Alice Yamin papers, 1927-1998

A Finding Aid to the Alice Yamin Papers, 1927-1998, in the Archives of American Art, by Jean Fitzgerald

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Biographical Information

Alice Bernard was born on April 8, 1905 in Paris, France. She was brought to the United States as a child and spent most of her life in New York City. She married writer Leo Yamin who died on January 20, 1999.

Alice Yamin was a painter and draftsperson influenced by Abstract Expressionism. Beginning in 1950, she worked with a carbon medium, primarily producing dramatic black and white works on paper. She was also an art consultant for the international chemical firm CIBA-GEIGY Corporation that began collecting contemporary art in 1959 when it moved its headquarters from Manhattan to Ardsley, New York, a suburb of New York City.

Alice Yamin died on April 4, 2002.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of painter, draftsperson, and art consultant Alice Yamin date from 1927-1998, and measure 2.0 linear feet. Found within the papers are letters from artists, writers, galleries, and CIGY-GEIGY Corporation for whom Yamin worked as an art consultant. The collection also contains exhibition files, printed material, and photographs of Yamin, family members, and colleagues.

The most significant series consists of letter files, which also contain scattered printed material and photographs collected by Yamin, concerning specific individuals and organizations. Represented within the files are artists Herb Aach, Ilya Bolotowsky, Ernest Briggs, Lily Brody, Fritz Bultman, Elaine DeKooning, Sideo Fromboluti, Fritz Glarner, Adolph Gottlieb, John Grillo, Buffie Johnson, Alex Katz, William H. Littlefield, Alice Trumbull Mason, Elizabeth McFadden, Daphne Mumford, Barnett Newman, Philip Pavia, Mark Rothko, Elsa Schmid, and Jane Teller; curator Henry Ginsburg; writers Barbara Nimri Aziz, Georgine Oeri, Gertrud Oeri-Sarasin, and Leo Yamin; and galleries including the Ingber Gallery and the Landmark Gallery. There are also letter files concerning the CIGY-GEIGY Corporation; for Alice Yamin's brother, businessman Frank S. Bernard, and the town of Chilmark, Massachusetts, where the Yamins spent their summers. Even though Yamin's responses to the letters are not included in the collection, this series illustrates the wide range of her friendships and associates in the art business.

Also found are exhibition files containing letters, prospectuses, business records such as loan agreements, clippings, and exhibition announcements and catalogs concerning the inclusion of Yamin's art work primarily in group exhibitions. Printed material consists of miscellaneous clippings, and exhibition announcements and catalogs that do not relate to the exhibition files, as well as miscellaneous booklets, brochures, and a copy of the book American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art which contains a reproduction of Yamin's work. Photographs are of Yamin, family members, and colleagues including Bill and Maria Lipkind, and Aaron Siskind.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into 4 series. Letter files pertaining to specific individuals and organizations are arranged alphabetically; miscellaneous letters, exhibition files, printed material, and photographs are arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Lipkind, Bill
  • Lipkind, Maria
  • Siskind, Aaron

Subjects-Topical:

  • Painting -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Consultants -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Painters -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Draftsman -- New York (State) -- New York

Types of Materials:

  • Photographs

Names:

  • Aach, Herbert, 1923-1985
  • Aziz, Barbara Nimri
  • Bernard, Frank S.
  • Bolotowsky, Ilya, 1907-
  • Briggs, Ernest, 1923-
  • Brody, Lily
  • Bultman, Fritz, 1919-1985
  • De Kooning, Elaine
  • Fromboluti, Sideo, 1921-
  • Ginsberg, Henry
  • Glarner, Fritz, 1899-1972
  • Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974
  • Grillo, John, 1917-
  • Johnson, Buffie
  • Katz, Alex, 1927-
  • Littlefield, William Horace, 1902-1969
  • Mason, Alice Trumbull, 1904-1971
  • McFadden, Elizabeth
  • Mumford, Daphne, 1934
  • Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970
  • Oeri, Georgine
  • Oeri-Sarasin, Gertrude
  • Pavia, Philip
  • Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970
  • Schmid, Elsa, 1897-
  • Teller, Jane
  • Yamin, Leo
  • Landmark Gallery (New York, N.Y.)

Provenance

The Alice Yamin papers were donated in 1981 by the artist and in 2002 by Harry Smith, her nephew.

How the Collection was Processed

The Alice Yamin papers were processed to an intermediate level arrangement in April 2008 by Jean Fitzgerald.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Alice Yamin papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Alice Yamin papers, 1927-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Letter Files, 1927-1998
(Boxes 1-2; 1.5 linear feet)

Miscellaneous letters from various individuals, galleries, and corporations discuss art-related topics including the purchase of Yamin's work and her participation in fund raising and political events. The files also contain scattered printed material and photographs. Represented are: artists including Ilya Bolotowsky, Ernest Briggs, Fritz Bultman, Elaine DeKooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Buffie Johnson, Alex Katz, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko; curator Henry Ginsburg; writers Barbara Nimri Aziz and Leo Yamin; and galleries including the Ingber Gallery and the Landmark Gallery. The file for Henry Ginsburg contains a photograph of Ginsburg with Queen Elizabeth II. There are also letter files concerning Markus Low of the CIGY-GEIGY Corporation; Alice Yamin's brother, businessman Frank S. Bernard; and the town Chilmark, Massachusetts, where the Yamins spent their summers.

The files are arranged in alphabetical order, except for miscellaneous letters.

Box Folder
1 1 Miscellaneous Letters, undated
1 2 Miscellaneous Letters, 1953-1958
1 3 Miscellaneous Letters, 1963-1969
1 4 Miscellaneous Letters, 1972-1974
1 5 Miscellaneous Letters, 1975-1979
1 6 Miscellaneous Letters, 1980-1981
1 7 Miscellaneous Letters, 1982
1 8 Miscellaneous Letters, 1983-1984
1 9 Miscellaneous Letters, 1985
1 10 Miscellaneous Letters, 1986-1989
1 11 Miscellaneous Letters, 1991
1 12 Miscellaneous Letters, 1992-1993
1 13 Herb Aach, 1977
1 14 Mary Abbott; Ruth and Dick Abbott, 1958-1993
1 15 Ruth Abrams; American Federation of Arts; Anne Arnold, 1965-1988
1 16 Alice Baber; Ed Baynard; Dick Bellamy, 1974-1983
1 17 Victoria S. Benham and Charles N. Haas, 1990, undated
1 18 Thomas Hart Benton, 1975-1989
1 19-20 Frank S. Bernard, 1959-1977, undated
(2 folders)
1 21 Elizabeth Bettman, 1957-1962
1 22-23 James Bohary, 1968-1994, undated
(2 folders)
1 24 Ilya Bolotowsky; Louise Bourgeois, 1974-1980, undated
1 25 Warren Brandt, 1972-1991, undated
1 26 Ernest Briggs, 1960-1984, undated
1 27 Lilly Brody; James Brooks; Fritz Bultman, 1970-1979, undated
1 28 Gretna Campbell, 1987
1 29-30 Chilmark, Massachusetts, 1960-1994, undated
(2 folders)
1 31-32 Alan Cohen, 1975-1991, undated
(2 folders)
1 33 Gloria Cortella, Inc., 1976
1 34 Rosemary Cove, 1976-1993
1 35 Elaine DeKooning; Charles Duback; Edward Dugmore, 1974-1994, undated
1 36 Shannon Dunn; Max Eastman, 1972-1991
1 37 Martha Edelheit, 1975-1986
1 38 Natalie Edgar; Edward Farber, 1959-1994
1 39 Herbert Ferber, 1969-1973
1 40 John Ferren; James Frank, undated
1 41 Joseph Freeman and Charmion Von Wiegand, 1958-1977
1 42-45 Sideo Fromboluti, Tillie Speyer, and Nora Speyer, 1961-1998
(4 folders)
1 46-47 Henry Ginsburg, Carl Ginsburg, and Cora Ginsburg, 1963-1996, undated
(2 folders)
1 Fritz Glarner, 1969-1975
1 49-50 Adolph Gottlieb, 1947-1984
(2 folders)
1 51 John Graham; John Grillo; Philip Guston, 1978-1982
1 52 Clinton Hill; Nancy Hoffman Gallery; Bud Hopkins, 1973-1983, undated
1 53 Joan Hoberg-Petersen; John Hultberg; Julie Hyman, 1991-1993, undated
1 54-55 Barbara Ingber and Ingber Gallery, 1979-1992, undated
(2 folders)
1 56 Buffie Johnson, 1973-1992, undated
1 57 Howard Kanovitz, undated
1 58-59 Alex Katz, 1959-1987
(2 folders)
1 60 Lila Katzen; Don Kimes, 1981-1982, undated
1 61 Phyllis Kimmel, 1976-1979, undated
1 62 Bill King, 1973-1977
1 63 Betty Klavun, 1976-1979
1 64 Al Kotin; Harry Kramer, 1965-1988
1 65 Irving Kriesberg and Barbara Nimri Aziz, 1986-1989
1 66 Stanley Kunitz, 1976-1978
1 67 Landmark Gallery, 1959-1982, undated
1 68 Fay Lansner, 1978, undated
1 69 LGolda Lewis, 1986-1993, undated
1 70 Daphne Ley, 1950-1959
1 71 Linda Lindeberg; Maria Lipkind, 1971-1993, undated
1 72 William H. Littlefield, 1956-1976
1 73 Jon Loew; Michael Loew, 1957-1979 undated
1 74-77 Markus Low, 1967-1994, undated
(4 folders)
1 78 Mildred Low; Oscar Magnan, 1974-1979
1 79 Nicholas Mariscano and Merle Mariscano, 1963-1980
1 80 Alice Trumbull Mason, 1973-1993
1 81 Jason McCoy, 1979
1 82-84 Elizabeth "Sitty" McFadden Concerning Anne Ryan, 1971-1986, undated
(3 folders)
1 85 George McNeil; Jay Milder; Robert Motherwell, 1970-1993
1 86 Daphne Mumford, undated
1 87-88 Michael Nadel, 1927-1989
(2 folders)
1 89 Cynthia Navaretta, 1973-1984
1 90-91 Jean Neininger, 1965-1983, undated
(2 folders)
1 92 Barnett Newman, 1966-1969
Box Folder
2 1-2 Georgine Oeri and Gertrud Oeri-Sarasin, 1946-1976 (2 folders)
2 3 Ray Parker, 1980
2 4 Philip Pavia, 1981-1991
2 5 Marilyn Pearl Gallery; Philip Pearlstein, 1983-1992, undated
2 6 Vita Petersen; Richard Pousette-Dart, 1970-1983
2 7 Jody Rapée (Joellen Hall); Milton Resnick; Lynne Rish, 1958-1987, undated
2 8 Ce Roser, 1986
2 9-10 Mark Rothko, 1961-1979
(2 folders)
2 11-13 Judith Rothschild, 1973-1995, undated
(3 folders)
2 14 Ruth Wolfe Rovinsky, 1971-1993, undated
2 15-18 Paul Russoto, 1981-1995, undated
(4 folders)
2 19 Elsa Schmid; Lillian Schreiber; Lynn Schreuer and Carlos Krish, 1965-1993, undated
2 20 Barbara Schwartz, 1973-1976
2 21 Anita Shapolsky Gallery; Rose Slivka, 1979-1993
2 22 Harry C. Smith, undated
2 23 Phoebe Sonenberg, 1969
2 24 Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 1986
2 25 Carmen Suhear; Frances Taylor, 1981, undated
2 26-29 Jane Teller and Walter Teller, 1952-1993, undated
(4 folders)
2 30 Ruthven and Joellen Todd; Jack Tworkov, 1954-1969
2 31 Esteban Vicente, 1982-1993
2 32 Hugo Weber, 1970-1983, undated
2 33 Julian "Weissman; Pennerton West, 1974-1994
2 34 Douglas Wirls; Elaine Gale Wrong, 1986-1993, undated
2 35-36 Leo Yamin, 1947-1995, undated
(2 folders)
2 37 Miscellaneous Yamin Family Members, 1965-1995, undated

Series 2: Exhibition Files, 1956-1982
(Box 2; 18 folders)

Exhibition files contain letters, prospectuses, business records, clippings, and exhibition announcements and catalogs concerning the inclusion of Yamin's art work, primarily in group exhibitions.

Box Folder
2 38 Lower East Side Independent Artists Exhibition, New York, New York, 1956
2 39 College Museum Exhibition, Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia, 1966
2 40 Art East '66, New York, New York, 1966
2 41 Gay Head Art Auction, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, 1966
2 42 Week of the Angry Arts Collage of Indignation, New York University, New York, New York, 1966-1967
2 43 Art East '67, New York, New York, 1967
2 44 Art East '68, New York, New York, 1968
2 45 Drawing Benefit for New York Studio School, New York, New York, 1972-1973
2 46 Color, Light, and Image, Women's Interart Center, Inc., New York, New York, 1975
2 47 118 Artists, Landmark Gallery, Inc., New York, New York, 1975-1976
2 48 Drawing Benefit for New York Studio School, New York, New York, 1976-1977
2 49 Ten Artists, Landmark Gallery, Inc., New York, New York, 1976-1977
2 50 Works on Paper from the CIBA-GEIGY Collection Traveling Exhibition, 1976-1977
2 51 118 Artists, Landmark Gallery, Inc., New York, New York, 1978-1979
2 52 Clayworks Benefit Exhibition, New York, New York, 1979
2 53 118 Artists, Landmark Gallery, Inc., New York, New York, 1980-1981
2 54 Heresies Benefit Exhibition, Grey Art Gallery, New York, New York, 1981
2 55 Solo Exhibition in the Drawing Room, Landmark Gallery, Inc., New York, New York, 1981-1982

Series 3: Printed Material, 1949-1992
(Box 2; 22 folders)

Printed material consists of miscellaneous clippings, and exhibition announcements and catalogs that do not relate to the exhibition files, as well as miscellaneous booklets and brochures.

Box Folder
2 56 Clippings, 1949-1956
2 57 Clippings, 1962-1966
2 58 Clippings, 1968
2 59 Clippings, 1972-1973
2 60 Clippings, 1974-1975
2 61 Clippings, 1976-1979
2 62 Clippings, 1981-1984
2 63 Clippings Concerning the Care and Repair of Miscellaneous Items, 1979-1992, undated
2 64 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1964-1969
2 65 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1970-1972
2 66 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1973
2 67 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1974
2 68 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1975-1979
2 69 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1980-1981
2 70 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1982-1985
2 71 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1986
2 72 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1987, undated
2 73 Book American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983
2 74-75 Miscellaneous Booklets, 1966-1973
(2 folders)
2 76 Miscellaneous Brochures, 1965-1966
2 77 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1966-1966

Series 4: Photographs, 1923-1978
(Box 2; 2 folders)

Photographs are of Yamin, family members, and colleagues including Bill and Maria Lipkind, and Aaron Siskind.

Box Folder
2 78 Photographs of Alice and Leo Yamin, 1928-1978, undated
2 79 Photographs of Family Members and Friends, including Aaron Siskind, 1923-1952, undated