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Ethel Fisher papers, 1930-2017

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 10 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1939-2014
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 13

Biographical material consists of Art Students League of New York records, address books and business cards of contacts, an interview transcript and sound cassette, artist statements and resumes, and other miscellaneous documents.
This series is arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Art Students League of New York Records, 1939-1967
1
1
Art Students League of New York Transcript, 1964
13
1
Red Cross Course Instruction Certification, circa 1945-1952
1
2
Address Books, circa 1960-circa 1970
1
3
Address Book, circa 1960-circa 1980
1
4
Address Book and Address Clippings, circa 1955-2006
13
2
Business Cards of Contacts, circa 1960-circa 1990
1
5
Greece Trip Tourist Identification, 1970
1
6
Seymour Kott Driver's License, 1976
1
7
Seymour Kott Driver's License, 2005
13
3
Ethel Fisher Interview for Visual Dialog, 1977-1978
1 sound cassette
Includes transcript.
1
8
Artist's Statements and Resumes, 1977-2007
1
9
Resumes, circa 1960s-2014
13
4
Biographical Profile, 1978
1
10
MoMA Membership, 1969
13
5

Series 2: Correspondence , 1930-2017
5.4 Linear feet
Boxes 1-6, 13, 15

Personal and professional 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, Sandu Darie, Elaine Ehrenkranz, Rafael Fernandez, Henry Pearson, and others. There are greeting cards, holiday cards, and postcards. There is also a file of unsent drafts of letters by Ethel Fisher and one folder that contains partial lists of correspondents.
The correspondence is arranged alphabetically. Postcards and greeting cards from various correspondents are grouped together at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
Alf, Martha, 1976-1981
1
11
Correspondence, A, 1974-1992
1
12
Barnet, Will, 1966-2011
1
13-14
Barnet, Will, 1970, 1982
13
6
Bazelon, Cecile Gray, 1967-2003
1
15
Benedict, George, 1948-1981
1
16
Bianchi, Giovanni, 1983-1985
1
17
Blankfield, Ada, 1962-1981
1
18
Blankfield, Ada, circa 1965-1971
13
7
Breckenridge, Edith - Letters To (From Others), circa 1930-1951
13
8
Correspondence, B, 1967-2014
1
19
Coleborn, Keith, 1970-2005
1
20-23
Condolence Letters Regarding Sandra Fisher's Death, 1994
1
24-25
Condolence Letters Regarding Seymour Kott's Death, 2012
1
26
Correspondence, C, 1954-1997
1
27
Darie, Sandu, 1957-1964
1
28
Durant, Will and Ariel (and Foundation), circa 1970-1989
13
9
Correspondence, D, 1981
1
29
Ehrenkranz, Elaine, 1961-1996
2
1-3
Fernandez, Rafael, 1969-1994
2
5-12
Finstein, William, 1968-1984
2
13
Fisher, Margaret, 2006-2015
13
10
Fisher, Sandra - Letters From, circa 1954-1969
2
14-19
Fisher, Sandra - Letters From, 1970-1994
3
1-15
Fisher, Sandra - Letters To, 1965-1972
3
16-21
Fisher, Sandra - Letters To, 1973-1994
4
1-5
Fisher, Sandra - Birthday and Holiday Cards To, 1963-197
4
6
Fleischmann, Elsa, 1974-2003
4
7
Correspondence, F, 1973-2011
4
8
Gallery Correspondence, 1963-2005
4
9-12
Getz, Ilse, 1964-1992
4
13-14
Getz-Gentle, Pat, 1983-2006
4
15
Correspondence, G-J, 1965-2013
4
16
Correspondence, H, 2005
13
11
Kott, Seymour - Letters From, circa 1965-1990
4
17-20
Kott, Seymour - Letters To, 1960-1969
4
21
Kott, Seymour - Letters To, 1970-1989
5
1-2
Kott, Seymour - Letters to Louis C. Kott, 1957-1965
5
3
Kullaway, Ron, 1984-2008
5
4
Correspondence, K, 1970-2009
5
5
Lambert, Yvon, 1961-2002
5
6
Lawner, George and Ruth, circa 1955-1985
13
12
Logemann, Jane, 1976-2013
5
7
Correspondence, L, 1973-2011
5
8
Menocal, Alberto, 2000-2005
5
9
Miles, Jeanne, 1975-1999
5
10
Morley, Ruth, 1967-2007
5
11
Museum Correspondence About Exhibitions, 1953-1978
5
12
Correspondence, M, 1966-2003
5
13
National Academy Museum, 2006-2008
5
14
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2000-2001
5
15
Pearson, Henry, 1965-2006
5
16-19
Correspondence, P, 1968-1995
5
20
Rantzau, Ursula, 1976-1988
5
21
Correspondence, R, 1980-1996
5
22
Stothart, Herbert, 1969-2005
5
23
Correspondence, S, 1974-2012
5
24
Correspondence, T, 1995-1997
5
25
Ulman, Elinor, 1964-1997
5
26
Urdang, Irena, 1969-2006
5
27
Van Leyden, Ernst, 1963-1967
5
28
Werner, Alfred, 1971-1975
5
29
Correspondence, W, 1978-1998
5
30
Correspondence, W, 2017
13
13
Yrisarry, Mario, 1972-2006
5
31
Zimmer, Andreas, 1994-1999
5
32
Zimmer, Andrew, 1987-1995
13
14
Birthday and Holiday Cards from Seymour Kott, circa 1960-2011
5
33-34
Birthday and Holiday Cards from Seymour Kott, 1987-2011
6
1
Birthday and Holiday Cards (Illustrated) to Seymour Kott, circa 1965-2004
13
15-18
Oversize Birthday and Holiday Cards (Illustrated) to Seymour Kott, circa 1967-1972
15
1
Greeting Cards from Artists and Friends, 1944-2013
6
2-3
Greeting Cards from Family and Friends, circa 1970s-1990s
13
19
Postcards from Family and Friends, 1957-2010
6
4
Postcards from Family and Friends, circa 1976-1995
13
20
Unsent Copies of Letters to Various Correspondents, 1991-2000
6
5
Miscellaneous Unidentified Correspondents, 1967-1991
6
6
Miscellaneous Unidentified Correspondents, 2015
13
21
Lists of Correspondents, circa 1970-circa 2010
6
7

Series 3: Writings , 1965-2014
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 6-7, 13

The bulk of this series consists of Ethel Fisher's numerous annotated appointment calendars. There are also travel diaries and some writings by others such as a travel diary by Keith Coleborn and a graduate thesis by Keri Jones, along with the transcript of an interview with Ethel Fisher that was part of her research.
The material in this series is grouped by document type, then arranged chronologically within each grouping. Writings by Ethel Fisher come first, followed by writings by others.
Description Container Select
Annotated Appointment Calendars, 1974-2014
6
8-17
Travel Diaries, 1972-1985
6
18
Travel Diary, 1994
6
19
Travel Diaries, 1995-1997
6
20
Travel Diary, 2006
7
1
Travel Diary by Keith Coleborn, 1995
7
2
Travel Diaries, 1965-1968, 1993
13
22
Graduate Thesis About Artists by Keri Jones, 1994-1995
7
3
Transcript of Ethel Fisher Interview by Keri Jones, 1994-1995
Research for thesis.
7
4

Series 4: Project Files , 1954-2011
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 7, 12

This series consists of correspondence, grant applications, printed material, publication agreements, and other material related to art projects, commissions, studio tours, auctions, and speaking engagements. Notable project files include 2 videocassettes (VHS) and other material on the NBC-TV film, Family Ties, featuring Ethel Fisher's paintings; art loan forms for the Showtime movie Town of the Eighties; files on the scheduling and logistics of articles about Ethel Fisher and her artwork; and teaching material from Brentwood Art Center. There is also one CD of photoshoot images of Ethel Fisher and her studio.
This series is arranged alphabetically by project title.
Description Container Select
Artists Equity Association, 1961-1966
7
5
Brentwood Art Center Teaching File, 1980-1982
7
6
Christie's Contemporary Art Auction, 1980
7
7
Expressions of Freedom International Art Auction, 1978
7
8
Family Ties, 1986
2 videocassettes (vhs)
7
9
Florida Arts Commission, 1960-1961
7
10
Grant Applications and Award Notifications, 1954-2001
7
11
Home Magazine Article About Ethel Fisher's House, 1971-1974
Oversized material housed in Box 12.
7
12
Hometown Santa Monica Book Cover, 2007
7
13
L. A. Rising Book Project, 2008-2011
7
14
Palisadian Post Article, 2006-2007
1 sound discs (cd)
7
15
San Francisco Art Institute Art Bank, 1963-1965
7
16
Speaking Engagement Requests, 1967-1979
7
17
Studio Tours, 1974-1987
7
18
Town of the Eighties Showtime Movie Art Loan, 1986-1987
7
19
Video Interviews of Artists Project, 1976-1977
Only include project information, no actual interviews.
7
20
Oversized Home Magazine from Box 7, Folder 12, 1974
12

Series 5: Exhibition Files , 1945-2006
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 7-8

Exhibition files include announcements, catalogs, publicity, reviews, correspondence, exhibition lists, price lists of artwork, and other material for Ethel Fisher's group and solo shows. There is also one folder on an exhibition of daughter Sandra Fisher's artwork.
Most of this series is arranged chronologically with one folder per exhibition. However, the first 5 folders include material on multiple shows, usually a series of related exhibitions and early career shows that were grouped together in the original arrangement, and these folders are in loose chronological order due to their overlapping date ranges.
Description Container Select
New York Galleries Group Shows, 1945-1969
7
21
Palm Beach Art League Annual Members' Exhibitions, 1949-1955
7
22
Ethel Fisher Solo Exhibitions, 1954-1959
7
23
Florida Artist Group Exhibitions, 1956-1959
7
24
Contemporary American Paintings Annual Exhibitions, 1956-1962
7
25
Palacio de Bellas Artes - Ethel Fisher Exhibition (1957), 1957
7
26
Nine from Miami (1958), 1958
7
27
Angeleski Gallery - Ethel Fisher Solo Exhibition (1960), 1960
7
28
Paintings and Drawings by Ethel Fisher (1961), 1960-1961
7
29
Artists for SEDF Exhibition (1967), 1966-1968
7
30
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 164th Annual Exhibition (1969), 1969
7
31
American Portraits: Old and New (1971), 1971
7
32
Women Choose Women (1973), 1972-1973
7
33
Womenspace Group Exhibition (1973), 1973
7
34
Painting: Color, Form and Surface (1974), 1972-1974
7
35
Current Concerns, Part II Group Show (1975), 1975-1979
7
36
Mitzi Landau Gallery - Ethel Fisher: Recent Paintings (1975), 1973-1975
7
37
Broxton Gallery Group Show (1976), 1976
7
38
California Figurative Painters (1977), 1976-1977
7
39
Cityscapes Group Exhibition (1977), 1977
7
40
Downey Museum of Art - Deja Vu: Masterpieces Updated (1978), 1978
8
1
Shades of Gray (1977), 1977
8
2
Women Looking at Men (1977), 1977
8
3
Portraits/1979 (1979), 1977-1979
8
4
Facings: Exhibition of Contemporary Portraiture (1983), 1978-1983
8
5
Michael Ivey Gallery Group Show (1986), 1986-1987
8
6
Revealing and Concealing: Portraits and Identity (2000), 1997-2001
8
7
Face to Face Group Show (2003), 2002-2003
8
8
An American Abroad: Sandra Fisher and her School of London Friends (2006), 2005-2006
8
9

Series 6: Artists' Files , 1952-2010
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 8, 12

Artists' files include printed material such as exhibition catalogs, announcements, and clippings on various artists, many of whom were Ethel Fisher's friends and acquaintances. There is also limited correspondence scattered throughout. Prominent artists include Will Barnet, Stanley Boxer, Irving Fine, Ilse Getz, Ibram Lassaw, and Paul Thek. There is one sound disc (CD) of music.
Description Container Select
Baber, Alice, 1964-1982
8
10
Barnet, Will, 1952-2008
8
11
Berman, Eleanore, 1990-2004
8
12
Boxer, Stanley, 1969-1975
8
13
Fine, Irving, 1958-1993
1 sound discs (cd)
Oversized material housed in Box 12.
8
14
Getz, Ilse, 1963-1987
8
15
Herder, Addie, 1976
8
16
Jaffe, Shirley, 1979-2010
8
17
Lassaw, Ibram, 1960-2004
8
18
Stamos, Theodoros, 1965-1997
8
19
Thek, Paul, 1966-1988
8
20
Wood, Leona, 1981-2009
8
21
Oversized Music Score by Irving Fine from Box 8, Folder 14 , 1958
12

Series 7: Personal Business Records , 1959-2017
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 8,13

Personal business records include consignments, price lists, loan agreements, receipts, donations to archives, and documentation of sales of paintings by Ethel Fisher as well as sales of artwork from her personal collection.
Description Container Select
Donations to Archives, 1959-1971
8
22
Gift Garden Antiques Consignment, 2006
8
23
Loan Agreements, Slide Receipts, Price Lists, 1973-1997
8
24
Portraits with Warhol Sale and Provenance, 2006
8
25
Qajar Paintings Sale, 1963-2006
8
26
Sales of Paintings, 1966-1976
8
27
Sales of Paintings, 2016-2017
13
23
Sandra Fisher Price Lists, 1993-1994
8
28
UCLA Library Gift of Sandra Fisher Papers, 2010
8
29
Portrait Commission - Contract and Guidelines, circa 1979-1990
13
24
Kott (Fisher) Collection, Bonhams and Butterfields Auction, 2006-2011
13
25
Art Supplies List, circa 2010
13
26

Series 8: Printed Material , 1940-2016
1 Linear foot
Boxes 8-9, 12-13

Printed materials include exhibition catalogs, announcements, and clippings about Ethel Fisher and other subjects. There are also magazines which contain articles and books that were written by friends and family which often have inscriptions to Fisher. Also included are postcards that served as reference images for paintings.
Description Container Select
Clippings about Ethel Fisher, 1953-1961
8
30
Clippings about Ethel Fisher, 1976-2000
8
31
Clippings about Ethel Fisher, 1976, 2016
13
27
Reviews for Ethel Fisher Exhibitions, 1960-1979
Oversized material housed in Box 12.
8
32
Ethel Fisher Exhibition Catalogs, 1945-1967
8
33
Ethel Fisher Exhibition Catalogs, 1967
13
28
Ethel Fisher Exhibition Announcements, 1957-1999
8
34
Ethel Fisher Exhibition Announcements, circa 1954-2007
13
29
Other Artists' Exhibition Announcements, 1961-2011
8
35-36
Sandra Fisher Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1969-1989
8
37
R. B. Kitaj Printed Material, 1976-2008
8
38
Printed Material About Other Artists, 1957-2011
9
1
An Artist's Odyssey: Paintings by Elaine Ehrenkranz, 2004
9
2
Artists for Core Scholarship, Education and Defense Fund, Annual Exhibition, 1966, 1967
13
30
Art News, 1950-1966
9
3
Art: USA: 58, 1958
9
4
Arts: David Smith, 1960
13
31
Journal, 1975
9
5
Journal (Feb.), 1975
13
32
Magazine of Art, 1940-1942
9
6
Magazine of Art, 1941-1942
13
33
Monotypes & Tracings, 1994
9
7
Pictures on Exhibit, 1958,1960
13
34
Radia: A Gloss of the 1933 Futurist Radio Manifesto, 2012
9
8
Sappho, 1982
9
9
Winslow Homer in the Clark Collection, 1986
9
10
Catalogs by Rafael Fernandez, Clark Institute, 1982, 1988
13
35
Postcards, Painting Reference, circa 1960-2000
13
36
Clippings about Will and Ariel Durant, circa 1968-1981
13
37
Clippings about Frank Parker, circa 1947-1997
13
38
Clippings about Friends and Teachers, circa 1962-2016
13
39
Oversized Ethel Fisher Exhibition Reviews from Box 8, Folder 32, 1960-1979
12

Series 9: Artwork and Sketchbooks , 1944-2014
1 Linear foot
Boxes 9, 12-15, OV16

There are several spiral bound sketchbooks, as well as loose drawings, sketches, watercolors, paintings on paper, and prints. Also included are thematic folders such as "mummies," "landscape" and "Le Corbusier chair" which include original drawings alongside clippings and other source material.
Sketchbooks are grouped together and arranged chronologically, followed by the loose sketches, drawings, and other artwork.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook, 1944-1945
13
40
"Anatomy Lectures and Notes, Art Students League, NY" Sketchbook, 1967
13
41
"Portrait Drawings" Sketchbook, 1978
9
11
Oversize "Portrait Drawings" Sketchbook, 1977-1979
15
2
Oversize Sketchbook, 1980
15
3
Oversize Sketchbook, 1981
15
4
Sketchbook, 1981-1995
13
42
Oversize Sketchbook, 1988-1989
15
5
Sketchbook, 1989-1990
13
43
Oversize "Portraits and Life Drawings" Sketchbook, 1989-1998
12
1
"Drawings of Models 5 Minute and 20 Minute Poses" Sketchbook, 1991
9
12
Sketchbook, 2009-2011
9
13
"Commercial Art for NY Buying Office" , 1945
13
44
"Studies for Portraits" Paintings on Paper, circa 1966-1968
13
45
Paintings and Drawings, 1971-2014
9
14
Oversize Paintings and Drawings , 1971-2014
12
2
Loose Drawings and Sketches, 1965-2002
9
15
Pencil Drawings, circa 1947-1968
14
1
Oversize Pencil Drawings, circa 1958-1999
15
6
Paintings, Watercolor on Paper, circa 1958-1964, 1993
14
2
Oversize Paintings, Watercolor on Paper, circa 1945-2012
15
7
Prints on Paper, circa 1950s-1980s
14
3
Oversize Prints on Paper, circa 1950s-1980s
15
8
Drawing of Le Corbusier Chair with Source Image Clipping, circa 1977
14
4
Drawings with Clippings, Landscape Reference Images, circa 1980s-1990s
14
5
Drawings with Clippings, Mummies Reference Images, circa 1952-1999
14
6
Oversize Painting on Paper, 1945
OV16

Series 10: Photographic Materials , 1942-2014
2.2 Linear feet
Boxes 9-11, 14

There are photographs, slides, and negatives of Ethel Fisher and her artwork, exhibitions, events, family, friends, artists, studios, and travel. Quotations marks around a folder title indicate that the original headings were retained. There are several folders of "reference photos" of people, places, and objects which Fisher used as research for her artwork. Images of Ethel Fisher, as well as family and friends, are scattered throughout the series. Most of the photographs have annotations on the versos. There is 1 video disc (DVD) of images of Ethel Fisher's paintings that are also available in slide format.
Photographs are grouped by subject. The photographs of Ethel Fisher come first, followed by artwork sorted by subject, reference photographs, exhibitions and openings, then images of family, friends, and artists.
Description Container Select
Ethel Fisher, 1952-1958
9
16
Ethel Fisher, 1967-1975
9
17
Ethel Fisher, circa 1960s-1970s
14
7
Ethel Fisher with Cuban Artists, 1959
9
18
Abstract Paintings, 1956-1960
9
19
Building Paintings, 1973-1976
9
20
Figure Paintings and Portraits, 1965-2006
9
21
Building and Figure Paintings, Negative and Contact Sheets, circa 1950s-1970s
14
8
Landscapes, 1986-1996
9
22
Sculpture of Seal, 1942
9
23
Still Lifes, 1982-2014
9
24-25
Black and White Photographs of Paintings, 1958-2014
9
26
"Paintings in Collections", 1954-2014
9
27
Slides of "Paintings in Collections", 1953-1997
9
28
Slides of Ethel Fisher Paintings, 1955-2007
1 videodiscs (dvd)
Paintings on the slides are the same as the paintings on the DVD.
9
29
Slides of Paintings, circa 1982-1996
14
9
Slides, Early Still Life, circa 1966-2006
14
10
Slides, Interiors , circa 1981-2005
14
11
Reference Photographs for Portraits
Alf, Martha, 1977-1979
10
1
Atkinson, Jayne, 1993
10
2
Berman, Elinore, 1995
10
3
"Christa", 1991
10
4
Fisher, Margaret with Max Kitaj, 2002, 2005
14
12
Gabriel, Janice, 1978
10
5
Kott, Seymour, 1989
10
6
Kott, Seymour, circa 1983-1987, 2000
14
13
Luban, Dick and Frances, 1989
10
7
Ritter, Joe, 1994
10
8
Robie, James, 1997
14
14
Rosar, Bill, 1996
14
15
Sanders, Audrey, 1977
10
9
Smith, Nancy, 2006
14
16
Wingo, Michael, 1988
10
10
Miscellaneous, 1975-2007
10
11
Self Portrait, Jane Atkinson, Eleanor Berman, Beatrice Kaplan, 1993
14
17
Sand and Max at the Beach, 1987
14
18
Reference Slides for Portraits, 1980-1989
10
12-13
Reference Photographs - Neue Dekorationen, 1926 "German Decorating Book", circa 1975
14
19
Reference Photographs of Buildings, 1974-1995
10
14
Reference Photographs of Buildings, 1967
14
20
Ethel Fisher Exhibition Openings and Events, 1953-2003
10
15-18
"Los Angeles Art World", 1974-1978
Friends and artists at Los Angeles art openings, receptions, and events.
10
19
"London and New York Art World" Slides, 1974-1988
10
20
Sandra Fisher in London Studio, 1975-1978
10
21
Sandra Fisher Paintings in London Studio, 1994
10
22
Slides of Sandra Fisher and Her Artwork in London, 1981
10
23
Miscellaneous Photographs of and by Sandra Fisher, circa 1975-circa 1980
10
24
Kitaj Family, 1987-1996
10
25
"Kitaj Family in Hollywood" Slides, 1982-1987
11
1
R. B. Kitaj in Los Angeles Studio, 2000
11
2
R. B. Kitaj Studio, 2007
11
3
Artists and Friends, 1963-2002
11
4-5
Friends and Family, circa 1950s-2002
14
21
Miscellaneous Slides of People, 1973-1975
11
6
Italy Trip with Coleborns, 1995
11
7
Travel Photographs, circa 1960s-1990s
14
22
Miscellaneous, circa 1969-2000
14
23
Photographs by James Robie, 2014
14
24

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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