Baziotes, William, b. 1912 d. 1963
Active in New York, N.Y.
Collection size: 2 v. (on partial microfilm reel)
Collection Summary: Two hard-cover sketchbooks, ca. 1933. One (auction no. 90.5) contains 42 single-sided drawings and 26 double-sided drawings, in both pencil and pen and ink. The second (no. 115.5) contains 71 single-sided drawings and 26 double-sided drawings, all in pencil except for one charcoal drawing on frontispiece. The sketches are primarily of people; some animals and landscapes are also included. Landscapes may be of Baziotes' hometown area of Reading, Pa., where he often returned in the summer.
Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; New York, N.Y. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Baziotes moved to New York City in 1933, where he studied painting at the National Academy of Design, 1933-1936. He participated on the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project as a teacher, 1936-1938, and painted for the Easel Painting Project, 1938-1940. In 1941 he married Ethel Copstein. He had his first one-man show at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century Gallery in 1944. Baziotes taught at Subjects of the Artist, 1948; the Brooklyn Museum Art School; New York University; 1949-1952; the People's Art Center at the Museum of Modern Art, 1950-1952; and Hunter College, 1952-1962. Died June 1963, at age 52.
Lent for microfilming 1998 by John Castago, a dealer who purchased the sketchbooks at auction. The auctioneer's label (Pennypacker-Andrews Auction Centre, N.Y.) affixed to each cover identifies the sketchbooks: "From the Private Collection of Constance and the Late Harry Baziotes, Purchased on September 25, 1995. Each page is stamped "Wm A. Baziotes Estate"
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