Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk, 1930-1994.

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Kuh, Katharine. Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk, 1930-1994.

Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk, 1930-1994.

The papers of art historian, dealer, critic, and curator Katharine Kuh measure 12.1 linear feet and date from 1875-1994, with the bulk of the material dating from 1930-1994. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with family, friends and colleagues; personal business records; artwork by various artists; a travel journal; writings by Kuh and others; scrapbooks; printed material; photographs of Kuh and others; and audio recordings of Kuh's lectures and of Daniel Catton Rich reading poetry. Biographical material consists of copies of Kuh's birth certificate, resumés, passports, award certificates, honorary diplomas, and address books listing information about several prominent artists and colleagues. Four linear feet of correspondence offers excellent documentation of Kuh's interest in art history, her travels, her career at the Art Institute of Chicago, her work as a corporate art advisor, and as an author. There are letters from her mother Olga Woolf, friends, and colleagues. There is extensive correspondence with various staff members of the Art Institute of Chicago, the First National Bank of Chicago, and The Saturday Review. Also of interest are letters from artists and collectors, several of whom became life-long friends including Walter and Louise Arensberg, Cosmo Campoli, Serge Chermayeff, Richard Cox, Worden Day, Claire Falkenstein, Fred Friendly, Leon Golub, Joseph Goto, David Hare, Denise Brown Hare, Jean Hélion, Ray Johnson, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Len Lye, Wallace Putnam, Kurt Seligmann, Shelby Shackelford, Hedda Sterne, and Clyfford Still. Many letters are illustrated with original artwork in various media. There are also scattered letters from various artists and other prominent individuals including Josef Albers, George Biddle, Marcel Breuer, Joseph Cornell, Stuart Davis, Edwin Dickinson, Joseph Hirshhorn, Daniel Catton Rich, and Dorothea Tanning. Personal business records include a list of artwork, Olga Woolf's will, inventories of Kuh's personal art collection, miscellaneous contracts and deeds of gift, receipts for the sale of artwork, files concerning business-related travel, and miscellaneous receipts. Artwork in the collection represents a wide range of artist friends and media, such as drawings, watercolors, paintings, collages, and prints. Included are works by various artists including lithographs by David Hare and a watercolor set, Technics and Creativity, designed and autographed by Jasper Johns for the Museum of Modern Art, 1970. Notes and writings include annotated engagement calendars, travel journals for Germany, a guest book for the Kuh Memorial gathering, and many writings and notes by Kuh for lectures and articles concerning art history topics. Of interest are minutes/notes from meetings for art festivals, conferences, and the "Conversations with Artists Program (1961). Also found are writings by others about Kuh and other art history topics. Six scrapbooks contain clippings that document the height of Kuh's career as a gallery director and museum curator. Scrapbook 6 contains clippings about Fernand Léger, the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953. Additional printed material includes clippings about Kuh and her interests, a comprehensive collection of clippings of Kuh's articles for The Saturday Review, exhibition announcements and catalogs, calendars of events, programs, brochures, books including Poems by Kuh as a child, and reproductions of artwork. Of particular interest are the early and exhibition catalogs from the Katharine Kuh Gallery, and rare catalogs for artists including Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Stanley William Hayter, Hans Hofmann, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Franz Kline, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Pablo Picasso. Photographs provide important documentation of the life and career of Katharine Kuh and are of Kuh, family members, friends, colleagues, events, residences, and artwork. Several of the photographs of Kuh were taken by Will Barnet and Marcel Breuer and there is a notable pair of photo booth portraits of Kuh and a young Ansel Adams. There are also group photographs showing Angelica Archipenko with Kuh; designer Klaus Grabe; painters José Chavez Morado and Pablo O'Higgins in San Miguel, Mexico; Kuh at the Venice Biennale with friends and colleagues including Peggy Guggenheim, Frances Perkins, Daniel Catton Rich, and Harry Winston; and "The Pre-Depressionists" including Lorser Feitelson, Robert Inverarity, Helen Lundeberg, Arthur Millier, Myron Chester Nutting, and Muriel Tyler Nutting. Photographs of exhibition installations and openings include views of the Katharine Kuh Gallery; Fernand Léger, Man Ray, and László Moholy-Nagy at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Philip Guston, Jimmy Ernst, Seymour H. Knox, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. There are also photographs depicting three men posing as Léger's "Three Musicians" and the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Art Institute of Chicago. There is a photograph by Peter Pollack of an elk skull used as a model by Georgia O'Keeffe. Additional photographs of friends and colleagues include Ivan Albright, Alfred Barr, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Willem De Kooning, Edwin Dickinson, Marcel Duchamp, Claire Falkenstein, Alberto Giacometti, poet Robert Graves with Len Lye, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Carlos Mérida, José Orozco, Hasan Ozbekhan, Pablo Picasso, Carl Sandberg, Ben Shahn, Otto Spaeth, Hedda Sterne, Adlai Stevenson, Clyfford Still, Mark Tobey, and composer Victor Young. Photographs of artwork include totem poles in Alaska; work by various artists including Claire Falkenstein, Paul Klee, and Hedda Sterne; and work donated to the Guggenheim Museum. Four audio recordings on cassette are of Katharine Kuh's lectures, including one about assembling corporate collections, and of Daniel Catton Rich reading his own poetry. There is also a recording of the Second Annual Dialogue between Broadcasters and Museum Educators.

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French artist and poet. From the description of Letters, 1942-1947. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86093273 ...

Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949

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Mexican painter. From the description of Letters to Jean Charlot, 1925-1943. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 78326558 ...

Breuer, Marcel, 1902-1981

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German designer and Bauhaus teacher. From the description of Photographs of furniture designed by Marcel Breuer and Gustav Hassenpflug, 1926-1933. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 79881559 Marcel Lajos Breuer was born in Pécs, Hungary, on May 21, 1902. Marcel Breuer is known worldwide both as a designer of furniture and as an architect. Starting in 1920 he attended the Bauhaus at Weimar, headed by Walter Gropius. He graduated in 1924, and soon after Gropius a...

Hare, David, 1917-1992

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Sculptor; New York City. Died 1992. From the description of David Hare papers, 1944-1969. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122648004 David Hare, b. 1917; d. 1992, Sculptor of New York, N.Y. From the description of Oral history interview with David Hare, 1968 Jan. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646397088 David Hare (1917-1992) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y. From the description of Oral history interview with David Hare, 1968 Jan. 17. (Un...

Putnam, Wallace, 1899-1989

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Wallace Putnam, b. 1899, Painter, writer, lithographer, and draftsman of Yorktown Heights, N.Y. From the description of Oral history interview with Wallace Putnam, 1982 Aug. 13-20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 233007161 Painter, writer, lithographer, and draftsman; Yorktown Heights, N.Y. From the description of Wallace Putnam papers, 1914-1983. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80506415 From the description of Wallace Putnam interview, 1982 Aug. 13-20. (U...

Arensberg, Louise S. (Louise Stevens), 1879-1953

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Tobey, Mark

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Painter; Abstract Expressionist. Also worked as fashion illustrator, portrait painter. Born in Wisconsin, December 11, 1892. Died 1976. Worked in Chicago, Seattle, Basel, Switzerland; New York, N.Y., Dartington Hall, Devonshire, England, and Paris. Convert to Baha'i religion. From the description of Mark Tobey papers, [ca. 1920]-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78566820 Tobey was a painter; Seattle, Wash. Corle was at one time a New York City stage actress and wife of no...

Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985

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Russian-French painter. From the description of Autograph letter signed (1) and greeting cards signed (2) : Marseilles and St. Paul, to John Rewald, 1941 Jan. 3, 1967 July 18 and [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870508 Marc Chagall was a Russian-born painter working chiefly in France whose works frequently featured themes from Russian-Jewish folklore and from the Bible. From the description of Marc Chagall letter to D. Vaughan, 1967 February 21. (Pennsyl...

Perkins, Frances.

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Albright, Ivan, 1897-1983

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Wife of artist Richard B.K. McLanathan; Phippsburg, Maine. From the description of Letters from Ivan Albright to Jane Fuller McLanathan, 1939-1940. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82780155 Ivan Le Lorraine Albright (1897-1983) was a painter from New York, N.Y. and Chicago, Ill. From the description of Oral history interview with Ivan Le Lorraine Albright, 1972 Feb. 5 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 495595033 Painter. Died 1983. ...

Ozbekhan, Hasan, 1921-2007

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Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978

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Photographer, curator, historian, writer; New York, N.Y. From the description of Peter Pollack papers, 1939-1979. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78335707 American photographer and photojournalist, writer and lecturer, 1911-1979; Curator of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago, 1945-1957; Director, American Federation of the Arts, 1962-1964. Author: The Picture History of Photography, 1970; Understanding Primitive Art, 1968. From the description of Peter Pollack ...

Friendly, Fred W.

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Radio and television journalist; interviewee b. 1915. From the description of Reminiscences of Fred W. Friendly : oral history, 1968. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122362077 From the description of Reminiscences of Fred W. Friendly : oral history, 1967. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122513857 New York City native Fred W. Friendly (1915-1998) was a radio and television producer and...

Spaeth, Otto, d. 1966.

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Collector. From the description of Otto Spaeth letters, 1953 and [undated]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122565353 ...

Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980

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Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955

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French painter. From the description of Letters and manuscripts of Fernand Léger, 1918-1955. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 81728195 ...

Seligmann, Kurt, 1900-1962

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Biennale di Venezia (Venice, Italy)

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Lye, Len, 1901-1980

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Painter, kinetic artist; New York, N.Y. From the description of Len Lye papers, 1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86093854 ...

De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997

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Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) was an abstract artist from New York, N.Y. From the description of Oral history interview with Willem De Kooning and others, 1979 Sept. (Smithsonian Archives of American Art). WorldCat record id: 688855147 Abstract artist; New York. 1904-1997. From the description of Oral history interview with Willem DeKooning and others, 1979 September [sound recording]. (Smithsonian Archives of American Art). WorldCat record id: 123944643 ...

Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 1886-1969

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German born architect. From the description of Manuscript fragment (n.d.) and letter, 1962 Nov.30. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 82217577 Architect. From the description of Reminiscences of Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe : oral history, 1961. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122631918 Architect. Born in Aachen, Germany (1886). From the description of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe collection, 1929-1969....

Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967

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Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American author, editor and poet. He won three Pulitzer prizes, two for his poetry and the third for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. From the guide to the Carl Sandburg Collection, 1924-1954, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries) American poet, novelist and historian, Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for Abraham Lincoln: the War Years and the other for The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg ...

Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005

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Prominent New York architect. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and designed the State Theater at Lincoln Center in N.Y. From the description of Papers, 1927-1944. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 18376257 Architect, author, critic. Affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art, New York as the founder and director of the Dept. of Architecture (1932-34, 1952-1954), Trustee (1957- ), and donor. From the description of Philip Johnson pape...

Kline, Franz, 1910-1962

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Franz Kline created bold, vigorous, large-scale calligraphic abstract paintings in black and white. His first solo exhibition at the Egan Gallery, New York, in 1950 established him as one of the leading Abstract Expressionists. In the late 1950s he integrated strong colors into some of his works. From the description of Franz Kline papers, 1930-1967. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 518305942 ...

Biddle, George, 1885-1973

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George Biddle was an author and a widely exhibited artist who also contributed to national magazines. He died in 1973. From the description of Business and personal papers, 1929-1943. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 122573566 B. 1885 d. 1973. From the description of George Biddle artist file. (Whitney Museum of American Art). WorldCat record id: 228433040 American artist and Chairman, War Department Art Advisory Committee. From the ...

Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981

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Art Historian and first director of the Museum of Modern Art. From the description of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. papers, 1927-1984. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122516895 Correspondence and biographical material collected by Alfred H. Barr, Jr. (1902-1981) on Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956). From the description of Barr/Feininger material, 1927-1944, 1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122531411 Museum director, curator, and critic; New York, N.Y. ...

Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966

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Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) was a painter and teacher in Provincetown, Mass. From the description of Hans Hofmann papers, [ca. 1904]-1978 (bulk 1945-1965). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82551474 Painter, teacher. From the description of Hans Hofmann letter to Mrs. Spingarn, 1938 Dec. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122389762 Biography Hans Hofmann created a distinctive primordial world of color and l...

Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965

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Illinois governor (1949-1953), Democratic U. S. presidential candidate (1952, 1956), and U. S. ambassador to the United Nations (1961-1965). From the description of Letter, July 13, 1949. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 698776706 Thirty-first governor of Illinois (1949-1953), two time Democratic Presidential candidate (1952, 1956), diplomat and statesman. From the description of Papers, 1880-1965 [1948-1952]. (Abraham Lincoln President...

Inverarity, Robert Bruce, 1909-1999

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Designer, museum director; La Jolla, Calif. From the description of Robert Bruce Inverarity interview, 1975 Mar. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220186681 Robert Bruce Inverarity (1909-1999) was a designer and a museum director in La Jolla, Calif. From the description of Oral history interview with Robert Bruce Inverarity, 1975 Mar. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 779477494 Robert Bruce Inverarity, b. 1909, Designer, museum director of La Jolla, Cali...

Tanning, Dorothea, 1910-2012

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Painter; New York, N.Y. From the description of Dorothea Tanning interview, 1990 July 11 - 1990 Nov. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220207872 Tanning, Dorothea, 1910, Painter of New York, N.Y. From the description of Oral history interview with Dorothea Tanning 1990 July 11-Nov. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646400302 ...