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B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records, 1971-1992

B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records, 1971-1992

B. R. Kornblatt Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 4.1 linear feet

Summary: The records of the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. measure 4.1 linear feet and date from 1971 to 1992. The collection consists primarily of artists' files along with a few exhibition files and sales records.

Biographical/Historical Note

Barbara R. Kornblatt established the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery in 1975 on 326 North Charles Street in Baltimore, Maryland. Est. 1975 on 326 North Charles Street in Baltimore. Moved to 406 Seventh St., Washington, D.C. in 1980. Specialized in contemporary American painting, sculpture, and works on paper. Closed Dec. 1991.

Provenance

Donated by Barbara R. Kornblatt, 1992.

A Finding Aid to the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery Records, 1971-1992, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy
Biographical/Historical note
Barbara R. Kornblatt established the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery in 1975 on 326 North Charles Street in Baltimore, Maryland. The gallery specialized in American painting, sculpture, and works on paper. In 1980, Kornblatt moved the gallery to 406 Seventh Street, N.W. in Washington, D. C. where it became the mainstay of downtown commercial art galleries. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the gallery began feeling the effects of the economic recession, and then suffered a fire in the building. Kornblatt closed the gallery in 1991.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 3 series.
Series 1: Exhibition Files, 1981-1990 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Artists' Files, 1971-1992 (3.0 linear feet; Box 1-4, OV 5)
Series 3: Sales Records, 1988-1992 (0.5 linear feet; Box 4)
Scope and Contents note
The records of the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery of Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C. measure 4.1 linear feet and date from 1971 to 1992. The collection consists primarily of artists' files along with a few exhibition files and sales records.
Exhibition files are found for the Chicago International Art Exposition (1983-1988), the
International Sculpture '90
(1990) exhibition, and exhibitions of African art. Artists' files contain correspondence, photographs and slides, resumes, and financial and printed material for numerous artists associated with the gallery or of interest to the gallery, including Mel Chin, Jerry Clapsaddle, Gene Davis, John Ferguson, Wolf Kahn, Willem de Looper, Helen Frankenthaler, Ronnie Landfield, Manuel Neri, Sol LeWitt, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Karl Rosenberg, Amalie Rothschild, Frank Stella, Michael Todd, John Van Alstine, and others. The collection also contains sales records.
Provenance
Donated by Barbara R. Kornblatt, 1992.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2016 with funding from the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care Pool Fund, using accelerated processing strategies implemented by the Archives to increase information about and access to more of our collections. For this collection, accelerated processing included arrangement to the series, subseries and folder levels, adhering to the creator's original arrangement as much as possible. Generally, folder contents were simply verified with the original folder titles, but items within folders were not arranged further. All materials were rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records, 1971-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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