Jane Sabersky papers, 1940-1972

Sabersky, Jane, b. 1911? d. 1983
Curator, Art historian, Writer

Collection size: 0.2 linear ft. (on 3 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Letters from and material on Curt Valentin and Eugene Berman; and photographs of artists and others.

REEL 1617: 67 photographs of artists, 1940-1970, collected by Sabersky, including photos of Sabersky, Perry Rathbone, Curt Valentin, Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Harry Grier, Karl Kup, Henry Moore, Mies Van der Rohe, Andrew Ritchie, David Smith, Marion Willard, Max Beckmann, Hedda Sterne, Haus Sur, Mary Callery, Quappi Kaulbach, Peter Humphries, Dan Johnson, Marini, Sert.

REEL 3471: Nineteen letters from Eugene Berman, 1965-1970, and 1 letter from Leonid Berman, 1972 Dec. 28, thanking her for her letter of sympathy on Eugene's death. Eugene writes lengthy letters about such matters as: his feelings about breaking with Knoedler Gallery and where to go next; the relationship between the gallery and the artists; arrangements for exhibitions of his work; the works of Christian Berard; the proposed Neoromantic exhibition at Princeton; personal matters; requests for her assistance in various matters; and his unsuccessful show at Larcada Gallery. He refers to Joseph Kelleher, Robert Tobin, Nathan Cummings, Frank Lloyd and Harry Brooks.

REEL 3589: 35 letters from Curt Valentin; 9 drawings by Valentin; letters of condolence sent to Sabersky upon Valentin's death; typescripts of Sabersky's memorial tribute to Valentin, 1954; 10 handwritten poems written by Josef Albers; and letters from Alexander Calder, Henry Dreyfuss, Karl Kup, Constantino Nivola, Erwin Panofsky, and Saul Steinberg.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art historian, curator, and writer.

Donated 1974-1981 by Sabersky.

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