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Ethel Fisher papers, circa 1939-2014

Ethel Fisher papers, circa 1939-2014

Fisher, Ethel, 1923-

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 10.7 linear feet

Summary: The papers of California and New York painter Ethel Fisher measure 10.7 linear feet and date from 1939 to 2014. Fisher is a painter based in Los Angeles, California and New York, New York. The papers include biographical materials, correspondence, writings, project files, exhibition files, artists' files, personal business records, printed material, artwork and 4 sketchbooks, a few sound and video recordings, and photographic material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ethel Fisher (1923- ) is a painter who lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Provenance

The Ethel Fisher papers were donated by Ethel Fisher in two installments in 1997 and 2015.

A Finding Aid to the Ethel Fisher Papers, 1939-2014, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Rihoko Ueno
Scope and Contents note
The papers of California and New York painter Ethel Fisher measure 10.7 linear feet and date from 1939 to 2014. Fisher is a painter based in Los Angeles, California and New York, New York. The papers include biographical materials, correspondence, writings, project files, exhibition files, artists’ files, personal business records, printed material, artwork and 4 sketchbooks, a few sound and video recordings, and photographic material.
Biographical material includes Art Students League records, address books and business cards, artist statements and resumes, an interview transcript and sound cassette, and other miscellaneous documents.
Correspondence is with family, friends, colleagues, artists, galleries, and museums. The bulk of the correspondence is with daughter Sandra Fisher and husband Seymour Kott. Notable correspondents include Will Barnet, Keith Coleborn, Elaine Ehrenkranz, Rafael Fernandez, Henry Pearson, and others. There are also greeting cards and postcards.
Writings mostly consist of annotated appointment calendars and travel diaries along with some writings by others, such as a travel diary by Keith Coleborn and a graduate thesis by Keri Jones.
Project files include correspondence, grant applications, printed material, and publication agreements for art projects, commissions, studio tours, auctions, and speaking engagements. Notable projects include material on the NBC-TV film
Family Ties
, art loans for the Showtime movie
Town of the Eighties
, and teaching material from Brentwood Art Center.
Exhibition files contain exhibition announcements, catalogs, publicity, reviews, correspondence, exhibition lists, price lists of artwork, and other material for Ethel Fisher’s group and solo shows.
Artists’ files include printed material about and limited correspondence with various artists in which Fisher was interested or with whom she was friends, including Stanley Boxer, Irving Fine, Ilse Getz, Ibram Lassaw, and Paul Thek.
Personal business records include consignments, price lists, loan agreements, receipts, donations, and sales documentation.
Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, magazines, and clippings about Ethel Fisher and other artists. There are also books inscribed to Fisher.
The artwork series includes 4 sketchbooks, drawings, watercolors, and loose sketches.
Photographic material consists of photographs, slides, and negatives of Ethel Fisher, her artwork, exhibitions, events, family, friends, artists, studios, and travel. There are also “reference photos” of people, places, and objects which Fisher used for her portraits and paintings.
Biographical/Historical note
Ethel Fisher (1923-) is a painter who lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
Ethel Fisher was born in Galveston, Texas in 1923. She studied art at the University of Houston, University of Texas, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After college, she moved to New York City and attended The Art Students League on scholarship from 1943-1946. In New York, she studied with painter Will Barnet, Morris Kantor, and Robert Beverly Hale, and befriended many people in the art world. She married Gene Fisher and their first daughter Sandra was born. Sandra also became a painter and later married artist R. B. Kitaj.
Fisher and her family moved to Miami in 1948 where her daughter Margaret was born. Upon her divorce, Fisher travelled in Europe for about a year before returning to New York City in the early 1960s, where she continued to paint and maintained 2 studios for her artwork. She married art historian Seymour Kott in 1963.
In 1970, Fisher and her husband moved to Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, California. Throughout her career as a painter, Ethel Fisher has had solo and group exhibitions at galleries in Havana, Cuba; West Palm Beach, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; New York City, New York; and San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and continues to paint. In 2003, Fisher had solo exhibit of portraits at Platt Gallery in Los Angeles. Fisher continues to reside in Pacific Palisades.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 10 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-2007 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1944-2013 (5 linear feet; Boxes 1-6)
Series 3: Writings, 1972-2014 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 6-7)
Series 4: Project Files, 1954-2011 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 7, 12)
Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1945-2006 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 7-8)
Series 6: Artists' Files, 1952-2010 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 8, 12)
Series 7: Personal Business Records, 1959-2010 (0.2 linear feet; Box 8)
Series 8: Printed Material, 1940-2012 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 8-9, 12)
Series 9: Artwork and Sketchbooks, 1965-2014 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 9, 12)
Series 10: Photographic Materials, 1942-2014 (1.8 linear feet; Boxes 9-11)
Provenance
The Ethel Fisher papers were donated by Ethel Fisher in two installments in 1997 and 2015.
Processing Information note
This collection was processed by Rihoko Ueno in 2016.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Ethel Fisher papers, circa 1939-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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