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Gene Davis papers, 1920-2000, bulk 1942-1990

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Series 4: Business and Estate Records , 1942-1990
1.6 Linear feet
Boxes 3-5, 17, OV 20

Series contains business records related to Davis's art career, including records of artwork, prices, sales, contracts, financial and legal records, gallery and museum files, records related to the construction of Davis's home studio in 1970, and a few teaching records. In general, records from Davis's lifetime are found throughout the series and records created after Davis's death in 1985 are filed under Estate of Gene Davis. An exception is the Charles Cowles Gallery and Hokin Gallery files, which contain records of the estate inventory, sales, and loans. Records filed under Estate of Gene Davis mainly reflect Florence Davis's efforts to document the works of her husband, and to manage their exhibition, promotion, and sale after April 1985. Gallery files contain inventory lists, sales records, and some correspondence and span Davis's career. Museum files typically contain loan agreements, shipping records, insurance appraisals, records related to gifts and purchase of artwork, and invoices for artwork reproductions. Private sales include records of sales made directly by Davis to individual and corporate buyers, including his large-scale installation at Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton, Florida. Davis's exhibition
Child and Man: A Collaboration
(1983), which featured children's art juxtaposed with his own and curated by Washington Project for the Arts, is documented in a series of files for each of the five venues. The construction of Davis's home studio is documented with architectural drawings, correspondence, invoices, and 13 super 8 mm film reels shot by Davis.
Arrangement is alphabetical, with major headings grouping gallery, museum, and estate records. Additional material related to many of the transactions documented here, particularly related to sales and exhibitions, are found in series 2, Correspondence. Photographs of artwork and exhibitions are in series 7, Photographs.
Description Container Select
Art Income and Expenses, 1965-1984
3
25
Artwork Lists, circa 1968-1982
3
26
Artwork Price Lists, circa 1960-1983
3
27
Artwork Provenance, circa 1980-1990
3
28
Business Cards, undated
3
29
Contracts, 1962-1980
3
30
Estate of Gene Davis
Card Catalog of Artworks, circa 1986-1988
3
31
Correspondence, 1987
3
32
Financial Records, 1988-1990
3
33
Fine Art Appraisal, 1989
3
34
Gifts to Museums, 1987-1989
3
35
Legal Correspondence, 1982-1988
3
36
Notes, circa 1985-1990
3
37
Photo Documentation of Damaged Paintings, after 1985
3
38
Photo Documentation of Harrison Street Storage, 1985-1986
3
39
Shipping Receipts, 1985
3
40
Exhibition Files for
Child and Man: A Collaboration
General File, 1983-1985
3
41
Joslyn Art Museum, 1984
3
42
Joseph and Mary Muscarelle Museum, College of William and Mary, 1984
3
43
Polk Museum, 1985
3
44
Tampa Museum, 1985
3
45
Gallery Files
General File, 1969-1985
3
46
Floor Plans, circa 1965-1985
Oversized floor plan in OV 20
3
47
Axiom Gallery, 1969-1970
3
48
Charles Cowles Gallery, General File, 1982-1990
2 of 5 folders
3
49-50
Charles Cowles Gallery, General File, 1982-1990
3 of 5 folders
4
1-3
Charles Cowles Gallery, Condition Reports, circa 1985
4
4
Charles Cowles Gallery, Notes, circa 1985-1989
4
5
Charles Cowles Gallery, Printed Material, circa 1985-1990
4
6
Charles Cowles Gallery, Photographs of Artwork, circa 1985-1990
4
7
Dorry Gates, Inc., 1978-1984
4
8
Droll/Kolbert Gallery, 1979-1980
Oversized price list in Box 17
4
9
Dunkelman Gallery, circa 1970-1973
4
10
Fendrick Gallery, 1975-1981
4
11
Fischbach Gallery, 1968-1978
4
12
Henri Gallery, 1968-1977
4
13
Hokin Gallery, 1980-1987
4
14
I. Irving Feldman Gallery, 1979-1986
4
15
Max Protetch, 1975-1977
4
16
McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, 1981-1982
4
17
Middendorf Gallery, 1983-1985
4
18
Pense Gallery, 1986-1987
4
19
Poindexter Gallery, 1963-1965
4
20
Washington Project for the Arts, 1980-1983
4
21
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1970-1974
4
22
Insurance and Taxes, 1965, 1984, 1942
4
23
Jury Action Notices, 1953-1956
4
24
Legal Records
Henri Gallery Law Suit, 1970-1977
4
25
King Printing Law Suit, 1976
4
26
Mailing Lists, 1970-1971
4
27
Museum Files
General File, 1965-1984
4
28
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1982
4
29
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1969-1985
4
30
Delaware Art Museum, 1983
4
31
Joseph and Margaret Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, 1984
4
32
National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, 1965-1979
4
33
Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase, 1986
4
34
Walker Art Center, 1978-1979
4
35
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1971-1973
4
36
Photo Documentation of Damaged Studio, 1975
4
37
Print Sales, Petersburg Press Ltd., 1968-1975
4
38-39
Private Sales, 1969-1975
Oversized floor plan for Neiman Marcus mural in OV 20
4
40
Receipts and Expenses, circa 1965-1978
4
41
Studio Construction Records, 1970-1971
4
42
Studio Construction Film Footage, circa 1971
13 film reels
super 8 mm
4
43-49
Teaching Records, 1968-1982
5
1
Oversized Price List from Box 4, folder 9
17
Oversized Floor Plans from Box 3, folder 47
OV 20
Oversized Floor Plan from Box 4, folder 40
OV 20

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