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Heritage Gallery records, 1944-2000, bulk 1960-1998

Heritage Gallery records, 1944-2000, bulk 1960-1998

Heritage Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 13.8 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Heritage Gallery (founded 1961) is an art gallery in Los Angeles, Calif., operated by Benjamin Horowitz. Horowitz was born in New York City in 1912, and moved to Hollywood shortly before the outbreak of World War II. His early dedication to the work of African-American artists, chief among them Charles White, distinguished Horowitz and his gallery. Horowitz, who actively promoted White's work and career, gave him more than fifty one-person exhibitions.


The Heritage Gallery records were donated by Benjamin Horowitz, founder of the gallery, in two accessions in 1998 and 2000.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collection Care Preservation Fund.

Scope and Contents

The records of Los Angeles Heritage Gallery measure 13.8 linear feet and date from 1944-2000, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1960-1998. The majority of the collection consists of artists' files containing a wide variety of materials documenting the gallery's representation of its contemporary artists and gallery exhibitions, including biographical information, correspondence, and printed materials. About half of the artists' files are related to artist Charles White. Gallery records also include business correspondence, business records and additional printed materials.

The bulk of the collection are artists' files which document the works and careers of Heritage Gallery artists through a wide variety of materials including biographical information, correspondence, scattered financial records, inventory lists and price lists, printed materials, and photographic materials. Especially rich are the folders of correspondence with Social Realist artist William Gropper, and materials related to artists José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiro, Moses Soyer and Raphael Soyer. Additionally, about half of the Artists' Files are related to African-American artist Charles White, for whom Horowitz was the sole representative of his artwork, but also a personal friend to White and his family.

Business correspondence and records contain incoming and outgoing correspondence with clients and galleries regarding artwork sales, consignments and exhibition loans; contracts, many with artists and lithographers; biographical information about Benjamin Horowitz; and other day-to-day business records.

Printed material documents exhibitions held at Heritage Gallery through exhibition announcement, catalogs, clippings, and posters, as well as a handful of printed materials for exhibitions held at other galleries and museums.

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