Clement Greenberg papers, 1937-1983

Greenberg, Clement, b. 1909 d. 1994
Art critic
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 8.6 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The papers of influential New York art critic Clement Greenberg measure 8.6 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1983. The bulk of the papers (7 feet) consists of letters from art critics, artists, family, friends, galleries, and museums, with some letters from Greenberg.

Biographical/Historical Note: Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) was an art critic from New York, N.Y. Greenberg was a highly influential critic of the 1940s who advocated the formal purity of flatness in modernism. Greenberg studied at the Art Students League and at Syracuse University.

Clement Greenberg donated his papers in several accretions between 1984 to 1991; portions had initially been lent for microfilming, 1968-1969.

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  • Portions of the papers were originally microfilmed as loans and are still available on microfilm reels N69-91, N70-7, and N737 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. The arrangement of the papers on microfilm does not match the current arrangement of the papers.
  • Material on estate of David Smith; loan agreements, 1963-1974; a selection of documents concerning sales; and correspondence with Peter Fuller and Nuala O'Faolain: ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required
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Clement Greenberg loaned papers for microfilming on reels N69-91, N70-7, and N737 between 1968-1969. Most, but not all, of these papers were later donated by Greenberg.
The Portland Art Museum holds Clement Greenberg's private art collection as well as a library of exhibition catalogs.