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Audrey Flack papers, 1950-2009

Audrey Flack papers, 1950-2009

Flack, Audrey, 1931-

Sculptor, Painter, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 15.8 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter Audrey Flack measure 15.8 linear feet and date from 1950-2009. The collection documents Flack's career as an artist through biographical material, correspondence, extensive project files, writings and notes by Flack and others, exhibition catalogs, news and magazine clippings, other printed material, and scrapbooks. Also found are photographs by Audrey Flack as well as photographs of the artist and works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Audrey Flack (1931-) is a painter and sculptor in New York City and in Long Island, New York. Flack studied under Josef Albers and taught at George Washington University, and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, The Pratt Institute in New York, New York University, and The School of Visual Arts.

Provenance

The collection was donated by Audrey Flack in April 2009.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Audrey Flack Papers, 1950-2009, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Joy Goodwin
Biographical/Historical note
Audrey Flack (1931-) is a painter and sculptor in New York City and in Long Island, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cooper Union in 1951 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1952. In the 1950s, she was part of the New York School that included the Abstract Expressionist painters Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock. By the 1960s, Flack had turned to painting in a realistic manner. She pioneered the technique of incorporating photographic images from contemporary sources such as magazines and newspapers; the art form became known as Photorealism. Her subjects have included families, celebrities, and public figures. An early work,
The Kennedy Motorcade
captured President John Kennedy moments before he was assassinated. Flack's paintings have also centered on the varied experiences of women as depicted in her
Vanitas
series done in the 1970s. Flack was the first Photorealist painter to have a work acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. By the 1980s, Flack was creating sculptures, goddess figures and other mythological deities of various cultures. The sculptures, many of monumental proportions were executed as commissioned works for public spaces. Flack's commissions have included
Civitas: Four Visions
, South Carolina,
Galatea Fountain
, South Pasadena, Florida,
Islandia
, New York City Technical College, and
The Art Muse
, Tampa, Florida. Further, Audrey Flack has also worked in other media such as photography and printmaking.
Audrey Flack has taught and lectured at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, including Cooper Union, Pratt Institute of New York, and the Studio Art School International, Florence, Italy. She has been a Visiting Professor at a number of universities, including the University of North Dakota, University of Tennessee, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her paintings, watercolors, and sculptures have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in major museums and galleries. Flack's artwork has also been shown in a number of traveling exhibitions including "Saints and Other Angels: The Religious Paintings of Audrey Flack" sponsored by Cooper Union and "Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack, A Retrospective, 1950-1990" organized by the J.B. Speed Museum. Flack has been represented by the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, the Vered Gallery, and the Gary Snyder Gallery. Among the many awards and honors she has received are the Honorary Ziegfeld Award, National Art Education Association, an Honorary Doctorate, Lyme Academy of Art, and the U.S. Government National Design for Transportation Award. Audrey Flack has also written two books and numerous articles. Audrey Flack lives and works in New York and in East Hampton, New York.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 8 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1951-2006 (Box 1; 0.25 linear feet)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1950-2009 (Boxes 1-3; 2.4 linear feet)
Series 3: Interviews, circa 1970-1998 (Boxes 3-4; 0.8 linear feet)
Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1970-2007 (Boxes 4-6; 2.15 linear feet)
Series 5: Project Files, 1966-circa 2007 (Boxes 6-11, FC 18-21; 5.6 linear feet)
Series 6: Printed Material, 1950-2008 (Boxes 11-16, OV 17; 4.1 linear feet)
Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1977-2008 (Box 15; 2 folders)
Series 8: Photographs, 1966-2009 (Boxes 15-16; 0.5 linear feet)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of painter Audrey Flack measure 15.8 linear feet and date from 1950-2009. The collection documents Flack's career as an artist through biographical material, correspondence, extensive project files, writings and notes by Flack and others, exhibition catalogs, news and magazine clippings, other printed material, and scrapbooks. Also found are photographs by Audrey Flack as well as photographs of the artist and works of art.
Biographical material includes curricula vitae, diplomas, an award certificate, and bibliographies of monographs and articles by and about Audrey Flack. Flack's correspondence documents her professional activities and business dealings.
There is correspondence with galleries, museums, arts organizations; architects and foundries; and academic institutions. Included are letters from Arizona State University, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cooper Union, Guild Hall, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art. There are letters from art historians and critics, including Flack's correspondence with Anthony Janson. Letters from publishers and agents pertain to book projects, proposals for articles, and requests to reproduce artwork in monographs or catalogs.
Interviews with Flack from the 1970s through the 1990s are found, recorded on sound and video. Writings and notes include manuscript versions for a book, typescripts of speeches, and a notebook. Also found are audio and video recordings of lectures and talks by Flack discussing her paintings and sculptures. The collection includes extensive project files on Flack's commissioned public works and exhibitions. The files also include correspondence concerning book projects, permission requests, and Flack's participation in art educational programs, and some projects are documented with recorded sound and moving images.
Printed material consists of catalogs of Flack's shows, invitations and announcements to openings, press releases, reproductions of artwork, exhibition posters, clippings, periodicals, and books reflecting Flack's professional activities from the 1950s-2008. Photographs are of portraits by Flack, Flack by herself and with colleagues and students, as well as of the artist's studio. Also found are photographs of artwork.
Provenance
The collection was donated by Audrey Flack in April 2009.
Related Archival Materials note
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Audrey Flack conducted by Robert C. Morgan, February 16, 2009.
Processing Information note
This collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared in 2013 by Joy Goodwin.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Audrey Flack papers, 1950-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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