Louis Bunce papers, [ca. 1902-1983]

Bunce, Louis, b. 1907 d. 1983
Painter, Educator, Printmaker
Active in Portland, Or.

Collection size: 10.75 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Biographical and personal papers; correspondence, 1902-1983, including three letters and printed material from Jackson Pollock, correspondence with Bunce's wife Gloria before and after her marriage to Roy DeForest, letters from Max Weber, jazz clarinetist PeeWee Russell and others; writings; legal documents; sketches and sketchbooks; subject files on organizations and exhibitions; scrapbooks; photographs; financial material, including price lists, inventories of works of art, consignment sheets, tax returns, and bank statements; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; publications; four video recordings; an untranscribed interview; and miscellany.

Reel 3999: The Jackson Pollock letters to Bunce, 1946, discuss Pollock's move to The Springs on Long Island; upcoming shows; various abstract artists, including Baziotes, Gorky, Gottlieb, Rothko, and Spivak, and mentions his plans to visit Bunce in Oregon. He also sends an exhibition catalogue "First Exhibition Jackson Pollock, Paintings and Drawings November 9-27 [1943]," and an announcement for a painting exhibition, April 2-20 [1946], both at Art of This Century.

The video recordings include: an interview of Bunce conducted by Wendy Wells of Fountain Gallery, ca. 1982, produced by CableSystems Pacific (U-matic, ca. 40 min.); footage from KGW-TV showing Bunce's retirement party at the Portland Museum School and Bunce hanging his show at the Fountain Gallery (5 min., U-matic); one 30 sec. video of Bunce painting an outdoor mural, ca. 1961, which was used by KGW-TV; and one, "The Jazz Arts," 1961, a Frank Parr Production television show written by Ernie Hood and hosted by Bunce, featuring Bunce painting while "No Way Out" jazz musicians perform. The audio tape (1 5" reel) contains an interview of Bunce conducted by Couch and Rachel Griffin discussing Bunce's exhibition, Mar. 13, 1955.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Portland, Ore. Born 1907. Died 1983. Taught painting at the Portland Museum school for over 25 years.

Donated 1984 by Jon Bunce, Louis Bunce's son.

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