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Herbert Aach papers, 1942-1988

Aach, Herbert, 1923-1985

Sculptor, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 2.4 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of New York painter, art instructor and writer Herbert Aach (1923-1985) measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1988. Papers include biographical materials, correspondence, scattered financial and legal records, notes and writings, subject files, a scrapbook, printed materials, photographs, and one videocassette.
Legal records include materials relating to a lawsuit against Larry Rivers for a lease termination. Letters are from colleagues including Emily Genauer and Edwin W. Zoller regarding exhibitions and other art-related matters and brief letters from Elaine DeKooning, John Ferren, Adolph Gottlieb, and Rufino Tamayo. Subject files are found for many organizations of which Aach was a member, including the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Artists Technical Research Institute, and the Inter-Society Color Council. Printed materials include one scrapbook, clippings, and exhibition catalogs. There is documentation of Aach's work translating and editing, "Goethe's Color Theory," one 55 minute videocassette entitled, "Herbert Aach," by Albright Knox Gallery, and photographs of Aach and his artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Herbert Aach (1923-1985) was a painter, art instructor, and writer from New York, N.Y. Born in Cologne, Germany. Came to the United States in 1939. He taught at the Brooklyn Museum School (1947-1951), Pratt Institute (1966-1969), and at Queens College (1966-1985). In 1971, he was editor and translator of GOETHE'S COLOR THEORY. Aach was president of the Artists Technical Research Institute, founded in 1959 by Bena Frank and Ralph Mayer to conduct scientific and educational research of materials and methods used in the visual arts.


Donated 1984 and 1989 by Herbert and Doris Aach.