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A Finding Aid to the Clement Greenberg papers, 1937-1983

Clement Greenberg papers, 1937-1983

Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994

Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 8.6 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of influential New York art critic Clement Greenberg measure 8.6 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1983. The bulk of the papers (7 feet) consists of letters from art critics, artists, family, friends, galleries, and museums, with some letters from Greenberg.

Biographical/Historical Note

Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) was an art critic from New York, N.Y. Greenberg was a highly influential critic of the 1940s who advocated the formal purity of flatness in modernism. Greenberg studied at the Art Students League and at Syracuse University.

Provenance

Clement Greenberg donated his papers in several accretions between 1984 to 1991; portions had initially been lent for microfilming, 1968-1969.

Related Materials

The Portland Art Museum holds Clement Greenberg's private art collection as well as a library of exhibition catalogs.