The Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. records, 1956-1978 (predominantly 1968-1971). 1956-1978 (predominantly 1968-1971)


Wagstaff, Samuel J. The Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. records, 1956-1978 (predominantly 1968-1971).

The Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. records, 1956-1978 (predominantly 1968-1971). 1956-1978 (predominantly 1968-1971)

The records contain administrative correspondence, personal correspondence prior to and during Wagstaff's tenure as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, research work on various artists, periods and schools of art, and files dealing with accessioned art objects and exhibitions during Mr. Wagstaff's tenure. Included are letters between the exhibiting artists and Mr. Wagstaff. In the series on exhibitions, there is also much correspondence with the artists, some of whom has later become more prominent. Also included are original drawings and plans by various artists, especially Robert Morris. Also of interest is Wagstaff's personal correspondence regarding research on Gauguin and the Ecole du Pont-Aven; research notes and a rough draft of an article on sources of influence in the work of Gauguin; and a critique of a monograph on the ceramics and sculpture of Gauguin by Christopher Gray. Notes and correspondence regarding the provenance and symbolic history of various objects in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum (including various Medieval panels and missal) are of additional interest. Correspondence regarding Wagstaff's personal collecting parallels some of his work on exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Detroit Institute of Arts, and after. Notable are early recorded interest in silver collecting and photographic collecting. Researchers will find this collection of great use because of Wagstaff's importance as a primary figure in the museum exhibition of avant-garde American art of the 1960s and early '70s. Though this collection does not cover his years as a collector and promoter of photography, it provides precursory documentation and information regarding his collecting and research strategies.

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