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David Bourdon papers, 1941-1998

Bourdon, David, 1934-1998

Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 38.0 linear feet

Summary: The papers of New York art critic and writer David Bourdon measure 38 linear feet and date from 1941-1998. The papers include scattered biographical materials, manuscript and published writings, extensive art and artists' research files, and printed materials.
Biographical materials consist of school writings; 2 folders of correspondence, including correspondence with Ray Johnson; Bourdon's mother's family reminiscences, and other personal scattered materials. Writings include essays, stories, articles, and manuscript material for the books "Calder: Mobilist, Ringmaster, Innovator," (1980) and "Designing the Earth: the Human Impulse to Shape Nature" (1995). The bulk of Bourdon papers consist of his compiled research files on art, artists, sculpture, architecture and design, earth art, and for his book "Designing the Earth." Individual research files may include printed materials, correspondence, writings, interview transcripts, notes, photographs, and press releases. Printed material covers many of the same subjects as those found in the research files as well Bourdons published writings.

Biographical/Historical Note

David Bourdon (1934-1998) was an art critic, editor, and author who worked primarily in New York City.


The David Bourdon papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Les Levine, executor of the David Bourdon estate.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.