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Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin

Creator:
Wade, Jane, 1925-  Search this
Names:
Buchholz Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Curt Valentin Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Fine Arts Associates  Search this
Universität Hamburg  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Ben-Zion  Search this
Butler, Reg, 1913-1981  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Cox, Jan, 1919-1980  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Flannagan, John Bernard, 1895?-1942  Search this
Gerson, Otto  Search this
Hepworth, Barbara, Dame, 1903-1975  Search this
Kahnweiler, Daniel Henry, 1884-  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Kolbe, Georg, 1877-1947  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
Marcks, Gerhard  Search this
Marini, Marino, 1901-1980  Search this
Masson, André, 1896-1987  Search this
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986  Search this
Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963  Search this
Osborn, Robert Chesley, 1904-1994  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Pickens, Alton  Search this
Pickhardt, Carl E.  Search this
Piper, John, 1903-  Search this
Roesch, Kurt, 1905-  Search this
Smith, David, 1906-1965  Search this
Sutherland, Graham Vivian, 1903-  Search this
Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Prints
Sketches
Date:
1903-1971
Summary:
The Jane Wade papers regarding art dealer and New York gallery owner Curt Valentin, measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1903-1971. This small collection consists of papers donated by former Curt Valentin Gallery employee Jane Wade, which provide scattered documentation of Valentin's life and exhibitions at the Buchholz Gallery (renamed Curt Valentin Gallery in 1951) including biographical material, correspondence from artists Valentin represented, writings and notes, lists documenting clients, exhibitions held, and artwork by Picasso sold by the gallery, clippings of obituaries for Valentin, and a complete set of Buchholz Gallery exhibition catalogs from 1937-1948.
Scope and Contents:
The Jane Wade papers regarding art dealer and New York gallery owner Curt Valentin, measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1903-1971. This small collection consists of papers donated by former Curt Valentin Gallery employee Jane Wade, which provide scattered documentation of Valentin's life and exhibitions at the Buchholz Gallery (renamed Curt Valentin Gallery in 1951) including biographical material, correspondence from artists Valentin represented, writings and notes, lists documenting clients, exhibitions held, and artwork by Picasso sold by the gallery, clippings of obituaries for Valentin, and a complete set of Buchholz Gallery exhibition catalogs from 1937-1948.

Valentin's biographical material is in German and includes his baptismal certificate, a report book from Hamburg University, a letter of recommendation from Commetersche Kunsthandlung, a 1937 permit authorizing Valentin to buy and sell the work of German artists outside Germany, and his 1950 passport.

Valentin's correspondence is primarily with artists and includes letters from Ben-Zion, Reg Butler, Alexander Calder, Jan Cox, Lyonel Feininger, John Flannagan, Barbara Hepworth, Karl Knaths, Gerhard Marcks, André Masson, Henry Moore, Clifford Odets, Carl Pickhardt, Alton Pickens, John Piper, Kurt Roesch, and Graham Sutherland. There are also photocopies of three letters in German from Georg Kolbe. Many of the letters are substantial and provide details about the artists and their work. Also found are a letter vouching for Valentin's loyalty to the United States from Alfred Barr, and two 1942 letters from France from art dealer Henry Kahnweiler, containing news of European artists including Picasso and André Masson.

Jane Wade's correspondence extends to her time working for Otto Gerson at Fine Arts Associates, and includes letters from some of the artists whose work was handled by Curt Valentin, including Alexander Calder, Lois Dailey, and Henry Moore. There are also thirteen letters and telegrams from David Smith, with some responses from Jane Wade and Otto Gerson, which document exhibitions and details of his artist-dealer relationship with Gerson and include sketches of his sculpture with information about prices. Also found in Wade's correspondence are letters from Gertrude Lennart and Marino Marini. Lennart describes the last days of Valentin's life as she accompanied him on a visit to Marini in Italy in August 1954.

There are three folders of condolence letters written upon Valentin's death, from artists, museum and gallery professionals, and other colleagues and friends.

Writings and notes include two appreciations of Valentin written after his death by André Masson and Henry Moore, and a sheet of notes written by John Flannagan with an accompanying note entitled "Some of Johns' thoughts...."

Printed material is comprised of news clippings of obituaries and reviews of a memorial exhibition for Valentin, in addition to a complete set of bound exhibition catalogs for Buchholz Gallery from 1937-1948. Also found is a bound collection of 1929 exhibition catalogs for Galerie Alfred Flechtheim.

Artwork includes a Christmas card from Valentin designed by an artist whose name is illegible; a print by Gerhard Marcks; and a colored pencil sketch of "127 Evil Eye II" on Curt Valentin letter head, with an address on the Rue de Seine written beside it.

Photographs include two of Valentin in his gallery and two of an unidentified woman, possibly Jane Wade, in the gallery; a folder of photographs of Valentin's apartment showing his art collection; a photo of a Robert Osborn cartoon about Valentin; and a photo of "Portrait of Curt Valentin" by Jacques Lipchitz.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as a single series.

Series 1: Jane Wade Papers Regarding Curt Valentin, 1903-1971 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
Biographical / Historical:
Born in Germany in 1902, modern art dealer Curt Valentin immigrated to the United States in 1937 where he opened the Buchholz Gallery on West Forty-sixth Street in New York city. After two years he moved the gallery to West Fifty-seventh Street and in 1951 it was renamed the Curt Valentin Gallery.

Valentin's first job was with Alfred Flechtheim, the leading dealer in modern art in Berlin at that time. In 1934 he began working with Karl Buchholz in Hamburg, selling modern art classified as degenerate by the Nazi government from the rear of Buchholz's bookstore. In 1937 Valentin was granted a permit from the Reichskammer der bildenden Kunste in Berlin to purchase and sell German artwork outside of Germany. He left Germany that same year with a number of pictures and came to the United States.

Valentin was a widely respected dealer who specialized in modern paintings, sculpture, and prints, and handled the work of major artists including Alexander Calder, John Flannagan, Gerhard Marcks, Marino Marini, and Henry Moore.

Valentin died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 52, while visiting Mario Marini in Italy in 1954.

Jane Wade was employed as Valentin's assistant and continued to help run the Curt Valentin Gallery after his death, until it closed in 1955. She then worked for Otto Gerson at Fine Arts Associates, where she helped to handle the works of some of the artists previously represented by Valentin.
Related Materials:
The bulk of Curt Valentin's papers are held by the Museum of Modern Art Archives.
Provenance:
The Jane Wade papers were donated by Jane Wade in 1976. The catalogs of exhibitions organized by Curt Valentin were donated in 1977 by Jane Wade. In 2018 the two collections were merged and named the Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
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:
Gallery owners -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Prints
Sketches
Citation:
Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin, 1903-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wadejane
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Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-wadejane
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Piper, John, 1903-1992

Collection Creator:
Rosenblum, Walter, 1919-2006  Search this
Extent:
1 Photograph
Container:
Binder 38
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Researcher may use study prints on file in the Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Advance appointments are required. Original negatives are stored off-site in cold storage and are not accessible to the public.
Collection Rights:
Copyright to photographs from the Walter Rosenblum Collection is held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Requests for permission to reproduce photographs from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Photograph Archives. Certain works of art, as well as photographs of those works of art, may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity rights, or other interests not owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is the applicant's responsibility to ascertain whether any such rights exist, and to obtain any other permission necessary to reproduce and publish the image.
Collection Citation:
Walter Rosenblum Collection, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Walter Rosenblum photographs
Walter Rosenblum photographs / Series 1: Photographs of artists' works
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-saam-photo-ros-ref489

Still Life with Profile and Cigaretts [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Osborne Gallery  Search this
Still Life  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0001240
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_130703

Landscape [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0042111
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_42112

Slopes of the Glyders, Wales [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1943
Topic:
Landscape--Wales  Search this
Landscape--Mountain--Glyders  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0037994
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_37995

John Piper : sketchbooks and notebooks / [text by Emily White]

Author:
White, Emily  Search this
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Tate Britain (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
15 p. : col. ill., facsims. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
C2007
Call number:
N6797.P56 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_820662

John Piper, the Sitwell's Montegufoni : 28 January to 20 February 1981

Title:
Sitwell's Montegufoni
Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Maclean Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
14 p
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1981
[1981]
Call number:
NC242.P54 A4 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636144

John Piper : romantic places : [exhibition] 25 November 1983-14 January 1984

Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
27 p. : chiefly ill., ports. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1984
[1984?]
Call number:
N6797.P56 A4 1983a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639086

John Piper : Tudor picturesque, other buildings and landscapes : December 1981-January 1982 : Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd

Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
12 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1981
[1981]
Call number:
ND1942.P53 A4 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641104

John Piper : retrospective exhibition, March 1964, Marlborough New London Gallery, London ... [et al.]

Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Marlborough New London Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
38 p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1964
[1964]
Call number:
N6797.P56 A4 1964
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641119

John Piper

Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
[10] p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1948
[1948]
Call number:
N6797.P56 A4 1948
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641559

John Piper : recent work : [catalogue of an exhibition held] October 17-November 4, 1950 [at the] Buchholz Gallery, New York

Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Buchholz Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1950
[1950]
Call number:
N6797.P56 A4 1950
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641835

Paintings, drawings & theatre designs, 1932-1954. Arr. and with an introd. by S. John Woods

Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Woods, Sydney John 1915-  Search this
Physical description:
160p. 242 illus.(part col.) port. 33cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1955
Call number:
ND497.P56 W6 1955
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646236

John Piper / Anthony West

Author:
West, Anthony 1914-1987  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
England
Date:
1979
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N6797.P56 W47 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646960

John Piper : [Exhibition] February 15-March 12, 1955 / [Text by S. John Woods]

Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Woods, Sydney John 1915-  Search this
Curt Valentin Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1955
Topic:
Painting, British  Search this
Call number:
ND497.P56 A4 1955
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649884

John Piper, 50 years of work : paintings, drawings, and photographs 1929-1979 : Museum of Modern Art, Oxford 20 - 24 June 1979, The Minories, Colchester 30 June - 29 July 1979

Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (Oxford, England)  Search this
Minories  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
[1979?]
Call number:
N6797.P56 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651880

John Piper, Georgian arcadia : an exhibition to mark the golden jubilee of the Georgian Group, [Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd.] 16th September-16th October 1987

Title:
Georgian arcadia
Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Georgian Group (London, England)  Search this
Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
Call number:
N6797.P56 A4 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652751

John Piper : Marlborough Graphics Gallery

Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Marlborough Graphics Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
Call number:
N6797.P56 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_666387

John Piper recent work : [exhibition] March-April 1963, Marlborough New London Gallery

Author:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd  Search this
Marlborough New London Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
15 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1963
[1963]
Call number:
ND497.P56 A4 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_666388

John Piper and stained glass / June Osborne

Author:
Osborne, June  Search this
Subject:
Piper, John 1903-1992 Themes, motives  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 196 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
England
Date:
1997
20th century
Topic:
Glass painting and staining--History--Themes, motives  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_543683

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