Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009

Eddy, Don, b. 1944
Painter
Active in New York, N.Y.

Behnke, Leigh, b. 1946
Painter, Art teacher
Active in New York,N.Y.

Collection size: 7.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, writings, subject files, photographs, works of art, exhibition checklists and printed material relating to the careers of Photorealist painters Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke.

Biographical material includes a notebook compiled by Eddy and resumes. Professional correspondence relates to exhibitions. Writings include "Conversations with Don Eddy" by Leda Cempellin, 2000, and a doctoral dissertation Aspetti dell Iperrealismo Americano Storico, by Cempellin, Università degli Studi di Padova. Writings include artists' statements. Subject files relate to paintings by Eddy and Behnke.

Photographs are of Eddy, Behnke, source material for paintings (some hand-colored), and photographs of works of art. Works of art include index/inventory cards with illustrations, panel mock-ups and sketches, a sketchbook, and 4 etching plates and a print by Eddy. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, clippings, a poster, publications about Photorealism, Superrealism and Hyperrealism, and an exhibitor binder for Documenta 5, 1972.

Biographical/Historical Note: Don Eddy (1944- ) and Leigh Behnke (1946- ) are photorealist painters in New York, N.Y. Eddy and Behnke are married and work closely together. Eddy is one of the thirteen original Photorealists.

Donated 2009 by Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke.

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