Artists' Gallery records, 1936-1966

Artists' Gallery (New York, N.Y), est. 1936
Art gallery
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 6.8 linear ft. (on 4 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; scrapbooks; business records; catalogs; photographs and printed material.

REEL D313: Artists' files, containing correspondence, biographical data, catalogs, and clippings; list of exhibiting artists; photographs of works of art; and printed material on the gallery.

Among the artists represented are: Josef Albers, John Altoon, Eugenie and Saul Baizerman, Gertrude Barrer, Harry Bowden, Sidney Chafetz, Walter Feldman, Sideo Fromboluti, Edward Giobbi, Leon Golub, John Grillo, Lester Johnson, Aristodemos M. Kaldis, Louise Kruger, Allen Leepa, Robert Loberg, Margo Boris, De Hirsh Margules, Joseph Meert, Robert Smithson, Jennings Tofel, Rudolf Weissauer, and others.

REEL 79: File of material relating to a 1939 Byron Browne exhibit; publicity brochures regarding the Gallery's services; a Hans Boehler exhibition catalog; photographs of work exhibited, largely by Werner Drewes; photographs of the gallery's interior; and miscellany.

REEL N737: Six letters (1938-1939) from Louis M. Eilshemius to Beer-Monti.

REEL 1042: Eight log books, 1938-1942, of daily business activities of the Artists' Gallery, including phone calls, visitors to the gallery, works brought into the gallery, and other matters; and 2 exhibition catalogs, 1937-1938.

UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence, largely with Federica Beer-Monti, director of the gallery, scrapbooks, account books, visitor logs, exhibition catalogs and announcements, photographs, and printed materials.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art gallery. Founded 1936 by Hugh Stix. Directed by Federica Beer-Monti. Non-profit organization supported by contributions. Exhibited works of artists not represented by a commercial dealer. Some of the notable artists included Josef Albers, Saul Baizerman, Byron Browne, Louis Eilshemius, Aristodemos Kaldis, De Hirsh Margules, and Nicholas Vasilieff. Discontinued operation summer 1962.

Material on reels D313 and 79 were donated 1967-1968 by Federica Beer-Monti; she lent the Eilshemius letters on reel N737 in 1968. The unmicrofilmed portion was donated in 1974 by Beer-Monti's neice, Greta Shapiro, who also lent the logbooks on reel 1042 for microfilming in 1976. In 1998, Shapiro's widower, Aaron, donated the material lent on reel 1042.

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