Howard Wise Gallery records, 1943-1989

Howard Wise Gallery, est. 1960 - 1970
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, writings, and video recordings that document the activities of Wise's gallery in Cleveland from 1957-1961 and, to a lesser extent, his gallery in New York City from 1960-1970. Wise's activities following the closing of the Howard Wise Gallery are also found among the correspondence, artist files, business records, writings, and video recordings.

Biographical/Historical Note: The Howard Wise Gallery (established 1960, closed 1970) was an art gallery in New York, New York 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, Massachusetts.

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.