Esphyr Slobodkina papers, [ca. 1925-1995]

Slobodkina, Esphyr, b. 1908 d. 2002
Painter, Sculptor, Author, Illustrator
Active in New York, N.Y.; Fla.

Collection size: 1.9 linear feet (on 3 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Letters, photographs, exhibition materials, drawings, and printed materials.

REELS N70-54 and N70-55: Correspondence; photographs including two of Slobodkina in her studio, two of works by Harold Krisel, 1960, 1963, and one each of works by members of the American Abstract Artists Society, including Josef Albers, Barbara Blair, Ilya Bolotowsky, Eleanor De Laittre, N. Kasak, Paul Kelpe, Ibram Lassaw, Alice Trumbull Mason, George L. K. Morris,Leo Rabkin, Hans Richter, and Charles Shaw; exhibition data; clippings; papers relating to the American Abstract Artists; examples of Slobodkina's designs; and ephemera.

REEL N70-61: Letters from Ilya Bolotowsky, Piet Mondrian, and others; and a list of Slobodkina's works with prices.

ADDITION: Correspondence, 1940s-1991, includes letters from Ilya Bolotowsky, Leo Rabkin, Alice Trumbull Mason, Paul Kelpe, Curt Valentin, Charles Shaw, John Sennhauser, and Charmion Von Wiegand and printed facsimiles of Bolotowsky letters (with typescript translations) and drawings; correspondence concerning the artists Harry Tedlie and Ruth Eckstein; and letters from school children at Forest Lake School, Wantagh, N.Y., after receiving a visit from Slobodkina in 1980; printed material, including exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1934-1991, clippings, and 2 books by Slobodkina, "Esphyr Slobodkina, Notes for a Biographer, An Illustrated Manuscript," 1976 (illustrated with photographs), and "American Abstract Artists, Its Publications, Catalogs & Membership," 1979.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, illustrator, designer, and author; Great Neck, New York, and Florida. b.1908. d. 2002. Slobodkina was married to Ilya Bolotowsky.

Material on reel N70-61 lent for microfilming. The remainder was donated 1970, 1995 and 1996 by Slobodkina.

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