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Cleve Gray papers, 1933-2005

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Series 3: Writings , 1936-2000
(Boxes 5-6; 0.85 linear ft.)

This series consists of manuscripts and drafts, research materials, notes, and miscellaneous writings. Writings by Cleve Gray on a wide range of art-related topics include articles, catalog introductions and reviews. Of particular interest are autobiographical notes in the form of a chronology that Nicholas Fox Weber, Gray's biographer, cited as an "autochronology."
Among the writings by other authors are pieces about Cleve Gray including the manuscript of Cleve Gray by Nicholas Fox Weber and records concerning three books edited by Gray, David Smith by David Smith: Sculpture and Writings, Hans Richter, and John Marin. Research material survives for the next volume in the series, Naum Gabo, which was never published. Also included are notes relating to Cleve Gray's translation of A l'Iinfinitif by Marcel Duchamp.
Also found is a small volume of notes and reminiscences about Jackson Pollock by an unidentified author.
A small number of miscellaneous writings by Gray and others are scattered throughout the alphabetical files (Series 2). Alphabetical files also contain correspondence regarding the publication Cleve Gray by Nicholas Fox Weber and the books on artists edited by Gray. Among the photographs (Series 8) are those used to illustrate David Smith by David Smith: Sculpture and Writings and a few illustrations for John Marin.
3.1: By Cleve Gray, 1936-1994
Gray's writings inclued manuscripts of published articles, catalog introductions, and reviews, along with artist's statements, his "autochronology," lecture notes and texts, poems, political statements, and student papers.
Description Container
Articles, Catalog Introductions, Reviews ("Alexander Calder's Circus"-"The Holocaust Triptychs"), 1960s, undated
  • "Alexander Calder's Circus Drawings"
  • "The Architecture of Lionel Feininger"
  • Art in America Ceramic Project
  • "Aspects of Anonymity"
  • "Continuity and Collision-The Baroque Print" (re: Michael Ponce de León
  • "David Smith" (includes notes)
  • "Duchamp-The Great Spectator"
  • "First and Last Visit" (re: David Smith) ( See also: "Last Visit," Box 5, F 14)
  • "The Gallery, The Museum and The Critic"
  • "The Holocaust Triptychs"
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13
Articles, Catalog Introductions, Reviews ("Jacques Villon"-"Narcissus in Chaos"), circa 1953-1979, undated
  • "Jacques Villon"
  • "John Marin: The Etched Line" (chapter in Artist's Proof: The Annual of Prints and Printmaking, Volume IX, 1969)
  • "John Marin's Calligraphy"
  • "John Marin's 1951 Sketchbook"
  • "Last Visit" (re: David Smith) ( See also: "First and Last Visit," Box 5, F 13)
  • "Lee Hall"
  • "Miniature Prints: A Traveling Exhibition - The results of the 'First International Print Competition'"
  • "Narcissus in Chaos (What's Wrong with the Contemporary American Art World)"
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14
Articles, Catalog Introductions, Reviews ("Naum Gabo Talks about Constructivism"), undated
5
15
Articles, Catalog Introductions, Reviews ("Opening Exhibition at the Cosmopolitan Gallery" - "Thoughts on John Marin"), 1964, undated
  • "Opening Exhibition at the Cosmopolitan Gallery"
  • "Picasso and the Past" (art benefit for the Public Education Association)
  • "Picasso at the Ramparts of Tradition"
  • "Recollections of Jean Crotti"
  • "Remburgers and Hambrandts"
  • "Robert Osborne: The Moment of Truth" and "Robert Osborne Comes Home"
  • "Thoughts on John Marin"
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16
Articles, Catalog Introductions, Reviews (Untitled), 1970, undated
  • Untitled, for Art Now: New York Untitled, re: Brooklyn Museum's 15th National Print Exhibition
  • Untitled, re: Brooklyn Museum's 15th National Print Exhibition
  • Untitled, re: Marcel Duchamp
  • Untitled, re: Tatyana Grosman and Universal Limited Art Editions
  • Untitled [fragment?] (Reel D314, frame 1706)
  • Untitled Fragment
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17
Artist's Statements, 1975, undated
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18
"Autochronology,", circa 1977
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19
Book Proposal (with Bryan Robertson), undated
5
20
Lectures and Talks, 1975-1994, undated
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21
Lists, 1984, undated
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22
Notes, Miscellaneous, undated
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Notes, Miscellaneous, undated
5
24
Poems, 1976-1991, undated
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25
Political Statements, circa 1968-1970
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26
Student Papers ("Early Writings," Princeton University), 1936-1939
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27
3.2: By Other Authors, 1952-2000
Writings about Gray include a biography, Cleve Gray, by Nicholas Fox Weber, and manuscripts of a poem, student paper, and reviews.
A significant portion of this subseries is comprised of manuscripts, drafts, notes, and research materials for three books edited by Cleve Gray, David Smith by David Smith: Sculpture and Writings, Hans Richter, and John Marin. Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. between 1968 and 1973, each volume features selected writings by the artist about his work and life, along with photogrphs. Research material survives for the next volume in the series, Naum Gabo, which was never published. Gray discontinued the series when Gabo abruptly changed his mind just as the manuscript was nearly completed. This subseries also contains notes concerning Gray's translation of A L'Infinitif by Marcel Duchamp.
Also found is "The Resurrection in Art," a lecture by Jane Daggett Dillenberger. Among the items by unknown authors is a small volume containing notes and reminiscences of Jackson Pollock.
Description Container
About Cleve Gray - Cleve Gray by Nicholas Fox Weber (manuscript), 1997
(2 folders)
5
28-29
About Cleve Gray - Miscellaneous Writings, 1952, undated
  • Exhibition Reviews by Mae Anna Quan and Daniel Robbins
  • Student Paper by J. Murray
  • Poem by Edna A. W. Teall
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30
Edited by Cleve Gray - David Smith by David Smith: Sculpture and Writings
Manuscript, 1968
5
31
Manuscript and Drafts, circa 1967-1968
(3 folders)
5
32-34
Manuscript and Drafts, circa 1967-1968
5
35
Notes (Archives of American Art microfilm and other sources), circa 1967-1968
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36
Notes (re: Draft #3), circa 1967-1968
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"Notes to the Pages" (citing Smith sketchbooks and Archives of American Art microfilm), circa 1967-1968
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Research Materials (notes, transcripts of Smith's writings and copies of documents on Archives of American Art microfilm), circa 1967-1968
(2 folders)
5
39-40
Edited by Cleve Gray - Hans Richter
Research Materials (interview transcripts), undated
(2 folders)
5
41-42
Research Materials (notes), 1970, undated
5
43
Edited by Cleve Gray - John Marin, Research Materials (letters, mostly to Stieglitz), 1915-1940, undated
(photocopies)
5
44
Edited by Cleve Gray - Naum Gabo
Notes, 1965-1971
5
45
Photographs, Lists, Miscellaneous Notes, 1971, undated
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46
Edited by Cleve Gray - Naum Gabo - Research Materials
"Bijenkorf,", 1946-1971
(photocopies)
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1
"Biography,", 1946-1971
(mostly photocopies)
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2
"Chapters - Titles and Mottos,", undated
(some photocopies)
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3
"Constructivist Ideology and Constructivist Realism,", 1937-1948
(photocopies)
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4
"Constructivist Philosophy,", 1928-1968
(mostly photocopies)
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5
"Criticism,", 1934-1968
(photocopies)
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6
"Early History,", 1960-1963
(photocopies)
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7
"Friends,", 1948-1970
(photocopies)
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8
"Introduction,", 1947-1970
(mostly photocopies)
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9
"Miscellaneous Notes and Documents,", 1937-1971, undated
(some photocopies)
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10
"Models,", 1951-1971
(some photocopies)
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11
"Paintings,", 1940-1963
(photocopies)
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12
"Personal Philosophy,", 1946-1969, undated
(photocopies)
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13
"Pevsner,", 1947-1966
(photocopies)
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14
"Prints,", 1959-1970
(photocopies)
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15
"Science,", 1948-1956, undated
(photocopies)
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"Sculpture,", 1948-1966, undated
(photocopies)
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"Teaching,", 1948-1966, undated
(photocopies)
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"Theories of Art,", 1947-1969, undated
(photocopies)
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"Time-Kinetic,", circa 1965-1969
(photocopies)
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Translated by Cleve Gray - A l'Iinfinitif by Marcel Duchamp, circa 1966
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21
Dillenberger, Jane Daggett. "The Resurrection in Art" (lecture), 2000
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22
Unsigned
Notes and Reminiscences about Jackson Pollock, undated
(1 vol.)
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23
Untitled Article about Lassiter Spurgeon, undated
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24
Untitled Poem, undated
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