Collection size: 38.5 linear feet
Collection Summary: Administrative files, correspondence, exhibition and loan files, financial records, artists' files, and photographs documenting the operation of the Braunstein/Quay Gallery and its earlier-named galleries- Quay Gallery, Ruth Braunstein's Quay Gallery, Braunstein Gallery as well as Quay Ceramics Gallery covering the period of 1961-2011
: Administrative files include public relation files and contact lists. Correspondence is with artists, dealers, museums, and service vendors related to the organization of exhibitions as well as the movement, loan, and sale of art work at the gallery, exhibition and loan files containing correspondence, memos, receipts, contact lists, and printed material regarding the organization of exhibitions and loans. Artists files include correspondence with artists, dealers, museums, and service vendor and includes clippings, printed material, notes, and other administrative documents related to exhibitions at the gallery and elsewhere. Financial records document sales, price lists, contracts, shipping records, invoices, and receipts regarding the sale of artwork and the day-to-day operation of the gallery. Photographs are of exhibition installations and artwork. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs and announcements, press releases, and clippings. A majority of the printed material is located in the artists' files and relate to research on artists or exhibitions to which the gallery loaned works.
Biographical/Historical Note: Braunstein/Quay Gallery was an art gallery (est. 1961- closed 2011) in San Francisco, Calif., operating under various names. The Braunstein/Quay Gallery had its beginnings as the 32 Main St. Gallery, Tiburon, Calif., which opened in 1961 by Ruth Braunstein. The name was changed to Quay Gallery the same year. In 1965, it moved to 2 Jerome St., San Franciso and in 1974 to 560 Sutter St. In 1975 the Quay Ceramics Gallery was opened next door by Braunstein, and her partners Rena Bransten and Sylvia Brown. In 1976 the Quay Gallery's name changed to Ruth Braunstein's Quay Gallery, in 1978 to Braunstein/Quay Gallery, and in 1979 to Braunstein Gallery, when it moved to 254 Sutter St., changing its name back to the Braunstein/Quay Gallery in the 1980s.
Donated 1974-2011 by Braunstein/Quay gallery via Ruth Braunstein, gallery director and owner.
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