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Karl Kasten papers, 1940-1977

Kasten, Karl Albert, 1916-

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 0.01 Linear feet, ca. 600 items (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence; biographical material; awards; printed materials; and photographs.
REEL 837: Three scrapbooks containing correspondence, business papers, biographical material, awards, catalogs, announcements, clippings, and photographs of Kasten's works and installations.
REEL 2814: 18 letters from Worth Ryder, 1952-1953; 2 letters from Charles Clark; 3 letters from students; a draft of a letter from Kasten to Ryder; a copy of a letter to Elmer Bischoff; and a photocopy of an obituary for Ryder.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, printmaker; Berkeley, Calif. Middle name is Albert. Teaches at University of California, Berkeley. Very personal form of Abstract Expressionism characterizes his work. Known for his collographs. "A collograph is printed on an etching press and developed by adding materials to the print plate using acrylic glue."


Donated and lent for microfilming 1974-1978 by Karl Kasten.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 837: Originals returned to lender, Karl Kasten, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 837 and 2814 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Karl Kasten papers, 1940-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.