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Holly Solomon Gallery records

Creator:
Holly Solomon Gallery  Search this
Names:
98 Green St. Loft  Search this
Anderson, Laurie, 1947-  Search this
MacConnel, Kim  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-  Search this
Patkin, Izhar  Search this
Solomon, Holly  Search this
Wegman, William  Search this
Zucker, Joe, 1941-  Search this
Extent:
200.6 Linear feet
0.002 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Diaries
Interviews
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Daybooks
Date:
circa 1948-2003
Summary:
The records of Holly Solomon Gallery, a New York City gallery specializing in contemporary American art, measure 200.6 linear feet and 0.002 GB and date from circa 1948-2003. The gallery's activities are documented through dealer files, subject files, artists' files, inventories, sales and loan records, administrative and financial records, printed and digital materials, photographic materials of artwork and exhibitions, and sound, video, and film recordings. Also found are records of the alternative space, 98 Greene Street Loft, as well as Holly Solomon's personal papers.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of Holly Solomon Gallery, a New York City gallery specializing in contemporary American art, measure 200.6 linear feet and 0.002 GB and date from circa 1948-2003. The gallery's activities are documented through alphabetical files, dealer files, subject files, artists' files, inventories, sales and loan records, administrative and financial records, printed and digital materials, photographic materials of artwork and exhibitions, and sound, video, and film recordings. Also found are records of the alternative space, 98 Greene Street Loft, as well as Holly Solomon's personal papers.

Alphabetical files span from 1991-2000 and contain correspondence with clients, galleries, and museums, as well as related documentation regarding loans, inquiries, sales, exhibitions, and travel plans. These general files were maintained separately from the gallery's subject and artists' files but may overlap in subject matter.

The dealer files contain gallery correspondence to and from art dealers regarding inquiries on works and artists. These files are sparse and particular to the early 1980s. Subject files are mainly comprised of correspondence but also include printed materials, slides, and other related documents. Subjects include dealers, organizations, museums, clients, art fairs, travel, and projects that the gallery or Holly Solomon worked with.

Artists' files consist of correspondence, printed material, slides, photographs, and scattered inventory records, regarding the sale of artwork, as well as shipping records and insurance claims. Also included is correspondence between the gallery and the artist. There is substantial documentation on artists Kim MacConnel, Nam June Paik, Izhar Patkin, William Wegman, and Joe Zucker. Inventory records include inventory lists created by Holly Solomon Gallery as well as an art inventory card file. Inventory cards note the title, date, and size of the work as well as the dates and movements of the work, and may include a photograph. Some documents are also found in digital format in series 14, Born-digital records.

Administrative records contain general office materials such as phone messages books, staff notebooks, exhibition guest books, and business diaries, exhibition documentation, notes, and mail from prospective artists. Records primarily cover the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to business diaries, Holly Solomon also created "Dear Diary" binders which contain a collection of contact information and notes on clients and events. Some of these diaries were maintained for specific events. Some documents are also found in digital format in series 14, Born-digital records.

Sales and loan records consist of in and out sheets, consignments, and sales invoices. Also in this series are sales and loan logs and files that track the same information but from different access points, including sales by artist. Financial records document the financial activities of the galleries, apart from sales, and include shipping records, tax and insurance information, and accounting statements and reports. Also in this series are sales and loan logs and files that track the same information but from different access points, including sales by artist. Some documents are also found in digital format in series 14, Born-digital records.

Printed material consists of artist clippings, gallery exhibition catalogs, press releases, posters, and miscellaneous books, magazines, and clippings regarding the gallery. Included are clippings pertaining to the Pattern and Design art movement. Photographic material includes photographs and slides documenting artists' work and gallery exhibitions. Sound, video, and film recordings include artworks created by gallery artists, performances recorded live at the gallery, and the publicity Holly Solomon, the gallery and its artists received. The work of video artist Nam June Paik is highly represented through some of his video artworks, as well as television interviews with him. Prominent artists William Wegman and Laurie Anderson are also represented through original artworks and publicity. Publicity videos include Holly Solomon herself, being interviewed for television and documentaries.

The records of 98 Greene Street Loft include a large quantity of sound, video, and film recordings of poetry readings, live music, art, and theatrical performances that took place from 1971-1973, as well as scattered paper records such as play scripts, photographs, a guest book from 1971, printed material, and posters.

Holly Solomon's personal papers consist of biographical documents, correspondence, memorabilia, printed material, motion picture film, and photographs collected by Holly Solomon throughout her life. Included are school records, letters, notes and cards from friends and artists she represented at her gallery, photographs, invitations, event fliers, and other mementos. Printed material, mostly magazines and newspapers document her accomplishments.

Sound and video recordings include recordings collected by the Holly Solomon Gallery documenting the gallery itself and the artists it represented. Recordings include artworks created by gallery artists, performances recorded live at the gallery, and the publicity Holly Solomon, the gallery and its artists received. The recordings range from before the gallery's opening in 1975 until after its closure in 2002, with most recordings coming out of the 80s and 90s. The work of video artist Nam June Paik is highly represented within the series through some of his actual video artworks, as well as through numerous documentaries and television interviews with him. Prominent artists William Wegman and Laurie Anderson are both represented through original artworks and publicity.

Born-digital records consist of documents recovered from floppy discs included in the collection.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 14 series:

Series 1: Alphabetical Files, 1991-2001 (Boxes 1-9; 8.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Dealer Files, 1980-1990 (Box 9-10; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Subject Files, circa 1975-2002 (Boxes 11-25; 15.0 linear feet)

Series 4: Artists' Files, circa 1975-2002 (Boxes 26-47; 22.0 linear feet)

Series 5: Inventory Records, 1975-2001 (Boxes 48-66, 157-162; 25.0 linear feet)

Series 6: Administrative Records, circa 1980-2003 (Boxes 67-81, OV 202; 15.1 linear feet)

Series 7: Sales and Loan Records, circa 1975-2001 (Boxes 82-87; 6.0 linear feet)

Series 8: Financial and Legal Records, circa 1969-2001 (Boxes 88-114, 191, 192; 27.7 linear feet)

Series 9: Printed Material, circa 1968-2002 (Boxes 115-135, 193-194, OV 203-222, RD 223; 23.5 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographic Material, circa 1969-2000 (Boxes 136-156, 194-196, 201, OV 224; 22.2 linear feet)

Series 11: 98 Greene Street Loft, circa 1969-1973 (Boxes 166-169, 194, FC 197-200, FC 228-236, OV 225-227; 5.6 linear feet)

Series 12: Holly Solomon Personal Papers, circa 1948-2002 (Boxes 170-182, 194, FC 237-241; 13.6 linear feet)

Series 13: Sound and Video Recordings, circa 1966-2001 (Boxes 183-190; 7.6 linear feet)

Series 14: Born-Digital Records, (ER01-ER04; 0.002 GB)

The collection has been minimally arranged into series based on the found arrangement upon receipt, assumed to be the original arrangement of the gallery. Folders have been arranged within series and general folder contents verified, but in most cases, item level arrangement has not been completed.
Historical Note:
The Holly Solomon Gallery was established in 1975 by Holly Solomon and her husband, Horace Solomon, at 392 West Broadway in New York City's SoHo area. The gallery focused on contemporary art.

The gallery represented artists such as William Wegman, Nam June Paik, Laurie Anderson, and Robert Kushner. In 1983, the gallery moved uptown to 724 Fifth Ave at 57th, but then moved again in the early 1990s back downtown to SoHo at 172 Mercer Street. After the gallery closed Holly Solomon continued to deal art from the Chelsea Hotel until her death in 2002.

Holly Solomon was born Hollis Dworken in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1934. She started college at Vassar College, and later transferred to Sarah Lawrence College where she graduated in 1955. In 1953 she married Horace Solomon. Holly Solomon was an aspiring stage actress and was enrolled at Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio shortly after moving to Manhattan. Although she was not a successful actress she and her husband began collecting art and were fans of the Pop Art movement. In 1969 the couple opened an alternative work and performance space for artists named 98 Greene Street Loft. The space provided a venue for poets, actors, and artists to work and perform. Solomon wrote and produced a five part documentary from performances at 98 Greene Street, and in 1972 it was shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. 98 Greene Street Loft closed in 1973. Holly Solomon was also a proponent of the Pattern and Decoration, or "P and D", art movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Many of the artists featured in her gallery were involved in the P and D movement including Robert Kushner, Kim MacConnel, Ned Smyth, and Brad Davis.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2010 by Thomas and John Solomon, Holly Solomon's sons.
Restrictions:
This collection is access restricted. Use requires written permission. Financial and Legal Records (Series 8) are closed to researchers until they can be processed to a more detailed level. 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:
Visitors' books  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Notebooks  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)  Search this
Video art  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Interviews
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Daybooks
Citation:
Holly Solomon Gallery records, circa 1948-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hollsolg
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hollsolg

Joe Zucker : Ravenna / [essay by Klaus Kertess]

Title:
Ravenna
Author:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Kertess, Klaus  Search this
GBE (Modern)  Search this
Subject:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
Call number:
ND237.Z84 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_764789

Joe Zucker : an exhibition, April 6-May 30, 1976

Author:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Baltimore Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1976
Call number:
ND237.Z84 A4 1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637465

Cy Twombly, Christopher Wilmarth, Joe Zucker

Author:
Hirschl & Adler Modern  Search this
Subject:
Twombly, Cy 1928-2011  Search this
Wilmarth, Christopher  Search this
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
[36] p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
[1986?]
Call number:
N6537.T96 T9 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639756

Joe Zucker : September 28-October 28, 1989, Hirschl & Adler Modern / [essay by John Yau]

Author:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Yau, John 1950-  Search this
Hirschl & Adler Modern  Search this
Subject:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
[1989]
Call number:
ND237.Z84 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652350

Joe Zucker : a decade of paintings, 1983-1994 : [exhibition] Track 16 Gallery and Mainspace, Bergamot Station Arts Center, February 3-April 1, 1995 / curated by John Yau

Author:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Yau, John 1950-  Search this
Track 16 Gallery and Mainspace  Search this
Bergamot Station Arts Center  Search this
Subject:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
[44] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
Call number:
N40.1.Z923 Y3 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_553730

Surfacing images : the paintings of Joe Zucker, 1969-1982 / essay by Susan Krane

Author:
Krane, Susan  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
84 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1982
Call number:
N40.1.Z923 K8
N40.1.Z923K8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_300156

Ponce de Leon in search of the fountain of youth / paintings by Joe Zucker

Author:
Queens Museum  Search this
Subject:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Ponce de León, Juan 1460?-1521  Search this
Physical description:
[32] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
C1985
Call number:
N40.1.Z923 Q3
N40.1.Z923Q3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_311708

Joseph Zucker : Sevres unique porcelain

Author:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Artes Magnus  Search this
Subject:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
[1987]
Topic:
Sèvres porcelain  Search this
Porcelain--Art objects  Search this
Call number:
NK4390 .Z93 1987
NK4390.Z93 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_352983

Joe Zucker : March 7-28, 1987 / [introduction by Lisa Liebmann]

Author:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Liebmann, Lisa  Search this
Hirschl & Adler Modern  Search this
Subject:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
[33] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
[1987]
Call number:
N40.1.Z923 L7 1987
N40.1.Z923L7 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_391987

Richard Artschwager, Chuck Close, Joe Zucker : an exhibition organized by the Daniel Weinberg Gallery, September 14 through October 22, 1976, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, November 5 through December 5, 1976, Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California at Davis, January 5 through January 28, 1977

Author:
Artschwager, Richard 1923-2013-  Search this
Close, Chuck 1940-  Search this
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Daniel Weinberg Gallery  Search this
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art  Search this
Memorial Union Art Gallery (University of California, Davis)  Search this
Subject:
Artschwager, Richard 1923-2013-  Search this
Close, Chuck 1940-  Search this
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
[28] p. : ill. ; 16 x 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1976
C1976]
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.A787 R5
N40.1.A787 R5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_91203

Exile on Main St. / [curated by Alexander van Grevenstein ; essay by Robert Storr]

Title:
Exile on Main Street
Author:
Grevenstein, Alexander van  Search this
Storr, Robert  Search this
Bonnefantenmuseum  Search this
Subject:
Artschwager, Richard 1923-2013-  Search this
Copley, William Nelson 1919-1996  Search this
Jensen, Alfred 1903-1981  Search this
Saul, Peter 1934-  Search this
Wesley, John 1928-  Search this
Westermann, H. C (Horace Clifford) 1922-  Search this
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
255 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2009
C2009
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .E9685 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_941998

Joe Zucker : new work

Author:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Mayor Gallery  Search this
Holly Solomon Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
[10] p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1984
1984?]
Call number:
ND237.Z84 A4 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_961325

Tiger vs Crane, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Zucker, Joe 1941-  Search this
Medium:
Mixed (acrylic, rhoplex, wood on canvas)
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Honolulu Advertiser 605 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Date:
1984
Topic:
Animal--Tiger  Search this
Animal--Bird--Crane  Search this
Control number:
IAS 65600162
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292045

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