The Pierre Matisse Gallery printed material measures 1.2 linear feet and dates from 1936 to 1988. The collection consists of exhibition catalogs from group and solo shows held at the gallery, an offer for a limited edition Joan Miro album, and several books on artists.
Scope and Contents:
The Pierre Matisse Gallery printed material measures 1.2 linear feet and dates from 1936 to 1988. The collection consists of exhibition catalogs from group and solo shows held at the gallery, an offer for a limited edition Joan Miro album, and several books on artists that were completed in conjunction with the gallery. Catalogs of exhibiting solo artists include Reg Butler, March Chagal, Jean Dubuffet, Manolo Millares, Joan Miro, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Balthus, Yves Tanguy, and Francois Rouan. Group show catalogs include several from the duo Joan Miro and Jose Artigas (1956, 1963, 1985), Four Painters: Faucher, Hantai, Rouan, Viallat (1974), and Paintings from Paris (1946). Also present is a catalog from the gallery's exhibition of African sculptures, Sculpture of the Tallem and the Dogon (1960).
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
The Pierre Matisse Gallery was founded in New York, New York, in 1931 by Pierre Matisse, youngest son of the French painter Henri Matisse. The gallery was located on the corner of Madison Avenue and fifty-seventh street in the Fuller Building, which had recently been built in the Art Deco style a few years prior. Matisse exhibited primarily European painters and sculptors, including Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Yves Tanguy, Balthus, and some U.S. artists Leonora Carrington, Alexander Calder, and many more. The gallery closed in 1989 upon Pierre Matisse's death.
The Pierpont Morgan Library is the primary repository in possession of the Pierre Matisse Gallery records.
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming on reel NPM1. Included are catalogs of Pierre Matisse Gallery exhibitions, 1931-1945; photographs of exhibitions interspersed among the catalogs; and a scrapbook containing clippings and reviews of shows at the gallery. This material was returned to the lender and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Records on reel NPM1 were lent for microfilming in 1967 by the Pierre Matisse Gallery. The unmicrofilmed materials were donated in 1996 by the Pierre Matisse Foundation.
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State)
Pierre Matisse Gallery Printed Material, 1936-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Rouan / [exposition organisée par le Musée national d'art moderne au Centre Georges Pompidou dans l'espace des Galeries contemporaines du 27 octobre 1983 au 2 janvier 1984 ; catalogue, Isabelle Monod-Fontaine]