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Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records, circa 1920-1983, bulk, 1949-1975

Perls, Frank, 1910-1975

Dealer, Gallery owner

Collection Information

Size: 23.8 linear ft.

Summary: The Frank Perls Gallery records and Frank Perls papers measure 23.8 linear feet and date from 1920-1983, with the bulk dating from 1949-1975. Personal papers include writings, military records, appointment calendars, and photographs. Gallery records date from its opening in 1939 until its closure in 1981 and consist of financial, sales, and legal records; exhibition files; exhibition catalogs and announcements; subject files that contain a variety of correspondence with artists, dealers, galleries, museums, and friends and family, as well as reference materials and photographs; and scrapbooks.

Biographical/Historical Note

Frank Perls (1910-1975) was an art dealer and gallery owner from Beverly Hills, Calif. Perls introduced southern California to artists he believed represented the best modern art of America and Europe. Between 1950 to 1954, Frank Perls Gallery organized the first West coast exhibitions of Joan Miro, Marino Marini, and Alberto Giacometti. Perls also gave exhibitions to newly emerging artists of Southern California artists, including William Brice, Robert Chuey, Rico Lebrun, James McGarrell, Channing Peake, and Howard Warsaw.


The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records were donated by Joan Hazlitt, one of the executors of the Perls' estate, from 1976-1988.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation.