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Alfonso Ossorio papers, 1949-1981

Ossorio, Alfonso A., 1916-1990

Painter, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 0.7 Linear feet, (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence; writings; photographs; financial material; exhibition catalogs; clippings; and printed material.
REEL 2000: Correspondence with Thomas Gibson Fine Arts, Ltd., Morris J. Pinto, and Jackson Pollock; correspondence, loan agreements, and clippings concerning Pollock's painting "Lavender Mist"; and cancelled checks, bank statements and other financial material.
REEL 3888: Correspondence with Clyfford Still, Gregg and Ann Blasdel, Jean Dubuffet, Andre Breton (re Dubuffet), Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner; a manuscript of a talk delivered by Dubuffet at the Librairie Marcel Evrard, Lille "Honneur aux Valeurs Sauvages"; recipes for painting on cement with oil; a printed article on Dubuffet, "The Hour of the Hourloupe"; writings for Ossorio's publications; 2 of Ossorio's published monographs, FOURTEEN PAINTINGS and PEINTURES INITIATIQUES D' OSSORIO with text by Dubuffet, 1951; photographs of Ossorio and others, of Ossorio's works of art, exhibition photos of "Autour De Jackson Pollock," 1979, and several photos by Gregg Blasdel of unusual buildings; exhibition catalogs and announcements; 2 posters; and clippings.
Addition: Printed material, including catalogs and an article.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, sculptor; New York, N.Y. Died 1990.


Material on reel 2000 lent for microfilming 1980 and material on reel 3888 donated 1980-1981 by Alfonso A. Ossorio.

Language Note

Letters from DuBuffet are in French.

Location of Originals

  • Location of originals unknown.
  • Reel 2000: Originals returned to Ossorio after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2000 & 3888 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Letters from Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner are photocopies or transcripts.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Alfonso Ossorio papers, 1949-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.