The papers of artist Loren Madsen measure 5.2 linear feet and 45.82 GB and date from 1969 to 2019. The collection primarily consists of project and exhibition files, and also includes personal business records, correspondence, writings, photographic material, and artwork. There are materials in physical and digital format.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of artist Loren Madsen measure 5.2 linear feet and 45.82 GB and date from 1969 to 2019. The collection primarily consists of project and exhibition files, and also includes personal business records, correspondence, writings, photographic material, and artwork. There are materials in physical and digital formats.
Project and exhibition files consist of two subseries: exhibition files, and installations and proposals. These files include materials related to Madsen's solo and group exhibitions, installations, and proposals for unrealized projects. Correspondence, photographic material, sketches, planning documents, clippings, and other material are included in these files in physical and digital format.
Personal business records include materials related to Madsen's New Talent Purchase Award from the Modern and Contemporary Art Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his NEA Fellowship and Pollock-Krasner Grant, gallery files, and sales and other financial information.
Correspondence consists of letters and cards both to and from Madsen. The majority of the correspondence is professional in nature.
Writings includes a work by Madsen completed in pursuit of his Master of Arts, notes, an article about
Madsen by Jessica Pecorino, teaching materials, and notebooks. Teaching lectures and supporting materials are in digital format.
Photographic material consists of photographs, negatives, and slides of Madsen's artwork.
Artwork includes eleven sketchbooks; Long Scroll, a 30-foot timeline scroll on paper; and Ephemera, an ongoing series. Also included are extensive digital files depicting Madsen's artwork and work processes through video recordings, photographs, and documents.
The collection is arranged in six series.
Series 1: Project and Exhibition Files, 1969-2005, 2011-2016 (Boxes 1-3; 3 linear feet, ER1-120; 9.28 GB)
Series 2: Personal Business Records, 1969-2017 (Box 4; 0.2 linear feet, ER121; 0.008 GB)
Series 3: Correspondence, 1973-2015 (Box 4; 3 folders)
Series 4: Writings, 1970-1983, 2001-2005 (Box 4; 0.2 linear feet, ER122-124; 0.399 GB)
Series 5: Photographic Material, 1969-2005 (Box 4; 0.4 linear feet)
Series 6: Artwork circa 1973-1983, 1992-1999, 2012-2019 (Boxes 4-6, RD 7; 1.2 linear feet, ER125-160; 36.13 GB)
Biographical / Historical:
Loren Madsen (1943- ) is an artist in Laytonville, California working mainly in sculpture. Madsen attended Reed College (1961-1963) and UCLA and graduated from UCLA with an MA in 1970. In the 1970s and 1980s he made sculpture using bricks and wood suspended, propped, or balanced in studies of countervailing forces. In the early 1990s, Madsen turned his attention to what he calls "data art," using statistics to determine sculptural form.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.