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Thoughts on art, #1

Creator:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
1958
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9842
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Clay Spohn papers, circa 1862-1985, bulk 1890-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_9842
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Daily memo

Creator:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Subject:
Reis, Bernard J.  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
1974 June
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9996
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Clay Spohn papers, circa 1862-1985, bulk 1890-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Daily memo

Creator:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Subject:
Spohn, Clay Edgar  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
1969 May 5
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9997
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Clay Spohn papers, circa 1862-1985, bulk 1890-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Oral history interview with Clay Spohn

Interviewee:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
Extent:
84 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1976 January 9-February 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Clay E. Spohn conducted 1976 January 9-February 5, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Clay E. Spohn (1898-1977) was a painter and educator from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 41 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.spohn76
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-spohn76

Lawrence Calcagno papers

Creator:
Calcagno, Lawrence, 1913-  Search this
Names:
Gallery of Modern Art (Scottsdale, Ariz.)  Search this
Martha Jackson Gallery  Search this
McRoberts and Tunnard Limited  Search this
Museo de Arte Moderno  Search this
New Arts (Art gallery)  Search this
Tirca Karlis Gallery (Provincetown, Mass.)  Search this
Yaddo (Artist's colony)  Search this
Zuni Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.)  Search this
Boggs, Charles  Search this
Brewer, Richard J.  Search this
Cohen, Adele  Search this
Delaney, Beauford, 1901-  Search this
Einhorn, Marilyn  Search this
Foshee, Rufus  Search this
Gutierrez, Alberto, 1935-  Search this
Jackson, Martha Kellogg  Search this
Obermer, Nesta  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Solomon, Hyde, 1911-  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Extent:
2.4 Linear feet (ca. 4500 items (partially microfilmed on 7 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1934-1980
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; biographical data; photographs; sketches; notes and writings; calendars; teaching materials; exhibition catalogs and announcements; and clippings.
REELS N70-3-N70-4: Biographical data; a photograph of Calcagno; notes and writings; sketches; writings about Calcagno; a list of his paintings; correspondence with galleries, museums, universities, art organizations, friends and colleagues; teaching material; exhibition catalogs and announcements; and clippings.
REELS N70-43-N70-45: Letters to Calcagno's family, written from Madrid, Florence, Rome and Paris; correspondence with galleries, museums, art organizations, friends, artists, and buyers, including Charles Boggs, Richard Brewer, Adele Cohen, Beauford Delaney, Marilyn Einhorn, Rufus Foshee, Calcagno's sister Virginia Gibson, Alberto Gutierrez, Martha Jackson, Nesta Obermer, Mark Rothko (one letter), Clay Spohn, Hyde Solomon, Yaddo and others; an annotated calendar, 1969; and financial material.
REELS N69-120-N69-121: Correspondence with galleries, museums, artists, art organizations and friends, including: The Gallery of Modern Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, Martha Jackson Gallery, Tirca Karlis Gallery, McRoberts and Tunnard, Ltd, London, Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogata, Columbia, The New Arts Gallery, Houston, Texas, Zuni Gallery, Buffalo, New York, and others; exhibition catalogs and correspondence regarding their publication.
UNMICROFILMED: Biographical data; correspondence with galleries, universities, museums, friends and others; writings and notes; annotated calendars; teaching notebooks; exhibition catalogs, announcements; press releases and invitations; price lists; photographs of Calcagno, his family, studios, and paintings, some which are now destroyed; and slides of paintings.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; New York, N.Y. Died 1993.
Provenance:
Material on reels N70-43-N70-45 and unfilmed material donated 1970-1980 by Lawrence Calcagno. Material on reels N70-3-N70-4 and N69-120-N69-121 lent 1969 for microfilming by Lawrence Calcagno.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- United States
Identifier:
AAA.calclawr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-calclawr

Oral history interview with Clay Spohn

Creator:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Interviewer:
Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington), 1920-  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
120 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964 October 5 and 1965 September 25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Clay Spohn conducted 1964 October 5 and 1965 September 25, by Harlan Phillips for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Clay Edgar Spohn (1898-1977) was a painter and instructor from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes and 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 25 min.
Sound quality is poor.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.spohn64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-spohn64

Clay Spohn papers

Creator:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Names:
School of Visual Arts (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Corbett, Edward, 1919-  Search this
Corbett, Rosamond Walling Tirana, 1910-1999  Search this
Fryworth, Teressa, 1906-1981  Search this
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
Neininger, Urban  Search this
Reynal, Jeanne, 1903-  Search this
Ribak, Louis, 1902-1979  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Sievan, Maurice  Search this
Sihvonen, Oli, 1921-  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-  Search this
Extent:
20.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Account books
Ambrotypes
Photographs
Date:
circa 1862-1985
bulk 1890-1985
Summary:
The Clay Spohn papers measure 20.4 linear feet and date from circa 1862 to 1985 with the bulk of the material dating from 1890 to 1985. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, business records, notes and writings, art work, printed material, and photographs which reflect the life and career of painter and educator Clay Spohn.
Scope and Content Note:
The Clay Spohn papers measure 20.4 linear feet and date from circa 1862 to 1985 with the bulk of the material dating from 1890 to 1985. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, business records, notes and writings, artwork, printed material, and photographs reflecting the life and career of painter and educator Clay Spohn.

Part 1 includes sketchbooks with annotated drawings by Spohn, writings including reminiscensces by Spohn, letters, clippings, and photographs of Spohn's artwork.

Part 2 includes biographical material; correspondence between Spohn and his colleagues; business records such as Spohn's general accounting records; Spohn's notes and writings on a variety of subjects; drawings and sketchbooks; printed material such as exhibition announcements and catalogs; and photographs of subjects such as Spohn, his family and colleagues, his house, and his artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into three parts. Part 1 was lent to the Archives of American Art in 1964 by Clay Spohn, and was microfilmed and returned to Spohn. Part 2 was donated to the Archives of American Art by Urban Neininger in 1978 and was partially microfilmed. Because material from part 2 was not processed until over three decades after filming Part 1, the overall organization is inconsistent. In general, material within folders is arranged chronologically.

Part 1: Clay Spohn Papers, 1926-1963

Part 2: Clay Spohn Papers, circa 1862-1985 (boxes 1-22, OV 23, 19.9 linear ft.)

Part 3: Addition to the Clay Spohn Papers, 1958-1977 (box 24; 0.4 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Clay Edgar Spohn was born November 24, 1898, in San Francisco, to Lena (Schaefer) and John Henry Spohn. From 1919 to 1921, Spohn studied at the University of California at Berkeley, and from 1922 to 1924, he studied at the Art Students League in New York under Kenneth Hayes Miller, Boardman Robinson, George Luks and Guy Pene Du Bois. He also became acquainted with Alexander Calder at the Art Students League. In 1924, Spohn was employed as an assitant designer to muralist Ezra Winter. From 1926 to 1927 he studied in Paris at the Academie Modern, a school run by Fernand Leger and Orthon Fireze.

Returning to San Francisco in 1927, Spohn became an active member in the Bay Area art scene. The Treasury Department commissioned him, in 1938, to execute a mural for the Montebello, California post office, and in 1939, he completed another mural under the sponsorship of the WPA for Los Gatos Union High School in Los Gatos, California.

In 1942, the San Francisco Museum of Art mounted Spohn's solo exhibition "Fantastic War Machines and Guerragraphs", consisting of a series of drawings inspired by dreams of World War II. From 1945 until his resignation in 1950, Spohn was employed as instructor of drawing and painting at the California School of Fine Arts, where he befriended Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko. In 1949, at the California School, he organized a group exhibition entitled "The Museum of Unknown and Little Known Objects", in which Spohn's extraordinarily-constructed objects were a focal point.

Spohn moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1952, and participated in several national exhibitions. He was Visiting Lecturer at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, in 1958, after which he moved to New York City where he executed a series of paintings under the sponsorship of the collector J. Patrick Lannan. From 1964 to 1969, he taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

After a two year move to Taos, Spohn returned to New York in 1971. In 1974, the Oakland Museum sponsored a retrospective of Spohn's work.

Clay Spohn died in New York City on December 19, 1977.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (D169) including sketchbooks, writings, correspondence, and related material. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are described in the first series of the finding aid.
Provenance:
The material on reel D169 was lent for filming by Clay Spohn in 1964. The material on reel 5461-5474 was donated by Spohn's friend and the executor of his estate, Urban Neininger, in 1978. An additional 0.4 linear feet of papers were donated by Spohn's biographer, David Beasley, in 2008.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use of unfilmed material 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.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting, Abstract -- France -- Paris  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Account books
Ambrotypes
Photographs
Citation:
Clay Spohn Papers, circa 1862-1985, bulk 1890-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.spohclay
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Clay Spohn papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-spohclay

Mary Fuller McChesney papers

Creator:
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Jeremy, 1921-1982  Search this
Bothwell, Dorr  Search this
Briggs, Ernest, 1923-  Search this
Brown, Joan, 1938-1990  Search this
Calcagno, Lawrence, 1913-  Search this
Corbett, Edward, 1919-  Search this
Dixon, James Budd, 1900-1967  Search this
Dugmore, Edward, 1915-  Search this
Goya, Jorge, 1924-  Search this
Grachis, Dimitri, 1932-  Search this
Grillo, John, 1917-  Search this
Hultberg, John, 1922-  Search this
Jefferson, Jack, 1921-2000  Search this
Kelly, James, 1913-  Search this
Kuhlman, Walter  Search this
Locks, Seymour, 1919-  Search this
MacAgy, Douglas, 1913-  Search this
Martin, Madeline  Search this
Morehouse, William, 1929-1993  Search this
Parker, Raymond, 1922-  Search this
Pollakoff, Leonard  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Remington, Deborah  Search this
Roeber, Phil, 1913-  Search this
Saccaro, John M., 1913-1981  Search this
Schueler, Jon, 1916-  Search this
Shoemaker, Peter, 1920-  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Varda, Jean  Search this
Weeks, James, 1922-  Search this
Extent:
44.1 Linear feet
35 Sound tape reels (Sound recordings, 5 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1949-2011
Scope and Contents:
The Mary Fuller McChesney papers measure 44.1 linear feet and date from 1949-2011. Included are biographical material, correspondence, writings, artists' files, financial records, photographs, artwork, printed material, and reel-to reel sound recordings documenting the career of sculptor, art historian, and author, Mary Fuller McChesney. A small portion of the papers includes material on painter, Edward Corbett.
Among the sound recordings are interviews conducted by McChesney between 1965 and 1966, and used as the primary research for her book. Interviewees include Jeremy Anderson, Dorr Bothwell, Ernest Briggs, Joan Brown (2), Lawrence Calcagno (2), Edward Corbett (2), James Budd Dixon, Edward Dugmore, Jorge Goya, Dimitri Grachis, John Grillo (1966, 1972), John Hultberg, Jack Jefferson, James Kelly, Walter Kuhlman, Seymour Locks, Douglas MacAgy, Madeleine Martin, William Morehouse, Raymond Parker, Leonard Pollakoff, Ad Reinhardt, Deborah Remington, Phil Roeber, John Saccaro, Jon Schueler, Peter Shoemaker, Hassel Smith, Clay Spohn, Jean Varda, and James Weeks.
Biographical / Historical:
Mary Fuller McChesney (1922- ) is a sculptor, art historian, and author in San Francisco and Petaluma, California.
Provenance:
A majority of the collection donated 2015 by Mary Fuller McChesney. Photographs on reel 1329 donated 1973 and sound recordings donated 1994 by McChesney. Material on reel NDA 1 (fr. 728-741) lent for microfilming 1964 by Lewis Ferbrache; material on NDA 1 (fr. 930-943) lent 1964 by Mary F. McChesney.
Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed. Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Art historians -- California  Search this
Authors -- California  Search this
Sculptors -- California  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- California  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.mcchmary
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mcchmary

Oral history interview with Mary Fuller McChesney

Interviewee:
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
Interviewer:
Landauer, Susan  Search this
Creator:
Women in the Arts in Southern California Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Women in the Arts in Southern California Oral History Project  Search this
Corbett, Edward, 1919-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Kees, Weldon, 1914-1955  Search this
MacAgy, Douglas, 1913-  Search this
Mandelman, Beatrice  Search this
Marca-Relli, Conrad, 1913-2000  Search this
Martin, Agnes, 1912-2004  Search this
McChesney, Robert, 1913-2008  Search this
Park, David, 1911-1960  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Ribak, Louis, 1902-1979  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Vicente, Esteban, 1903-2001  Search this
Extent:
145 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1994 Sept. 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Mary Fuller McChesney conducted 1994 Sept. 28, by Susan Landauer, for the Archives of American Art, Women in the Arts in Southern California Oral History Project, at the artist's home, on Sonoma Mountain, Calif.
Fuller McChesney discusses her childhood and growing up during the Depression; her student days at the University of California, Berkeley; the political response on the campus to WWII and the Japanese interment; her experience working as a welder in the shipyards which she considers her introduction to sculpture; her introduction to the art community in San Francisco through the cooperative Artists' Guild Gallery; her association with the Abstract Expressionists at the California School of Fine Arts in the 1940s; her foray into writing fiction and her success as a mystery writer; her work on the Archives of American Art's oral history project documenting the WPA art project in California; her first significant publication on the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism, Period of Exploration, and the interviews she conducted in the mid-late 1960s for the project.
She describes her attitudes and philosphies about art; living at Point Richmond with her husband Robert McChesney, Edward Corbett, Hassel Smith, and poet Weldon Kees during the late 1940s; her impressions of the Cedar Bar and New York artists during the mid-late 1960s; her own artistic evolution and career as a sculptor; the intellectual and artistic sources of her work; her subjects and techniques; her public commissions; her audience and market; and her experiences and perspectives as a woman artist and feminist. She recalls Edward Corbett, Willem De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Weldon Kees, Douglas MacAgy, Bea Mandelman, Conrad Marca-Relli, Agnes Martin, Robert McChesney, David Park, Ad Reinhardt, Louis Ribak, Hassel Smith, Clay Spohn, Clyfford Still, and Esteban Vicente.
Biographical / Historical:
Mary Fuller McChesney (1922- ) is a sculptor and art historian of San Francisco and Petaluma, Calif.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 58 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. Funding for this interview was provided by the Margery and Harry Kahn Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund of New York.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art historians -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mcches94
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mcches94

Oral history interview with Frank Lobdell

Interviewee:
Lobdell, Frank, 1921-  Search this
Interviewer:
St. John, Terry  Search this
Names:
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991  Search this
Booth, Cameron, 1892-1980  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire, 1908-1997  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Hatofsky, Jerry, 1922-  Search this
Hultberg, John, 1922-  Search this
MacAgy, Douglas, 1913-  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Valvo, Ninfa, 1900-1993  Search this
Zogbaum, Wilfrid, 1915-1965  Search this
Extent:
7 Sound cassettes (Sound recording)
77 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1980 Apr. 9-May 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Frank Lobdell conducted 1980 Apr. 9-1980 May 7, by Terry St. John, for the Archives of American Art.
Lobdell speaks of his youth and family background; his early interest in art; his education; studying with Cameron Booth; his service in the U.S. Army; artist friends and influences; political influences on his work; the community of artists in San Francisco in the 1950s, including Elmer Bischoff and Clyfford Still; his "dark years"; teaching at Stanford; reviews by critics; and the avant-garde art of the 1960s. He recalls Ninfa Valvo, Douglas MacAgy, Hassel Smith, Richard Diebenkorn, Wilfred Zogbaum, Sam Francis, Jerry (Julian) Hatofsky, Claire Falkenstein, Clay Spohn, and John Hultberg.
Biographical / Historical:
Frank Lobdell (1921- ) is a painter, printmaker, and teacher of Stanford, Calif.
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.
Topic:
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.lobdel80
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lobdel80

David Kasmire papers

Creator:
Kasmire, David  Search this
Names:
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959  Search this
Bolles, John S.  Search this
Cherry, Herman  Search this
Crehan, Hubert  Search this
Gechtoff, Ethel  Search this
Gechtoff, Sonia, 1926-2018  Search this
McNeil, George, 1908-1995  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Zogbaum, Wilfrid, 1915-1965  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Montgomery Block (San Francisco, Calif.)
Date:
1949-1968
Scope and Contents:
Letters to David Kasmire from Hubert Crehan, Sonia Gechtoff, George McNeil, Wilfred Zogbaum describing the art scenes and the people involved in New York City and San Francisco between 1949 and 1968, including John Bolles, Herman Cherry, Ethel Gechtoff (Etya), Louise Nevelson Clay Edgar Spohn and others; a letter from Bernard Berenson to "Preston," Mar. 23, 1949; 1 photograph of Hubert Crehan and a group photograph of Crehan with Sonia Gechtoff and others; a photo postcard of the "Monkey Block" in San Francisco where artists Crehan, Sonia Gechtoff, Elmer Bischoff, James Weeks and others had studios; and 3 clippings, including an announcement for Sonia Gechtoff and Crehan exhibitions, n.d. and a story on the razing of the historic "Monkey Block" (1958).
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; San Francisco, Calif. Had a studio in Montgomery Block, also known as "Monkey Block" in San Francisco, built in 1853, and occupied by artists and writers from early 1900s until its demolition in 1959.
Provenance:
Donated 1989 by David Kasmire.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios -- California -- San Francisco
Historic buildings -- California -- San Francisco
Identifier:
AAA.kasmdavi
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kasmdavi

John Hultberg papers

Creator:
Hultberg, John, 1922-  Search this
Names:
Martha Jackson Gallery  Search this
Drexler, Lynne Mapp, 1928-1999  Search this
Jackson, Martha Kellogg  Search this
Kantor, Morris, 1896-1974  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 3 reels))
1.8 Linear feet (Addition)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1942-1993
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; biographical and journal notes; writings; photos; catalogs and announcements; a biographical sketch; and typescripts.
REEL N70/5: Correspondence with: Martha Jackson, whose gallery handled his work; various public museums and galleries, several in California and Hawaii, universities and personal friends, including Claire Falkenstein and Louis Calcagno. There are also drafts of his own letters, written from periodic residences in Paris, San Francisco, Hawaii, Monhegan Island, Maine. The remaining material includes class lectures, biographical and journal notes on various literary and art subjects, clippings, photos, catalogs, and announcements.
REEL 295: Correspondence with Martha Jackson, Clay Spohn and others, and a few miscellanous items.
REEL 2346: Letters and postcards from Clay Spohn to Hultberg and his wife Lynne Drexler; photographs of Spohn's work; an electrocardiogram; and a printed cartoon. (Incorrectly microfilmed as: Clay Spohn papers).
Addition Correspondence, 1971-1996, n.d., notes; writings; gallery lists of Hultberg's artwork; and printed material. Professional and personal letters and memos from Elaine Weschler, 1990-1996, n.d. (Manuscripts include "Collected Poems, 1952-1996," "Two Plays for Reading," 1990, "Crying at the Lock," 1991, "Half Truths," 1997, and "Dredgings," 1997.
UNMICROFILMED: A brief biographical sketch; personal and business correspondence; exhibition catalogs and announcements; press releases and clippings; and typescripts by Hultberg including "Stone Farm Journal," 1972, and "Breaking the Picture Plane: A Meditation On Modern Art," 1976. Also included is a xerox copy of a six-page letter from Hultberg to Harry Rand describing Morris Kantor, 1980.
ADDITIONS: Personal and business correspondence, 1942-1997, including letters from his dealer and wife, Elaine Wechsler; clippings; exhibition invitations and announcements; clippings; lists of work; and notes. Much of the addition reflects Hultberg's writing career and includes plays, poems, and other unpublished manuscripts.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, writer; New York, N.Y. Born 1922. Died 2005.
Provenance:
Donated 1969-1997 by John Hultberg. Material on reel 2346 donated 1981 by Hultberg and his wife Lynne Drexler.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.hultjohn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hultjohn

Lynne Drexler papers

Creator:
Drexler, Lynne Mapp, 1928-1999  Search this
Names:
Jackson, Martha Kellogg  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1956-1980
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; photographs; financial papers; clippings; exhibition catalogs and announcements.
REEL N70-25: Correspondence, mostly about Drexler's work and personal matters, 5 letters and cards from Clay Spohn and 1 letter from Martha Jackson; 3 exhibition announcements; a photograph; and a clipping.
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence, including a letter from Hans Hofmann; photographs; financial papers; clippings; an exhibition catalog and announcements.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; New York, N.Y. Married to painter John Hultberg.
Provenance:
Donated 1970-1980 by Lynne Drexler.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.drexlynn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-drexlynn

Edward and Rosamond Walling Tirana Corbett papers

Creator:
Corbett, Edward, 1919-  Search this
Corbett, Rosamond Walling Tirana, 1910-1999  Search this
Grace Borgenicht Gallery  Search this
Names:
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
McChesney, Robert, 1913-2008  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Reveille, Thomas  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Extent:
7 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 7 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Date:
1932-1978
Scope and Contents:
Biographical information, correspondence, scrapbooks, writings, artwork and art-related information, photographic materials, school records, financial materials, miscellaneous items, and printed materials. Also included are papers of Rosamond Corbett's husband, economist Rifat Tirana (3 ft.).
REELS 4376-4382: Biographical information includes personal documents, photographs, clippings, yearbooks, letters and other items. Correspondence, ca. 1940-1978, is with Clay Spohn (1960s), Ad Reinhardt (1940s, 1950s, and 1960s), Clyfford Still (1950s and 1960s), Mary Fuller and Robert McChesney, Grace Borgenicht, Andrew Dasburg, Richard Diebenkorn, Ira Glackens, Gyorgy Kepes, Katharine Kuh, David Leonard, Richard Merkin, Dorothy Miller, Seong Moy, Jerry Nordland, Hassel W. Smith, Earl Stoh, Alan Temko, Tirana Family members, Jack Tworkov, Anna Strunsky Walling (Rosamond's mother), and Adja Yunkers. Scrapbooks, 1948-1978, on Edward, contain photographs, clippings, correspondence (much of it from the Grace Borgenicht Gallery), exhibition catalogs, and printed materials; one is on on Rosamond and her family, 1932-1952 (during her marriage to economist Rifat Tirana).
Other material includes notes and poetry written by the Corbetts; artwork and art-related information primarily of Edward Corbett, including a sketchbook, loan agreements and receipts, information about the sale of his paintings, and exhibition catalogs and reviews; photographs, negatives and slides of the Corbetts and others, and of works of art; teaching files from Mount Holyoke College and the University of California at Santa Barbara; financial records, including statements, contracts, and receipts; exhibition catalogs; clippings; and an engagement calendar (1958) for Edward Corbett. Also included are materials on drug abuse.
UNMICROFILMED: Papers of Rifat Tirana, including resumes; correspondence, 1942-1952; notes, writings, lectures, and printed material on international trade; reports on pre-World War II Albania written while serving in the League of Nations, 1932-1939; manuscript of Tirana's SPOIL OF EUROPE, 1941, published under the pseudonym Thomas Reveille; and clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Edward Corbett (1919-1971) and his wife Rosamond Walling Tirana Corbett (1910-1999) were painters from Calif., N.M., Mass., and Washington, D.C. Edward Corbett was an early Abstract Expressionist. Married Rosamond Tirana in 1962. Rosamund Tirana was married to Rifat Tirana (d. 1952). Died June 27, 1999.
Provenance:
Donated 1983 by Mrs. Rosamond Tirana Corbett.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.corbedwa
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-corbedwa

Oral history interview with Elmer Bischoff

Interviewee:
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts  Search this
Brown, Joan, 1938-1990  Search this
Brown, William Theo, 1919-2012  Search this
Geis, Bill  Search this
Hudson, Robert, 1938-  Search this
MacAgy, Douglas, 1913-  Search this
Neri, Manuel, 1930-  Search this
Park, David, 1911-1960  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Wiley, William T., 1937-  Search this
Extent:
82 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1977 August 10-September 1
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Elmer Bischoff conducted 1977 August 10-September 1, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Bischoff speaks of his family background; the influence of art teachers and attitudes at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1930s; his years of teaching at the California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco Art Institute), first under the directorship of Douglas MacAgy and then under Ernst Mundt and Gurdon Woods; his fellow faculty members Clyfford Still, David Park, Clay Spohn and Hassel Smith, and their work in abstract expressionism. He recalls some of his most successful students, including Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, and William T. Wiley.
Bischoff explains his turning away from abstract expressionism toward figurative painting, and cites the influence of David Park. He credits George Staempfli as the first New York art dealer to be interested in Bay Area figurative painting. He discusses the origins of the Bay Area funk movement. He speaks of teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, and reflects on the differences between teaching in a university environment and an art school. He discusses his move away from the figure to large scale abstraction.
Biographical / Historical:
Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991) was a painter and educator from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 24 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Figurative art  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bischo77
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bischo77

Teressa Fryworth papers

Creator:
Fryworth, Teressa, 1906-1981  Search this
Names:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Extent:
3 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1982
Scope and Contents:
A letter from Clay Spohn, 1974; a newspaper clipping on Fryworth, 1981; and an invitation to a Fryworth memorial exhibition, 1982.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter and administrator; San Francisco, Calif.
Provenance:
Donated 1982 by Charles Griffin Farr, executor of Fryworth's estate.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.frywtere
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-frywtere

Oral history interview with Clay Spohn, 1976 January 9-February 5

Interviewee:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Subject:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11671
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213110
AAA_collcode_spohn76
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213110

Oral history interview with Clay Spohn, 1964 October 5 and 1965 September 25

Interviewee:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Interviewer:
Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington),, 1920-  Search this
Subject:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12075
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213866
AAA_collcode_spohn64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213866
Online Media:

Clay Spohn papers, circa 1862-1985, bulk 1890-1985

Creator:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Subject:
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Corbett, Rosamond Walling Tirana  Search this
Fryworth, Teressa  Search this
Corbett, Edward  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Sievan, Maurice  Search this
Sihvonen, Oli  Search this
Reynal, Jeanne  Search this
Ribak, Louis  Search this
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
Neininger, Urban  Search this
Still, Clyfford  Search this
University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts  Search this
School of Visual Arts (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Account books
Ambrotypes
Photographs
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting, Abstract -- France -- Paris  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9468
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211666
AAA_collcode_spohclay
Theme:
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211666
Online Media:

Engagement Calendars

Collection Creator:
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Container:
Box 18, Folder 13-14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965, 1976
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use of unfilmed material requires an appointment.
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:
Clay Spohn Papers, circa 1862-1985, bulk 1890-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Clay Spohn papers
Clay Spohn papers / Series 2: Clay Spohn Papers / 2.4: Notes and Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-spohclay-ref100

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