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Tibor de Nagy Gallery records

Creator:
Tibor de Nagy Gallery  Search this
Names:
Art Dealers Association of America  Search this
Art in America  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
United States Information Agency  Search this
Castoro, Rosemarie  Search this
Ciarrocchi, Ray, 1933-  Search this
De Nagy, Tibor, 1908-1993  Search this
Goodnough, Robert, 1917-  Search this
Gregor, Harold, 1929-  Search this
Grooms, Red  Search this
Hirsch, Pauli  Search this
Kozloff, Joyce  Search this
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994  Search this
Penney, Charles Rand, 1923-2010  Search this
Reginato, Peter, 1945-  Search this
Robbin, Tony  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979  Search this
Rose, Leatrice  Search this
Witteman-Widrig, Nancy  Search this
Extent:
43.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1941-2016
Summary:
The records of the New York Tibor de Nagy Gallery measure 43.9 linear feet and date from 1941-2016. The records document the activities of the gallery through business records and correspondence, exhibition files, artist files, financial and legal records, inventory records, and a small amount of records of the Houston Branch.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the New York Tibor de Nagy Gallery measure 43.9 linear feet and date from 1941-2016. The records document the activities of the gallery through business records and correspondence, exhibition files, artist files, financial and legal records, inventory records, a small amount of records of the Houston Branch, and exhibition announcements.

Business records include correspondence and administrative files. Business correspondence is with clients, curators, galleries, museums, colleges and universities, organizations, and publications, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Art Dealers Association, National Institute of Arts and Letters, United States Information Agency, The Hirshhorn Museum, Art News, Art in America, Pauli Hirsch, Jacqueline Kennedy, Charles Penney, Nelson Rockefeller, and many others. Correspondence concerns sales, purchases, shipping, loans, general exhibitions, publicity, events, publications and publishing, and other topics. Additional documents found within the correspondence files are purchase invoices, inquiries, shipping receipts, and photographs. Correspondence with artists is found in the Artist Files series. Administrative files concern day-to-day operations and include leases and construction documents, incorporation, insurance, art appraisals, art framing, and other general business affairs.

Exhibition files document many exhibitions held at the Gallery and include clippings and research materials, exhibition catalogs, exhibit and gallery plans, correspondence, and photographs. Some loan agreements and shipping receipts are also included.

Artist files document business affairs with individual artists and also contain collected information on artists. Typically, there are several files on each artist which may include printed materials, biographies, consignments, loans documentation, sales documentation, correspondence, photographic material, publicity, and reviews. Artists well represented among these files include Rosemarie Castoro, Ray Ciarrocchi, Robert Goodnough, Harold Gregor, Red Grooms (including a transcript of "A Conversation with Marison and Red Grooms"), Joyce Kozloff, Peter Reginato, Tony Robbin, Leatrice Rose, and Nancy Witteman-Widrig.

Financial records include incomplete runs of billing statements, expenses and cash disbursements, paid and unpaid invoices, and sales and shipping receipts. Inventory records consist primarily of index cards and/or sheets that document stock, consignments, loans, sales, and shipping.

A relatively small amount of Houston branch records include announcements, clippings, correspondence, financial information including consignments, income, invoices, and statements, photographs, publicity materials and a research file on Houston art museums.

Exhibition announcements promote the gallery's exhibitions for artists including Joe Brainard, Shirley Jaffe, Fairfield Porter, Rosemarie Castoro, Alfred Leslie, and many others.
Arrangement:
The Tibor de Nagy Gallery records are arranged into seven series.

Series 1: Business Records and Correpondence, 1950-1993 (10 linear feet; Boxes 1-10)

Series 2: Exhibition Files, 1941-1992 (2 linear feet; Boxes 11-12)

Series 3: Artist Files, 1956-1993 (18.6 linear feet; Boxes 13-31, 46)

Series 4: Financial and Legal Records, 1951-1984 (3.5 linear feet; Boxes 31-34)

Series 5: Inventory Records, 1952-1989 (9 linear feet; Boxes 34-43)

Series 6: Houston Branch Records, 1969-1984 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 43-45)

Series 7: Exhibition Announcements, 1953-2016 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 47-48)
Biographical / Historical:
One of the earliest modern art galleries in New York, Tibor de Nagy Gallery was founded in 1950 by Tibor de Nagy and John Bernard Myers. Initially the gallery featured the work of second generation Abstract Expressionists and continues to operate today with a focus on the Post War second generation New York School.

John B. Myers served as the gallery's first director and De Nagy was the business manager while continuing to work in the banking business. Early on, the gallery introduced and promoted second generation Abstract Expressionists such as Grace Hartigan and Alfred Leslie. The gallery quickly earned a reputation for promoting the work of emerging artists, including Carl Andre, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Red Grooms, Fairfield Porter, and Larry Rivers, among others, giving many of them their first solo shows.

Later the gallery gained a reputation as a space for collaborative artistic ventures and organized exhibitions that combined visual imagery and poetry by several New York School poets. The gallery also published books by poets John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler, as well as a poetry newsletter entitled Semi-Colon.

In 1973 de Nagy teamed with Marvin Watson to open the Watson/deNagy Gallery in Houston, which closed in 1983. Tibor de Nagy retired from banking in 1970 and continued running the gallery until he died in 1993. The Tibor de Nagy gallery continues operating today at 724 Fifth Avenue under the direction of Andrew Arnot and Eric Brown. It also works with a number of estates, including those of Joe Brainard, Rudy Burckhardt, Donald Evans, and Jess.
Related Materials:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are an oral history interview with Tibor de Nagy, March 29, 1976 conducted by Paul Cummings; the John Bernard Myers papers (which do not contain documentation of his work at the gallery); and the Watson/de Nagy Houston gallery records available only on microfilm, a small portion of which may also be duplicated in the original records described in this finding aid.
Provenance:
The records were donated by Tibor de Nagy Gallery in multiple accessions between 1993-1996 and in 2018. Additional material about the exhibition, Digital Explorations: Emerging Visions in art, 1988, donated in 2020 by one of the exhibition curators, Ligia Ercius-DiPaola.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
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.
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Gallery owners  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Texas -- Houston  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Tibor de Nagy Gallery records, 1941-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tibode
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-tibode
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Graphics and sculpture by members (the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Institute of Arts and Letters) : Nov. 9-Dec. 16, 1973

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder (5 p.)
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1973
1973]
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_813873

Comprehensive exhibition of works by members of the departments of art, literature and music : May 9-June, 1942

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
15 p
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1942
[1942]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_813874

Exhibition of the development of Washington from forest to national capital as shown in plans and models arranged by Frederick Law Olmsted / the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National institute of Arts and Letters

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Olmsted, Frederick Law 1870-1957  Search this
Physical description:
20 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1944
1944?]
Topic:
History  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_813875

An exhibition of contemporary painting and sculpture : the American Academy of Arts and Letters [and] the National Institute of Arts and Letters, in the Academy Art Gallery, Mar. 4-Apr. 10, 1971

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([6] p.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1971
1971]
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Modern  Search this
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_813877

Catalogue, 1934-1935, of the Museum of the American academy of arts and letters and the National institute of arts and letters, opened November 8, 1934, in the administration building of the academy, Broadway between 155th and 156th streets, New York City

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters Museum  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 p. l., [5]-53 p. 17 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1934
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_742079

Exhibition of work by newly elected members and recipients of honors and awards / the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters

Title:
Exhibition of works by candidates for art awards Mar. 3-Apr. 6, 1975
Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.) Awards  Search this
Physical description:
v. ; 24 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
19uu
1976
20th century
Topic:
American literature--Awards  Search this
Painting--Awards  Search this
Literary prizes  Search this
Call number:
NX504 .A535
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_778484

John Marin, 1870-1953 : January 15-February 14, 1954

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Marin, John 1870-1953  Search this
Physical description:
[14] p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1954
[1954]
Call number:
N6537.M37 A4 1954x
ND1839.M38 A4 1954
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_799511

Memorial exhibition : Adolph Gottlieb, Leon Kroll, Zoltan Sepeshy, Moses Soyer, Mar. 3, 1975-Apr. 6, 1975 in the museum / American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City

Title:
Adolph Gottlieb, Leon Kroll, Zoltan Sepeshy, Moses Soyer
Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
[13] p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1975
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .A569 1975
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_634635

The Impressionist mood in American painting [exhibition], January 16 - February 15, 1959. The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Institute of Arts and Letters

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
[14] p. 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1959
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.I45 I45 1959
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639112

A change of sky: [exhibition of] paintings by Americans who have worked abroad, March 4 through April 3, 1960, the Art Gallery ..

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. [12] plates. 18 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1960
19th-20th centuries
Topic:
Painting, American--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
ND205 .A512
ND205.A512
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_157898

National Institute of Arts and Letters ... American Academy of Arts and Letters : [lists of members and awards]

Author:
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
Physical description:
v. ; 18 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Topic:
Arts--Societies, etc  Search this
Arts--Awards  Search this
Call number:
AP1 .N274
AP1.N274
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_162576

Memorial exhibition

Author:
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
Physical description:
v. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .N27
N6512.N27
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_162583

A catalogue of an exhibition of works by the living artist members of the National institute of arts and letters, in connection with the opening of the art gallery of the new building of the American academy of arts and letters, Broadway between 155th and 156th streets, New York city

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., [7]-55 p. 17 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1930
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
N6505 .A25
N6505.A25
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_165472

Public meeting under the auspices of the American academy and the National institute of arts and letters held at Carnegie hall, New York, November 3, 1910, in memory of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Twain, Mark 1835-1910  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., 103 p. 17 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1922
Call number:
CT275.C62 A5
CT275.C62A5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_60633

Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
37 no. 24-26 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1910
1976
1910-1921, 1951-1976
Call number:
AP1.A51 A3
AP1.A51A3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_61609

Public meeting of the American Academy and the National Institute of Arts and Letters at the Fine Arts Society, New York, November 20, 1909, to confer upon the work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens the gold medal of the Institute

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus 1848-1907  Search this
Physical description:
40 p. 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1922
Call number:
N40.1.S13 A45
N40.1.S13A45
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_84183

Thomas Eakins, 1844-1916 : exhibition of paintings and sculpture : January 16 - February 16, 1958

Author:
Eakins, Thomas 1844-1916  Search this
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Eakins, Thomas 1844-1916  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. ; port. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1958
[1958?]
Call number:
ND237.E11 E1
ND237.E11E1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_84437

Public meeting of the American academy and the National institute of arts and letters in honor of William Dean Howells, president of the academy from its inception to the date of his death; WilliamMilligan Sloane, president of the academy, presiding

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
Sloane, William Milligan 1850-1928  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Howells, William Dean 1837-1920  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., 76 p. 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1922
Call number:
CT275.H85 A5
CT275.H85A5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_91902

An exhibition of painting and sculpture commemorating the Armory show of 1913 and the first exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in 1917 : with works by members who exhibited there. New York, December 2-30, 1955

Author:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Armory Show (1913 : New York, N.Y.) History  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. (incl. cover) ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1955
1955]
20th century
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
ND212 .E98 1955
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_981424

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