Skip to main content

Audrey Flack papers, 1950-2009

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.

Series 1: Biographical Material , 1951-2006
0.25 Linear feet
Box 1

This series includes curricula vitae, diplomas, bibliographies of monographs and articles by and about Audrey Flack. Included are abbreviated biographical accounts and the artist's philosophical statement on her work. Found is a Merit Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation presented to Flack for her design of Civitas: Four Visions.
Description Container Select
Curriculum Vitae, 1990-2006
1
1
Diplomas, 2001, 1951
1
2
Bibliographies, 1978-1980
1
3
Merit Award from U.S. Department of Transportation, 1995
1
4

Series 2: Correspondence , 1950-2009
2.4 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3

Correspondence is mainly of a professional nature and consists of letters, e-mails, drafts, telegrams/mailgrams, and postcards. Much of the correspondence relates to the scheduling of exhibitions, loans, sales, and donations of artwork. Many letters include attachments, e.g., loan forms, consignment agreements, contracts, invoices and receipts, sales reports, sketches, printed material, photographs and slides. Correspondents include the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cooper Union, Guild Hall, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sidney Janis Gallery, and the Terra Museum of Art, among others.
Flack's correspondence includes requests from academic institutions and arts organizations to teach and lecture, as well as letters from students seeking information about Flack's work. Correspondence from book publishers and university presses may include artists' questionnaires, contracts, invoices, and permission forms. Included are letters from critics, e.g., Arthur Danto and the New York Times. Flack's correspondence with art historian, Anthony Janson is of a professional and personal nature.
Notable correspondents include Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Agnes Gund, Joan Mondale, and Tom Wolfe. Also found is a brief exchange of letters between Flack and Anwar Sadat relating to Flack's portrait of Sadat that was reproduced on the cover of Time Magazine. There are single letters from Judy Chicago, Willem de Kooning, and William Lieberman.
Letters have been arranged in chronological order.
Description Container Select
Undated Correspondence, circa 1950-2009
1
5
Correspondence, 1950
1
6
Correspondence, 1964-1968
1
7
Correspondence, 1970
1
8
Correspondence, 1972
1
9
Correspondence, 1973-1975
1
10
Correspondence, 1974
1
11
Correspondence, 1975
1
12
Correspondence, 1976
1
13
Correspondence, 1977
1
14
Correspondence, 1978
1
15
Correspondence, 1979
1
16
Correspondence, 1980
1
17
Correspondence, 1981-1982
1
18
Correspondence, 1982
1
19
Correspondence, 1983
1
20
Correspondence - Bills and Brochures, 1983
1
21
Correspondence, 1984
1
22
Correspondence - Invoices and Printed Material, 1984
1
23
Correspondence, 1985
1
24
Correspondence - Invoices and Printed Material, 1985
1
25
Correspondence, 1986
1
26-27
Correspondence - Writings and Notes, Invoices, and Printed Material, 1986
1
28
Correspondence, 1987
1
29
Correspondence - Printed Material, 1987
1
30
Correspondence, 1988
2
1-2
Correspondence, 1989
2
3
Correspondence, 1990
2
4-5
Correspondence, 1991
2
6-7
Correspondence, 1992
2
8-10
Correspondence, 1993
2
11-12
Correspondence - Letters from Tom Wolfe, 1993-2007
2
13
Correspondence, 1994
2
14-15
Correspondence, 1995
2
16-17
Correspondence, 1996
2
18-19
Correspondence, 1997
2
20-21
Correspondence, 1998
3
1
Correspondence, 1999
3
2-3
Correspondence, 2000
3
4-5
Correspondence, 2001
3
6
Correspondence, 2002
3
7-8
Correspondence, 2003
3
9
Correspondence, 2004
3
10-11
Correspondence, 2005
3
12-13
Correspondence, 2006
3
14
Correspondence, 2007
3
15
Correspondence, 2008
3
16
Correspondence, 2009
3
17

Series 3: Interviews , circa 1970-1998
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4

This series includes interviews with Audrey Flack discussing her work. Included is a transcript of an interview with Audrey Flack on "The New Civic Art" conducted by David R. Brigham. Other interviews are recorded on four videocassettes and eight sound cassettes.
Interviews have been arranged in chronological order.
Description Container Select
Talk, Audrey Flack, undated
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
3
18
Audrey Flack Interviews with Cindy Nemser and "The Sunday Magazine" , circa 1970
2 Sound cassettes
3
19
Audrey Flack Interviews, circa 1970-circa 1980
2 Sound cassettes
3
20
Interview with Audrey Flack, 1978
3
21
Book Signing Interview, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1991
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
22
Audrey Flack, The Greenroom, 1992
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
23
Transcript, "The New Civic Art, "An Interview with Audrey Flack", 1992-1993
4
1
Talk, Audrey Flack, University of Louisville, 1993
1 Sound cassette
4
2
Audrey Flack with John Noonan, 1998
1 Sound cassette
4
3
Interview with Audrey Flack, The Ken Hamblin Show, 1998
1 Sound cassette
4
4

Series 4: Writings and Notes , circa 1970-2007
2.15 Linear feet
Boxes 4-6

Writings and notes by Audrey Flack include artist's statements, drafts of a manuscript, and essays, including an account of her early years as a Photorealist artist. Included are typescripts and notes of Flack's speeches on public sculpture and her commencement address at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. A notebook contains Flack's notes on the creative process. Also included is an abbreviated autobiographical account.
Writings and notes by others include masters theses and doctoral dissertations on Audrey Flack's work. Found are several poems dedicated to Audrey Flack. The files also include scattered notes by Audrey Flack, printed material, and a book proposal. Sound recordings are found of talks and lectures by Flack at museums, academic institutions, and arts organizations, including Cooper Union, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Studio School. Video recordings are found of her talks and panel discussions for Artists Alliance, Artists Talk on Art, St. John's Museum of Art, and other venues. Some of the sound cassettes and videocassettes are unidentified.
This series is arranged as three subseries.
  • 4.1: Writings and Notes by Audrey Flack, circa 1970-2000
  • 4.2: Writings by Others, 1970-2007
  • 4.3: Lectures and Talks, 1976-2003
4.1: Writings and Notes by Audrey Flack, circa 1970-2000
Description Container
Book, circa 1974
4
5
Book, Second Set, circa 1974
4
6
Book, Duplicates, circa 1974
4
7
My Early Years, 1983
4
8
Speeches, circa 1970-2000
4
9
Notebook, circa 1984
4
10
Guestbook, "Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack, A Retrospective" (1992 September 29-December 17), 1992
4
11
4.2: Writings and Notes by Others, 1970-2007
Description Container
By Others, 1970-2007
4
12-15
4.3: Talks and Lectures , 1976-2003
Description Container
Talk, "My Studio School", 1976
1 Sound cassette
4
16
Talk, Crivelli and Audrey Flack, 1977
1 Sound cassette
4
17
Panel Discussion, "Current State of Realism", circa 1980
1 Sound cassette
4
18
Panel Discussion, School of Visual Arts, circa 1980
1 Sound cassette
4
19
Flack Talks at Reynolds House, 1980
1 Sound cassette
4
20
Lecture at the University of South Florida, 1981
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
21
Lecture at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, 1983
1 Sound cassette
4
22
Talk, Audrey Flack's Portraits, 1984
1 Sound cassette
5
1
Lecture, Metropolitan Museum and Long Island Art Teachers Association , 1985
1 Sound cassette
5
2
Panel Discussion, Cooper Union, New York (1986 November 4), 1986
1 Sound cassette
5
3
Talk, "Artist Speaks", 1989
1 Sound cassette
5
4
Talk, American Art Forum, "Art Promotion" , 1989
1 videocassettes (vhs)
5
5
Talk, Artists Alliance, circa 1990
1 videocassettes (vhs)
5
6
Talk, Audrey Flack at Guild Hall, circa 1990
1 videocassettes (vhs)
5
7
Talk, "Humanist Tradition in Painting, A Woman in the Arts", circa 1990
1 videocassettes (vhs)
5
8
Panel Discussion, "Tradition: Who Names It, Who Claims It?", circa 1990
1 Sound cassette
5
9
Panel Discussion, White Light Gallery, circa 1990
1 Sound cassette
5
10
Panel Discussion, "What Are Artists Doing With Their Lives", 1990
1 Sound cassette
5
11
Panel Discussion, "Sex, Love, and Romance," Art Show at the Vered Gallery , 1991
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Includes written summary of program and speakers
5
12
Lecture and Interview, Wright Art Museum, University of California, Los Angeles , 1992
1 Sound cassette
1 videocassettes (vhs)
5
13
Goddess Lecture, Women's Caucus for Art, 1992
1 videocassettes (vhs)
5
14
Talk, Audrey Flack at the State University of Stony Brook, 1993
1 videocassettes (vhs)
6
1
Audrey Flack Talk in Conjunction with Exhibition at the Borowsky Gallery , 1993
1 Sound cassette
6
2
Lecture, Cleveland Museum, 1995
1 Sound cassette
6
3
Talk, Sunday Today in New York, 1997
1 videocassettes (vhs)
6
4
Lecture, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1998
1 Sound cassette
6
5
Robin C. Morgan's Dialogue with Audrey Flack at Artists Talk on Art , 1998
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Includes letter from Robin C. Morgan
6
6
Panel Discussion, "Art the Recording Angel: From Tragedy to Transformation" by Audrey Flack, St. John's Museum of Art , 2001
2 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicates
6
7
Talk at Middle Tennessee State University, 2003
1 videocassettes (vhs)
6
8

Series 5: Project Files , 1966-circa 2007
5.6 Linear feet
Boxes 6-11, FC 18-21

This series primarily includes files on Audrey Flack's public works and on exhibitions. Files documenting Flack's commissioned works chart the various stages of the project. Included are letters between Flack and public officials, foundries, architects, and colleagues as well as artist's statements, informational sheets, sketches and architectural renderings, contracts, invoices, and agreements, schedules of completion, insurance forms and certificates, legal filings, printed material, and photographs. Substantive documentation is found on major commissions, including Civitas, Rock Hill, South Carolina, Queen Catherine, Queens, New York, and Veritas, Tampa, Florida.
Exhibition-related files contain curricula vitae, correspondence, business-related materials, lists of artwork, exhibition schedules, photographs, and slides. Among the printed materials are news clippings including interviews with Flack, coverage of openings, and reviews of her work. Included are files on a major travelling exhibition "Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack, A Retrospective, 1950-1990" organized by the J.B. Speed Art Museum that include annotated drafts of an essay by Lowery Sims written for the catalog. Two film reels document an exhibition at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery. Additional sound and video recordings and motion picture film document several of Flack's commissions and exhibitions, including extensive recordings related to her Queen Catherine sculpture. A small portion of audiovisual material is unidentified. Also included are two videos in digital format.
Included are files pertaining to Flack's teaching appointments, speaking engagements, and her activities in arts organizations. Interspersed among the files are typescripts on Flack's artwork and printed material, including news and magazine clippings.
Files are arranged in alphabetical order; items within folder are arranged in rough chronological order. Researchers should also note that correspondence relating to exhibitions and commissioned pieces can be found in Series 2: Correspondence.
Description Container Select
Alloway, Lawrence, 1979-1980
6
9
"Art and Soul," Gauden House Studio, circa 1990
1 videocassettes (vhs)
6
10
"The Art of the Classical Watercolor" , 1985-1986
6
11
Art Museum of Western Virginia, 1995-1996
6
12
Athens Square Park, 1990
6
13
Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1985-1988
Includes 2 sound cassettes.
6
14-15
Beloved Woman of Justice, Knoxville, Tennessee Courthouse, 1993-2003
6
16-17
Beloved Woman of Justice, Knoxville, Tennessee Courthouse, 1993-2003
7
1
Bellonia Apollonia/The Art Muse Sculpture, 2001-2003
7
2-3
Center for Creative Imagery, 1991-1992
7
4
Daphne Opening (1996 July), 1996
1 videocassettes (hi8)
7
5
Eastern Montana College (1982 February 9), 1982
1 videocassettes (betamax)
7
6
Exhibition, "Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack: A Retrospective, 1950-1990", 1986-1992
7
7-8
Exhibition at Louis K. Meisel Gallery, circa 1988
2 Film reels
color, soundtrack ; 1 reel is original, 1 is a copy
Super 8 mm
1 Film reel
color, silent
Super 8 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film cans numbered FC 18-20
7
9-10
Flack, Audrey, Guild Hall Show (1996 July 25), 1996
1 videocassettes (vhs)
7
11
Flack, Audrey, "Breaking the Rules for 40 Years" , circa 2000
1 Sound cassette
7
12
Galatea Sculpture, City of South Pasadena, Florida, 1995-2003
7
13
"Hot Springs, City of the Arts in the Making," (1991 April), 1991
1 videocassettes (vhs)
7
14
Invitations to Speak, 1972-1980
8
1
Islandia Sculpture, New York City Technical College, 1987-1988
8
2
Lebanon Valley College, 1966-1997
8
3
Lectures and Teaching Assignments, 1966-1980
8
4
Media/Images, circa 1970-1993
8
5
Missy Foundry, 1996
1 videocassettes (hi8)
8
6
Nashville Symphony Association, 2003-2004
8
7
Nashville Symphony Association, Barbara Hoffman, Legal Bills, 2005-2006
8
8
National Endowment for the Arts, 1998
8
9
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1986-1988
8
10
National Museum of Women in the Arts, "Four Short Pieces", 1992
1 videocassettes (vhs)
8
11
Nuell, Lon, 2001-2004
8
12
Oracle Sculpture, Sarasota County Selby Library, 1999-2002
8
13-14
Panels, 1982-1986
8
15
Panels and Lectures, Papers Written By Others and Letters, circa 1986-1991
8
16
Public Art Sculptures, Contracts, 1992-2004
8
17
Queen Catherine Sculpture, Queens, New York
Queen Catherine Sculpture, 1992-2004
8
18-20
Queen Catherine Sculpture, 1992-2004
9
1-11
A.R.T. Letter, 1992-2004
9
12
Letters and Charlotte Klein Proposals, 1992-2004
9
13
Contracts and Legal Letters, 1992-2004
9
14
Friends of Queen Catherine, 1992-2004
9
15
Bills and Receipts, 1992-2004
9
16
Foundry Quotes, 1992-2004
9
17
Prices and Schedule, 1992-2004
9
18
Tallix, 1992-2004
9
19
Crown and Template for Jewels, 1992-2004
9
20
Xeroxes of Models , 1992-2004
9
21
Sketches, 1992-2004
9
22
Base Drawings, Enlargement Drawings, 1992-2004
9
23
Controversy, 1992-2004
9
24
Attacks and Audrey Flack's Letters, 1992-2004
10
1
Legal Files, 1991-2001
10
2-9
Queen Catherine Sculpture, 1995-2007, undated
5 videocassettes (vhs)
2 videocassettes (hi8)
3 Sound cassettes
Includes born-digital records, see ER01
10
10-12
Queen Catherine of Braganza: A Sculpture That Meant Not to Be (2008), Digital Video Recording, 2018
0.605 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER01
Rock Hill Gateway, South Carolina, 1988-1990
10
13-14
Safety Center, 2003
10
15
Saint-Gaudens Lecture, Allentown Art Museum, 2003
10
16
Saints and Other Angels: The Religious Paintings of Audrey Flack , Lowery Sims , 1986-1999
10
17
Sarasota County Art in Public Places, Selby Library Project Jury Meeting (2000 November 16) , 2000
1 videocassettes (vhs)
10
18
South Pasadena Stroll, Grand Opening Ceremonies of Galatea Garden (2000 November 3) , 2000
1 videocassettes (vhs)
11
1
Studio Art Centers International, 2003
11
2
Unidentified Film Project, undated
1 Film reel
outtakes
Super 8 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film can numbered FC 21
11
3
University of Georgia, 1974-1978
11
4
University of South Florida, "Audrey Flack: Works on Paper" , 1980-1981
11
5
Veritas Sculpture, Tampa, Florida, 2000-2007
11
6-9
Women's Organizations, 1984-1985
11
10
World War II, 1983
11
11
Miscellaneous Project Files, circa 2007, undated
2 videocassettes (vhs)
Includes born-digital records, see ER02
11
12
The Art Officials Band of Carolines Comedy Club (2008), Digital Video Recording, 2018
0.292 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER02
3 Reels Motion Picture Film from Box 7, folder 10
FC 18-20
1 Reel Motion Picture Film from Box 11, folder 3
FC 21

Series 6: Printed Material , 1950-2008
4.1 Linear feet
Boxes 11-16, OV 17

Printed material includes exhibition catalogs for solo and group shows in the United States and abroad, invitations and announcements, press releases, and scattered monographs. Reproductions include postcards featuring Flack's paintings. Exhibition posters include Flack's solo exhibition at the Roko Gallery in 1963. News and magazine clippings document Flack's professional activities over a forty year period. Periodicals contain reviews of Flack's work and announcements of gallery and museum openings. Found is a 1981 review "On Carlo Crivelli" written by Audrey Flack. Miscellaneous printed material consists of scattered announcements, invitations, commencement program, brochures, a press packet, and clippings.
Materials are arranged by format. Items within each folder are arranged in rough chronological order.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Catalogs, 1952-1977, undated
11
13-18
Exhibition Catalogs, 1979-2007
12
1-16
Other Catalogs, 1991-1995
12
17
Exhibition Invitations and Announcements, circa 1950-2005
13
1-4
Press Releases, circa 1966-1988
13
5
Reproductions, circa 1978-1993
Oversized material housed in Box 16
13
6
Posters, circa 1963-2008
Oversized material housed in Box 16, OV 17
13
7
News Clippings, circa 1964-2008
13
8-22
Magazine Clippings, circa 1980-2005
13
23-26
Periodicals, 1965-1976
Oversized material housed in Box 16
13
27-30
Periodicals, 1977-2007
Oversized material housed in Box 16
14
1-12
Books, 1991-1996, undated
14
13-15
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1973-2004, undated
14
16-21
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 2005-2007
15
1
Oversized Reproductions from Box 13, Folder 6, 1978-1993
16
Oversized Posters from Box 13, Folder 7, circa 1981-2008
16
Oversized Periodical from Box 13, Folder 27, 1965
16
Oversized Periodicals from Box 14, Folders 3, 10, 1999, 1983
16
Oversized Posters from Box 13, Folder 7, circa 1963-1982
OV 17

Series 7: Scrapbooks , 1977-2008
2 Folders
Box 15

This series contains two scrapbooks. Scrapbook 1 includes scattered materials: a few letters, one from Flack to the New York Times, an excerpt of a review, clippings used for art reference, a press release, an exhibition invitation, membership cards, and digital prints of the artist's sculptures. There is a 1969 press release for "Paintings from the Photo," at the Riverside Museum, one of the first shows devoted to Photorealism. Scrapbook 2 provides partial documentation on the making of the Queen Catherine sculpture and contains sketches and on-site installation photographs.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1, 1977-2008
15
2
Scrapbook 2, 2000-2001
15
3

Series 8: Photographs , 1966-2009
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 15-16

Photographs include black and white portraits of Mexican laborers taken by Audrey Flack in the mid-1960s, presumably used as source imagery. Also found are photographs of Audrey Flack, by herself, in her studio, and with colleagues and students. There is a photograph of Flack painting the portrait of Anwar Sadat and an inscribed photograph of Flack meeting President Jimmy Carter. Photographs of artwork include images of details from Flack's Photorealist paintings. Polaroid photos document the stages of the glazing and finishing processes in the casting of Civitas.
Photographs are arranged by subject.
Description Container Select
By Audrey Flack, circa 1966-circa 1971
15
4
Of Audrey Flack, circa 1969-2009
15
5
Audrey Flack's Studio, circa 2000
15
6
Artwork, circa 1970-circa 1995
Oversized material in Box 16
15
7
Art Reference, circa 1980-1988
15
8
Casting of Civitas, 1989-1991
15
9
Oversized Photographs of Artwork from Box 15, Folder 7, circa 1970-circa 1995
16

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.