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Louise Nevelson papers, circa 1903-1988

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Series 4: Business Records , 1946-1954, 1958-1962
(Boxes 3-5; 1.8 linear feet)

Series consists of files stemming from Nevelson's business dealings with the Martha Jackson Gallery (her primary representative from 1958 to 1962) and other business matters, usually carried out by her assistant, Tom Kendall, on her behalf. Files include consignment receipts, statements, memos, correspondence, notes, inventories, disposition cards, notebooks, lists, and dummy pages for a Nevelson book (compiled from the text of an interview by Tal Streeter and photographs of Nevelson) that was never completed. Also included are scattered note cards and drawings kept by Nevelson, documenting certain early works and their disposition.
The bulk of the files seem to relate to the large project of inventorying Nevelson's art work, including black wood constructions, white works, bronzes, etchings, and drawings, which was most likely carried out by Nevelson's assistant and gallery staff sometime in the early-1960s. Some inventories provide basic information about art works (including title, dates, dimensions, and so on). More detailed inventories, along with the lists, disposition cards, and notebooks which seem to have been used in compiling them, provide further information about the previous and/or current location, ownership, and disposition of art works. Some photographs and sketches of art work can be found on the disposition cards. Other files relate to the pricing, sale, and exhibition of Nevelson's art work.
Files are arranged by format in rough chronological order. Related material can be found amongst the subject files. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Note Cards on Disposition of Certain Works (kept by Nevelson), 1946-1950
3
53
Drawings of Terra Cotta Sculptures, 1948-1954
3
54
Martha Jackson Gallery, 1958-1962
(4 folders)
3
55-58
Inventory of Works, 1958-1960
3
59
Nevelson Inventory (Inventory of Nevelson Works in Martha Jackson Gallery), 1958-1960
(3 folders)
3
60-62
Detailed Inventory of Works, 1960s
(2 folders)
3
63-64
Detailed Inventory of Works, Lists and Disposition Cards, 1960s
(9 folders)
4
1-9
Disposition Cards, 1960s
(12 folders)
4
10-21
Disposition Cards, 1960s
(2 folders)
5
1-2
Notebook, 1959-1960
(7 folders)
5
3-9
Notebook, Etchings and Drawings, 1959-1961
(2 folders)
5
10-11
Notebook, Location or Ownership of Nevelson Sculptures as known to Tom Kendall, 1961
5
12
Work File of Tom Kendall, 1959-1961
(3 folders)
5
13-15
Unfinished Nevelson Book, 1960
(2 folders)
5
16-17
Prices, 1960-1961
(2 folders)
5
18-19
Miscellaneous, 1961-1962
5
20
Itemized List for Martha Jackson Gallery Re: Extra Work on Bronze Sculptures, 1962
5
21
Exhibition List and Notes, 1960s
5
22
Lists, undated
5
23
Blank Consignment Receipts (Martha Jackson Gallery), undated
(Not scanned)
5
24

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