Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman, circa 1927-2011

Larsen, Neil Juhl, b. 1956 d. 2006
Active in Minn.

Collection size: 9.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material, administrative files, correspondence, writings, photographs, and printed material compiled primarily by Neil Juhl Larsen in preparation for his biography, "Charles Biederman" (Hudson Hills Press, 2011). A portion of the collection consists of photocopies of Biederman's papers. Included are research materials compiled by art historian Susan Larsen (no relation to Neil), who completed the book upon Neil Larsen's death in 2006.

Biographical material includes passports, legal documents, and biographical statements. Administrative files consist of exhibition files and Neil and Susan Larsen's correspondence with publishers regarding Biederman's biography (some of this material is posthumous). Correspondence is with Biederman and friends, galleries, and scholars. Additional correspondence is between Susan Larsen and Biederman's daughter, Anna Brown. Also included are typescripts of significant correspondence throughout Biederman's life. Writings by Biederman include typesecripts on art theory, some with hand drawn illustrations and notebooks, and writings regarding Biederman by Neil Juhl Larsen and Susan Larsen. Photographs and slides are of Biederman, his family, and artwork. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs and clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note: Neil Juhl Larsen (1956-2006) was a writer and artist and friend and biographer of modernist painter and sculptor Charles Biederman. Larsen died in 2006 while preparing the biography, and the project was turned over to art historian Susan Larsen (no relation to Neil), who had written on Biederman as well. The biography, "Charles Biederman," was published in 2011.

Donated 2012 by Susan M. Fridley, Neil Juhl Larsen's widow. Original material came directly from Charles Biederman and his daughter Anna Biederman Brown for the purposes of completing Biederman's biography and was compiled by Neil Larsen, and at his death, Susan Larsen.

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Related Materials

Also in the Archives of American Art are 23 reels of microfilm (reels 1446-1450 and 1662-1679) of the Charles Biederman papers, microfilmed in 1978-1979. The Biederman papers are cataloged separately.