Primarily research files and notes, subject files, interview tapes and transcripts, correspondence, writings, and other materials compiled by Harmon for a never-published biography of art dealer J.B. Neumann, titled The Art Lover. Found are photocopies of J.B. Neuman's correspondence with Karl Nierendorf, Clifford Odets, Elsa Schmid, and Alfred Stieglitz; photocopies and other materials from the J.B. Neumann Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Center, including photocopies of the magazine published by Neumann titled Art Lover Library, 1930-1957 (volume 1, 1930 is original bound volume), copyprints and photocopies of photographs of Neumann, his family, and of other subjects; interview transcripts and audio tapes with numerous artists conducted in the mid-1980s; research notes and files; and subject files on numerous artists (all photocopies).
Harmon's personal papers include resumes; copies of letters from friends, family, dealers and others; photographs of Harmon's paintings; writings, including poems, excerpts from diaries, autobiographical essays, and her autobiography FREEHAND; photocopies of various mss. drafts of Harmon's biography of Neumann, The Art Lover, and related writings by Harmon, including The Art Dealer and the Playwright, and Synopsis of Art Lover, ca. 1987-1990 ; a transcript of an interview of Harmon conducted by Karl Fortress, 1967; magazine and newspaper clippings; exhibition announcements and catalogs; and miscellany.
Interviewees include: Dore Ashton, Sally Avery, Alfred Barr, Phillip Bruno, Al Copley, Dorothy Dehner, Bettina Drew (about Nelson Algren), Elsie Driggs (also found is a video interview and transcript of Driggs by Merryman Gatch, n.d.), Ben Hertzberg, Leonard Hutton, Lewis Isaacs, Max Kahn, Katharine Kuh, Johanna Neumann Lamm, Frances Manacher, Peter Neumann, Albrecht Neumann, Nolbert Rothbaum, Margarete Schultz, Joseph Solman, Margarete Sapanel, Hugh Stix, Ilse Vogel with Howard Knotts, and Edward M.M. Warburg.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter and sculptor; New York City. Harmon worked for the influential art dealer J.B. Neumann, and spent several years preparing a biography of him which was never published. As an artist, she lived in Europe in the early part of the century, and worked on WPA art projects in the 1930s.
Donated 1983 and 1998 by Lily Harmon.
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Letters, photographs, exhibition catalogs, writings, an interview, printed material and miscellany regarding Vogel's career as a children's book illustrator and gallery owner. Approximately 100 letters and postcards from J. B. Neumann; photographs of Vogel, J. B. Neumann, Howard Knotts, Markus Krause and others; catalogs published by Neumann's gallery New Art Circle at 41 East 57th Street in New York City and several catalogs published by Galerie Gerd Rosen, Berlin; two annotated books, "Galerie Gerd Rosen: Die Avantgarde in Berlin, 1945-1950," by Markus Krause, 1995, and "What I Believe by Bertrand Russell, 1925"; a 1985 interview on cassette of Vogel conducted by Lily Harmon; newspaper clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Children's book illustrator and gallery owner; New York, N.Y. Prior to moving to the United States from Berlin, Vogel opened the Galerie Gerd Rosen, the first modern art gallery in Berlin in the 1940s.
Donated 2007 by Howard Knotts, c/o Nancy Lindbloom. Knotts was Vogel's husband.
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