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Lorence-Monk Gallery records, 1961-1992

Lorence-Monk Gallery records, 1961-1992

Lorence-Monk Gallery (New York, N.Y.)

Collection Information

Size: 3.4 linear ft.

Summary: Exhibition files and scrapbooks document approximately ninety exhibitions held at the gallery from its opening in 1985 to its close in 1992; the gallery promoted a diverse selection of contemporary paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and photographs. Files contain checklists, price lists, consignments, loan agreements, correspondence, curriculum vitae of artists', artists' statements, press releases, news clippings, reviews of exhibitions, shippers' receipts, and notes; also images of installation views and a few photographs of artists. Scattered correspondence is with artists and galleries; numerous checklists record prices of works of art. Among the artists' represented by the gallery on a regular basis were Richard Artschwager, John Beerman, Joseph Beuys, Ernst Caramelle, Robert Cumming, Eric Fischl, Gunter Forg, Edward Henderson, Alan Herman, David Hockney, Ron Janowich, Jasper Johns, Kim Jones, Donald Judd, Dennis Kardon, Karla Knight, Barbara Kruger, Sol Lewitt, Joseph Marioni, Brice Marden, Dimitry Merinoff, Will Mentor, Paul Mogensen, Barnett Newman, Jurgen Partenheimer, Laurie Parsons, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Susan Rothenberg, Alan Saret, Carole Seborovski, Sandy Skoglund, Frank Stella, Al Taylor, Gunter Umberg, Alan Uglow, Ursula von Rydingsvaard, Andy Warhol, and Michael Young, among others.

Scrapbooks include announcements, checklists, press releases, and photographs of installation views and of artwork. Also found are scattered currciulum vitae and clippings of reviews. Files include gallery shows not found in the Exhibition files: Artists' Books, 1991, Ursula von Rydingsvaard, 1991, Gunter Forg, Edition Julie Sylvester, 1991, John Beerman, The Sound of Trees, 1991, Alan Scarritt, Glyphs, Cuts, and Troll, 1991, and Group Exhibition, 1992. Children in Crisis, A Benefit Exhibition, 1991 is found in the Exhibition Files.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art gallery; New York, N.Y. Est. Jan. 1985. Closed July 1991. Founded by Susan Lorence and Robert Monk.

Provenance

Donated 2002 by Susan Lorence and Robert Monk.

A Finding Aid to the Lorence-Monk Gallery Records,
1961-1992
, in the Archives of American Art
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Historical Note
The Lorence-Monk Gallery, founded in 1985 by Susan Lorence and Robert Monk was located at 568-578 Broadway, in the SoHo section of New York City. Prior to establishing the gallery, Susan Lorence was the American Director of the Petersburg Press and Robert Monk was the Director of Castelli Graphics.
The Lorence-Monk Gallery promoted the work of contemporary and emerging artists, featuring a diverse selection of paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs. The gallery held rotating exhibits organized by theme, individual artists, and group shows. Among the younger generation of artists represented by the gallery were: John Beerman, Jasper Johns, Jürgen Partenheimer, Alan Saret, Carole Seborovski, Alan Uglow, and Günter Umberg.
Beginning with its inaugural show "A Print Survey, 1960-1985," the Lorence-Monk Gallery became a major venue for the graphic arts, including lithographs, etchings, screenprints, and woodcuts. Exhibitions featured the work of prominent artists, many who had worked in other media, such as Richard Artschwager, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Bruce Nauman, and Barnett Newman.
The gallery's exhibitions included sculpture and object installations, offering the works of Kim Jones, Laurie Parsons, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Sandy Skoglund, and others. The Lorence-Monk Gallery promoted independent publishers of prints, portfolios, and books, including Peter Blum Editions, Diane Villani Editions, and the Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE). Several exhibitions were organized by independent curators, such as Marvin Heiferman, Clarissa Dalyrymple, and Christopher Sweet. Also there were exhibitions held in conjunction with other galleries, including Leo Castelli Graphics, Jim Kempner Fine Art, and the Robert Miller Gallery.
The gallery closed in 1992. Susan Lorence continues to work as a New York-based independent dealer. Robert Monk is Director at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into 2 series:
Series 1: Exhibition Files, 1961-1991 (Boxes 1-3; 2.2 linear feet)
Series 2: Exhibition Scrapbooks, 1985-1992 (Boxes 3-4; 1.2 linear feet)
Provenance
Donated 2002 by Susan Lorence and Robert Monk.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Joy Weiner in 2006.

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

Lorence-Monk Gallery records, 1961-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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