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Rosamund Felsen Gallery records

Creator:
Rosamund Felsen Gallery  Search this
Names:
Acerol, Ali  Search this
Ackerman, Robert E.  Search this
Beach, Alicia  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Boskovich, John  Search this
Burden, Chris, 1946-  Search this
Cranston, Meg  Search this
Dowell, Roy  Search this
Felsen, Rosamund, 1934-  Search this
Gambrill, Jeff  Search this
Jackson, Richard  Search this
Jiménez, Cisco, 1969-  Search this
Kabakov, Ilʹia︠ ︡Iosifovich, 1933-  Search this
Kelley, Mike, 1954-2012  Search this
Kidon, Heidi  Search this
Lodato, Peter  Search this
McCarthy, Paul  Search this
Oshiro, Kaz, 1967-  Search this
Pittman, Lari, 1952-  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Rothenberg, Erika  Search this
Ruppersberg, Allen, 1944-  Search this
Shaw, Jim, 1952-  Search this
Smith, Alexis, 1949-  Search this
Sonnier, Keith, 1941-2020  Search this
Syrop, Mitchell, 1953-  Search this
Vallance, Jeffrey  Search this
Weber, Marnie  Search this
Extent:
28.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1949-2014
bulk 1978-2014
Summary:
The Rosamund Felsen Gallery records measure 28.9 linear feet and date from 1949 to 2014, with the bulk of the records dating from 1978 to 2014. The records shed light on the gallery's operations primarily through administrative records, artist files, exhibition and event files, financial records, born digital material, photographs, and slides.
Scope and Contents:
The Rosamund Felsen Gallery records measure 28.9 linear feet and date from 1949 to 2014, with the bulk of the records dating from 1978 to 2014. The records shed light on the gallery's operations primarily through administrative records, artist files, exhibition and event files, financial records, born digital material, photographs, and slides.

Administrative records consist of advertising files, property records, a gallery notebook, gallery digital files, and more. Also included in this series are several folders comprised of Rosamund Felsen's personal and professional papers and photographs. Artist files consist of resumes, slides and photographs of artists and their work, printed mnaterial, some sales and consignment records, and correspondence. Artists represented in the collection include Richard Jackson, Kaz Oshiro, Tim Ebner, John Boskovich, Jeff Gambill, Jeffrey Vallance, Mitchell Syrop, Mac James, Marnie Weber, Keith Sklar, Leland Rice, Erika Rothenberg, Peter Lodato, Paul McCarthy, Jim Shaw, Al Ruppersberg, Ilya Kabakov, Lari Pittman, Cisco Jiménez, Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, and Heidi Kidon.

Exhibition and event files relate to Rosamund Felsen Gallery exhibitions and performances as well as a number of art fairs and exhibitions held at other galleries and museum spaces. The files contain consignment and sales records, check lists, born digital material, photographs and slides, installation directions, printed material, and more. Financial records contain primarily sales records, invoices, some correspondence, and receipts.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as four series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1968-2013 (2 linear feet; Box 1-2, OV 30-33)

Series 2: Artist Files, 1949-2013, bulk 1978-2006 (19.7 linear feet; Box 22-25, OV 34)

Series 3: Exhibition and Event Files, 1979-2014 (3.7 linear feet; Box 22-25, OV 34-36)

Series 4: Financial Records, 1978-2014 (3.5 linear feet; Box 25-29)
Biographical / Historical:
The Rosamund Felsen Gallery was established in 1978 in Los Angeles, California by Rosamund Felsen. The gallery closed its physical location in 2016 after nearly four decades as a widely influential contemporary art gallery.

In 1960, Rosamund Felsen began her art career working as an assistant registrar for the Pasadena Art Museum, and eventually became curator of prints. Felsen also worked at Gemini GEL: Graphics Editions Limited alongside her second husband, Gemini co-founder Sidney Felsen. From these positions, Felsen became friendly with both established and younger artists, learned to mount exhibitions, and participated in art-related operations. In 1977, Timothea Stewart asked Felsen if she would like to work at her new gallery. After two exhibitions, Felsen took over the Timothea Stewart Gallery and started her own.

Rosamund Felsen gallery exhibited artists working in various mediums, including video and sound, and frequently showed live performance art. Early artists exhibited at the gallery included Richard Jackson, Keith Sonnier, Maria Nordman, Chris Burden, and William Wegman. Felsen gallery opened Robert Rauschenberg's In + Out City Limits: Los Angeles (1981) on New Year's Eve; and added artists Jeffrey Vallance, Mike Kelley, Lari Pittman, and Erika Rothenberg to its roster by the end of the 1980s. Felsen brought on a list of new artists in the 1990s, including Paul McCarthy, Renee Petropoulos, Tim Ebner, Meg Cranston, Steven Hull, and Nancy Jackson. The gallery continued to show solo and group exhibitions of its artists, and featured a run of smaller artist-curated exhibitions of local and international artists. The Project Wall exhibitions included artist/curators Andrea Bowers and Steven Hull and showed European artists Erwin Wurm and Nils Norman. By 2004, Felsen's artists were all living in Los Angeles except for two, video artists Judith Barry and Joan Jonas.

In 1990, the gallery moved from Los Angeles to West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard. Four years later, Felsen Gallery moved to a location in the Bergamot Station Arts Center, where it remained until 2015. After Bergamot, the gallery moved to the Arts District in Los Angeles. Rosamund Felsen Gallery closed its physical location in 2016, but continued representing a number of artists online.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Rosamund Felsen conducted by Anne Ayres, October 11, 2004.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in several installments from 2014 to 2016 by the Rosamund Felsen Gallery via Rosamund Felsen, gallery founder and owner. Rosamund Felsen Letters and Postcards were donated in 2016 by Rosamund Felsen.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References 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:
Women art dealers  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- California
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Rosamund Felsen Gallery records, 1949-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.rosafelg
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92ff1b56f-55a6-4621-b016-276e1c4783a7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rosafelg
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Keith Sonnier

Interviewee:
Sonnier, Keith, 1941-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Extent:
35 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1972 August 3
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Keith Sonnier conducted 1972 August 3, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Keith Sonnier (1941-2020) was a sculptor and painter from New York, N.Y. Born in Mamou, Louisiana.
General:
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 5 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art 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.
Restrictions:
The transcript and recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Sculpture -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting -- New York (State)  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.sonnie72
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93ad6e01a-ec4b-4b93-a517-a2e932b735b0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sonnie72
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Keith Sonnier, 1972 August 3

Interviewee:
Sonnier, Keith, 1941-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Sculpture -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting -- New York (State)  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13001
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213106
AAA_collcode_sonnie72
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213106

Oral history interview with Keith Sonnier, 2009 September 22- October 20

Interviewee:
Sonnier, Keith, 1941-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
United States. General Services Administration. Design Excellence and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15736
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)286034
AAA_collcode_sonnie09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_286034
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Dennis Oppenheim

Interviewee:
Oppenheim, Dennis, 1938-2011  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Names:
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Olympic Games (29th : 2008 : Beijing, China)  Search this
Acconci, Vito, 1940-  Search this
Aycock, Alice  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Levai, Pierre  Search this
Lipski, Donald, 1947-  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941-  Search this
Serra, Richard, 1938-  Search this
Sonnier, Keith, 1941-2020  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987  Search this
Extent:
49 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 June 23-24
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Dennis Oppenheim conducted 2009 June 23-24, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art, at Oppenheim's studio, in New York, N.Y. Oppenheim speaks of his work in the past 15 years; the evolution of his work and its lack of continuity; his use of writing as a catalyst for constructing works and the importance of language in conceptual art; the role of the audience and the effects of positive reaction to one's work; the risks involved in moving away from successful work to find another avenue; experimentation and the ability to exhibit failures; the emotionality and detached qualities of Abstract Expressionism during the 1950s; the experimental side of studio art in comparison to public art; the seniority felt by fine artists over the applied arts, such as architecture, during the 1950s and 1960s; listening to the public opinion, including those that do not come from the art world; the theoretical progression of works such as, "Jump and Twist," [1999], and "Device to Root Out Evil," [1997]; how to react to controversial work; his lack of representation by galleries and dealers; his staff of assistants and his more theoretical role in the operation; his lack of fellowship with other artists and his dislike of collaboration; the Venice Biennale in 1997; the Olymics in Beijing in 2008; his current work and on-going commissions. Oppenheim also recalls Andy Warhol, Pierre Levai, Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, Robert Irwin, Richard Serra, Alice Aycock, Keith Sonnier, and Donald Lipski.
Biographical / Historical:
Dennis Oppenheim (1938- ) is a conceptual artist and sculptor in New York, N.Y. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former executive director of iCI in New York, N.Y. Oppenheim was educated at California College of Arts and Crafts and Stanford University.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 31 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art 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 administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Conceptual artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.oppenh09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw974529ce4-e824-4f1c-b0b8-440874daa659
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-oppenh09
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Keith Sonnier

Interviewee:
Sonnier, Keith, 1941-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis  Search this
Creator:
United States. General Services Administration. Design Excellence and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
United States. General Services Administration. Design Excellence and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
90 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 September 22- October 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Keith Sonnier conducted 2009 September 22 and October 20, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art's U.S. General Services Administration, Design Excellence and the Arts oral history project, at Sonnier's studio, in New York, N.Y.
Biographical / Historical:
Keith Sonnier (1941-2020) was a sculptor and painter in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded 1 sound disc. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 23 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art 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 administrators.
Restrictions:
The transcript and recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.sonnie09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93756aeed-1da3-4919-8f88-d4b91f3bb898
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sonnie09
Online Media:

Plaster Cast in Satin, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Fabricator:
Tanglewood Press  Search this
Medium:
Plaster cast, satin
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Washington University Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Campus Box 1214, One Brookings Drive St. Louis Missouri 63130 Accession Number: WU 4430G
Date:
1969
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 28280024
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_300783

Tears, from 7 Objects / 69, (sculpture)

Title:
7 Objects / 69, (sculpture)
Seven Objects, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Bradshaw, David  Search this
Hesse, Eva 1936-1970  Search this
Kaltenbach, Steve 1940-  Search this
Nauman, Bruce 1941-  Search this
Saret, Alan 1944-  Search this
Serra, Richard 1939-  Search this
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Medium:
Wet and dry materials, painting on canvas, tape dipped in rubber, bronze, silk-screen, nylon net etc., in wooden box
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smith College Smith College Museum of Art Elm Street at Bedford Terrace Northampton Massachusetts 01063 Accession Number: 1973:49
Date:
1969
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 77000718
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_11051

Indian Sunset, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Medium:
Neon
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Weatherspoon Art Gallery Spring Garden & Tate Street Greensboro North Carolina 27412
Date:
1968-1969
Topic:
Landscape--Time--Sunset  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76009489
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_20457

BA-O-BA, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Medium:
Plate glass with neon installation
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Museum of Contemporary Art 250 South Grand Avenue at California Plaza Los Angeles California 90012 Accession Number: 86.45
Date:
1969
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 64230084
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_26207

Plaster Cast in Satin, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Publisher:
Tanglewood Press  Search this
Medium:
Plaster and satin
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
St. Louis Art Museum Forest Park St. Louis Missouri 63110 Accession Number: 252:1972.7
Date:
1969
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 28110067
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_26624

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Medium:
Satin over foam rubber on wood with felt
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd Street New York New York 10019 Accession Number: 526.70
Date:
1967
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 36240436
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_28816

Lit Circle, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Medium:
Oil on circular glass, neon, a luminous tube transformer, and wires
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd Street New York New York 10019 Accession Number: 288.86a-c
Date:
1969-86
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 36240437
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_28817

Skyline--1981, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Fabricator:
Artcraft Strauss Sign Corporation  Search this
Medium:
Glass tubing containing neon and argon gas
Type:
Sculptures-Kinetic
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc 375 Park Avenue, Room 3509 New York New York 10152-0192
Date:
1981
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 65520002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_293172

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Medium:
Copper and gauze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Weatherspoon Art Gallery Spring Garden & Tate Street Greensboro North Carolina 27412 Accession Number: 1981.2951
Date:
1968
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 39210066
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299118

Plaster Cast in Satin, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Medium:
Plaster and satin
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Weatherspoon Art Gallery Spring Garden & Tate Street Greensboro North Carolina 27412 Accession Number: 1985.3659.2
Date:
1969
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 39210067
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299119

Pro Eco, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Fabricator:
Borrello, Brian  Search this
Medium:
Painted metal and neon
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Audubon Institute Aquarium of the Americas P. O. Box 4327 New Orleans Louisiana 70178
Located #6 Canal Street Car Stop New Orleans Louisiana 70130
Date:
1990
Topic:
Architecture--Civic--Railroad Station  Search this
Control number:
IAS LA000120
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_320654

Route Zenith, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Architect:
Freed, James Ingo 1930-2005  Search this
Medium:
Venetian tinted glass plates and neon tubes
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by United States General Services Administration Washington District of Columbia
Located Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington District of Columbia
Date:
Installed 1998 (?)
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 71500335
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333607

New Orleans Dyad, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Medium:
Glass, mirror, aluminum, and neon
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art 4420 Warwick Boulevard Kansas City Missouri 64111 Accession Number: 1999.22
Date:
1989
Topic:
Allegory--Place--New Orleans  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 67690013
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_371936

Split Dyad-C, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Sonnier, Keith 1941-2020  Search this
Medium:
Neon, glass, mirror, and aluminum
Type:
Sculptures
Date:
1990
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 68050019
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_381707

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