Alexander Archipenko papers, 1904-1986, bulk, 1930-1964

Archipenko, Alexander, b. 1887 d. 1964
Sculptor, Etcher
Active in Paris, France; New York, N.Y.; Kiev, Ukraine

Collection size: 17.8 linear feet.

Collection Summary: Archipenko's professional career as a sculptor and teacher, as well as his personal life, is documented through correspondence, financial records, scrapbooks, printed materials, and photographs relating to his art, exhibitions, travel, teaching activities, and the Archipenko Art School. Also found are drafts, notes, and final manuscripts of published and unpublished writings and notes, outlines, transcripts, and audio recordings of some of his lectures.

Biographical/Historical Note: Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964) was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, and teacher. Significant in Cubist movement during his years in Paris, 1908-1921; came to United States in 1923; operated his own school in Paris, 1912, an endeavor that continued throughout his life in Berlin, New York City, Woodstock, N.Y., Chicago, and Los Angeles. Invented animated painting, known as "Archipentura," circa 1924 (U.S. patent issued 1927).

Papers were loaned by Frances Archipenko Gray for microfilming in 1967 and, in 1982, she donated the bulk of what was previously microfilmed. The 1982 gift was organized, arranged, and remicrofilmed on reels 5826-5839. Loan items not recorded with the 1982 gift are available on reels NA 11-12, NA 16-18, NA 20-22 and NA 25.

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