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Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers

Creator:
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Names:
Behnke, Leigh, 1946-  Search this
Extent:
7.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Writings
Date:
1966-2009
Summary:
The Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009, measure 7.2 linear feet. Photographic materials, printed material, and writings document the realist painters' work, working methods, and exhibitions. Also found are subject files, some professional correspondence and personal photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009, measure 7.2 linear feet. Photographic materials, printed material, and writings document the realist painters' work, working methods, and exhibitions. Also found are subject files, some professional correspondence, and personal photographs.

Don Eddy's papers consist largely of photographic materials, writings, and printed material. Photographic materials include images of completed work and a significant amount of source material that documents Eddy's working methods. Also found are exhibition installation views, personal and travel pictures. Writings include a dissertation and two theses in which he figures prominently. Most printed material mentions Eddy or contains reproductions of his work.

The papers of Leigh Behnke, less voluminous than her husband's, are comprised mainly of photographic materials, printed material, and subject files. Among the photographic materials are images that served as source material and document her working methods. All printed material mentions Behnke or contains reproductions of her work. Subject files document projects, exhibitions, and miscellaneous topics.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 2 series:

Series 1: Don Eddy papers, 1966-2009 (Boxes 1-6, 9-10; 5.8 linear feet)

Series 2: Leigh Behnke papers, 1974-2009 (Boxes 6-9; 1.4 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Don Eddy (b. 1944) and Leigh Behnke (b. 1946) are realist painters in New York City. They are married and both teach at the School of Visual Arts. Eddy is one of the thirteen original Photorealists.

Don Eddy was born in Long Beach, California. From around age ten until he left home to attend college, he worked at his father's auto body shop and became proficient in airbrush technique and color matching paint. Eddy studied with Jean Charlot at the University of Hawaii (B.F.A. 1967, M.F.A. 1969). His early paintings employed pictorial illusion and their subject matter came from material culture; part-time work as a tourist photographer in Honolulu prompted him to experiment with and think deeply about photography, leading him to the style that would come to be known as Photorealism. He was first recognized for paintings of automobiles done in acrylic using the spray technique learned at the auto body shop. From the 1970s and well into the next decade, Eddy's work was object oriented. Later, he produced "dream" paintings that included details from Old Master paintings, floating objects that introduced psychological elements and perceptual challenges. Over the next decade he simplified his imagery by pursuing still life and nature painting with complex, layered surfaces. Using photographs he takes himself as source material, Eddy continues to paint urban and nature scenes and has developed elaborate procedures for underpainting and overpainting. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and is represented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.

Leigh Behnke, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, moved to New York City to attend Pratt Institute (B.F.A. 1969) and later studied at New York University (M.A. 1976). Behnke paints in oil and watercolor using her own photographs and digital images as source material. Interests in architecture, interiors, history, memory, nature, and scientific concepts are reflected in her work. She combines images and employs multi panels (diptych and polyptych) as a device for focusing on perception and pictorial space, commenting on images, and redefining subjects from other vantage points. Behnke has taught at the School of Visual Arts since 1979. She is represented by Fischbach Gallery, New York, and Plus One Gallery, London.
Provenance:
Donated by Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke in 2009.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke 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
Photo-realism  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Writings
Citation:
Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.eddydon
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-eddydon

Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Subject:
Hauke, Cesar M. de (Cesar Mange)  Search this
Glaenzer, Eugene  Search this
Haardt, Georges  Search this
Seligman, Germain  Search this
Seligmann, Arnold  Search this
Parker, Theresa D.  Search this
Waegen, Rolf Hans  Search this
Trevor, Clyfford  Search this
Seligmann, René  Search this
Seligmann, Jacques  Search this
De Hauke & Co., Inc.  Search this
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Eugene Glaenzer & Co.  Search this
Germain Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Gersel  Search this
Type:
Gallery records
Topic:
Mackay, Clarence Hungerford, 1874-1938 -- Art collections  Search this
Schiff, Mortimer L. -- Art collections  Search this
Arenberg, duc d' -- Art collections  Search this
Liechtenstein, House of -- Art collections  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Art dealers -- France -- Paris  Search this
La Fresnaye, Roger de, 1885-1925  Search this
Art, Renaissance  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Art treasures in war  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- France -- Paris  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9936
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212486
AAA_collcode_jacqself
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212486
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Newspaper clipping featuring a girl skipping rope

Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
not after 1943
Topic:
Children  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13599
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Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13599

Joan Semmel self portrait source photograph for her painting Centered

Photographer:
Semmel, Joan, 1932-  Search this
Subject:
Semmel, Joan  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 2000
Topic:
Painting from photographs  Search this
Self-portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18316
See more items in:
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk 1960-2013
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18316
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Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009

Creator:
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Behnke, Leigh, 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Behnke, Leigh  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Writings
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photo-realism  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15689
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)283100
AAA_collcode_eddydon
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_283100
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Oral history interview with Robert Alan Bechtle, 1978 September 13-1980 February 1

Interviewee:
Bechtle, Robert, 1932-0  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Subject:
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Photo-realism -- California  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12008
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212327
AAA_collcode_bechtl78
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212327
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Robert Alan Bechtle

Interviewee:
Bechtle, Robert, 1932-  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Extent:
69 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1978 September 13-1980 February 1
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert Alan Bechtle conducted 1978 September 13-1980 February 1, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Bechtle (1932- ) is a painter from Berkeley, California. Full name: Robert Alan Bechtle.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 8 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Photo-realism -- California  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bechtl78
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bechtl78

Simco shoe store window display

Photographer:
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1970
Topic:
Painting from photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12781
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Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12781

Source photographs of toys on display, for Don Eddy's C Series paintings

Photographer:
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1980
Topic:
Painting from photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18342
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Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18342

Hand-colored photograph study for Don Eddy's C Series paintings

Photographer:
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1980
Topic:
Painting from photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18343
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Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18343

(Portrait of a Woman) [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Dix, Eulabee 1878-1961  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1930s
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Object--Furniture--Couch  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0000109
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_109

Super realism : a critical anthology / edited by Gregory Battcock

Author:
Battcock, Gregory 1937-  Search this
Physical description:
xxx, 322 p., 8 leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1975
20th century
Topic:
Realism in art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Call number:
N6494.R4 S94 1975X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_68655

Peintres photographes : de Degas à Hockney / Michel Poivert

Author:
Poivert, Michel  Search this
Physical description:
255 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2017
20th century
19th century
Topic:
Painting from photographs--History  Search this
Art and photography--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1084906

Randy Hayes, the world reveiled / text by John Yau

Title:
World reveiled
Author:
Yau, John 1950-  Search this
Hayes, Randy 1944-  Search this
Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, Ga.) Museum  Search this
Subject:
Hayes, Randy 1944-  Search this
Physical description:
87 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1999
Topic:
Human figure in art  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Call number:
ND237.H384 A4 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_849278

Coloured ceramics from Ashur, and earlier ancient Assyrian wall-paintings : from photographs and water-colours by members of the Ashur expedition organised by the Deutsche Orient-gesellschaft / edited by Walter Andrae; with thirty-six coloured plates and forty-eight illustrations in the text

Author:
Andrae, Walter 1875-1956  Search this
Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 78 p., 1 . illus., plates (part col.) 40 x 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Iraq
Ashur (Extinct city)
Assyria
Date:
1925
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Call number:
738.39 .A74
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_862106

László Fehér : Erinnerungen an Reales / [Redaktion, Rainer Fuchs ... et al.]

Author:
Fehér, László  Search this
Museum Moderner Kunst (Austria) Stiftung Ludwig  Search this
Subject:
Fehér, László  Search this
Physical description:
143 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1997
C1997
Topic:
Expressionism (Art)--Influence  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_728389

Caro Niederer : leben mit kunst - living with art / editor, Roland Wapse

Author:
Niederer, Caro  Search this
Wäpse, Roland  Search this
Subject:
Niederer, Caro  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2005
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_748339

Gerhard Richter : landscapes

Author:
Richter, Gerhard 1932-  Search this
Antoine, Jean-Philippe  Search this
Zwirner & Wirth  Search this
Subject:
Richter, Gerhard 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
[43] p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
[2004]
20th century
Topic:
Landscape painting, German  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Call number:
ND588.R48 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_780233

Painting into photography : photography into painting / by Bonnie Clearwater

Author:
Clearwater, Bonnie 1957-  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami, Fla.)  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill. (some col.), ports ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Art and photography  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
N72.P5 C54 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_630627

Gerhard Richter, landscapes / Dietmar Elger (ed.)

Title:
Landscapes
Author:
Richter, Gerhard 1932-  Search this
Elger, Dietmar  Search this
Sprengel Museum Hannover  Search this
Subject:
Richter, Gerhard 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
126 p. : ill. 25 x 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Germany
Hannover
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Landscape painting, German--Exhibitions  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Call number:
ND588.R48 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_653714

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