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Joan Ludman papers relating to Fairfield Porter, circa 1910-2003, bulk, 1976-2001

Joan Ludman papers relating to Fairfield Porter, circa 1910-2003, bulk, 1976-2001

Ludman, Joan, 1932-

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Collection Information

Size: 4.2 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Joan Ludman (1932- ) is an art historian with expertise in prints, developed a deep interest in the work of Fairfield Porter while living in Westbury, Long Island.

Provenance

The Joan Ludman papers relating to Fairfield Porter were donated to the Archives of American Art by Joan Ludman in 2003, 2004, and 2015.

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Scope and Contents

The Joan Ludman papers relating to Fairfield Porter, circa 1910-2003, bulk, 1976-2001, mainly document her research for "Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonné of his Prints," (1981) and "Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels (2001)." In addition, there are records concerning "Prints by Fairfield Porter from the Lauris and Daniel J. Mason Collection," a traveling exhibition organized by Ludman. Also included are general printed material about Fairfield Porter and his work, records concerning authentication of artwork by Porter, and photographs.

The compilation of "Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonné of his Prints," and its publication are documented by a variety of records. Research correspondence includes photocopies of Porter's letters from the 1930s to John Wheelwright about linoleum cuts he made for the Socialist publication "Poems for a Dime." Letters from Anne Porter concerning the catalogue raisonné are among the miscellaneous correspondence. Also found is a "Log of the Work in Progress on Research and Interviews..." kept by Ludman, along with notes and transcripts of interviews conducted during the course of her research. Printed material concerns Porter's prints, and photographs include those reproduced in the catalogue raisonné.

Ludman's work on "Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels" is documented by correspondence, a "master index," writings, printed material, and photographs. Correspondence includes many questionnaires completed by owners of Porter paintings. Correspondence with Anne Porter includes typed excerpts from letters, 1922-1938, that mention her husband's painting activities. A "master index" summarizing Ludman's research is found among the writings. Printed material mentions or reproduces paintings by Fairfield Porter. Photographs include the images reproduced in the book; there are also snapshots of some early paintings, among them unidentified and unrecorded works.

Exhibition records document "Prints by Fairfield Porter from the Lauris and Daniel J. Mason Collection," a show organized by Joan Ludman that traveled in 1982 and 1983 under the auspices of the Gallery Association of New York State. Printed material provides general background information about Porter and his work. Also found are an article and book review by Fairfield Porter, along with printed material concerning members of his family and a map of Great Spruce Head Island, Me.

Authentication records consist of letters conveying Mrs. Ludman's opinions about works purported to be by Porter. The majority of photographs are of Fairfield Porter. Also included are Manhattan street scenes photographed by Porter, and views of Joan and Harold Ludman's 1976 visit with Mrs. Porter at the home and studio.

An addition of 0.8 linear feet donated 2015 includes returned form letters, initially sent by Ludman to owners of Fairfield Porter's works, regarding provenance and identifying information for works of art. The returned forms were used by Ludman in her provenance research on Porter.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

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