Goldwater, Robert John, 1907-1973

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Robert John Goldwater (1907-1973) was an art historian from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Robert John Goldwater papers, 1902-1974. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 233006984

Epithet: art historian

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Art historian; New York, N.Y.

From the description of Robert John Goldwater papers, [ca. 1936-1973]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122571102

Robert John Goldwater (1907-1973), a native New Yorker, studied art history at Columbia College (B.A., 1929), Harvard University (M.A., 1931), and New York University (Ph.D., 1937). Goldwater was a Carnegie Corporation Fellow, 1930-31, a Guggenheim Fellow, 1944-45, and a Fulbright Fellow in France, 1944-45. He was especially interested in primitive art, primitivism and symbolism in modern art, and the history of art criticism.

His teaching career began at New York University in 1934. Five years later, Goldwater moved to Queens College. In 1957, he joined the faculty of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where he remained until his death in 1973.

Goldwater wrote a large number of articles, books, and reviews on a variety of art topics. His books include: Primitivism in Modern Painting (1938), Artists on Art from the XIV to the XX Century (1945), Rufino Tamayo (1947), Modern Art in Your Life (1949), Vincent van Gogh (1954), Jacques Lipchitz (1954), Paul Gauguin (1957), Senufo Sculpture from West Africa (1964), Space and Dream (1968), What Is Modern Sculpture (1969), and Symbolism (1979).

From 1957-1963 Goldwater was Director of the Museum of Primitive Art, and for the next decade was Chairman of its administrative committee. In addition, Goldwater served as book review editor of the College Art Association's Art Bulletin from 1944-1947, and from 1947-1953 he was editor of the American Federation of Art's Magazine of Art .

From the guide to the Robert John Goldwater papers, 1902-1974, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Archives pamphlet file : Goldwater, Robert John, What is modern sculpture? : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Steinberg, Leo, 1920-2011. Leo Steinberg research papers, 1945-1996 (bulk 1950-1993). Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Vol. XX. (ff.) Ann Freud-Goode.Tania Stern, wife of James Stern: Elsa Gindler, physical therapist: Letter to Tania Stern from Elsa Gindler: 1935: Ger.James Stern, writer: Jonathan Fryer, writer and journalist: Letters to James Stern from Jonathan F... British Library
referencedIn Leo Steinberg research papers, 1945-1996, 1950-1993 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Franc, Helen M. (Helen Margaret), 1908-. Letters, 1949, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Robert John Goldwater papers Archives of American Art
creatorOf San Francisco Art Association and related organizational records Archives of American Art
creatorOf Proskauer, Henry G., 1915-. Letters received, ca. 1950-1970. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Henry-Russell Hitchcock papers Archives of American Art
creatorOf GOLDWATER, ROBERT. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Museum of Primitive Art (New York, N.Y.). Archive of the Museum of Primitive Art, 1949-1992 (inclusive), 1957-1975 (bulk). Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Henry-Russell Hitchcock papers Archives of American Art
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903. person
associatedWith Goldwater, S. S. (Sigismund Schulz), 1873-1942. person
associatedWith Hitchcock, Henry Russell, 1903- person
associatedWith Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891- person
associatedWith Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973. person
associatedWith Museum of Primitive Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith New York University corporateBody
associatedWith New York University, Faculty corporateBody
associatedWith Proskauer, Henry G., 1915- person
associatedWith Queen College (New York, N.Y.), Faculty corporateBody
associatedWith Queens College (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith San Francisco Art Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Steinberg, Leo, 1920- person
associatedWith Steinberg, Leo, 1920-2011. person
associatedWith Tamayo, Rufino, 1899- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Art historians
Art historians
Museum directors
Museum directors


Birth 1907-11-23

Death 1973-03-26





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