Bob Thompson papers, 1955-2003

Thompson, Bob (Robert Louis), b. 1937 d. 1966
Active in New York, N.Y.; Provincetown, Mass.

Collection size: 1.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material, photographs, correspondence, writings, inventories, video, and printed material concerning painter Bob Thompson.

Biographical material includes a timeline of Thompson's life and exhibitions through 2003. Photographs include a 52 p. album and several loose and oversized photographs of Thompson, his wife, Carol, his mother, Mrs. Bessie Thompson, Thompson's studio, works of art, and friends and colleagues Robert Beauchamp, Ornette Coleman, Robert Frank, Christopher Lane, Malachy McCourt, Moondog, Dorothea Rockburne,and poet A.B. Spellman taken at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Provincetown, Mass., Paris, France, Rome and Florence, Italy, Ibiza, Spain (including an exhibition at gallery El Cosorio, Ibiza) and New York, N.Y. (including the Rivington Street studio, Billard Palace on 14th St., and Slugs jazz club) . Also included are photographs of Bob and Carol Thompson's wedding reception December 16, 1960 at Clinton Street loft taken by by Charles Rotmil. Pictured are Robert Frank, Sheila and Jay Milder. Additional photographs are of street scenes and cityscapes and snapshots (posthumous) of people at openings of Thompson's exhibitions.

Correspondence is between Carol Thompson and various galleries and museums and regard Thompson's works of art. Writings include a poem "Today was my everyone day..." by Thompson, handwritten on the verso of an announcement card for The Jazz Gallery, and poems in memory of Thompson by A.B. Spellman and LeRoi Jones, as well as questionnaires "Comments and information regarding Bob Thompson" completed by LeRoi Jones, Mary Spencer May, Allen Ginsberg, Carl Crodel, Margaret Bridwell, Dario A Covi, Mary H. Martin and Meyer Schapiro.Inventories are of Thompson's works of art, including those destroyed by fire.

Video includes a VHS recording (3z(BBob Thompsons Happening(3y (Bby the Whitney Museum of American Art, January 1999, with footage of Thompson in New York and Provincetown, Mass. including an appearance by Hans Hofmann (non-narrated). Printed material includes newspaper clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Bob Thompson (1937-1966) was a figurative painter in New York, N.Y.

Donated 2006- 2012 by Elaine Plenda, sister-in-law of Bob Thompson. The papers were initially organized by Carol Thompson, Bob Thompson's wife.

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