records pertaining to Rio Nero lawsuit

Creator:
Barbara Mathes Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Names:
Howard Greenberg Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Bauman, Patricia  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Mathes, Barbara  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Legal documents
Date:
1989-1995
Summary:
The Barbara Mathes Gallery records pertaining to Rio Nero lawsuit measure 1.4 linear feet and date from 1989-1995. The records, assembled by Barbara Mathes, relate to the lawsuit Greenberg Gallery, Inc., et al. v. Patricia Bauman, et al. and the authenticity of the Alexander Calder mobile Rio Nero. The files contain correspondence, purchase and shipping records, and legal documents. The collection also includes printed material and photographs of the mobile.
Scope and Content Note:
The Barbara Mathes Gallery records pertaining to Rio Nero lawsuit measure 1.4 linear feet and date from 1989-1995. The collection, assembled by Barbara Mathes, relates to the lawsuit Greenberg Gallery, Inc., et al. v. Patricia Bauman, et al. regarding the authentication of the Alexander Calder mobile Rio Nero. The Barbara Mathes Gallery, co-owner of the mobile was a plaintiff in the lawsuit. The files contain correspondence between co-owners of the mobile, letters and accompanying legal documents from their attorney, purchase and shipment records, and invoices for legal fees. Legal documents are comprised of depositions, findings of fact, transcripts of proceedings, trial exhibits, and appeal briefs. Printed material includes clippings and magazine articles relating to the trial. The collection also contains photographs of the mobile.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as four series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1989-1995 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Legal Documents, 1991-1994 (Box 2; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1993-1995 (Box 2; 1 folder)

Series 4: Photographs, 1989-1990, 1993 (Box 2; 2 folders)
Historical Note:
In 1959 Alexander Calder (1898-1976) created a black metal mobile titled Rio Nero which collector Lionel Bauman purchased from the Perls Galleries, New York City (1967). Patricia Bauman received Rio Nero from her father's estate in 1989 and consigned the mobile to the Herbert Palmer Gallery in Los Angeles and L & R Entwistle and Co., Ltd. in London. The Greenberg Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri, purchased the mobile for $500,000 from L & R Entwistle in March 1990. The Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York; Donald Morris Gallery, Inc., Birmingham, Michigan; and John C. Stoller & Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota, each acquired a twenty-five percent share in the mobile from the Greenberg Gallery.

In May 1990, the gallery owners saw the mobile for the first time and noticed that the work neither hung properly nor moved in a manner consistent with other Calder mobiles. In December 1990, the owners asked Klaus Perls, the noted authority on Calder and the artist's primary dealer from 1955-1976, to authenticate the Rio Nero mobile. After Perls deemed the work a forgery, Patricia Bauman declined to reverse the sale and the four galleries instituted legal proceedings. The plaintiffs, Greenberg Gallery et al., contended that Patricia Bauman, or someone acting on her behalf, switched the original mobile with a forgery and then presented it to L & R Entwistle as a Calder mobile.

In April 1993, the case was tried without a jury in Washington, D. C. and the Federal District Court awarded judgment to the defendants, Patricia Bauman and L & R Entwistle. The judge presiding over the case, Judge Oberdorfer, ruled out the testimony of Klaus Perls and the plaintiffs subsequently appealed the case. In 1994, the Alexander and Louisa Calder Foundation declined to include the mobile in the catalogue raisonné on the artist. On appeal, judgment was not overturned.
Provenance:
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Barbara Mathes in 2005.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Barbara Mathes Gallery records pertaining to Rio Nero lawsuit 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 galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Legal documents
Citation:
The Barbara Mathes Gallery records pertaining to Rio Nero lawsuit, 1989-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.barbmatg
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Barbara Mathes Gallery records pertaining to Rio Nero lawsuit
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Mathes, Barbara, 1983-1989

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American Art. Curatorial Office  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 97-035, National Museum of American Art. Curatorial Office, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa97-035-refidd1e2218

Mathes, Barbara

Collection Creator::
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Department of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Container:
Box 23 of 35
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 469, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Department of Painting and Sculpture, Curatorial Records
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Curatorial Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0469-refidd1e10565

David Hockney : print retrospective, October 18-November 28, 1973

Author:
Hockney, David  Search this
Mathes, Barbara  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co  Search this
Subject:
Hockney, David  Search this
Physical description:
[23] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
[1973?]
Call number:
NE642.H57 A4 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646669

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