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James Schuyler letter to Fairfield Porter

Creator:
Schuyler, James, 1923-  Search this
Porter, Fairfield, 1907-1975  Search this
Subject:
Berman, Leonid  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Kirstein, Lincoln Edward  Search this
Porter, Fairfield  Search this
Ryan, Anne  Search this
Schuyler, James  Search this
Windham, Donald  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1955 July 8
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12116
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Fairfield Porter papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1924-1975
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12116
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Woods

Photographer:
Schuyler, James, 1923-  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
between 1950 and 1991
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5665
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Fairfield Porter papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1924-1975
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5665

Fairfield Porter

Photographer:
Schuyler, James, 1923-  Search this
Subject:
Porter, Fairfield  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1970
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9637
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Fairfield Porter papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1924-1975
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_9637
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James Schuyler

Artist:
John Button, 1929 - 1982  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Medium:
Graphite pencil on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet (Irregular): 13 13/16 × 16 15/16 in. (35.1 × 43 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1956
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Sofa  Search this
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Whitney Museum of American Art
Object number:
2007.157 WMAA
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4a72bafd7-05b6-42be-88fb-b188fe521d3e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_2007.157_WMAA

Sketch for Portrait of Jimmy Schuyler

Artist:
Fairfield Porter, 10 Jun 1907 - 18 Sep 1975  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
109.9 × 76.2cm (43 1/4 × 30")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1960-1961
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Parrish Art Museum
Object number:
1982.9.12 PAM
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm47f0064e9-ef4e-43be-a2b0-05f639007a4d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1982.9.12_PAM

The Screen Porch

Artist:
Fairfield Porter, 10 Jun 1907 - 18 Sep 1975  Search this
Sitter:
Katharine Minot Porter, born 1949  Search this
Elizabeth Porter, born 1956  Search this
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Anne Elizabeth Channing Porter, 6 Nov 1911 - 10 Oct 2011  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
201.9 × 201.9cm (79 1/2 × 79 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1964
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Desk  Search this
Tool  Search this
Container  Search this
Artist's Effects\Paint tube  Search this
Anne Elizabeth Channing Porter: Female  Search this
Anne Elizabeth Channing Porter: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Anne Elizabeth Channing Porter: Visual Arts\Artist's Model  Search this
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Elizabeth Porter: Female  Search this
Katharine Minot Porter: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Whitney Museum of American Art
Object number:
77.1.41 WMAA
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4c856463f-74cb-4e57-96e9-d6de712bb2cb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_77.1.41_WMAA

David Kermani and Jimmy: Two Portraits

Alternate Title:
Jimmy
Artist:
Fairfield Porter, 10 Jun 1907 - 18 Sep 1975  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Medium:
Oil on masonite
Dimensions:
35.6 × 27.9cm (14 × 11")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1972
Topic:
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Object number:
DLR06180
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm466b557e6-e710-426b-a8ee-704b805986f7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_DLR06180

Iced Coffee

Artist:
Fairfield Porter, 10 Jun 1907 - 18 Sep 1975  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Katharine Minot Porter, born 1949  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
201 × 201cm (79 1/8 × 79 1/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1966
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower\Flowers  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Container\Vase  Search this
Food\Beverage  Search this
Container  Search this
Artist's Effects\Drawing paper  Search this
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Katharine Minot Porter: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: G.U.C. Collection, Chicago
Object number:
IL990141
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm43f32c80a-7739-44a8-82da-ffe2704678e9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_IL990141

Jimmy and John

Artist:
Fairfield Porter, 10 Jun 1907 - 18 Sep 1975  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
John Ashbery, 28 Jul 1927 - 3 Sep 2017  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
92.1 × 115.6cm (36 1/4 × 45 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1957-1958
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Couch  Search this
Home Furnishings\Pillow  Search this
John Ashbery: Male  Search this
John Ashbery: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
John Ashbery: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Art  Search this
John Ashbery: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
John Ashbery: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Susanne Hilberry Gallery
Object number:
MI990034
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm469879b75-2b42-4315-b714-bcf746db02cf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_MI990034

James Schuyler

Artist:
Alex Katz, born 27 Jul 1927  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
152.4 × 91.4cm (60 × 36")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1959
Topic:
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Robert Miller Gallery
Object number:
NY990576
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm40e68803c-5822-4b94-a7fe-3fca94999a91
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY990576

Portrait of James Schuyler

Artist:
Fairfield Porter, 10 Jun 1907 - 18 Sep 1975  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
121.9 × 106.7cm (48 × 42")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1955
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Equipment\Umbrella  Search this
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Tibor De Nagy Gallery
Object number:
NY990640
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4739c42e1-e189-417f-91e5-5926195f5687
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY990640

James Schuyler

Artist:
Darragh Park, 1939 - 2009  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Type:
Painting
Topic:
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Object number:
PC991971
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm48cab8fa8-0df3-4384-bb0b-f95bde31600a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PC991971

James Schuyler

Artist:
Darragh Park, 1939 - 2009  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Type:
Painting
Topic:
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private Collection
Object number:
PC991972
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4c1ea3789-9346-4b09-9bd6-d818c67aa64f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PC991972

Jimmy and Liz (James Schuyler and Elizabeth Porter)

Artist:
Fairfield Porter, 10 Jun 1907 - 18 Sep 1975  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Elizabeth Porter, born 1956  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
45 x 40 1/8 in. (114.3 x 101.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1963
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drape  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Container\Vase  Search this
Costume\Footwear\Shoes  Search this
Interior\Domestic  Search this
Home Furnishings\Dishes\Saucer  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Cup  Search this
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Elizabeth Porter: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Object number:
1980.15 PAFA
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4c15e6e64-f0dd-4174-8757-8a25423f6e3c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1980.15_PAFA

John Ashbery and James Schuyler Writing "Nest of Ninnies"

Artist:
Fairfield Porter, 10 Jun 1907 - 18 Sep 1975  Search this
Sitter:
John Ashbery, 28 Jul 1927 - 3 Sep 2017  Search this
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
91.4 x 66cm (36 x 26")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1967
Topic:
Architecture\Window  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Sofa  Search this
Home Furnishings\Pillow  Search this
John Ashbery: Male  Search this
John Ashbery: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
John Ashbery: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Art  Search this
John Ashbery: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
John Ashbery: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Betty Cuningham Gallery
Object number:
NY900414
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4800d475c-326e-4189-8783-77a2ea615836
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY900414

Study for Jimmy with a Lamp

Artist:
Fairfield Porter, 10 Jun 1907 - 18 Sep 1975  Search this
Sitter:
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
27.2cm x 35.5cm (10 11/16" x 14"), Accurate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1971?
Topic:
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Worcester Art Museum
Object number:
1974.99 WOR
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm410e7f182-3326-43d5-8aa2-5250b31456ee
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1974.99_WOR

Jimmy and John

Artist:
Fairfield Porter, 10 Jun 1907 - 18 Sep 1975  Search this
Sitter:
John Ashbery, 28 Jul 1927 - 3 Sep 2017  Search this
James Schuyler, 9 Nov 1923 - 12 Apr 1991  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
92cm x 115.5cm (36 1/4" x 45 1/2"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1957-1958
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
John Ashbery: Male  Search this
John Ashbery: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
John Ashbery: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Art  Search this
John Ashbery: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
John Ashbery: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Male  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
James Schuyler: Visual Arts\Curator  Search this
James Schuyler: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Theater  Search this
James Schuyler: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
James Schuyler: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
James Schuyler: Military\Navy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Susanne Hilberry Gallery
Object number:
DLR00003
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4ddb74979-bebf-4be8-94d5-a296185f6ad6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_DLR00003

Delaware Gap

Artist:
Franz Kline, American, b. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1910–1962  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
78 1/4 × 106 1/8 in. (198.6 × 269.5 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1958
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966
Accession Number:
66.2751
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Abstract Expressionism (First Generation)
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2c6b004db-24c8-4272-85fd-618ade4652a6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.2751

Schuyler, James

Collection Creator:
Mitchell, Fred, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Fred Mitchell papers, 1938-2007. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred Mitchell papers
Fred Mitchell papers / Series 5: Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-mitcfred-ref317

Thomas Hess papers

Creator:
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Names:
Mark Rothko Foundation  Search this
Bess, Forrest, 1911-1977  Search this
Campbell, Lawrence  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962  Search this
Milles, Carl, 1875-1955  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002  Search this
Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-  Search this
Schuyler, James  Search this
Smith, David, 1906-1965  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Extent:
10 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Drawings
Greeting cards
Illustrated letters
Paintings
Cartoons (humorous images)
Photographs
Collages
Date:
1939-1978
Summary:
The papers of New York editor and art critic Thomas Hess measure 10.0 linear feet and date from 1939 to 1978. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, extensive writings and notes, artists and subject files that also include recorded conversations with artists and others, printed materials, photographic materials, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York editor and art critic Thomas Hess measure 10.0 linear feet and date from 1939 to 1978. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, extensive writings and notes, artists and subject files that also include recorded conversations with artists and others, printed materials, photographic materials, and artwork.

Biographical material includes a certificate, architectural plans, investment information, invoices, publisher and loan agreements, will for Paul Stamm, and resumes. Correspondence is with members of Hess' family including his wife and children, Philip Guston, Meyer Schapiro, David Smith, James Schuyler, Forrest Bess, Elaine de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Larry Rivers, Clyfford Still, Ad Reinhardt, and others.

Writings and notes consist of manuscripts and drafts by Hess for Art News, Le Monde, Vogue, New York magazine, and other publications; Hess' senior essay and class notes; notes on Ingres, Italian artists, and travels abroad; notebooks on art and literature; and scattered writings by others.

Artists and subject files contain primarily photographs of artwork, artists, and colleaguesare mostly photographs of artwork, artists, and colleagues. Some of the files also contain printed materials, writings, notes, and other documentation. The file on Willem de Kooning includes a sound recording of a conversation between Hess, de Kooning, and Harold Rosenberg. There are also significant files on Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, Franz Kline, Carl Milles, Barnett Newman, Isamu Noguchi, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko and the Mark Rothko Foundation Inc.

Printed materials include brochures and flyers, clippings, magazines and newspapers, press releases, travel memorabilia, and a printed scarf. Photographs are of of Hess, his wife Audrey, other family members, works of art, travel, Larry Rivers and Ad Reinhardt, and other artists and colleagues. Artwork includes drawings, paintings, collages, cartoons, and holiday cards made by Hess and his children, along with artwork by others including Audrey and Lawrence Campbell, Ad Reinhardt, and unidentified artists.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1945-1977 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OV 15)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1945-1978 (1.0 linear feet; Box 1-2, OV 11)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1940-1978 (2.5 linear feet; Box 2-5, OV 12)

Series 4: Artists and Subject Files, circa 1946-1978 (4.5 linear feet; Box 5-9, OVs 13, 15-16)

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1943-1978 (0.5 linear feet; Box 9, OV 11)

Series 6: Photographic Materials, 1949-circa 1960s (0.8 linear feet; Box 9-10, OV14)

Series 7: Artwork, 1939-1978 (0.4 linear feet; Box 10, OV 11)
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas B. Hess (1920-1978) was an editor, art critic and curator who worked in New York City. He was on the staff at Art News for 26 years (1946-72). Starting as an editorial associate, he was named managing editor in 1948, then executive editor in 1954; he assumed the top editorial post in 1965 upon the death of long-time editor Alfred Frankfurter. In his critical writing from the late 1940s on, he was an influential supporter of the Abstract Expressionists. He wrote widely on other topics as well. In 1972 he left Art News after an ownership change. He then became the art critic for New York magazine (1972-78), a large-circulation weekly reaching a much larger public. (He was also, in the late '60s, a correspondent for the French daily newspaper Le Monde.)

Over the years he undertook several major curatorial projects including traveling retrospectives for Willem de Kooning (1968-69) and Barnett Newman (1971), which he organized for the Museum of Modern Art. His "New York School Painting and Sculpture" appeared at the New York State Museum in Albany in 1977. Both MoMA exhibitions were accompanied by comprehensive monograph/catalogues: Willem de Kooning (1968) and Barnett Newman (1971). Hess's other books include Abstract Painting: Background and American Phase (1951, Viking); Willem de Kooning (1959, Braziller); De Kooning, Recent Paintings (1967, Walker & Co.); Barnett Newman (1969, Walker & Co.); De Kooning: Drawings (1972, New York Graphic); and The Art Comics and Satires of Ad Reinhardt (1975, De Luca Editore, Rome).

Hess became consultative chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Department of 20th-Century Art a few months before his death from a heart attack in July 1978, age 57. Already under way were a Clyfford Still retrospective and a smaller show of recent paintings and sculptures by Ellsworth Kelly. Both exhibitions, completed by Philippe de Montebello (the Met's then new director) and Lowery S. Sims (the Met's then acting 20th-century curator) respectively, took place the year after Hess's death.

Thomas Hess was born in Rye, New York, to Gabriel Lorie Hess, a lawyer, and Helen Baer. He attended school in the United States and Switzerland. He continued his education at Yale University majoring in French 17th-century art history and literature. After graduating in 1942, Hess worked for a short period at the Museum of Modern Art under Alfred H. Barr and Dorothy Miller, before entering World War II as a pilot. In 1944 he married Audrey Stern with whom he had three children, William, Philip, and Anne Helen.
Separated Materials:
Materials on legacy microfilm reel 5028 related to Barnett Newman are photocopies. The originals are located at the Barnett New Foundation in New York City.
Provenance:
The Thomas Hess papers were donated in multiple increments from 1985 to 1987 by Hess' children, Anne Helen, William, and Philip Hess, except for a file on Barnett Newman donated by Newman's widow, who presumably had borrowed it from Hess. In 2014, additional correspondence, writings, photographs, printed material, and cartoons, including some by Ad Reinhardt, were donated by Elizabeth Wolff, Hess' sister.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
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Occupation:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
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Editors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Drawings
Greeting cards
Illustrated letters
Paintings
Cartoons (humorous images)
Photographs
Collages
Citation:
Thomas Hess papers, 1939-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
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