John Opper papers, 1926-2011

Opper, John, b. 1908 d. 1994
Active in Amagansett, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of abstract painter and teacher John Opper measure 1.4 linear feet and are dated 1926 to 2011. The papers contain both professional and personal correspondence, including letters from immediate family. Biographical materials consist of essential data including passports, birth and death certificates, and curriculum vitae. Personal business records relate to the artist's Bowery Street and Amagansett studios, and to art sales through the Grace Borgenicht Gallery. A scrapbook contains newspaper clippings. Additional clippings, group and solo exhibition catalogs and announcements documenting Opper's career, and galley sheets of a children's book illustrated by Opper are included among the printed material. Photographs are of Opper, his family, friends, and paintings. Digital photographs depict the artist and relatives and also include images of genealogical records. The collection also contains a few pen and ink drawings by Opper.

Biographical/Historical Note: John Opper (1908-1994) was an abstract painter in New York, New York and Amagansett, New York. Opper attended the Hans Hofmann school in New York.

Donated by the artist's children, Jane and Joseph Opper, March 27, 2013.

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Oral history interview with John Opper, 1968 September 9-1969 January 3, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.