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Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 2 series:

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Series 1: Don Eddy papers , 1966-2009
5.8 Linear feet
Boxes 1-6, 9-10

The papers of Don Eddy include a variety of materials that document the realist painter's work, working methods, exhibitions, and his place in the history of Photorealism.
Biographical notes in a small notebook include chronological lists of all schools attended since kindergarten, employment history, and exhibition record; the same volume includes financial notes, names and addresses. Other financial records, also in a small notebook, record travel expenses. Family material concerns the memorial service for his father-in-law, AllenFrederick Behnke, at which Eddy spoke. Interviews may have been conducted as research for articles. Correspondence with Leda Cempellin concerns her writings and reserch about Eddy. Writings include an article and two theses about Eddy. Subject files concern arrangements by Galerie M. E. Thelen to exhibit Eddy's work at 5 venues in Germany, including "Documenta 5" (1972); and a surprise gift from artists to commemorate the Nancy Hoffman Gallery's 20th anniversary.
Printed material consists mainly of catalogs from Eddy's group and solo exhibitions and periodicals containing articles, reviews, and reproductions. The few printed items that do not mention Eddy concern Photorealism, friends or students. Books include: Conversazioni con Don Eddy/Converstions with Don Eddy by Leda Cempellin ; Don Eddy: The Resonance of Realism in the Art of Postwar America by Virginia Anne Bonito; and L'imperrealismo "Fotographica" Americano in pittura: Rizonanze storiche nells East e nella West Coast . Miscellaneous printed items include reproductions of artwork by Eddy, newsletters, and a press kit concerning his 2000 solo exhibition at Duke University Museum of Art.
Artwork dates from the period when Eddy was studying at the University of Hawaii. His sketchbook contains mostly pencil drawings and includes some notes and brief writings. Photographs - along with some digital images, negatives, and 35-mm color slides - are mainly photographs taken by Eddy for inspiration and reference use, sometimes accompanied by drawings and brief notes. In additon there are a few viees of people, travel, exhibition installations, and artwork by Eddy.
Description Container Select
Biographical Notes, Financial Record, Membership Certificate, Family, circa 1960s-circa 1998
1
1
Interview Transcripts, Don Eddy with Rose Hartman and L.L., undated, 2000
1
2
Correspondence with Leda Cempellin, 1998-2000
1
3
Letters to Eddy, 1998-2000
1
4
Writings
Articles about Eddy, circa 1980s-1990s
1
5
Dissertation, "I ruoli dell'iperrealismo Americano a Documenta 5, Kassel 1972" by Leda Cempellin (Universita degli studi Parma), 2003
1
6
Thesis, "Aspetti dell'iperrealismo Americano storica" by Leda Cempellin Universita degli studi di Padova), 1999
1
7
Thesis, "Hvad er superriealismen? Omden ekstreme realism i billedkunsten 1965-1980" by Kristian Handberg (Aarhus Universitet, 2007), 2007
1
8
Inventory Cards, circa 1969-1970s
1
9
Subject File - Galerie M. E. Thelen, 1970-1972
1
10
Subject File - Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 1992
1
11
Printed Material
Books, 1964-2004
1
12-14
Clippings, undated, 1969-2000
1
15-17
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1970-2000
1
18
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1970s, 1970-1972
1
19-23
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1970s-1990s
Oversized material housed in Box 9
2
1-19
Exhibition Catalogs, 2001-2009
3
1-3
Miscellaneous Printed Items, circa 1973-2000
3
4
Periodicals, 1971-2006
Oversized material housed in Box 9
3
5-19
Artwork - Drawings, undated
4
1
Artwork Mezzotint and 4 Etching plates, undated
4
2
Sketchbook, circa 1967-1969
4
3
Photographic Materials
People, 1966-circa 1999
4
4
Travel Views, 1967-circa 1990s
4
5
Exhibition Installation Views, 1968-1970, undated
4
6
Artwork by Eddy (1967-2009), circa 1967-2009
Oversized material housed in Box 9
4
7-15
Source Material, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
Oversized material housed in Box 10
4
16-25
Source Material, circa 1970s-circa 2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 10
5
1-22
Source Material, circa 1990s-circa 2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 10
6
1-7
Oversized Exhibition Catalogs from Box 1, Folders 19-23, Box 2, Folders 1-19, Box 3, Folders 1-3, 1994, 1972
9
Oversized Periodical from Box 3, Folder 19, 2003
9
Oversized Photographs of Artwork by Eddy (executed circa 1968-circa 1970s) from Box 4, Folders 7-15, circa 1970s
9
Oversized Photographs - Source Material from Box 4, Folders 16-25, Box 5, Folders 1-22, Box 6, Folders 1-7, circa 1970s-circa 2000s
10

Series 2: Leigh Behnke papers , 1974-2009
1.4 Linear feet
Boxes 6-9

Leigh Behnke's papers document her professional career, work, and working methods. Biographical material conists of two brief interviews conducted by Leda Cempellin and Jeri Hise. Correspondence concerns exhibitions and reproduction permissions; also included is a letter of recommendaiton on behalf of Behnke. Writings by Behnke are artist's statements, some general and others concerning specific paintings. Also, there is a piece about representational painting that may be the text of an article or talk.
Subject files consisting of correspondence, photographs, notes and printed material reflect Behnke's professional activities and interests. A few files might be source material. Printed material is mostly exhibition catalogs for Behnke's group shows. Periodicals include article, reveiws, and reprocutions of her work. In addition to a book and calendars reproducing her work, miscellaneous printed items include a notice of the "Mo' Ladies and Some Gents" 2008 swim team that included Leigh Behnke.
Most of the photographs, digital images, slides and negatives served a source material for Behnke's paintings; some are accompanied by drawings and notes. There are also views of Leigh Behnke and Don Eddy, as well as images of her artwork.
Description Container Select
Interview Transcripts, 1999-2000
6
8
Resumes, circa 1979-circa 1999
6
9
Correspondence, 1979-2005
6
10
Writings by Leigh Behnke - Artist's Statements and Other Writings, 1984-2009
6
6
11
Writings About Leigh Behnke, undated, 1997
6
12
Subject Files
Cempellin, Leda, 2000-2005
6
13
Charleston, undated
6
14
City Oils, undated
6
15
Drawings, undated
6
16
Elaine Baker Gallery, 2000-2001
6
17
Elipse, circa 2002
6
18
Exhibition Planning, circa 1997
6
19
Fischbach Brochure, 1991
6
20
Grant Applications, circa 1988
6
21
Grant Applications, E. D. Foundation, 1999-2000
6
22
Hanbury Gate, undated
6
23
Information and Additions, undated
6
24
Lake Landscape (E. Baker), circa 2000
6
25
Leigh (full packet), 2004
6
26
Merchant House Museum, 2004
6
27
Old Images, circa 1990s-circa 2005
6
28
Painting Titles and Miscellaneous Printed Items, undated, 1990-1997
6
29
Press Clippings, 1967-2006
6
30
Projected Paintings, undated
6
31
Reference Information, etc., undated
6
32
Reviews, Exhibition Announcements, and Miscellaneous Printed Items, 1978-1983
6
33
Sagamore Hill, New Orleans, circa 1999
6
34-35
Walla Walla [Exhibition Installation Notes?], undated
6
36
Printed Material
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, undated, 1978-2008
6
37
Exhibition Catalogs, 1974-2002
6
38-41
Miscellaneous Printed Items, 1984-2008
7
1-2
Photographic Materials
Leigh Behnke and Don Eddy, 1974
Oversized material housed in Box 9
7
3
Artwork by Behnke, 1974, circa 1991-circa 2000
7
4
Source Material, circa 1970s-circa 2000s
7
5-13
Source Material, circa 1970s-2000s
8
1-10
Oversized Photographs of Leigh Behnke from Box 7, Folder 3, circa 1980s-1996
9

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