Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th Century Artists
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By Mary Savig
Published September 2012, by Smithsonian Books

Illustrated with 190 beautifully reproduced cards from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, this book offers a private look into the personal holiday art and correspondence between a variety of American artists, their friends, and family.

Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th Century Artists illustrates and contextualizes a broad range of one-of-a-kind artworks or limited edition print series by well-known artists such as Josef Albers, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Robert Motherwell, Nickolas Muray, and Ad Reinhardt. It will appeal to anyone interested in greeting cards, ephemeral art, illustrated correspondence, and the history of American art.


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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Arturo Rodríguez to Helen L. Kohen

Arturo Rodríguez to Helen L. Kohen, ca. 1980-1999

Creator: Arturo Rodríguez

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Charles Ephraim Burchfield letter to Louise Burchfield

Charles Ephraim Burchfield letter to Louise Burchfield, 1933

Creator: Charles Ephraim Burchfield

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Philip Guston Christmas card to Elise Asher

Philip Guston Christmas card to Elise Asher, 195-?

Creator: Philip Guston

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Un-ichi Hiratsuka holiday card to Jacob Kainen

Un-ichi Hiratsuka holiday card to Jacob Kainen, 1973

Creator: Un-Ichi Hiratsuka

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Sally & James Mullen holiday card to unidentified recipient

Sally & James Mullen holiday card to unidentified recipient, 1991

Creator: James M. (James Martin) Mullen

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Nassos Daphnis holiday card to George Constant

Nassos Daphnis holiday card to George Constant, 19--

Creator: Nassos Daphnis

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Ray Johnson Christmas card to Helen DeMott

Ray Johnson Christmas card to Helen DeMott, between 1927 and 1995

Creator: Ray Johnson

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Jane H. Jones Christmas card to Eugenie Gershoy

Jane H. Jones Christmas card to Eugenie Gershoy, 1956 Dec. 14

Creator: Jane H. Jones

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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears Christmas card to Andrew A. Bucci

Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears Christmas card to Andrew A. Bucci, 1964

Creator: Kathleen Blackshear

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Janet LaSalle Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears

Janet LaSalle Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears, 196-?

Creator: Janet LaSalle

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Susan Rhodes christmas card to David Ireland

Susan Rhodes christmas card to David Ireland, ca. 1980

Creator: Susan Rhodes

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Alexander Calder holiday card

Alexander Calder holiday card, 1930

Creator: Alexander Calder

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Warrington Colescott holiday card to Ray Gloeckler

Warrington Colescott holiday card to Ray Gloeckler, 2003 Dec. 23

Creator: Warrington Colescott

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Harry Haenigsen holiday card to Alfred J. Frueh

Harry Haenigsen holiday card to Alfred J. Frueh, 193-?

Creator: Harry Haenigsen

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Nickolas Muray and Ruzzie Green Christmas card

Nickolas Muray and Ruzzie Green Christmas card, 1936

Creator: Nickolas Muray

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Milton Avery holiday card to Fred and Adelaide Morris Gardner

Milton Avery holiday card to Fred and Adelaide Morris Gardner, not after 1965

Creator: Milton Avery

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Richard Tuttle Christmas card to Samuel Wagstaff

Richard Tuttle Christmas card to Samuel Wagstaff, 196-

Creator: Richard Tuttle

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Karl Priebe Christmas card to Gertrude Abercrombie

Karl Priebe Christmas card to Gertrude Abercrombie, 1952

Creator: Karl Priebe

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Henriette Mueller Christmas card to unidentified recipient

Henriette Mueller Christmas card to unidentified recipient, 195-?

Creator: Henriette Mueller

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Holiday card from Bill Brincka to Ethel Spears and Kathleen Blackshear

Holiday card from Bill Brincka to Ethel Spears and Kathleen Blackshear, 19--

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Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt Christmas card to Arthur Danto

Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt Christmas card to Arthur Danto, 1992

Creator: Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt

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Ed Bisese Christmas card to Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

Ed Bisese Christmas card to Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1992

Creator: Ed Bisese

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Carl M. Schultheiss holiday card to Ralph Fabri

Carl M. Schultheiss holiday card to Ralph Fabri, 19--

Creator: Carl M. Schultheiss

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Ray Gloeckler Christmas card to James Mullen

Ray Gloeckler Christmas card to James Mullen, ca. 1978

Creator: Raymond Gloeckler

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Miné Okubo christmas card to unidentified recipient

Miné Okubo christmas card to unidentified recipient, 1959

Creator: Miné Okubo

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Moses Soyer letter to Daniel Soyer

Moses Soyer letter to Daniel Soyer, 196-

Creator: Moses Soyer

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Holiday card design

Holiday card design, 195-?

Creator: Frederick Hammersley

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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

Andrew A. Bucci Christmas card to Prentiss Taylor

Andrew A. Bucci Christmas card to Prentiss Taylor, 19--

Creator: Andrew A. Bucci

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