Alan R. Solomon papers, 1930-1972

Solomon, Alan R.
Educator, Art historian, Museum director
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 5.8 linear ft.
Addition: 5.0 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, interview transcripts, files on art and artists, writings, photographs, financial records, printed material, and miscellany regarding the career of Alan Solomon as an art historian and educator.

Biographical material consists of resumes, diplomas and academic transcripts. Personal and business correspondence is with galleries, museums, universities, colleagues and friends, including Harvard University, Cornell University, Jim Dine, Audrey Sabol, Robert Rauschenberg and others. Transcripts of twenty interviews with artists include Kenneth Noland, Leo Castelli, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, among others. Writings are by Solomon and others on a variety of topics such as the art scene in New York, Jim Dine, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and Expo 67. Photographs consist of artists and works of art. Financial records include invoices for travel, receipts, and loan agreements for works of art. Printed material includes newspaper clippings, and exhibition catalogs and announcements. Also included are address books, engagment calendars, planning books and a guest book.

Files on primitive and contemporary art and artists Francisco de Goya, Peter Paul Rubens, and others. Also included are writings by Solomon on a variety of topics, as well as three bound leather books, entitled, "Romanzo, parts I, II and III." Teaching material consists of lectures by Solomon on Gupta sculpture and artists Rubens and Courbet, among others. Photographs are of Solomon's travels abroad and works of art by a variety of artists. Financial records include petty cash receipts, invoices for travel, and related correspondence. Printed material consists of newspaper clippings, announcements, catalogs, and programs regarding a variety of topics including theater, exhibitions, museums, design, and contemporary and primitive art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Alan R. Solomon is an art historian, museum director, and educator from New York, N.Y. Solomon established the Andrew Dickson White Art Museum at Cornell University in 1953, and served as its director until 1961. He also taught on the faculty of Fine Arts at Cornell. After moving to New York City in the early 1960s, Solomon undertook many diverse curatorial and research projects related to contemporary American art, particularly the New York City art scene and abstraction.

The Leo Castelli Gallery served as executor of Solomon's estate, and donated his papers to AAA in 1974 and in 2007.

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