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Jules Langsner papers, circa 1910-1998, bulk, 1950-1967

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series. Photographs are arranged by subject, otherwise each series is generally arranged chronologically.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1957-circa 1960s
9 folders
Box 1

Biographical materials consist of committee member lists, financial statements, documents related to the Ford Foundation and other foundations, teaching schedules, traveling itineraries, and an address book and file listing information about several prominent artists and colleagues.
Description Container
Travel File, 1957
1
1
Committees, 1958-1959
1
2
Teaching File, 1959-1967
1
3
Ford Foundation, Press Releases, 1960-1964
1
4
Financial Statements, 1962-1963
1
5
Address Book, circa 1950s-1960s
1
6
Address & Telephone File, circa 1950s-1960s
1
7
Foundations, circa 1950s-1960s
1
8
Ford Foundation, General, circa 1960s
1
9

Series 2: Correspondence , 1948-1998
0.9 Linear Feet
Boxes 1-2

The 0.9 linear feet of correspondence is of both a personal and professional nature. A significant portion of the correspondence is between Langsner and publications for which he wrote such as Art News, the New York Times, Meridian Books, Craft Horizons, Art International, and Art in America; galleries and museums where he lectured or curated exhibitions including the Art Institute of Chicago, California Water Color Society, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pasadena Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and the Fine Arts Patrons of Newport Harbor; colleges and organizations where he taught or was involved with such as the Graham Foundation, University of Southern California, International Association of Art Critics, and Ford Foundation; and artists that he worked with or knew personally including Rico Lebrun, William Turnbull, Man & Julie Ray, Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Adelaide Fogg, and Clinton Adams.
Letters to June Harwood were written while Langsner was traveling on a Ford Foundation visual arts research grant in 1964 and 1965. They document Langsner's travels through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe as well as Langsner and Harwood's personal relationship which culminated in marriage in Italy in 1965.
There are also scattered letters from various artists and other prominent correspondents including Philip Guston, Leonard Edmondson, Knoedler Gallery, Donald Bear, Alvin Lustig, Kenneth Callahan, TIME Magazine, Getty Museum, James B. Byrnes, James Sweeney, Hobart Nichols, Fritz Faiss, Len Lye, James Vigeveno, Fundacion Lazaro Galdiano, Dore Schary, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Anya Fisher, Ida Meyer-Chagall, Peter Krasnow, Lucille Brown Greene, John Rewald, Jan de Swart, Rube Kadish, Edward Reep, David Sylvester, Peter Selz, Alfred Barr, Michael Seuphor, Whitney Museum of American Art, John McLaughlin, Karl Benjamin, Knud Merrild, L. Alcopley, Esteban Vicente, Porter McCray, Jack Hirschman, Dorothy Miller, Paul Feeley, Virginia Wright, Hans Richter, Arnold Mesches, and Clement Greenberg.
The series is arranged as 2 subseries:
  • 2.1: General Correspondence, 1948-1998
  • 2.2: Letters to June Harwood, 1964-1965
2.1: General Correspondence, 1948-1998
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, circa 1940s-1960s
1
10
Correspondence, 1948-1951
1
11
Correspondence, 1952
1
12
Correspondence, 1953
1
13
Correspondence, 1954-1955
1
14
Correspondence, 1956-1957
1
15
Correspondence, 1958-1959
1
16
Book Contracts, 1958, undated
1
17
Correspondence, 1960-1961
1
18
Correspondence, 1962, January-August
1
19
Correspondence, 1962, September-December
1
20
Correspondence, 1963, January-August
1
21
Correspondence, 1963, September-December
1
22
Correspondence, 1964, January-July
1
23
Correspondence, August 1964 - June 1965
1
24
Correspondence, 1965, July-December
1
25
Correspondence, 1966, January-May
1
26
Correspondence, 1966, June-December
1
27
Correspondence, 1967-1974
1
28
2.2: Letters to June Harwood, 1964-1965
DescriptionContainer
Letters, 1964, August-November
1
29
Letters, December 1 - December 20, 1964
1
30
Letters, December 21, 1964 - January 31, 1965
1
31
Letters, 1965, February
1
32
Letters, 1965, March
1
33
Letters, 1965, April
1
34
Letters, 1965, May
1
35
Letters, 1965, June
2
1

Series 3: Writings , 1934-circa 1960s
2.8 Linear Feet
Boxes 2-4

Among the 2.8 linear feet of the writings of Jules Langsner are a large number of articles that he wrote for many different publications, as well as essays, lectures, poems, drafts, notes, jottings of ideas, proposals and published and unpublished manuscripts. There are drafts and unpublished versions of "Painting in the Modern World", and numerous other essays on contemporary art. There are also extensive handwritten notes on his travels, Asian art, European art, and other subjects.
The series is arranged as 3 subseries:
  • 3.1: Articles, 1949-circa 1960s
  • 3.2: Essays & Manuscripts, 1934-circa 1960s
  • 3.3: Notes, circa 1950s-1960s
3.1: Articles, 1949-circa 1960s
DescriptionContainer
Art News, circa 1950s-1960s
2
2
Art News, 1949
2
3
Art News, 1950
2
4
Art News, 1951
2
5
Art News, 1952
2
6
Art News, 1953
2
7
Art News, 1954
2
8
Art News, 1955
2
9
Art News, 1956
2
10
Art News, 1957
2
11
Art News, 1958
2
12
Art News, 1959
2
13
Art News, 1960
2
14
Art News, 1961
2
15
Art News, 1962
2
16
Art News, 1963
2
17
Art News, 1964-1966
2
18
Art News, 1967
2
19
Art in America, circa 1960s
2
20
Art International, 1961
2
21
Art International, 1962
2
22
Art International, 1963
2
23
Art International, 1964
2
24
Arts & Architecture, circa 1950s-1960s
2
25
Arts & Architecture, 1950-1961
2
26
Aware, 1961
2
27
Beverly Hills Times, circa 1950s-1960s
2
28
Beverly Hills Times, 1959-1962
2
29
Craft Horizons, 1961-1963
2
30
Creative Crafts, 1961
2
31
Goya Revista de Arte, 1956-1957
2
32
Los Angeles Times, circa 1950s
2
33
Yomiuri, 1964
2
34
Zodiac, circa 1950s-1960s
2
35
Lists of articles, circa 1950s-1960s
2
36
3.2: Essays & Manuscripts, 1934-circa 1960s
DescriptionContainer
Poems, 1934
2
37
"The Flagellation of the Muse,", 1934
2
38
"The Notebook of J.H. Langsner,", 1939-1942
2
39
"Guide to the Criticism of Modern Architecture,", 1953
2
40
"You and Modern Art" Preliminary Report Phase I, 1953
2
41
"You and Modern Art" First Published Version, 1953
3 folders
2
42-44
"You and Modern Art" Phase II, July 1953 - January 1954
2
45
"You and Modern Art" Phase III, January 1954 - July 1954
2
46
"You and Modern Art" Revised Edition, 1954
4 folders
2
47-50
Robert Craig Kauffman Catalog Introduction, 1958
2
51
"The Challenge of Society" Panel, 1959
2
52
Lecture about Poland, 1960
2
53
Film Ideas, 1961
2
54
"The Artist in the Modern World: The Artist and the Scientist,", 1962
2
55
"The Artist in the Modern World: The Artist and the Daemon,", circa 1962
2
56
"The Artist in the Modern World: The Artist and the Critic,", 1962-1963
2
57
"The Artist in the Modern World: The Artist and the Technological World,", circa 1963
2
58
"The Artist in the Modern World: The Artist and Technological Man,", circa 1963
2
59
"The Abstract Esthetic" Lecture, 1963
2
60
Nina Tryggvadottir & Alcopley Foreword, 1963
2
61
"The Artist and the Scientist in the Age of Space" Lecture, 1964
2
62
"Concerning American Art in the Sixties" Lecture Drafts, 1966
3
1
"Concerning American Art in the Sixties" Lecture, 1966
3
2
"Painting in the Modern World" Notes, circa 1958-circa 1967
3 folders
3
3-5
"Painting in the Modern World - The Beginnings" Draft, circa 1958-circa 1967
3 folders
3
6-8
"Painting in the Modern World - Pervaded by Light: Impressionism" Draft, circa 1958-circa 1967
3 folders
3
9-11
"Painting in the Modern World - Impressionism Transformed" Draft, circa 1958-circa 1967
2 folders
3
12-13
"Painting in the Modern World - Possessed by the Daemonic Spirit" Draft, circa 1958-circa 1967
2 folders
3
14-15
"Painting in the Modern World - The Poetry of Everyday Life" Draft, circa 1958-circa 1967
2 folders
3
16-17
"Painting in the Modern World" Unpublished Original Draft Part I, circa 1958-circa 1967
3
18
"Painting in the Modern World" Unpublished Original Draft Part II, circa 1958-circa 1967
3
19
"Painting in the Modern World" Unpublished Original Draft Part III, circa 1958-circa 1967
3
20
"Painting in the Modern World" Unpublished Original Draft Part IV, circa 1958-circa 1967
3
21
Photocopy of "Painting in the Modern World" Unpublished Original Draft Part I, circa 1958-circa 1967
3
22
Photocopy of "Painting in the Modern World" Unpublished Original Draft Part II, circa 1958-circa 1967
3
23
Photocopy of "Painting in the Modern World" Unpublished Original Draft Part III, circa 1958-circa 1967
3
24
Photocopy of "Painting in the Modern World" Unpublished Original Draft Part IV, circa 1958-circa 1967
3
25
"The Labyrinth of Art" Draft 1, circa 1950s-1960s
4
1
"The Labyrinth of Art" Draft 2, circa 1950s-1960s
6 folders
4
2-7
"The Lost Grandeur,", circa 1950s-1960s
4
8
"The Climate of Vision,", circa 1950s-1960s
4
9
"Henry James: A Polemical Defense,", circa 1950s-1960s
4
10
"The Sense of Painting,", circa 1950s-1960s
4
11
Los Angeles State College Lecture, circa 1950s-1960s
4
12
"Science and the Arts,", circa 1950s-1960s
4
13
Art Reviews of European Cities, circa 1950s-1960s
4
14
Outlines for T.V., 1950s-1960s
4
15
"The Cultural Matrix,", circa 1950s-1960s
4
16
Gideon Finchly Book Idea, circa 1950s-1960s
4
17
Spectrum Proposal, circa 1950s-1960s
4
18
Visual Semantics, circa 1950s-1960s
4
19
Arts & Architecture Criticism Draft, circa 1950s-1960s
4
20
"The Condition of Art Criticism,", circa 1950s-1960s
4
21
"The Artist in the Modern World: the Artist and the Philosopher" Notes, circa 1960s
4
22
"The Artist in the Modern World" Draft, circa 1960s
4
23
"The Artist in the Modern World" Final Draft, circa 1960s
2 folders
4
24-25
Incomplete Writings, circa 1950s-1960s
4
26
Writings by Others, circa 1950s-1960s
4
27
Miscellaneous Essays on Art, circa 1950s-1960s
4
28
Miscellaneous Proposals, circa 1950s-1960s
4
29
3.3: Notes, circa 1950s-1960s
DescriptionContainer
Afghanistan and Silk Road, circa 1950s-1960s
4
30
Asia, circa 1950s-1960s
4
31
Buddhism, circa 1950s-1960s
4
32
Calligraphy, circa 1950s-1960s
4
33
Cambodia, circa 1950s-1960s
4
34
Embarkation, circa 1950s-1960s
4
35
Europe, circa 1950s-1960s
4
36
Hong Kong and Taiwan, circa 1950s-1960s
4
37
India, circa 1950s-1960s
4
38
Japan, circa 1950s-1960s
4
39
Japanese Architecture, circa 1950s-1960s
4
40
Korea, circa 1950s-1960s
4
41
Thoughts on Art, circa 1950s-1960s
4
42
Miscellaneous Lecture Notes, circa 1950s-1960s
4
43
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1950s-1960s
4
44-46

Series 4: Exhibition Files , circa 1958-1966, 1916
4 folders
Box 4

The following series contains information on four exhibitions Langsner curated during his career and includes notes, diagrams, information about the artists and their works, catalog drafts, and other related material.
Description Container
"Black and White" (1958), circa 1958
4
47
"California Hard-Edge Painting" (1964), circa 1964
4
48
Man Ray Exhibition (1966), undated, 1916
4
49
William Turnbull Exhibition, circa 1966
4
50

Series 5: Printed Materials , circa 1960s
2 folders
Box 5

Printed materials include miscellaneous flyers, brochures, and news bulletins, some of which are from Langsner's travels, and press releases concerning exhibitions.
Description Container
Other, 1964-1965
5
1
Press Releases, circa 1960s
5
2

Series 6: Photographs , circa 1910s-1960s
0.25 Linear Feet
Box 5

Photographs are of people, places, works of art, and exhibitions. There are photographs of Jules Langsner, June Harwood, Philip Guston, Musa Guston, William Brice, Eddy Feldman, Rube Kadish, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Frank Perls, and unidentified individual people and groups. Photographs of Langsner's travels include Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and other locations. Exhibitions pictured are California Art Club, "Black and White," "California Painters & Sculptors, 35 & Under," and unidentified exhibitions. Photographs of works of art are by William Turnbull, Jack Zajac, Walter Mix, Marion Aldrich, Roger Majorowicz, and Jasper Johns.
Description Container
Oversize Photographs, circa 1950s-1960s
4
51
Photographs of Jules Langsner, circa 1930s-1960s
5
3
Photographs of Jules Langsner with Others, circa 1910s-1960s
5
4
Photographs of Family and Travel, circa 1940s-1960s
5
5
Photographs of Exhibition Installations, circa 1940s-1960s
5
6
Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1940s-1960s
2 folders
5
7-8

Series 7: Audio Recordings , 1954-1967
0.25 Linear Feet
Boxes 5-6

Audio recordings include four untranscribed 7" reel to reel audio recordings and one cassette tape. The reel to reel tapes are of two lectures by Langsner, You & Art/Berlin Party, and eulogies given at Langsner's funeral by Clement Greenberg, Henry Seldis, Peter Selz, Richard Brown, Donald Brewer, Tom Leavitt, Lorser Feitelson, Sam Francis, June Wayne, Gifford Phillips, and others. The cassette tape is a copy of the reel of eulogies.
Description Container
You & Art/Berlin Party, 1954, April
5
9
Unknown Lecture, 1967
2 folders
5-6
10, 1
Eulogies, 1967, October 5
6
2
Audio Cassette Copy of Eulogies, 1967, October 5
6
3

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