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James Vigeveno Galleries records, 1940-1975

James Vigeveno Galleries (Ojai, Calif.)


Collection Information

Size: 2.6 Linear feet; 0.7 Linear feet, Addition

Summary: Photographs and printed material concerning the exhibitions and sales records of the James Vigeveno Galleries. Included are a 7 p.chronology of exhibitions held at the Vigeveno Galleries from 1940-1956, photographs of paintings sold through the gallery, accompanied by a list; a complete set of exhibition announcements and catalogs; sales records recorded on 3 x 5 index cards containing names of artists and prominent Los Angeles collectors; and one undated 5 x 7 photograph of James Vigeveno.
ADDITION: 169 negatives (b&w and color) of the French and European modernist paintings that were sold by the Vigeveno Galleries during its years of operation. Three scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine articles about exhibitions held at the James Vigeveno Galleries, 1940-1956.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art gallery; Los Angeles and Ojai, Calif. The James Vigeveno Galleries operated in Los Angeles and Ojai (a music and art/craft community, located just north of Los Angeles) from 1940 to 1956 (LA) and 1957 to 1975 (Ojai). From 1957 to 1964 there were also periodic exhibitions of works from the Vigeveno Collection at the Bel-Air Hotel.


Donated 1987 by Annie Vigeveno, the widow of James Vigeveno. The sales records, negatives of works of art and scrapbooks were donated 2001, 2002 and 2005 by Tim and Lynn Mason, collectors of California art.

How to Use This Collection

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.

How to Cite This Collection

James Vigeveno Galleries records, 1940-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.