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A Finding Aid to the David Herbert papers, circa 1909-1996, bulk 1945-1995

David Herbert papers, circa 1909-1996, bulk 1945-1995

Herbert, David, 1920-1995

Gallery owner

Collection Information

Size: 5.8 linear feet

Summary: The papers of New York gallery owner and art dealer David Herbert measure 6.0 linear feet and date from circa 1909-1996, with the bulk of the material dating from 1945-1995. Herbert's papers document his years working for Betty Parsons Gallery, Sidney Janis Gallery, Graham Gallery, and others; the operation of the David Herbert Gallery from 1959-1962; Herbert's partnerships and agreements with Richard Feigen and others; and his activities as an independent dealer. Records include biographical material, correspondence, notebooks, subject files, artist files, exhibition files, business records, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

David Herbert (1920-1995, born David Herbert Schmerer) was an art dealer and gallery owner and employee in New York, New York. Herbert worked for a number of important contemporary galleries, namely the Betty Parsons Gallery (1951-1953), Sidney Janis Gallery (1953-1959), and the Graham Gallery (1969-1975). In addition, he had his own eponymous gallery (1959-1962), was a private dealer (1964-1969; 1975-1995) and was in partnership with dealer Richard Feigen (1962-1964).

Provenance

The David Herbert papers were given to the Archives of American Art by Jaime Andrade, Herbert's companion, in 1999.