Richard Kuhlenschmidt Galle, Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery,
Collection size: 7.0 linear ft.
Collection Summary: This collection consists of correspondence, gallery financial records, artists files, twelve gallery artists publicity notebooks (includes artists resume, photographs, transparencies, and slides of works), printed material (book, catalogs, exhibition announcements, and magazines), and guest books. Artists Richard Prince, Sherrie Levine, Jim Welling and Matt Mullican had their first solo exhibitions in Los Angeles at the gallery, and Allan McCollum, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, and Martha Rosler exhibited with Kuhlenschmidt regularly.
Biographical/Historical Note: Commercial gallery; Los Angeles, CA The gallery was known for showing "tough art", art that was very difficult to sell, eschewing traditional painting for art that was more conceptual in nature. This was atypical of Los Angeles galleries at the time, but continued a tradition that had been established in the previous decade by galleries like the Claire Copley Gallery and Thomas/Llewellan. The papers reveal the different iterations of the gallery which was always known as a venue to show conceptual and post-conceptual artists of the 1970's and 80's.
Donated 2001 by Richard Kuhlenschmidt.