Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954

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Art dealer and gallery director; New York, N.Y.

Valentin came to the U.S. from Germany in 1937. He worked at the Buchholz Gallery, which he took over and renamed the Curt Valentin Gallery. The gallery closed in 1955.

From the description of Catalogs of exhibitions organized by Curt Valentin, 1929-1948. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122514918

Curt Valentin was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1902. After completing his education, he became a dealer in modern art in Berlin. In 1934 he returned to Hamburg and worked in the Buchholz Gallery, owned by Karl Buchholz. This gallery comprised two businesses: a bookstore in the front, and, in the rear, an art gallery devoted to the modern art classified as "degenerate" by the Nazis.

In 1937 Valentin emigrated to the U.S. with a sufficient number of modern German paintings to open a gallery under the Buchholz name in New York City. In 1951 the gallery was renamed the Curt Valentin Gallery.

Widely respected as one of the most astute dealers in modern art, Valentin organized influential exhibitions and attracted major artists to his gallery. His enthusiasm for sculpture is revealed by the artists and exhibitions he selected. He also published several distinguished, limited-edition books in which the writings of poets and novelists were illustrated by a contemporary artists.

Valentin died of a heart attack in Aug. 1954, while visiting Marino Marini in Italy. One year later the gallery was liquidated and some of the work from it was sold at a Parke-Bernet auction in Nov. 1955. Several of Valentin's artists, as well as his assistant, Jane Wade, joined the Otto Gerson Gallery, which, after Gerson's death in 1962, became the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery.

From the description of Curt Valentin papers, 1937-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122484147

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber). J. B. Neumann papers, 1915-1967. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rathbone, Perry Townsend, 1911-2000. Perry Townsend Rathbone papers, 1936-1985. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Osborn, Robert Chesley, 1904-1994. Robert Chesley Osborn letters to Eero Saarinen and Lilian Swann Saarinen, circa 1950. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Belle Krasne Ribicoff papers, 1942-circa 2010, bulk 1945-2004 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Flannagan, John Bernard, 1895?-1942. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1926-1942, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1940-1963. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Sabersky, Jane, 1911?-1983. Jane Sabersky papers, 1940-1972. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Orswell, Lois, 1904-1998. Lois Dailey Orswell letters from Curt Valentin and Richard Stankiewicz, 1945-1959. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zigrosser, Carl, 1891-. Carl Zigrosser papers, 1891-1971. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954. Curt Valentin papers, 1937-1955. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf VALENTIN, CURT. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Woods, Willis F. Willis F. Woods letters, 1947-1956. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Wade, Jane, 1925-. Jane Wade papers, 1903-1971. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Stevens, Will Henry, 1881-1949. Will Henry Stevens papers, 1907-1950. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954. Catalogs of exhibitions organized by Curt Valentin, 1929-1948. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Catherine Viviano Gallery records, 1930-1990, bulk 1949-1978. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Philadelphia Museum of Art. Selections from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Archives of American Art collection, 1866-1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Catherine Viviano Gallery. Catherine Viviano Gallery records, 1930-1990, bulk 1949-1978. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Ribicoff, Belle Krasne, 1924-. Belle Krasne Ribicoff papers, 1942-circa 2010, bulk 1945-2004. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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correspondedWith Arp, Jean, 1887-1966 person
associatedWith Beckmann, Max, 1884-1950. person
correspondedWith Berggruen, Heinz person
associatedWith Buchholz Gallery (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Burgi, Rolf person
correspondedWith Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976 person
correspondedWith Callery, Mary person
associatedWith Catherine Viviano corporateBody
associatedWith Catherine Viviano Gallery. corporateBody
correspondedWith Cooper, Douglas, 1911-1984 person
associatedWith Curt Valentin Gallery (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956 person
associatedWith Flannagan, John Bernard, 1895?-1942. person
associatedWith Galerie Alfred Flechtheim. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hepworth, Barbara, Dame, 1903-1975 person
correspondedWith Kahnweiler, Daniel Henry, 1884-1979. person
correspondedWith Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig, 1880-1938 person
correspondedWith Klee, Paul, 1879-1940 person
associatedWith Kollwitz, Käthe, 1867-1945. person
associatedWith Krasne Ribicoff, Belle person
correspondedWith Lehmbruck, Wilhelm, 1881-1919 person
correspondedWith Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973. person
correspondedWith Marini, Marino, 1901-1980. person
correspondedWith Moore, Henry, 1898- person
associatedWith Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber) person
associatedWith Orswell, Lois, 1904-1998. person
associatedWith Osborn, Robert Chesley, 1904-1994. person
associatedWith Philadelphia Museum of Art. corporateBody
correspondedWith Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 person
associatedWith Rathbone, Perry Townsend, 1911-2000. person
associatedWith Ribicoff, Belle Krasne, 1924- person
associatedWith Sabersky, Jane, 1911?-1983. person
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. person
associatedWith Stevens, Will Henry, 1881-1949. person
correspondedWith Thomson, David person
associatedWith Wade, Jane, 1925- person
associatedWith Woods, Willis F. person
associatedWith Zigrosser, Carl, 1891- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Germany--Berlin
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Gallery directors
Art galleries, Commercial
Art, German--History--Sources
Sculpture, Modern--20th century--Sources
Art--Collectors and collecting--History--Sources
Prints--20th century--Sources
Entartete Kunst--History--Sources
Art, Modern--20th century--Sources
Art dealers--Archives
Art dealers
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Birth 1902-10-05

Death 1954-08-19

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German

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