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Box 114 | A Finding Aid to the Macbeth Gallery records, 1838-1968, bulk 1892-1953 | Digitized Collection

Macbeth Gallery records, 1838-1968, bulk 1892-1953

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4.1: Macbeth Gallery Printed Material , 1862-1963, n.d.

This subseries contains the Macbeth Gallery publications Art Notes and Biographical Notes in addition to scattered exhibition announcements, catalogs and news clippings. The bulk of the news clippings in the collection and the gallery's exhibition catalogs can be found in Series 5: Scrapbooks.
Art Notes was an occasional publication issued during the art season "in the Interest of American Art and the Macbeth Gallery" from 1896 to 1930. The booklets typically contain essays on artists, current exhibitions at the gallery and current events in the art world and are an excellent source of information on the history of the gallery until 1930 and the opinions of the owners on various artistic trends and movements. Of particular note is an essay criticizing the Modernist movement which received attention in the press as well as letters, primarily of support, from many of the gallery's clients. Most of the issues are in bound voumes although there are also some individual copies of the publication. Numbers 14, 24, and 73 are missing. Judging by the number of requests for Art Notes in the Series 1: Correspondence, it was an extremely popular publication, especially with those who artistic tastes tended toward the conservative.
Also found here is the publication Biographical Notes, a collection of short biographies of fifty artists "whose reputations and experience of over twenty years enables us to vouch with some degree of certainty." The publication was intended to satisfy "the natural curiosity of the picture collector to know who the man is who painted the picture, and what he has done in the past that may indicate his position in the future."
Several of the exhibition announcements and catalogs found here are annotated and some are accompanied by news clippings. Catalogs include those for the gallery's fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries. One catalog for an exhibition organized and circulated by the American Federation of Arts in conjunction with the Archives of American Art is included here because it documented the role of the Macbeth Gallery. The catalog contains an essay written by Robert G. McIntyre for the exhibition entitled "The Macbeth Gallery: A Capsule History."
Also found here is a folder of six scattered news clippings recording milestones in the gallery's history such as the move to 15 East Fifty-seventh Street and the gallery's fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries. At the end of the series is a box of duplicate copies of Art Notes.
The publication Art Notes has been digitized.
Description Container
Art Notes Nos. 1-12, 1896 October-1900 February
114
1
Art Notes Nos. 13, 15-23, 1900 April-1903 November
114
2
Art Notes Nos. 25-36, 1904 May-1908 December
114
3
Art Notes Nos. 37-48, 1909 March-1913 April
114
4
Art Notes Nos. 49-60, 1913 November-1916 May
114
5
Art Notes Nos. 61-72, 1916 November-1921 February/March
114
6
Art Notes Nos. 74-85, 1922 January/February-1927 June
114
7
Art Notes Nos. 86-88, 1928 November, 1929 November, 1930 November
114
8
Biographical Notes, 1915
115
1
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1914-1915, n.d.
115
2
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1916-1918
115
3
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1921-1923
115
4
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1926-1929
115
5
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1930-1939
115
6
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1942-1952
115
7
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1948
115
8
Exhibition Catalog, From the Archives of American Art: The Role of the Macbeth Gallery, 1962-1963
115
9
News Clippings, 1932-1952, n.d.
115
10
Duplicate Copies of Art Notes
162

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