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Dorothy Weiss Gallery records, [circa 1964]-2001, (bulk 1984-2000)

Dorothy Weiss Gallery records, [circa 1964]-2001, (bulk 1984-2000)

Dorothy Weiss Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 18.7 linear ft.

Biographical/Historical Note

Gallery; San Francisco, Calif.; Opened in 1984; Closed in 2000 The Dorothy Weiss Gallery was known in San Francisco for the quality of its crafts program and the artists it represented. It focused on contemporary ceramic and glass sculpture with an emphasis on non-functional, sculptural work.


Donated 2002 by Dorothy Weiss as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.

Scope and Contents

The Dorothy Weiss Gallery records include artists files, exhibition files, and subject files. Also found are limited records overlapping from Weiss's dealings with some artists through Meyer Breier Weiss Contemporary Crafts, Inc. The records provide fairly extensive coverage of the gallery's relationship with approximately thirty artists, and scattered documentation of Weiss's relationship with more than two hundred other artists whose work she represented, exhibited, or had an interest in at some time during the gallery's existence. Overall, the collection is an excellent source of information on contemporary ceramic and glass sculpture.

Series I, artists' files, comprises the bulk of the collection (17.5 ft.) and consists of correspondence with artists, biographical material, printed material relating to exhibitions at the Dorothy Weiss Gallery and elsewhere, photographs and slides of artwork, and administrative records such as price lists, inventories, and loan and consignment documentation. Among the more well documented artists are Hank Murta Adams, Rudy Autio, Annette Corcoran, Philip Cornelius, Wouter Dam, Ruth Duckworth, Jack Earl, Tony Hepburn, Jun Kaneko, Michael Lucero, Beverly Mayeri, William Morris, Jay Musler, Barbara Bell Smith, Statom Therman, Yoshio Taylor, Robert Turner, Jamie Walker, and Stan Welsh.

Series 2: Exhibition Files contains records of approximately twenty-five group exhibitions held at the gallery, such as the Teapot Invitationals, and various exhibitions of glass artists. Series 3: Subject Files consists of a small group of general subject files maintained by the gallery, such as correspondence with different types of clients, and records relating to specific projects outside the gallery in which Weiss participated.

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