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Gary Falk papers, circa 1955-2013

Gary Falk papers, circa 1955-2013

Falk, Gary M., 1954-1986

Artist, Assemblage artist

Collection Information

Size: 2.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and assemblage artist Gary Falk measure 2.5 linear feet and date from circa 1955-2013. The papers document his career as an artist in New York through biographical material, including project proposals, student records, and items from his memorial service; a small amount of personal correspondence; four notebooks; exhibition files; printed material; photographs of Falk, Falk with friends, artwork, and travel; and original artwork, including drawings, collages, and two sketchbooks.

Biographical/Historical Note

Gary Falk (1954-1986) was a painter and assemblage artist from New York, N.Y. Falk developed a personal sign system in his works of art. He often worked in enamel and acrylic on Plexiglas or aluminum. Falk died at the age of 32.

Provenance

Donated 2005-2016 by Lillian Falk, Gary Falk's mother.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Gary Falk Papers, circa 1955-2013, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart
Biographical/Historical note
Gary Falk (1954-1986) was a painter and assemblage artist from New York, N.Y. Falk developed a personal sign system in his works of art, and often worked in enamel and acrylic on Plexiglas or aluminum.
Falk and his family moved to Bethesda, Maryland, in 1966. He attended the Corcoran School of Art and later graduated from Yale University with a degree in Fine Arts in 1975. After college he moved to New York City and worked as an artist. He had a one-man-show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1983. During the 1980s, he participated in many other group exhibitions, most notably
Narrative Forms
(1984) at the Museo Rufino Tamayo and
SIGNS
(1985) at the New Museum. Falk died at the age of 32.
Arrangement note
This collection is arranged as 7 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1966-2013 (0.5 Linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1973-1996 (4 Folders; Box 1)
Series 3: Notebooks, 1979-circa 2004 (4 Folders; Box 1)
Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1977-1988 (0.3 Linear feet; Box 1-2)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1962-1990 (0.2 Linear feet; Box 2, OV 5)
Series 6: Photographs, circa 1955-1990s (0.7 Linear feet; Boxes 2-4)
Series 7: Artwork, 1958-1980s (0.5 Linear feet; Box 3, OVs 5-7)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of painter and assemblage artist Gary Falk measure 2.5 linear feet and date from circa 1955-2013. The papers document his career as an artist in New York through biographical material, including project proposals, student records, and items from his memorial service; a small amount of personal correspondence; four notebooks; exhibition files; printed material; photographs of Falk, Falk with friends, artwork, and travel; and original artwork, including drawings, collages, and two sketchbooks.
Provenance
Donated 2005-2016 by Lillian Falk, Gary Falk's mother.
Related Archival Materials note
Also at the Archives of American Art is one sound recording of Ned Rifkin in conversation with Gary Falk, December 5, 1984.
Processing Information note
The papers were processed and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2015. Additional papers were added to the collection 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

Gary Falk papers, circa 1955-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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