Nancy Drysdale Gallery records, 1971-1996

A Finding Aid to the Nancy Drysdale Gallery Records, 1971-1996, in the Archives of American Art, by Jean Fitzgerald

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Historical Information

When colleague Max Protech moved to New York City in 1976, his gallery at 2151 P Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., became the Protech-McIntosh Gallery under his successor, Cincinnati dealer, Nancy McIntosh Drysdale. Drysdale then moved the gallery to 406 7th Street, N.W., and changed the name to the McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery. Several years later, Drysdale vacated the 7th Street address and operated as a private dealer before opening the Nancy Drysdale Gallery at 2103 O Street, N.W., in 1991.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

This collection measures 9.0 linear feet and dates from 1971 to 1996. The bulk of the collection comprises artist files that document the gallery's relationships with 67 artists, many of whom were represented, or whose work was handled by, the gallery. In addition to artist files, the collection contains exhibition files, printed material, and publishers files.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as four series reflecting the original arrangement imposed by the Gallery.

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Bartlett, Jennifer, 1941-
  • Burton, Scott
  • Christenberry, William, 1936-
  • Clapsaddle, Jerry, 1941-
  • Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-
  • Gilliam, Sam
  • Kainen, Jacob
  • Katz, Alex, 1927-
  • Lewitt, Sol, 1928-
  • Mangold, Robert, 1937-
  • Puryear, Martin, 1941-
  • Scully, Sean, 1945-
  • Sonfist, Alan
  • Tracy, Michael, 1943-
  • Truitt, Anne, 1921-
  • Wegman, William
  • Zakanitch, Robert, 1935-
  • Brook Alexander Editions
  • Crown Point Press
  • Tyler Graphics, Ltd

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art galleries, Commercial -- Washington (D.C.)
  • Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)
  • Artists -- Washington (D.C.)

Types of Materials:

  • Drawings
  • Interviews
  • Photographs
  • Slides (photographs)

Names:

  • Drysdale, Nancy McIntosh, 1931-

Provenance

The records of the Nancy Drysdale Gallery were donated to the Archives of American Art by Nancy Drysdale in 1997.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Jean Fitzgerald in 1999. The finding aid was modified by Stephanie Ashley in 2001 during conversion to EAD.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for resesarch. Use requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Nancy Drysdale Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Nancy Drysdale Gallery records, 1971-1996 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Group Exhibition Files, 1978-1994
(0.5 linear ft.)

This series documents twelve group exhibitions mounted at the Nancy Drysdale Gallery. Files may include consignment records; lists of artwork to be exhibited, some with prices; photographs and transparencies of artwork and exhibition installations; announcements, catalogs, and other printed material concerning the exhibitions; artist resumes; notes; and letters from artists including Jane Kaufman, Joyce Kozloff, Richard Pettibon, Larry Rivers, Kay Rosen, and Miriam Schapiro.

The series is arranged chronologcially.

Box
1 The Minimal Image, March 1978
1 Art and Architecture, Space and Structure, January - February 1979
1 The Decorative Image, March 7 - April 2, 1981
(2 folders; includes letters from artists Jane Kaufman, Joyce Kozloff, and Miriam Schapiro)
1 Small Bronzes, April 12 - May 14, [1983]
1 Five Texas Artists, March 5 - April 12, 1986
1 Investigations, May 15 - June 18, 1986
(includes a letter from Richard Pettibon)
1 The Spectre of Saturation, March 6 - April 4, 1987
1 Intimate Environments, October 20 - November 14, 1987
1 Tsar Wars, [1911]
1 Surveillance, October 8 - November 7, 1992
1 Money/Politics/Sex, September - October, 1993
(includes a letter from Larry Rivers and a letter from Kay Rosen)
1 Etchings and Aquatints, March 19 - April 16, 1994

Series 2: Fine Art Publishers' Files, 1972-1995
(1.5 linear ft.)

This series contains letters, price lists, photographs and transparencies of artwork, and printed material concerning the printing of editions of original artwork by 46 fine art publishing companies including Brook Alexander Editions, Crown Point Press, and Tyler Graphics, Ltd.

The series is arranged alphabetically by publisher.

Box
1 Baron/Boisante Editions, 1987-1992
1 Berghoff-Cowden Editions, undated
(contains price list for work by Robert Zakanitch and George Sugarman)
1 Bethesda Art Gallery, undated
1 Brook Alexander Editions, 1981-1991
(4 folders)
1 Castelli Graphics, 1979-1993
1 Chalk and Vermilion, 1994-1995
1 Crown Point Press, 1977-1995
(2 folders)
1 Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts Resources, 1995
1 Daniel Elias Editions, 1992-1994
1 Diane Villani Editions, 1986-1992
1 Edition Deger, 1994
1 Editions Mourlot, 1993
1 Edition Schellmann, 1986-1991
1 Galerie Lelong, 1991
1 Garner Tullis, 1991
(contains letter and publication announcement concerning Sean Scully)
1 Gemini G.E.L., 1977-1995
(9 folders)
1 Holly Solomon Editions, undated
1 Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 1984
1 I.C. Editions, Inc., 1993
1 Jim Kempner Fine Art, 1993
1 Limestone Press, undated
1 Marlborough Graphics, 1995
(contains a price list concerning artwork by Alex Katz)
1 Multiples, Inc., 1973-1992
(2 folders)
Box
2 Pace Prints, 1990-1993
2 Parasol Press, 1990-1994
2 Permanent Press, 1990-1993
2 Petersburg Press, Inc., 1976-1992
(6 folders)
2 Petra Holtzman Multiples, Ltd., 1993
2 Richard Anderson Fine Art, 1993
(1 folder)
2 Robert Brown Gallery, 1992
2 Robert Jackson Fine Arts, undated
2 Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 1992
2 Segura Publishing Company, Inc., 1994
2 Shark's, Inc., 1988-1994
(3 folders)
2 Shirley Cerf, 1991-1992
2 Simca Prints, 1992-1993
2 Smith Anderson Editions, 1991
2 Solo Gallery, 1989
2 Sonnabend Sundell Editions, 1993
2 Styria Studio, Inc., 1981
2 Sullivan Goss Books and Prints, Ltd., undated
2 Tandem Press, 1990
2 Tyler Graphics, Ltd., 1972-1995
(7 folders)
2 University of New Mexico Press, 1994
2 Vermillion Editions, Ltd., 1983-1991
2 William K. Greiner, 1994

Series 3: Artist Files, 1971-1996
(7 linear ft.)

This series forms the bulk of the collection and concerns 67 artists including Jennifer Bartlett, Scott Burton, William Christenberry, Jerry Clapsaddle, Buckminster Fuller, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Kainen, Alex Katz, Sol Lewitt, Robert Mangold, Martin Puryear, Sean Scully, Alan Sonfist, Michael Tracy, Anne Truitt, William Wegman, and Robert Zakanitch. Many were represented/sold by the Gallery. The bulk of the material consists of photographs and transparencies of artwork and installations, and printed material such as clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, but the files also contain resumes, gallery correspondence, letters from artists, photographs of artists, and notes.

The series is arranged alphabetically by artist.

Box
2 Carl Andre, 1975-1980
2 Dotty Attie, 1980-1983
(contains a letter from Attie)
2 Alice Aycock, 1971-1986
(9 folders; contains a letter from Aycock)
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3 Alice Aycock, 1971-1976
3 Jennifer Bartlett, 1977-1994
(11 folders)
3 J. S. G. Boggs, 1990-1996
(5 folders)
3 Jonathan Borofsky, 1976-1985
(3 folders)
3 Scott Burton, 1976-1990
(10 folders; includes 3 letters and a drawing by Burton)
3 Sophie Calle, 1991-1992
3 Peter Campus, 1974-1991
(3 folders)
3 William Christenberry, 1991-1996
(6 folders)
Box
4 Jerry Clapsaddle, 1981-1989
(3 folders)
4 Jud Fine, 1972-1982
4 Joel Fisher, 1975-1995
(3 folders; includes 2 letters from Fisher)
4 Richard Fleischner, 1977-1995
(8 folders)
4 Buckminster Fuller, 1976-1977
(2 folders; includes a photograph of Fuller)
4 Sam Gilliam, 1975-1993
(13 folders; includes a photograph of Gillam)
4 Jan Groover, 1980-1993
(3 folders)
Box
5 Brower Hatcher, 1973-1993
(6 folders)
5 Willie Heeks, 1986-1995
(6 folders; includes 2 letters from Heeks)
5 Bryan Hunt, 1986-1989
(3 folders)
5 Jacob Kainen, 1978-1995
(13 folders; includes interview transcripts, 2 letters from Kainen, and 14 photographs of Kainen)
5 Alex Katz, 1979-1996
(7 folders)
5 Elizabeth King, 1986-1995
(8 folders; includes 4 letters from King)
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6 Joyce Kozloff, 1977-1995
(8 folders; includes 5 letters from Kozloff)
6 Louise Lawler, 1985-1990
6 Catherine Lee, 1983
(1 folder; includes a letter from Lee)
6 Sol Lewitt, 1974-1995
(5 folders; includes a letter from Lewitt)
6 Robert Lobe, 1992-1994
(3 folders; includes 5 letters from Lobe)
6 Robert Mangold, 1973-1985
(3 folders; includes a letter from Mangold)
6 Christian Marclay, 1987-1992
(2 folders)
6 John Margolies, 1977-1987
(3 folders; includes a letter from Margolies)
6 Gregg Morris, 1986-1988
(includes a letter from Morris)
6 Peter Nagy, 1985-1987
6 Manuel Neri, 1989
6 Tom Otterness, 1983-1996
(7 folders)
6 Michael Paha, 1994
6 Judy Pfaff, 1980-1993
(2 folders)
6 Don Porcaro, 1992
6 Martin Puryear, 1974-1992
(19 folders)
Box
7 Martin Puryear, continued 1974-1922
7 Robert Rauschenberg, 1975
7 James Rosenquist, 1973-1978
(2 folders)
7 Jim Sanborn, 1990-1995
(5 folders)
7 Lisa Scheer, 1987-1995
(5 folders; includes a letter from Scheer)
7 Sean Scully, 1973-1995
(6 folders; includes 4 letters from Scully and 2 color transparencies of Scully and an installation)
7 Joel Shapiro, 1976-1977
7 Cindy Sherman, 1990
7 Martin Silverman, 1983-1995
(3 folders; including 3 letters from Silverman)
Box
8 Ned Smyth, 1977-1985
(4 folders)
8 Joan Snyder, 1977-1994
8 Alan Sonfist, 1988-1995
(4 folders; includes 3 letters from Sonfist)
8 Pat Steir, 1978-1990
(6 folders)
8 Frank Stella, 1973-1976
8 Donald Sultan, 1986-1990
(2 folders)
8 John Torreano, 1984-1993
(4 folders; includes 3 letters from Torreano)
8 Michael Tracy, 1982-1989
(3 folders; includes 4 letters from Tracy)
8 Anne Truitt, 1974-1994
8 Andy Warhol, 1972-1991
(3 folders)
8 Andrea Way, 1985-1994
(includes a letter from Way)
8 Leslie Wayne, 1992-1994
8 William Wegman, 1979-1995
(9 folders)
Box
9 William Wegman, continued 1979-1995,
9 Tom Wesselmann, 1983-1991
(4 folders; including 2 letters from Wesselmann)
9 Isaac Witkin, 1981-1993
(4 folders)
9 Brian Wood, 1979-1992
(3 folders)
9 Elizabeth (Betty) Abrahams Woodman, 1986-1992
(3 folders)
9 Robert Zakanitch, 1979-1994
(6 folders; includes 2 color transparencies of studio)
9 Jose Zaragoza, 1989
(includes a letter from Zaragoza)
9 Joe Zucker, 1976-1994
(4 folders)

Series 4: Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1993-1994
(1 folder)

This series consists of one file containing two brochures concerning the K&B Corporate collection in New Orleans, Louisiana, and two copies of Editions Report.

Box
9 Brochures and Editions Report (1993-1994), 1993-1994, undated