The New Arts records, 1952-1977

New Arts (Art gallery)

Collection size: 1.4 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels).

Collection Summary: Files on artists and people associated with the gallery, including: Forrest Bess, James Boynton, Lawrence Calcagno, Joseph Cornell, André Emmerich, Max Ernst, Walter Kuhlman, Peter Plagens, Hassel Smith, Richard Steinberg, Jean Varda, and others. The files usually contain correspondence, exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings, and photographs. Also included are exhibition files, material on the Contemporary Arts Association in Houston, and miscellaneous catalogs and announcements.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art gallery; Houston, Tex. Founded 1956, closed ca. 1974.

The donor, Kathryn Swenson, was the owner and director of the gallery.

How to Use this Collection

  • Microfilm reels 2242-2244 available at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Library), 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005, and through interlibrary loan.
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