Jacques Lipchitz papers and Bruce Bassett papers concerning Jacques Lipchitz, circa 1910-2001, bulk 1941-2001

Lipchitz, Jacques, b. 1891 d. 1973
Painter, Sculptor
Active in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Bassett, Bruce W., b. 1925 d. 2009
Director, Writer, Producer
Active in New York,N.Y.

This site provides access to the papers of Jacques Lipchitz and Bruce Bassett concerning Jacques Lipchitz in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 12,803 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by The Jacques and Yulla Lipchitz Foundation, Inc.

Collection size: 52.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Jacques Lipchitz papers and Bruce Bassett papers concerning Jacques Lipchitz measure 52.8 linear feet and are dated circa 1910-2001, with the bulk of the material from the period 1941-2001. Papers are comprised of sculptor Jacques Lipchitz's personal papers and filmmaker Bruce Bassett's papers relating to Jacques Lipchitz. Lipchitz's personal papers contain personal and professional correspondence, comprising nearly half of the series, along with biographical material, writings by and about Lipchitz, printed material, and photographs documenting Lipchitz's commissions, exhibitions, friendships, and interests. Also found are records relating to the compilation and production of "The Sculpture of Jacques Lipchitz: A Catalogue Raisonné." by Alan G. Wilkinson. The Bruce Bassett papers relating to Jacques Lipchitz consist mainly of Bassett's extensive audiovisual documentation of Lipchitz's life and art. Also found are paper records related to the audiovisual projects, including letters, business records, printed materials, and production records. A small quantity of material unrelated to Lipchitz is also found among the Bassett material, including video and sound recordings related to Sidney Lifchez, IBM, Isamu Noguchi, the Storm King Sculpture Center, and Auguste Rodin.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), an internationally known and influential Cubist sculptor, studied in Paris and established his career there.

Donated 2010 by Hanno D. Mott, step-son of Jacques Lipchitz, and also on behalf of Lolya R. Lipchitz and Frank L. Mott.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by The Jacques and Yulla Lipchitz Foundation, Inc.

How to Use this Collection

  • Read the Finding Aid for this digitized collection
  • The bulk of Lipchitz's personal papers were digitized in 2012 and are available via the Archives of American Art's website. Blank pages, blank versos of photographs, photographs of artwork, duplicates, selected financial documents, and records concerning the Lipchitz sculpture catalogue raisonnĂ”e project have not been scanned. In many cases, only the cover, title page, and relevant pages have been scanned from published materials. The Bruce Bassett series has not been scanned.
    Some of the audiovisual recordings in the Bruce Bassett series have been digitized for research access. Refer to the detailed collection description for further details.
  • Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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Interviews with Lipchitz are represented among the following Archives of American Art collections: Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists; KPFK "Art Scene," interviews by Marian L. Gore; Interviews of artists by Brian O'Doherty; and Interviews relating to American Abstract Artists by Ruth Bowman.
The Tate Archive houses the Jacques Lipchitz collection presented by Rubin Lipchitz, with materials dating from the 1910s-1970s and measuring 9.8 linear feet.
The Israel Museum hosts a website entitled "Ask Jacques Lipchitz a Question," which presents Bruce Bassett's entire interactive project of Lipchitz, described here in series 2.5.2, as a web-accessible video project.