Bongard research files, ca. 1965-1980.


Bongard research files, ca. 1965-1980.

Willi Bongard's research papers document the art market and avant-garde artists active internationally, particularly in Germany, during the 1960s and 1970s. Included are letters to and from artists, dealers and other art world people; vertical file materials (invitations, announcements, posters, photographs, clippings, exhibition catalogues) about individual artists. Artists represented in the collection include Joseph Beuys, Gilbert & George, Robert Indiana, Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, James Rosenquist, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, Ben Vautier, Wolf Wostell and Tom Wesselmann, among others. Fluxus artists of the period also are represented. Especially extensive files document Christo, 1969-1979. Bongard used his research to follow the art market and formulate his theory of the economics of the market. He published his theory, linking fame and sales prices, in a newsletter called Art Actual. Papers relating to the production of his newsletter (along with issues of the newsletter) are also part of the research papers.

ca. 140 linear ft. (275 boxes, 1 roll, 7 flatfile folders)


SNAC Resource ID: 8277301

Getty Research Institute

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Indiana, Robert, 1928-2018 (person)

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Wesselmann, Tom, 1931-2004 (person)

Painter; New York, N.Y. Died 2004. From the description of Oral history interview with Tom Wesselmann, 1984 Jan. 3 - Feb. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220180962 Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) was a painter from New York, N.Y. From the description of Oral history interview with Tom Wesselmann, 1984 Jan. 3-Feb. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 276394191 ...

Beuys, Joseph (person)

B. 1921 d. 1985. From the description of Joseph Beuys artist file. (Whitney Museum of American Art). WorldCat record id: 228432986 ...

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Bongard, Willi (person)

German art critic, patron and collector. From the description of Bongard research files, ca. 1965-1980. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 82151784 ...

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Christo, 1935- (person)

Christo (American/Bulgarian, b.1935) is a sculptor best known for his unique wrapped works, which span from small-scale wrapped books to entire buildings and sites in nature, encased in fabric. Christo, born Christo Vladimiroff Javacheff, attended the art academy in Sofia as a youth, trained in the Socialist Realist aesthetic of the era. He moved to Prague, where he was first exposed to the work of early European modernists, and later to Paris, where he befriended a group of artists including Yv...

Moorman, Charlotte (person)

Charlotte Moorman was a cellist and performance artist who established the Annual Avant Garde Festival in 1963 in New York City. From the description of The World of Charlotte Moorman collection, 1957-2000. (Art Institute of Chicago). WorldCat record id: 82103578 ...

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