Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records, 1960-2014

OK Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.), est. 1969 - 2014
Art gallery
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 80.3 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records measure 80.3 linear feet and are dated 1960-2014. The collection documents the operation and activities of the contemporary art gallery founded by Ivan C. Karp in the SoHo area of Manhattan. Exhibition files, artists' files, printed material, and photographic materials reveal the wide range of artists represented by OK Harris and the gallery's role in introducing Photo-realism to the public. Also included are administrative files, prints by OK Harris artists, business and personal correspondence, 39 journals by Karp spanning a period of 62 years, and other personal papers. Material pre-dating the 1969 establishment of OK Harris Works of Art consists of printed items and a few letters.

Biographical/Historical Note: OK Harris Works of Art (1969-2014) was a gallery, in New York, N.Y., representing contemporary artists. The gallery was established by Ivan Karp.

Marilynn Karp, wife of Ivan C. Karp, donated scattered papers in 2011 and 2013, and the bulk of the collection in 2014.

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Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews with Ivan C. Karp conducted by Richard Brown Baker, 1963 October 18; by Paul Cummings, 1969 March 12; and by Ronny Cohen, 1986 April 17-1988 October 18.