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Barbara Mathes Gallery records pertaining to Rio Nero lawsuit, 1989-1995

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as four series:

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1989-1995
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence is primarily between defendants Barbara Mathes, Ronald Greenberg, Donald Morris, and John C. Stoller, principals in the galleries that purchased the Rio Nero mobile and plaintiffs in the case against Patricia Bauman et al. Included are letters and legal documents from their attorney.
Letters between Barbara Mathes and Meredith Palmer, director of the Herbert Palmer Gallery, concern the appraisal of Lionel Bauman's collection in 1987. This series also contains purchase and shipment receipts for Rio Nero, invoices for legal services and a photocopy of a letter from Alexander S. C. Rower, written on behalf of the Calder Foundation in 1994, in which Rower declines to include the mobile in the catalogue raisonné on the artist.
Material within folders is arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
General, 1989-1991, undated
1
1
General, 1992
1
2-3
General, 1993
1
4
General, 1994-1995
1
5
Appeal, 1991-1994, undated
1
6
Invoices for Legal Fees, 1991-1993, undated
1
7
Purchase of Rio Nero, 1990-1991, undated
1
8
Shipment of Rio Nero, 1990-1994, undated
1
9

Series 2: Legal Documents , 1991-1994
0.9 Linear feet
Box 2

This series contains depositions, findings of fact, transcripts of proceedings, trial exhibits, judge's memorandum and opinion, and appeal briefs.
The deposition of Andre Emmerich, prominent gallery owner and President of the Board of Directors of the Art Dealers Association of America, credits Klaus Perls as a Calder expert.
Additional legal documents may be found in Series 1: Correspondence.
Documents are organized by sequence of events and material within folders is arranged chronologically. Depositions are arranged alphabetically by last name.
Description Container Select
Depositions
Patricia Bauman, 1991
2
1
Laurence Casper, 1992
2
2
Andre Emmerich, 1992
2
3
Lance Entwistle, 1992
2
4
Roberta Entwistle, 1992
2
5
Ronald Greenberg, 1991
2
6
Barbara Mathes, 1991
2
7
Donald Morris, 1991
2
8
Klaus Perls, 1991
2
9
Proposed Findings of Fact, 1992
2
10
Findings of Fact, 1992
2
11
Transcript of Proceedings
Transcript, 1993, March 16
2
12
Transcript, 1993, March 17
2
13
Transcript, 1993, March 18
2
14
Transcript, 1993, March 19
2
15
Trial Exhibits and Exhibits List, 1993
2
16
Memorandum and Opinion of Judge, 1993, April 1
2
17
Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellants, 1994, May 18
2
18
Brief of Amici Curiae, 1994, May 18
2
19
Brief of Defendant-Appellee, 1994, June 17
2
20
Reply Brief for Plaintiffs-Appellants, 1994, July 1
2
21

Series 3: Printed Material , 1993-1995
1 Folder
Box 2

This series contains newspaper, magazine and journal clippings relating to the Rio Nero trial.
Material within the folder is arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1993-1995, undated
2
22

Series 4: Photographs , 1989-1993
2 Folders
Box 2

This series houses photographs and negatives of the contested mobile Rio Nero. The verso of one of the photographs is the handwritten, signed, and dated certification by Klaus Perls that the mobile is a forgery.
Description Container Select
Photographs and Negatives, Rio Nero, 1989-1993, undated
2
23
Photographs, Rio Nero, undated
2
24

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  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.