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Esther Bear Gallery records

Creator:
Esther Bear Gallery (Santa Barbara, Calif.)  Search this
Names:
Bear, Donald, 1905-1952  Search this
Frasconi, Antonio  Search this
Johnston, Ynez, 1920-  Search this
Martinez, Alfred  Search this
Ward, Nina de Creeft  Search this
Extent:
5.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Date:
bulk 1954-1977
1928-1985
Summary:
The records of Santa Barbara, California art gallery, Esther Bear Gallery, measure 5.7 linear feet and date from 1928 to 1985, with the bulk of the records dating from 1954 to 1977. The collection comprises administrative records that include exhibition files, photographs, records documenting the gallery's operations, and files for the Donald Bear Collection and Endowment Fund; professional correspondence with artists, clients, and galleries regarding exhibitions, sales and loans, and other business dealings; and artist files for Thomas Cornell, Antonio Frasconi, Ynez Johnston, Miguel Marina, Alfred Martinez, and Nina de Creeft Ward, among others.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Santa Barbara, California art gallery, Esther Bear Gallery measure 5.7 linear feet and date from 1928 to 1985, with the bulk of the records dating from 1954 to 1977. The collection comprises administrative records that include exhibition files, photographs, records documenting the gallery's operations, and files for the Donald Bear Collection and Endowment Fund; professional correspondence with artists, clients, and galleries regarding exhibitions, sales and loans, and other business dealings; and artist files for Thomas Cornell, Antonio Frasconi, Ynez Johnston, Miguel Marina, Alfred Martinez, and Nina de Creeft Ward, among others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as three series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1941-1981 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, OV 8)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1928-1975 (0.5 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 3: Artist's Files, 1941-1982 (3.7 linear feet; Boxes 3-7, OV 8)
Biographical / Historical:
The Esther Bear Gallery was a commercial art gallery located in Santa Barbara, California, that specialized in contemporary art. The gallery exhibited artists such as Leonard Baskin, Antonio Frasconi, Rico Lebrun, Lee Mullican, Nina de Creeft Ward, Cady Wells, and other prominent artists including Donald Bear, husband of the gallery's owner Esther Bear and director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art from 1940 to 1952. Esther Bear retired in 1977.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Donald Bear papers, 1923-1960.
Provenance:
The Esther Bear Gallery records were donated by Esther Bear in 1978 and 1987.
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.
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 -- Santa Barbara
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Citation:
Esther Bear Gallery records, 1928-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.estebeag
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Esther Bear Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-estebeag

Esther Bear Gallery records, 1928-1985, bulk 1954-1977

Creator:
Esther Bear Gallery (Santa Barbara, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Frasconi, Antonio  Search this
Johnston, Ynez  Search this
Martinez, Alfred  Search this
Ward, Nina de Creeft  Search this
Bear, Donald  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Topic:
Women art dealers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5466
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209439
AAA_collcode_estebeag
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209439

Ward, Nina de Creeft

Collection Creator:
Esther Bear Gallery (Santa Barbara, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1975
Collection 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.
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:
Esther Bear Gallery records, 1928-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Esther Bear Gallery records
Esther Bear Gallery records / Series 3: Artist's Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-estebeag-ref237

Shoulders of Giants, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Ward, Nina de Creeft 1933-  Search this
Medium:
Low fired clay with oxides and light glaze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Iowa State University Brunnier Art Museum 290 Scheman Building Ames Iowa 50011
Located Iowa State University Parks Library, Lobby Ames Iowa Accession Number: U98.10ab
Date:
1997
Topic:
Animal--Horse  Search this
Control number:
IAS 65060033
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_466737

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