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Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014, bulk 1970-1990

Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Subject:
Golub, Leon  Search this
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Selz, Peter Howard  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014, bulk 1970-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art and war  Search this
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21701
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)398508
AAA_collcode_peltirvi
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_398508
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Peter Howard Selz papers

Creator:
Selz, Peter Howard, 1919-2019  Search this
Names:
College Art Association of America  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.) (Faculty)  Search this
Marlborough Gallery  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Calif.)  Search this
University of California, Berkeley. University Art Museum  Search this
Baykam, Bedri, 1957-  Search this
Beckmann, Max, 1884-1950  Search this
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Bergman, Ciel, 1938-  Search this
Bury, Pol, 1922-2005  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Chase-Riboud, Barbara  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Conner, Bruce, 1933-2008  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Hadzi, Dimitri, 1921-2006  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Lindner, Richard, 1901-1978  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986  Search this
Onslow-Ford, Gordon  Search this
Paris, Harold, 1925-1979  Search this
Petlin, Irving, 1934-  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Tinguely, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Extent:
31.5 Linear feet
0.696 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Place:
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
Date:
1929-2014
bulk 1950-2005
Summary:
The papers of art historian and writer Peter Howard Selz measure 31.5 linear feet and 0.696 GB and date from 1929 to 2018, with the bulk of the materials from 1950 to 2005. The papers document Selz's long career via correspondence, writings, professional files, project files, membership and association records, artists' research files, exhibition files, personal business records, printed and digital materials, and nine scrapbooks.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian and writer Peter Howard Selz measure 31.5 linear feet and 0.696 GB and date from 1929 to 2018, with the bulk of the materials from 1950 to 2005. The papers document Selz's long career via correspondence, writings, professional files, project files, membership and association records, artists' research files, exhibition files, personal business records, printed and digital materials, and scrapbooks.

Correspondence is with colleagues, artists, museums, and galleries concerning a wide variety of topics, including exhibitions and publications. The bulk of the correspondence consists of alphabetical files (two linear feet) that includes correspondence with artists. Notable correspondents include Pol Bury, Alexander Calder, Gordon Onslow Ford, Alberto Giacometti, Morris Graves, Philip Guston, Dimitri Hadzi, Jacques Lipchitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Jean Tinguely, and others. Eight additional files of chronological correspondence is with curators, arts organizations, and publishers. Additional correspondence is found in the professional files, project files, membership files, artists' research files, and exhibition files.

The bulk of the writings series is comprised of files related to Selz's books and includes typescript drafts and galleys, printed and digital material, correspondence, and publishing contracts. Files are found for Art in Our Times, Art of Engagement, Beyond the Mainstream, and Theories of Modern Art. Other writings consist of drafts of articles, essays, notes, and lectures by Selz. Also included are writings by others, including materials related to Paul Karlstrom's biography of Selz.

Professional files document curatorial and teaching positions at the Chicago Institute of Design, Pomona College, University of California, Berkeley, and the Museum of Modern Art. The series includes contracts, recommendations, syllabi, and correspondence.

Project files document Selz's professional work on specific art projects, panels, and symposiums. There is extensive documentation of Selz's work as project director of Christo's Running Fence, as well as other environmental art work projects by Christo, the Berkeley Art Project, Disney Art Project, "Funk Art" symposium, and the "Art and Politics in the 20th Century" symposium. Project files contain a wide variety of materials, such as correspondence, printed material, financial records, reports, photographs, and other documents. There are 2 tape reels, 1 VHS, and 1 sound cassette.

Membership and association records document Selz's involvement with or membership in various art councils, trustee boards, such as the College Art Association, Art in Chicago Advisory Committee, Bay Area Rapid Transit (B.A.R.T.) Art Council, and the San Francisco Crafts and Folk Art Museum Advisory Board, among others. Materials include meeting minutes, bulletins, correspondence, and memoranda.

Artists' Research Files consist of a wide variety of research materials Selz compiled about artists for lectures, writings, projects, exhibitions, etc. Files vary and may include original and photocopied correspondence, photographic material, resumes, printed and digital material, and writings. There is also 1 sound cassette. Files are found for Bedri Baykam, Max Beckmann, Fletcher Benton, Ciel Bergman, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Bruce Conner, Jean Dubuffet, Lyonel Feininger, Leon Golub, Dimitri Hadzi, Rico Lebrun, Harold Paris, Irving Petlin, among many others.

Exhibition files include catalogs, reviews, clippings, writings, correspondence, and other material documenting exhibitions organized by Selz. Limited materials are found for the MOMA Art Nouveau exhibition. More extensive documentation is found for Seven Decades of Modern Art, 1895-1965, The Joint Show (1967), The American Presidency in Political Cartoons (1976), American Modern Art Between the Two World Wars (1979), German Realism in the Twenties: Artist As Social Critic (1980), Twelve Artists from the German Democratic Republic (1989), a Richard Lindner Retrospective (1996), Spaces of Nature (1999), Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000 (2000), and a Nathan Oliviera Retrospective (2002), among others. Some of the materials are in digital format.

Personal business records are related to the Mark Rothko estate and Kate Rothko's legal case against Marlborough Gallery, Inc. Also included in this series are Peter Selz's school transcripts, bequests, royalty statements, house designs, and other material.

Printed materials include clippings, prints of articles written by Peter Selz, exhibition announcements and invitations, and photocopies of artwork images.

There are nine disbound scrapbooks dating from the 1940s up through 2012 containing clippings, exhibition announcements, and photographs of art events, Selz, and artists. This series also includes materials from the 2018 addition that may have previously been compiled in binders.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 10 series. When possible the original order of Peter Selz was maintained. However, multiple accessions were merged and integrated.

Missing Title

Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-2013 (2.3 linear feet; Box 1-3, Box 37)

Series 2: Writings, 1942- circa 2014 (8.3 linear feet; Box 3-10, OV 32, Box 37, 0.035 GB; ER01, ER12)

Series 3: Professional Files, 1949-2012 (1 linear feet; Box 11, Box 37)

Series 4: Project Files, 1962-2015 (2.8 linear feet; Box 12-14, OV 33, Box 37)

Series 5: Membership and Association Records, 1958-2014 (1.1 linear feet; Box 14-15, Box 37)

Series 6: Artists' Research Files, 1955-2014 (7.9 linear feet; Box 15-22, OV 34-35, 0.520 GB; ER02-ER08)

Series 7: Exhibition Files, 1959-2014 (5.2 linear feet; Box 23-27, Box 38, 0.093 GB; ER09-ER11)

Series 8: Personal Business Records, 1929-2014 (1.2 linear feet; Box 28-29, OV 36, Box 38)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1957-2014 (0.3 linear feet; Box 29, Box 38)

Series 10: Scrapbooks, 1947-2018 (1.4 linear feet, Box 29-31, Box 38)
Biographical / Historical:
Peter Howard Selz (1919-2019) was a pioneering historian of modern art, professor, and writer who taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-1988 and founded and directed the Berkeley Art Museum from 1965-1973.

Selz was born in 1919 in Munich, Germany to Eugene Selz and Edith Drey Selz. In 1936, the family fled Nazi Germany and immigrated to the United States. Selz attended Columbia University from 1937 to 1938 and became a naturalized citizen in 1942. During World War II, Selz served in the U.S. Army in the Office of Strategic Services. He married writer Thalia Cheronis in 1948 but they later divorced in 1965; he married several times afterwards.

After the war, Selz attended and taught at the University of Chicago where he received a Ph. D. in German Expressionism. He spent a year in Paris, 1949-1950, at the Sorbonne and École du Louvre on a Fulbright grant. He received a second Fulbright grant in 1953 to study at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Belgium. From 1953-1955, Selz also taught at the Chicago Institute of Design.

In 1955 Peter Selz accepted a position to chair the art history department at Pomona College in Claremont and relocated to California for a few years. He also became director of the college's art gallery.

In 1958 Selz moved to New York City to become curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art and was there through the transformative mid-1960s. While at MOMA, he organized several significant exhibitions of modern art, including the 1960 Jean Tinguely "Homage to New York," a sculpture that destroyed itself (and started a fire) in the sculpture garden of the museum; New Images of Man (1959), the Art Nouveau show (1960), and the Art of Assemblage (1961). He also launched important retrospectives, including the first Rodin retrospective in the United States and a comprehensive exhibition of Alberto Giacometti's work in 1965.

In 1965, Peter Selz returned to California to become the founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley, a position he held until 1973. He organized exhibitions of Funk, film, and ceramicists like Peter Voulkos and Robert Arneson. Peter Selz later became project director for Christo's "Running Fence", the 24.5-mile long fabric fence over the Marin County hills in 1976. He also served concurrently as a professor of art history at UC until retiring in 1988.

Peter Selz was a member of the College Art Association's board of directors for two terms, 1958-1964 and 1966-1971. Selz is a prolific writer, and the author or co-author of numerous books, exhibition catalogs, and articles. Notable books include German Expressionist Painting (1957), Art in a Turbulent Era (1965), Art in Our Times (1981), and Sam Francis (1975).

In 1988 Peter Selz was named emeritus professor at University of California, Berkeley. In 1993 he was on the acquisitions committee of the Museums of Fine Arts, San Francisco. In 2012, Selz curated The Painted Word exhibition. Selz died in 2019 in Albany, California.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds oral history interviews of Peter Selz conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom on July 28, 1982, October 12, 1982, and November 3, 1999.
Provenance:
The Peter Howard Selz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Peter Selz in multiple installments from 1976 through 2014. Additional papers were donated in 2018 by Gabrielle Selz, Peter Selz's daughter.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
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.
Occupation:
Authors -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Art historians -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Topic:
Realism  Search this
Political cartoons  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Environment (Art)  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California  Search this
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art -- Germany  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Peter Howard Selz papers, 1929-2018, bulk 1950-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.selzpete
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ce9d9d14-7599-455d-828d-57077e76ef17
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-selzpete
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Oral history interview with Dennis Adrian

Interviewee:
Adrian, Dennis, 1937-  Search this
Interviewer:
Silverman, Lanny  Search this
Names:
Akron Art Museum  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Madison Art Center  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
New York University  Search this
Portland Art Museum (Or.)  Search this
University of Chicago -- Students  Search this
Acconci, Vito, 1940-  Search this
Achilles, Rolf  Search this
Alloway, Lawrence, 1926-1990  Search this
Anderson, Jeremy, 1921-1982  Search this
Artner, Alan G.  Search this
Barnes, Robert, 1934-  Search this
Baum, Don, 1922-  Search this
Botticelli, Sandro, 1444 or 1445-1510  Search this
Brown, Roger, 1941-1997  Search this
Carlson, Victor I.  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Conner, Bruce, 1933-2008  Search this
Coplans, John  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Dubuffet  Search this
Florsheim, Lillian H.  Search this
Frumkin, Allan  Search this
Garver, Thomas H.  Search this
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Hanson, Philip, 1943-  Search this
Hoffman, Rhona, 1934-  Search this
Ito, Miyoko, 1918-1983  Search this
Kind, Phyllis, 1933-2018  Search this
Leaf, June, 1929-  Search this
Lee, Sherman E.  Search this
Maxon, John, 1916-  Search this
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 1886-1969  Search this
Newman, Muriel Kallis Steinberg  Search this
Nicholson, Natasha, 1945-  Search this
Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967  Search this
Pearlstein, Philip, 1924-  Search this
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Ramberg, Christina  Search this
Rossi, Barbara, 1940-  Search this
Schulze, Franz, 1927-2019  Search this
Sleigh, Sylvia  Search this
Spero, Nancy, 1926-2009  Search this
Swinton, Tilda  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987  Search this
Westermann, H. C. (Horace Clifford), 1922-  Search this
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900  Search this
Wiles, Bertha Harris, 1896-  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (Sound recording: 4 sound files (4 hr., 18 min.), digital, wav)
173 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2015 October 8-9
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Dennis Adrian conducted 2015 October 8-9, by Lanny Silverman, for the Archives of American Art's Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project, at Adrian's home in Seaside, Oregon.
Adrian speaks of growing up in Astoria; traveling to Chicago and New York; Cannon Beach; aging and getting older; his origins; curators and curating; visual sensibilities; the Portland Public Library; opera; his parents, grandparents, and family; Finnish sensibility and humor; Portland Art Museum and classes for children; curator as voyeur; credit and accomplishments; hands on experiences; Artforum; art history; attending University of Chicago; homosexuality and coming out; looted European masterworks; Botticelli; exposure to real art; connoisseurship; collectors and collecting; a Robert Louis Stevenson letter; violin making; growing into yourself; Chicago; war; New York University; Frumkin Gallery; New York; the art world; Madison Art Center; Akron Art Museum; friendship and role models; Art Institute of Chicago; meeting Mies van der Rohe; meeting idols; education; Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Monster Roster; traveling; Chicago art politics; writing and critics; Eurocentric curators; Chicago as an undervalued city; Dog Day Afternoon; discovering art; New York sightings; and experiences running into artists. Adrian also recalls Roger Brown, Ruth Horwich, Gilda Buchbinder, Don Baum, Sherman Lee, Victor Carlson, Peter Voulkos, Lawrence Alloway, Rhona Hoffman, Allan Frumkin, June Leaf, Leon Golub, Jeremy Anderson, Robert Barnes, Tom Garver, Bruce Conner, Natasha Nicholson, H. C. Westermann, Franz Schulze, Bertha Harris Wiles, Muriel Newman, Aaron James Spire, Lillian Florsheim, John Maxon, Greg Knight, P.B. Maryan, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Sleigh, Nancy Spero, Irving Petlin, John Coplans, Alan Artner, Alice Shaddle, Phyllis Kind, Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell, Tilda Swinton, Leo Castelli, Philip Guston, Dubuffet, Pussy Pepke, Bumpy Rogers, Barbara Rossi, Christina Ramberg, Philip Hanson, Miyoko Ito, Mark Jackson, Rolf Achilles, and Vito Acconci.
Biographical / Historical:
Dennis Adrian (1937- ) is an art critic, educator, and curator in Chicago, Illinois. Lanny Silverman (1947- ) is a curator at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Provenance:
This interview is 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 administrators.
Occupation:
Art critics -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, American -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- History  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art thefts -- Europe  Search this
Curators -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.adrian15
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a4b4e01e-5985-41e2-9eac-996bf9e8d51e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-adrian15
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Joseph Randall Shapiro and Jory Shapiro papers

Creator:
Shapiro, Joseph Randall  Search this
Shapiro, Jory  Search this
Names:
Baj, Enrico, 1924-  Search this
Bohrod, Aaron  Search this
Buehr, George Frederick, 1905-1983  Search this
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985  Search this
Cuevas, José Luis, 1934-  Search this
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004  Search this
Hoff, Margo  Search this
Ito, Miyoko, 1918-1983  Search this
Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989  Search this
Lanyon, Ellen  Search this
Matisse, Pierre, 1900-1989  Search this
Pattison, Abbott L. (Abbott Lawrence), 1916-1999  Search this
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Sage, Kay  Search this
Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1943-1985
Scope and Contents:
Letters, scrapbooks, and printed material documenting the development of the Shapiro's art collection. Correspondence, primarily from dealers, museums, art organizations and artists, includes letters from Enrico Baj, Aaron Bohrod (recommending Ben Shahn as a muralist), George Buehr, Jose Luis Cuevas, Leon Golub, Margo Hoff, Miyoko Ito, Sidney Janis, Ellen Lanyon, Pierre Matisse, Ida Meyer-Chagall (discussing her father's work), Abbott Pattison, Irving Petlin, Abraham Rattner, and Kay Sage Tanguy (discussing her husband's work). Printed material consists of 11 exhibition announcements and catalogs (1952-1984), and clippings (1965-1985).
Four scrapbooks (1943-1955) contain clippings, some dealing with the "Art to Live With" program, exhibition catalogs, a letter from Richard Daley (1958), a 3-page typescript "Surrealism Then and Now" by Doris Lane Butler (1958), press releases (1959), and a letter from R. J. Nedved of the Illinois Society of Architects (1967).
Biographical / Historical:
Born 1904. Died 1996. Joseph Shapiro began collecting in 1942 and was drawn to works in the Surrealist tradition. While establishing one of the most important art collections in Chicago, Shapiro and his wife Jory enjoyed personal friendships with artists and used their collection to educate and increase public appreciation of modern art in Chicago. Shapiro was a founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art and served on its board as President from 1967 until 1974.
Provenance:
Material on reel 3759 (fr. 1-320) donated 1986; and material on fr. 323-569 lent for microfilming 1986 all by Joseph R. Shapiro.
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:
Art patrons  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Surrealism -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.shapjose
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw983ed8d03-2159-4bce-a3ee-7563f25e9447
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shapjose

Irving Petlin papers

Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Names:
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004  Search this
Kitaj, R. B.  Search this
Selz, Peter Howard, 1919-2019  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Date:
1952-2014
bulk 1970-1990
Summary:
The papers of painter Irving Petlin measure 3.0 linear feet and date from 1952-2014. Materials include correspondence with other artists and collaborators, galleries, friends, and family; notes by Petlin related to his artistic process; exhibition and project files regarding the war in Vietnam and other projects; exhibition catalogs, announcements, and clippings related to Petlin's work and group and solo museum and gallery shows; periodicals related to the art world; books featuring Petlin as an illustrator or inscribed by author or editor friends of Petlin's; sketches by Petlin; an Italian contemporary art award; a piece of the Peace Tower collaboration with Mark di Suvero and other artists; and photographs of Petlin's works, installations, and Petlin in a studio.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter Irving Petlin measure 3.0 linear feet and date from 1952-2014. Materials include correspondence with other artists and collaborators, galleries, friends, and family; notes by Petlin related to his artistic process; exhibition and project files regarding the war in Vietnam and other projects; exhibition catalogs, announcements, and clippings related to Petlin's work and group and solo museum and gallery shows; periodicals related to the art world; books featuring Petlin as an illustrator or inscribed by author or editor friends of Petlin's; sketches by Petlin; an Italian contemporary art award; a piece of the Peace Tower collaboration with Mark di Suvero and other artists; and photographs of Petlin's works, installations, and Petlin in a studio.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1968-2002 (0.25 linear feet, Box 1)

Series 2: Writings, 1952-1984 (0.18 linear feet) Box 1)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1974-1988 (0.20 linear feet, Box 1)

Series 4: Project Files, 1980-1984, 2007 (0.17 linear feet, Box 1)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1962-2014 (2.09 linear feet Box 1, 2, 3)

Series 6: Artwork, circa 1966-1974 (0.07 linear feet, box 3, 4)

Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1970s-1978 (0.04 linear feet, Box 4)
Biographical / Historical:
Irving Petlin (1934-2018) was a painter in Paris, France; New York, New York; and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Petlin was born in Chicago to Polish Jewish immigrants, attended the Art Institute of Chicago, and earned a MFA from Yale University. Petlin specialized in the medium of pastel, first gaining recognition in Paris after his service in the United States army. From there he went to Los Angeles, where he was principal organizer of the "Artists Protest Movement Against the War in Vietnam," and the 1966 "Peace Tower," with Mark di Suvero and other artists. Petlin and his wife, Sarah, a poet, moved to New York City for 28 years before returning to Paris. Petlin was heavily influenced by the political landscape around him and was an active member of the Art Workers' Coalition. He used allegory, mythology, and symbolism to illustrate politics and the human condition. He often collaborated on projects with other artists and was inspired by writers and poets. In the last decades of his life, Petlin split his time between his studio in Paris and his family's 18th century farmhouse in Martha's Vineyard continuing his work as an artist and activist.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Irving Petlin conducted by James McElhinney September 13 and 15, 2016.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2019 by Sarah Petlin.
Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Painters -- Massachusettes -- Martha's Vineyard  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art and war  Search this
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest Movements -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.peltirvi
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9096058f3-4b7d-4759-ba0d-e212757f6c50
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-peltirvi
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Writings

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Extent:
0.18 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1952-1984
Scope and Contents:
Writings include drafts of letters regarding Petlin's use of the pastel and to the 1975 New York Times editor, Hilton Kramer; a Eulogy for Petlin's friend, Sam; a draft and final copy of Petlin's juror response to the Art Institute of Chicago's 76th Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity; lists of names and address for petitions and statements, and lists of Petlin's paintings and professional activities from 1952-1971; a 1981 manuscript for Michael Palmer's "Notes for Echo Lake" that included an illustration by Petlin; notes and notebooks detailing Petlin's artistic process; a 1975 notebook entitled, "Drawings for the August Tide;" a 1984 notebook entitled, "Notes for the Double Life;" a petition calling for Picasso to remove his work, "Guernica" from MoMA in 1970; petitions and statements regarding Art Forum and the Whitney Museum; and an undated statement on Israel and Palestine.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.peltirvi, Series 2
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92fae7725-0378-4710-a35e-8f6cd11e2e66
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-peltirvi-ref10

Exhibition Catalogs, Solo Exhibitions

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving Petlin papers / Series 5: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Exhibition Catalogs, Solo Exhibitions

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997-1999
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving Petlin papers / Series 5: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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Exhibition Catalogs, Solo Exhibitions

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2001-2002
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving Petlin papers / Series 5: Printed Material
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Exhibition Catalogs, Solo Exhibitions

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2012-2014
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving Petlin papers / Series 5: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-peltirvi-ref103

Guerilla Art Action Group (GAAG) Sets of 10 Licenses in Envelopes

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving Petlin papers / Series 5: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-peltirvi-ref104

Periodicals

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970-1984
Collection Restrictions:
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Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving Petlin papers / Series 5: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-peltirvi-ref105

Periodicals

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1986-1987
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Press Release, Odyssia Gallery exhibition of pastels

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-peltirvi-ref107

Posters, Exhibitions and Protests

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving Petlin papers / Series 5: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ec15e52a-5c6f-4089-8a12-4fa34c873cee
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ead_component:sova-aaa-peltirvi-ref108

Supreme Court Brief in Support of Gregory Lee Johnson

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-peltirvi-ref109

Exhibition Files

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Extent:
0.21 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1988
Scope and Contents:
Exhibition files include materials documenting two exhibitions that demonstrate Petlin's lifelong work as an artist and activist. Files related to 1984's collaborative exhibition, "Artists' Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America," include notes; draft artists' statements; correspondence; clippings; a mock up donation receipt and final donation receipts; Marcus Ratliff's business card; contact lists; and a 1974 affidavit from Thomas M. Fortuin related to the United States of America vs. Jean avier Van Imschoot aka Jean Toche, who was arrested for threatening to kidnap the Metropoitan Museum of Art's trustees until Tony Shrafazi was released from jail for defacing Picasso's "Guernica." Also included are a hand written list of artists; a 1975 press release from the Jean Toche Defense Committee; exhibition announcements; a 1983 financial report; press releases about the exhibition; draft letters; and Petlin's original, annotated exhibition file folders. Collaborators include Doug Ashford, Coosje van Bruggen, Leon Golub, Kate Linker, Lucy R. Lippard, and others.

Files related to the 1988 exhibition, "It's Possible: 24 Israeli and Palestinian Artists Unite for Peace," include the exhibition catalog; correspondence; notes; annotated lists of artists; contact lists; Yesh Gvul There is a Limit stickers; exhibition announcements; protest and event flyers; clippings regarding Palestine and Israel; Larry Ledermean's business card; press releases; an exhibition floor plan; a progress report; an out of pocket expense list and financial report; Shulamith Koenig's artist bio; 1984 open letters to the Israeli government and members of the Israeli government from Leon Golub and Nancy Spero and Leonard and Debora Wolf; and Petlin's original, annotated exhibition file folders. Collaborators include Dore Ashton, Kamal Boullata, Yona Fisher, Nitz Gadish, Shulamith Koenig, Suleiman Mansour, Matti Megged, Jerry Ordover, Grace Paley, and Sam Weiner.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.peltirvi, Series 3
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Archives of American Art
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Sketchbook, "Drawings and Studies for 'The Garden of Mille'"

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving Petlin papers / Series 6: Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw993c68c2e-048c-4161-b5c1-8cf4f96599f4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-peltirvi-ref110

Pencil Sketches

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979, undated
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving Petlin papers / Series 6: Artwork
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Archives of American Art
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Installation Photographs, Gallery Rebecca Cooper

Collection Creator:
Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Irving Petlin papers, 1952-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving Petlin papers / Series 7: Photographic Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ab8bb69f-47de-4e8f-8096-04f31de55002
EDAN-URL:
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