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Series 1 | A Finding Aid to the Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records, 1960-2014

Ivan C. Karp papers and OK Harris Works of Art gallery records, 1960-2014

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Series 1: Correspondence, 1960-2013
2.4 linear feet
Boxes 1-2, 92

The personal and professional correspondence of Ivan C. Karp includes letters addressed to Ivan Karp, Marilynn Gelfman Karp, the couple, and to the gallery. Typed letters, e-mail, and handwritten items sometimes show Karp's canny sense of humor. Included are Karp's responses to detailed questions from graduate students and art professionals regarding his areas of expertise, as well as letters of reference or support. Many letters from established members of the art world and others express gratitude to the Karps for their helpfulness and generosity. Correspondents include museums, schools, galleries, dealers, collectors, and artists.
Some items of note include a letter from Chuck Close asking for Karp's support for a fellow artist with a neurological disorder. Correspondence between Marilynn Gelfman-Pereira Karp and Jasper Johns (signed in his absence by assistant Mark Lancaster) is about stabilizing
Savarin Coffee Can with Brushes
. An e-mail from President Obama to "Ivan" thanks him for supporting the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act. Letters from Karp to Hilton Kramer and William Grimes express his opinions on issues of the day. More typical, are letters written by Karp concerning gallery business and his opinions about the value or authenticity of specific works.
Holiday cards received by the Karps are mostly handmade. Also found are letters to art critic Andy Grundberg of
The New York Times
questioning why he seldom reviews exhibitions at OK Harris Works of Art; many of these letters are blind copies received by Karp.
Additional correspondence is found among the arists' files (Series 4).
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, General
Correspondence of Ivan Karp, 1970-2012, undated
Includes 1 electronic disc (CD)
1
1-2
Letters to
The New York Times
(Andy Grundberg), 1991
1
3
Handmade Holiday Cards, 1990s-2011, undated
1
4-5
Holiday Cards, 1988-2005, undated
1
6
Thanks and Commendations, 1976-2014, undated
1
7
Artist and Collector Friends' Responses to Marilynn Karp's Manuscript, "I Married an Art Dealer", 2014
1
8
Artists' Letters to Ivan and Marilynn Karp
Abraham, Daryl, 1980, undated
1
9
Algardi, Alessandro, 1979-1980
1
10
Arman, 1981-2004, undated
1
11
Baeder, John, 1978-2014, undated
1
12-13
Bechtle, Robert, 1975-1980, undated
1
14
Berhang, Mattie, 1981-1983
1
15
Berthot, Jake, 2011, undated
1
16
Bolati, Roland, 1981-1984
1
17
Bond, Douglas, 1980-1982, undated
1
18
Butterfield, Deborah, 1979, undated
1
19
Celender, Don, 1975-1993, undated
1
20
Clarke, John Clem and Jane P. Clarke, 1978-2006, undated
1
21
Cone, Davis, 1993-1999, undated
1
22
Cottingham, Robert, 1974-1976, undated
1
23
DeAndrea, John, 1976-2000, undated
1
24
Douke, Dan, 1985-1999, undated
1
25
Defresne, Leonard, 1984-2013, undated
1
26-27
Erró, 1976, undated
1
28
Fawcett, John, circa 1985-2000, undated
1
29
Furman, David, 1990-1991, undated
1
30
Ginder, Robert and Cara Wood Ginder, 1990-2014, undated
1
31
Goings, Ralph and Shannah Goings, 1984-2013, undated
1
32
Hanson, Duane and Wesla (Liz) Hanson, 1975-1990, undated
1
33
Harrison, Alan, 1985-2012
1
34
Johns, Jasper; Mark Lancaster, 1977
1
35
Kacere, John and Maja Bankava, 1999
1
36
Lamagna, Carlo and Kathryn (Kitty Hollenbeck) Lamagna, 1982-2014, undated
1
37-39
Lazarevich, Milo, 1985-1990
1
40
Levine, Marilyn, 1984, undated
1
41
Lichtenstein, Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein, undated
1
42
Lippold, Richard, 1974-1990, undated
1
43
McLean, Richard, 1977-2010, 1977-2012, undated
2
1
Pettibone, Richard and Shirley Pettibone, 1986, undated
2
2
Roggee, Edward, 1979
2
3
Rohm, Robert, 1997-2013
2
4
Salt, John and Jean Salt, 1973-2013, undated
2
5
Samaras, Lucas, 1989-2014
2
6
Van Patten, James, 2001-2007
2
7
Van Vranken, Robert, 1989-2011, undated
2
8
Wesselmann, Tom and Claire Wesselmann, 1974-2005, undated
2
9
Wines, James, 1977, undated
2
10
Artists' Letters, A-Z (1-2 each), 1960-2014, undated
2
11-14
Artists' Letters to Joan Farrell, OK Harris Bookkeeper, 1970s-2003
92
15
Collectors, 2011-2014
92
16
Condolence Letters
To Marilynn Karp, 2012-2013
2
17-38
To Marilynn Karp, 2012-2013
92
1-5
To OK Harris and Ethan Karp, 2012
92
6-8
To Jesse Karp, 2012
92
9
Regarding OK Harris Works of Art, 2012
92
10
Notes and Donations to Anonymous Arts Recovery Society, sent c/o OK Harris Works of Art and Marilynn Karp, 2012
92
11
Internet Condolences and Blogs; e-mail to OK Harris Works of Art and Marilynn Karp, 2012
92
12
Museum People, 1976-2014, undated
92
13
Responses to Annoncement of OK Harris Closing, 2014
92
14

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