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 Camins, Jacques Joseph, 1904-. Jacques Joseph Camins films and posters, ca. 1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Roberts, Colette, 1910-. Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, 1918-1971. Smithsonian 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 Walker, Hudson D. (Hudson Dean), 1907-1976. Hudson D. Walker papers, 1920-1982. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn George and Ira Gershwin Collection, 1895-2008, (bulk 1920-1960) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Gallery 256 (Provincetown, Mass.). Gallery 256 records, 1953-1955 and [undated]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Halper, Nathan. Records of Nathan Halper's Galleries, 1952-1979. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Botkin, Henry, 1896-1983. Henry Botkin papers, 1917-1979. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Fordham University. WFUV radio interviews relating to art, 1969-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn New York Artists Equity Association. New York Artists Equity Association records, 1944-2003. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Henry Botkin Papers, 1928-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Newman, Arnold, 1918-2006. Arnold Newman photographs of artists, ca. 1940-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. New directions in American painting and sculpture, 1960 Apr. 13. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn New York Artists Equity Association. New York Artists Equity Association records, 1944-2010. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf American Abstract Artists. Abstract art around the world today : transcript, 1954 Mar. 16. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf BOTKIN, HENRY A. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Fortess, Karl E. (Karl Eugene), 1907-. Karl E. Fortess taped interviews with artists, [1963-1985]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Botkin, Henry : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
referencedIn Halper, Nathan. Nathan Halper correspondence and gallery records, 1952-1979, bulk, 1953-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Roberts, Colette, 1910-1971. Colette Roberts interviews with artists, 1961-1971 [sound recording]. Smithsonian 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 Newman, Arnold, 1918-2006. Arnold Newman photographs of artists, ca. 1940-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Roberts, Colette, 1910-. Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, 1961-1971 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Botkin, Henry, 1896-1983 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Gallant, Mitzi. Mitzi Gallant papers, 1948-1959. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf American Abstract Artists. Abstract art around the world today, 1954 Mar. 16. Smithsonian 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, Saburò„, 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
Subject
Art, Abstract
Painting, America--20th century
Painting, Abstract
Art--Painters
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Composers
Expressionism (art)
Art, American
Art--Illustrators
Painters
Artists' studios--Photographs
Occupation
Painter
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Birth 1896-04-05

Death 1983

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Americans

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