Stable Gallery records, 1916-1999, bulk, 1953-1970

Stable Gallery, est. 1953 - 1970
Art gallery
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 2.7 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Stable Gallery records measure 2.7 linear feet and are dated 1916-1999 (bulk 1953-1970). The gallery was known for its representation of the New York School. Records consist mainly of artist files containing biographical notes, correspondence, price lists, sales and payment information, printed matter, and photographs. A small number of gallery administrative and financial records are included, along with printed matter, photographs, personal papers, and estate records of gallery founder and owner Eleanor Ward. There are also reminiscences by gallery owner Eleanor Ward and her assistant Alan Groh, a sound cassette recording of Eleanor Ward, and a videoreel (1/2 inch) documentary of a 1973 Sotheby auction of works from the Robert C. Scull collection.

Biographical/Historical Note: Stable Gallery (established 1953; closed 1970) was an art gallery in New York, New York, owned by Eleanor Ward. Ward opened the Stable Gallery on West 58th Street in 1953 and gained a reputation for showing controversial new artists in the 1950's and 1960's. The gallery closed in 1970.

The Stable Gallery records were the gift of the Estate of Eleanor Ward. In 1984, artist files were received from Alan Groh, executor of Ward's estate and her assistant at the Stable Gallery. Additional records were donated in 1997 by Buzz Miller on behalf of the Estate of Eleanor Ward; Mr. Miller was Alan Groh's partner and executor of his estate. A final addition was received in 1999 from Paul Gardner, executor of the Estate of Buzz Miller.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Lichtenstein Foundation.
Funding for the preservation and transfer of motion picture film provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.

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Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Eleanor Ward conducted by Paul Cummings, February 8, 1972.