Howard Wise Gallery records, 1943-1989

Howard Wise Gallery
Art gallery
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 11.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: The records of the Howard Wise Gallery in New York, and its predecessor the Howard Wise Gallery of Present Day Painting and Sculpture in Cleveland, Ohio, measure 11.4 linear feet and date from 1943-1989. Records consist of correspondence, artist files, exhibition files, business records, and miscellaneous records that document the activities of Wise's gallery in Cleveland from 1957-1961 and, to a much lesser extent, his gallery in New York City from 1960-1968. Wise's influential work with video artists is not documented in the collection as it occurred after the period covered by the records donated to the Archives. There is a 3.0 linear foot addition to the collection, dating 1966-1985, containing 40 video recordings primarily created by Wise documenting several artists among other subjects of interest to Wise, a small notebook with notes on the videos, as well as artist correspondence, exhibition files, photographic slides of works of art and exhibition installations, documents relating to the history of the Howard Wise Gallery, records of loans of artworks to museum exhibitions, writings by Wise, and lists of artworks in his personal collection.

Biographical/Historical Note: The Howard Wise Gallery (established 1960, closed 1971) was an art gallery in New York , N.Y. and Cleveland, Ohio. Wise opened the New York gallery in 1960 after several years in Cleveland. The gallery specialized in kinetic art and light sculpture. In 1971, he closed the gallery to concentrate on Electronic Arts Intermix, an arts support group in the New York area, and then moved to Wellfleet, Mass.

The Howard Wise Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1971 by Howard Wise and in 2011 by Barbara Wise, Howard Wise's widow via Dana Kasarsky, Wise's daughter-in-law.

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Materials consisting of publicity, correspondence, exhibition plans, text of an exhibition catalog, and photographs relating to Howard Kiesler were loaned to the Archives for microfilming in 1970 on reels N70-77, and returned to the Howard Wise Gallery. These records are not further described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Howard Wise conducted by Paul Cummings on February 22, 1971. The Harvard Art Museum Archives also holds archival records of the Howard Wise Gallery.