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Bill Barrett papers, 1930-2013, bulk 1950-2013

Bill Barrett papers, 1930-2013, bulk 1950-2013

Barrett, Bill, 1934-

Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 8.9 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Bill Barrett (1934- ) is a sculptor and painter in New York, New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Barrett's given name is Harry Stanford Barrett IV.

Provenance

Donated 2013 by Bill Barrett.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Bill Barrett measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1930-2013, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950-2013. The collection consists of biographical material, lectures and a talk, exhibition files, scrapbooks, printed material, artwork, sketchbooks, and photographic materials that document Bill Barrett's career as a sculptor and painter.

Biographical material documents Barrett's awards from Audubon Artists and the Hakone Open Air Museum. Also included is an interview with Bill Barrett. Lectures and a talk consist of recordings on five videocassettes. Four lectures by Barrett were presented in conjunction with exhibition installations featuring his work. There is also a talk about public art given to a local community board in Sarasota, Florida. Exhibition files on nine videocassettes and one videodisc record openings of installations at galleries and the homes of private collectors. Nineteen scrapbooks document Bill Barrett's solo and group exhibitions, public and private commissions as well as teaching positions and speaking engagements from circa 1970-2013.

Printed material includes some laminated display cards advertising Barrett's sculptures, a few reproductions of sculptures, and a monograph on the artist's work. Artwork by Bill Barrett consists of five pencil sketches of sculptures and five drawings that were used as preliminary studies for Barrett's paintings. Thirteen sketchbooks mostly contain preliminary studies for Barrett's sculptures; a few of the sketchbooks are annotated. Photographic materials include slides of artwork from 1959-1979 and a portfolio of digital prints of Bill Barrett's sculptures and paintings.

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