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Louis Finkelstein papers, 1930-2001

Finkelstein, Louis, 1923-2000



Collection Information

Size: 11.2 linear ft.

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, notes and transcripts of articles and reviews, tape recoded lectures by Finkelsten and others, notebooks, journals, teaching files, printed material, slides and photographs.

Papers chiefly document Finkelstein's affiliations with Queens College, CUNY, and Yale University School of Art, the New York Studio School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, and the National Academy of Design. Also included are Finkelstein's contributions to periodicals, including ArtNews, Art in America, College Art Journal; tape recorded lectures by Finkelstein and others, articles, and writings relating to many artists and topics, among them Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Mercedes Matter, Frank Stella, Soutine, Cezanne, Al Held, Earl Kerkham, Arshile Gorky, Walt Kuhn, and Claude Monet; lecture transcripts by Max Beckmann and a panel discussion on painting with Louis Finkelstein, Harold Rosenberg, Philip Perlstein, and Al Held; printed material consisting of announcement cards, invitations, and press releases; catalogues including NAD catalogues of annual exhibitions (1982-2000); and photographs of Gretna Campbell, Finkelstein's first wife, Jane Culp, his second wife, Richard McDermott Miller, Tom Doyle, Rosemarie Beck, and Robert Pincus-Witten. Among the correspondents are Robert Pincus-Witten, Norman Turner, and Andrew Forge.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, sculptor, educator, writer; New York, N.Y. d. 1923.


Donated 2001 by Jane Culp, widow of Louis Finkelstein.

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Louis Finkelstein papers, 1930-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.