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Dore Ashton papers

Creator:
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Names:
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art -- Faculty  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.) -- Faculty  Search this
Yale University -- Faculty  Search this
Adams, Pat, 1928-  Search this
Adley, James, 1931-  Search this
Albee, Edward, 1928-  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Avedon, Richard  Search this
Berthot, Jake, 1939-  Search this
Borges, Jacopo Luis  Search this
Congdon, Dennis  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Driskell, David C.  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Guidieri, Remo  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984  Search this
Herbert, George  Search this
Hiss, Alger  Search this
Howes, Barbara  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Licht, Fred, 1928-  Search this
Lindner, Richard, 1901-  Search this
Malamud, Bernard  Search this
Miró, Joan, 1893-  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Moy, Seong  Search this
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik, 1934-  Search this
Sterne, Hedda, 1910-  Search this
Tinguely, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Vasilikos, Vasilēs, 1934-  Search this
Yunkers, Adja, 1900-1983  Search this
Extent:
35.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Transcripts
Date:
circa 1928-2014
1849
Summary:
The papers of Dore Ashton measure 35.6 linear feet and date from circa 1928-2014, with one letter in the Joseph Cornell subject file dating from 1849. The records document Dore Ashton's career as an art critic, historian and educator, with particular depth for the period of 1952 through 1990. The collection contains a small amount of biographical material, as well as correspondence, writings, subject files, printed materials, artwork, and reference photographs of artworks. An addition to the Dore Ashton papers includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, writing project and subject files, teaching files, printed material, artwork and sketchbooks, and photographic material.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Dore Ashton measure 35.6 linear feet and date from circa 1928-2014, with one letter in the Joseph Cornell subject file dating from 1849. The records document Dore Ashton's career as an art critic, historian and educator, with particular depth for the period of 1952 through 1990. The collection contains a small amount of biographical material, as well as correspondence, writings, subject files, printed materials, artwork, and reference photographs of artworks. An addition to the Dore Ashton papers includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, writing project and subject files, teaching files, printed material, artwork and sketchbooks, and photographic material.

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence with many artists, writers and others, including Pat Adams, James Adley, Rudolf Arnheim, Jake Berthot, Dennis Congdon, George Herbert, Remo Guidieri, Barbara Howes, Fred Licht, Joan Punyet Miro, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, and Hedda Sterne, among others. Smaller amounts of letters are from Joseph Albers, Edward Albee, Richard Avedon, Richard Diebenkorn, David Driskell, Alberto Giacometti, Philip Guston, Lillian Hellman, Alger Hiss, Bernard Malamud, Joan Miro, Robert Motherwell, Lewis Mumford, Claes Oldenburg, and Vassilis Vassilikos.

Writings consist of transcripts of miscellaneous articles or those written for various publications. Research files include reference or research materials for books, exhibitions, individuals and various topics. Individuals and topics include Jacopo Luis Borges, Allan Kaprow, Richard Lindner, Seong Moy, Jean Tinguely, Mark Tobey, Jack Tworkov, Adja Yunkers; and Dadaism, poetry and symbolism.

The addition to the Dore Ashton papers (Series 8) includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, writing project and subject files, teaching files, printed material, artwork and sketchbooks, and photographic material. Writings make up a significant part of the addition and contain hundreds of manuscripts, as well as lectures, notes, sixty notebooks, ten diaries, and writings by others. Writing project and subject files comprise over half of the addition and encompass a large collection of alphabetical files pertaining to artists, actors, writers, thinkers, and collaborators; work projects including writings, exhibitions, panels, symposia, and lecture series; as well as various other subjects and topics. The addition also contains teaching files related to Ashton's positions at the Cooper Union, the New School for Social Research, and Yale University. The photographic material in this series is also abundant and contains hundreds of original photographs of Ashton throughout all stages of her life, many with friends and family.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1962-1978

Series 2: Correspondence, 1945-2010, undated

Series 3: Writings, 1952-1976, undated

Series 4: Research files, 1849, 1950-1984, 2009, undated

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1931-1981, undated

Series 6: Artwork, 1949, 1952, 1983, undated

Series 7: Photographs of Artwork, circa 1950-2010

Series 8: Addition to the Dore Ashton Papers, circa 1928-2013
Biographical / Historical:
Dore Ashton (1928-) is an art critic, author, and educator living in New York City. She wrote, contributed , and edited more than 30 books. Ashton was born in Newark New Jersey in 1928 and received an MA from Harvard University in 1950. Her many books and articles focus on late 19th and 20th century art and artists. Ashton was associate editor at Art Digest from 1952-1954, and critic for Arts and Architecture at the New York Times, 1955-1960. Starting in 1962 she held several lecturing posts at various institutions including the School of Visual Arts, Cooper Union, and the New School for Social Research. She was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1964 and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 1980. Among Ashton's books are Abstract Art Before Columbus, 1956; Poets and the Past, 1959; A Joseph Cornell Album, 1974; Yes, But…A Critical Study of Philip Guston, 1976, About Rothko, 1983; The New York School: a Cultural Reckoning, 1973; Noguchi East and West, 1992; and David Rankin: The New York Years, 2013. Dore Ashton was the first critic to develop a comprehensive and eye-witness account of the history of the Abstract Expressions.

Ashton married artist Adja Yunkers (1900-1983) in 1953, and they had two daughters Alexandra (known as Sasha) and Marina. In 1985 she married writer Matti Megged (1923-2003).
Related Materials:
Among the holdings of the Archives is an oral history interview with Dore Ashton conducted November 21, 2010 by George W. Sampson, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project.

Dore Ashton papers are also located at Emory University Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.
Provenance:
The Dore Ashton papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Dore Ashton May 27, 1982, May 8, 1997, June 2, 2011, and March, 25, 2016.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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:
Women art critics  Search this
Historians  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Educators  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Dadaism  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Transcripts
Citation:
Dore Ashton papers, 1849, circa 1928-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.ashtdore
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ashtdore
Online Media:

Caviart : the ultimate selection from the Pratt-Muller empire

Title:
Ultimate selection from the Pratt-Muller empire
Author:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Otis Art Institute  Search this
Koplin Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
Call number:
N7093.R47 A4 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_807942

Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd : das graphische Werk / [Ausstellung und Katalog, Norbert Nobis ; Mitarbeit, Christina Buchwald, Martina Müllner, Petra Oelschlägel ; mit Beiträgen von Bengt Adlers ... et al. ; Übersetzungen, Ulrike Cardinaux-Widling, Leif Eriksson, Ritva Schröder]

Author:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Nobis, Norbert  Search this
Sprengel Museum Hannover  Search this
Hannover (Germany)  Search this
Subject:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
146 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
C1993
Call number:
NE698.R48 A4 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646750

Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd : Stil ist Betrug, oder, Gesammelte Werke : Sprengel Museum, Hannover, 4. Mai bis 22. Juni 1986 / [Ausstellung und Katalog, Norbert Nobis, Mitarbeit, Ute Pollmann, Carina Eriksson, Johan Fowelin ; Übersetzungen, Brigitte Kalthoff ... et al.]

Author:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Nobis, Norbert  Search this
Sprengel Museum Hannover  Search this
Subject:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934- Exhibitions  Search this
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
183 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 x 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
C1986
Call number:
N7093.R47 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_650292

25 years in the branch / Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd ; Kilroyalty / Dore Ashton ; A Curious poetical freedom / Ulf Linde ; Supplement, Kilroy, Castor & Pollux, 1977 ; English translation, Alan Blair

Author:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934- 25 [i.e. Tjugofem] år i branschen  Search this
Moderna museet (Stockholm, Sweden)  Search this
Subject:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
90 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
[1978]
Call number:
N7093.R47 A4 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654292

The unseen alphabet, letters and figures / Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd ; Susan Sontag : det osedda alphabetet = the unseen alphabet = L'alphabet invisible = das unsichtbar Alphabet

Author:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Granath, Olle 1940-  Search this
Sontag, Susan 1933-2004  Search this
Moderna museet (Stockholm, Sweden)  Search this
Subject:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 43 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
1985
[1984?]
Call number:
N7093.R47.A4.1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_657661

Mes autres moi : 40 ans dans la branche, 1950-1990 / Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd ; préface de Michel Tournier

Author:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Subject:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934- Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
118 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
C1989
Call number:
N40.1.R44 T7au 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_522417

Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd : making faces / Michel Tournier, Per Bjurström

Title:
Making faces
Author:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Tournier, Michel  Search this
Bjurström, Per  Search this
Nationalmuseum (Sweden)  Search this
Subject:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
180 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Portraits
Exhibitions
Date:
1984
C1984
20th century
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Authors--Portraits--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.R44 T7 1984b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_522418

Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd : 25 years in the branch

Author:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Linde, Ulf  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Moderna museet (Stockholm, Sweden)  Search this
Subject:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
90 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
Call number:
N40.1.R44 S8 E1978
N40.1.R44S8 E1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_328580

25 [i.e. Tjugofem] år i branschen / Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd ; [utställningskommissarier], Ulf Linde

Author:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Linde, Ulf  Search this
Moderna museet (Stockholm, Sweden)  Search this
Subject:
Reuterswärd, Carl Fredrik 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
90 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1977
Call number:
N40.1.R44 S8
N40.1.R44 S8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_118896

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