John Jonas Gruen and Jane Wilson papers, 1952-2003

Gruen, John, b. 1926 d. 2016
Art critic
Active in New York, N.Y.

Wilson, Jane, b. 1924 d. 2015
Painter, Sculptor
Active in New York,N.Y.

Collection size: 19.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: Primarily papers of John Gruen, and to a lesser degree, those of his wife, artist Jane Wilson. Included are subject, lecture, and project files, correspondence, photographs, and interviews.

Files on artists and art-related subjects containing clippings, press releases, exhibition catalogs and announcements, typescripts of articles and published magazine articles, correspondence, and photographs of art work and of Gruen; extensive tapes of interviews with artists, some transcribed. Files of published and unpublished writings, 1975- 1990, arranged alphabetically by subject. Files may include drafts, final mss., correspondence, research notes and tear sheet of published article. Also, drafts and final manuscripts of: "The Party's Over", "Close-Up", and "The Artist Observed," and interviews, 1969-1993, conducted as research, including 62 cassettes and 8 reels (7 in.), and a few partial transcripts, 1969-1978.

An addition received 2003 includes files on Gruen's: lecture series "From Pop to Eternity" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; books "Facing the Artist", "The Artists Observed, "Flowers and Fables" and "Young in the Hamptons"; interviews with Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Larry Rivers, and James Rosenquist conducted for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and his interview with Julie Andrews; photography exhibits; "The Party's Over", 1999, "Nureyev" 2000, and a staged reading of "Try Try" by Frank O'Hara with music by Gruen, 2001; an interview with Gruen and Wilson, 2001; a monograph of Gruen's "Young in the Hamptons, Photographs of the 1950s and 1960s", 2003; manuscript outline for Gruen's lecture "What is a Critic, Who is a Critic, Why is a Critic?", 1983; printed material containing articles about or by Gruen, and the play bill for "Radiant Baby", the musical based on Gruen's biography on Keith Haring; personal and business correspondence with Gruen's agents, magazine editors, Jane Wilson, 1996-2002, Prestel Verlag regarding his book "Facing the Artist," 1997-1999, Emmett Williams, Dawn Lloyd, Lauren Bacall, Mikhail Beryshnikov, Leonard Bernstein, Anders Hellstrom, Ray Johnson, Robert Zakanich, and others. Of particular interest is a letter commenting on Gruen's article on Robert Rauschenburg, 1966.

Papers of Jane Wilson consist of biographical material, correspondence and exhibition catalogs. Letters pertain to her teaching career at Pratt, Parsons, and her later faculty appoinotment at Columbia, her election to the NAD, her exhibitions and sales. Included is a master set of published material on Wilson and her work.

Biographical/Historical Note: John Gruen (1926- ) is an art critic in New York, N.Y. Gruen is professionally known as John Jonas Gruen. He married Jane Wilson in 1948.

Donated 1982, 1995 and 2003 by John Jonas Gruen and Jane Wilson.

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