Botkin, Henry Albert, 1896-1983

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Henry Botkin (1896-1983) was an American abstract, modern and expressionist painter and illustrator; he was known for his figure-views, still lifes, and non-objective paintings. He was active in artistic circles, served as president of four major art organizations (Artists Equity Association, American Abstract Artists, Group 256 Provincetown, and Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors), and in 1955 organized the first exhibition of American abstract art at the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan.

From the guide to the Henry Botkin Papers, 1928-1965, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Painter; New York, N.Y. and Provincetown, Mass.

Born in Boston and attended art schools there from 1913-1917. From 1917-1920, he attended the Art Students League and was employed as an illustrator for prominent magazines until 1929. Traveling abroad between 1926 and 1933, he attained his first one-man show in 1927 at the Billiet Galleries in Paris. Through his cousin, composer George Gershwin, Botkin became acquainted with people active in the performing arts, such as Harold Arlen, Fanny Brice, Harry Kurnitz, and Bert Lahr. Botkin was also involved in the American Abstract Artists, Artists Equity Association, Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, and Gallery 256 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

From the description of Henry Botkin papers, 1917-1979. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86132825

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creatorOf Jacques Joseph Camins films and posters Archives of American Art
creatorOf Botkin, Henry Albert. [Henry Albert Botkin] : artist file John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library, Ringling Museum Library
referencedIn Gershwin, George, 1898-1937. George and Ira Gershwin collection, 1895-2008 (bulk 1920-1960). Library of Congress
creatorOf Hudson D. Walker papers Archives of American Art
referencedIn George and Ira Gershwin Collection, 1895-2008, (bulk 1920-1960) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Gallery 256 records Archives of American Art
creatorOf Henry Botkin papers Archives of American Art
referencedIn New York Artists Equity Association records Archives of American Art
creatorOf Henry Botkin Papers, 1928-1965 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf New directions in American painting and sculpture Archives of American Art
creatorOf Abstract art around the world today Archives of American Art
creatorOf BOTKIN, HENRY A. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Botkin, Henry : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
referencedIn Nathan Halper business records Archives of American Art
creatorOf Colette Roberts Papers and Interviews with Artists Archives of American Art
creatorOf Botkin, Henry Albert, 1896-1983. Henry Albert Botkin : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Arnold Newman photographs of artists Archives of American Art
creatorOf Colette Roberts Papers and Interviews with Artists Archives of American Art
referencedIn Botkin, Henry, 1896-1983 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Mitzi Gallant papers Archives of American Art
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referencedIn WFUV radio interviews relating to art Archives of American Art
creatorOf Karl E. Fortess interviews with artists Archives of American Art
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associatedWith American Abstract Artists. corporateBody
associatedWith Arlen, Harold, 1905-1986. person
associatedWith Artists Equity Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901- person
associatedWith Brice, Fanny. person
associatedWith Brice, William, 1921- person
associatedWith Camins, Jacques Joseph, 1904- person
associatedWith Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. corporateBody
associatedWith Fordham University. corporateBody
associatedWith Fortess, Karl E. (Karl Eugene), 1907- person
associatedWith Gallant, Mitzi. person
associatedWith Gallery 256 (Provincetown, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gallery 256 (Provincetown, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gershwin, George, 1898-1937. person
associatedWith Gershwin, Ira, 1896- person
associatedWith Godowsky, Frances. person
associatedWith Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991. person
associatedWith Halper, Nathan. person
associatedWith Hasegawa, Saburō, 1906-1957. person
associatedWith Henry Albert Botkin, person
associatedWith Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966. person
associatedWith Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971. person
associatedWith Laurent, Toinette Botkin. person
associatedWith Mocsanyi, Paul. person
associatedWith Motherwell, Robert. person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988. person
associatedWith Newman, Arnold, 1918-2006. person
associatedWith Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970. person
associatedWith New York Artists Equity Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973. person
associatedWith Putnam, Wallace, 1899- person
associatedWith Rattner, Abraham. person
associatedWith Roberts, Colette, 1910-1971. person
associatedWith Robus, Hugo, 1885- person
associatedWith Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951. person
associatedWith Shadbolt, Jack, 1909-1998. person
associatedWith Siqueiros, David Alfaro. person
associatedWith The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Von Wicht, John, 1888-1970. person
associatedWith Walker, Hudson D. (Hudson Dean), 1907-1976. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Massachusetts--Provincetown
New York (State)--New York
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Art, American
Art
Art
Art
Art, Abstract
Artists' studios
Composers
Expressionism (Art)
Painters
Painting, Abstract
Painting, America
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Painter
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Birth 1896-04-05

Death 1983

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Americans

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