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Eva Lee Gallery records

Creator:
Eva Lee Gallery  Search this
Names:
Korvettes  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Benn, Ben, 1884-  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Corinth, Lovis, 1858-1925  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Dalí, Salvador, 1904-  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Grosz, George, 1893-1959  Search this
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943  Search this
Hopkins, John  Search this
Indiana, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Lee, Eva  Search this
Lieberman, Harry, 1880-1983  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
Loewe, Frederick  Search this
Magritte, René, 1898-1967  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Mommer, Paul  Search this
Nesbitt, Lowell, 1933-1993  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963  Search this
Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Simpson, Merton D. (Merton Daniel), 1928-  Search this
Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954  Search this
Vasarely, Victor, 1906-1997  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Watercolor drawings
Photographs
Date:
1921-1973
Summary:
The scattered records of the New York contemporary American art Eva Lee Gallery measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1921-1973. Artist files contain provenance notes, photographs of artwork, records of sales and consignments, exhibition catalogs from other galleries, and reference information on numerous contemporary artists, many represented by the gallery. There are also scattered letters and artwork from artists, scattered sales records of J.B. Neuman's New Art Circle Gallery, and a photocopy of an auction catalog for Korvettes Art Galleries in Douglastan, New York. A significant amount of information is found within the collection about Alexander Calder, Lovis Corinth, Salvadore Dali, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Robert Indiana, Harry Lieberman, Rene Magritte, John Marin, Lowell Nesbitt, Ben Shahn, Victor Vasarely, and Max Weber.
Scope and Content Note:
The scattered records of the New York contemporary American art Eva Lee Gallery measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1921-1973. Artist files contain provenance notes, photographs of artwork, records of sales and consignments, exhibition catalogs from other galleries, and reference information on numerous contemporary artists, many represented by the gallery. There are also scattered letters and artwork from artists, scattered sales records of J.B. Neumann's New Art Circle Gallery, and a photocopy of an auction catalog for Korvettes Art Galleries in Douglastan, New York.

The records are comprised of artists' files arranged into four categories established by the gallery: general artists' files; notebooks of artists' files; financial artists' files; and consignment and sales artists' files. General artists' files contain background and reference information on numerous contemporary artists, performers, and art-related organizations. More information exists for Alexander Calder and Harry Lieberman than the other names represented in the general files. Lee also arranged provenance notes and photographs of artwork into notebooks, presumably including many of the artists represented by the gallery. There is a significant amount of material in the notebooks on Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Lowell Nesbitt, Ben Shahn, Victor Vasarely, and Max Weber.

Financial artists' files contain correspondence with artists and patrons concerning the sale of artwork by both the Eva Lee Gallery and J. B. Neumann of the New Art Circle Gallery, scattered artwork, printed material, photographs of artists, and checks signed by Neumann and endorsed by miscellaneous artists. Eva Lee worked on the estate of J. B. Neumann and collected and interspersed his files with her own. These files include letters from Josef Albers, Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, Christo, Joseph Cornell, Robert Indiana, and a postcard of Calder's studio from Ben Shahn. There are also watercolor sketches by Clifford Odets, an exhibition catalog autographed by Ben Shahn, and photographs of Marsden Hartley, Jacques Lipchitz, composer Frederick Loewe, Paul Mommer, Mert Simpson, and Curt Valentin with Andrew Ritchie.

Eva Lee Gallery artists' consignment and sales files primarily contain photographs of artwork and notes concerning sales of specific artwork by the Eva Lee Gallery. Also found in these sales files are scattered letters, receipts, and printed material. There is a significant amount of material for Ben Benn, Alexander Calder, Lovis Corinth, Salvadore Dali, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Marsden Hartley, John Hopkins, Rene Magritte, and John Marin. It is assumed that Eva Lee separated the two latter sets of artists' files containing sales records.

Also found in the collection is a photocopy of the Korvettes Art Galleries auction catalog, which lists artwork sold at a 1970 auction liquidating the holdings of the Douglaston, New York gallery.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: General Artist Files, 1923-1972 (Boxes 1-2; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Notebooks of Artist Files, 1929-1973 (Boxes 2-3; 1.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Financial Artist Files, 1921-1970 (Boxes 3-4; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Eva Lee Gallery Consignment and Sales Artist Files, 1960-1972 (Box 4; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 5: Photocopy of Korvettes Art Galleries Auction Catalog, 1970 (Box 4; 1 folder)
Historical Note:
Eva Lee was born circa 1924. She fled from Nazi Germany to the United States, becoming an art dealer and the owner of the Eva Lee Gallery, Inc. Located in Great Neck, New York, the Eva Lee Gallery specialized in modern art and handled the work of many prominent artists including Alexander Calder, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Ben Shahn, and Max Weber. The gallery was in operation through the first half of 1973.

Eva Lee died suddenly on November 4, 1973 in Terre Haute, Indiana, while undergoing unspecified medical treatment.
Provenance:
The Eva Lee Gallery records were donated in 1973 by Eva Lee through Eloise Spaeth, and in 1978 by Neal Richmond of the Paul Klapper Library, Queens College, Flushing, New York, who had been asked to disperse Lee's gallery records following her sudden death in 1973. A photocopy of the Korvettes Art Galleries Auction Catalog was donated by Eva Lee in 1970.

Lee's records also contained financial files belonging to art dealer J. B. Neumann and his New Art Circle Gallery, whose estate she had worked on in 1966.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference 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.
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- Long Island  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Watercolor drawings
Photographs
Citation:
Eva Lee Gallery records, 1921-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.evalee
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-evalee
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Merton D. Simpson

Interviewee:
Simpson, Merton D. (Merton Daniel), 1928-2013  Search this
Interviewer:
Murray, Albert  Search this
Extent:
62 Pages (Transript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1968 November
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Merton D. Simpson conducted 1968 November, by Al Murray, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Merton D. Simpson (1928-2013) was a painter and art dealer from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 4 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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 others. Funding for this interview provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.simpso68
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-simpso68

The 1960s / Jay T. Last

Title:
Nineteen-sixties
Author:
Last, Jay T  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Segy, Ladislas  Search this
Franklin, Harry A  Search this
Furman, Aaron  Search this
Carlebach, Julius 1909-1964  Search this
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel)) 1928-2013  Search this
Biebuyck, Daniel P. 1925-2019  Search this
Klejman, John J  Search this
Brandt, A (Alan)  Search this
Museum of Primitive Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2015
Topic:
African art dealers  Search this
Collecting African art  Search this
Sculpture, Lega  Search this
Call number:
N7391.65 .L37 2015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1057644

Oral history interview with Merton D. Simpson, 1968 November

Interviewee:
Simpson, Merton D. (Merton Daniel), 1928-2013  Search this
Interviewer:
Murray, Albert  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11471
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213153
AAA_collcode_simpso68
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213153
Online Media:

Merton D. Simpson : paintings from a life in art

Title:
Paintings from a life in art
Author:
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel)) 1928-2013  Search this
Bill Hodges Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel) 1928-2013  Search this
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel) 1928-2013  Search this
Physical description:
39 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2005
©2005
Topic:
African American painters  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1089964

Benefit auction and sale for Northside Center for Child Development, African art and jewelry, new portraits by Merton Simpson, March 1, 1990

Author:
Twining Gallery  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel) 1928-2013  Search this
Physical description:
8 p. (folded) : ill
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1990
Topic:
African art auctions  Search this
Call number:
VF--African art--Collections
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_662733

As good as their word

Author:
Hoving, Thomas 1931-2009  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel) 1928-2013  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
United States
Date:
1990
Topic:
Art dealers  Search this
Call number:
N1 .C75X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_535760

Mert Simpson [videorecording] : the artist, spirit as statement / director, David Howard

Title:
African art
Author:
Howard, David  Search this
Visual Studies (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel),) 1928-  Search this
Physical description:
1 videocassette (25 min) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in
Type:
Videorecordings
Date:
1990
1993
[199-?]
Topic:
African American painters  Search this
African diaspora  Search this
Call number:
Video 000292
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_487189

Merton Simpson / Jacques Germain

Author:
Germain, Jacques 1922-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel)) 1928-2013  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2013
Call number:
N5310.7 .W927
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1006828

In memoriam : Merton D. Simpson

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel)) 1928-2013  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2013
Call number:
N620.S78 S78
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1013304

Merton D. Simpson : the journey of an artist

Title:
Journey of an artist
Author:
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel) 1928-  Search this
Mack, Angela D. 1952-  Search this
Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, S.C.)  Search this
Rudolph E. Lee Gallery  Search this
NationsBank Plaza  Search this
Subject:
Simpson, Merton D (Merton Daniel) 1928-  Search this
Physical description:
[20] p. : ill. (chiefly col.), port. ; 22 x 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
South Carolina
Charleston
Date:
1995
C1995
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Call number:
ND237.S555 A4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_953867

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