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Marilyn Pearl Gallery records, 1925-2000, bulk 1976-1993

Marilyn Pearl Gallery records, 1925-2000, bulk 1976-1993

Marilyn Pearl Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 7.4 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Marilyn Pearl Gallery is an art gallery in New York, New York, established 1976. At 29 W. 57th St. until 1982; moved to 38 E. 58th St. in 1982, and to 420 W. Broadway in SoHo in 1987. Closed circa 1992-1993. The Marilyn Pearl Gallery represented many abstract artists active in the 1930s and 1940s.


Donated 2002 by Marilyn Pearl.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Marilyn Pearl Gallery are dated 1925-2000, with the bulk of the material from the period 1976-1993. The collection measures 7.4 linear feet and consists of artists' files, exhibition files, and business records documenting affiliated artists and gallery activities.

Artist files are found for: René Pierre Allain, Bernard Chaet, Stephen Greene, Clinton Hill, Pat Lasch, Michael Loew, Winifred Lutz, Jim McShea, Jeanne Miles, Henry Pearson, Pedro Perez, Stephen Robin, Charmion von Wiegand, and Ellen Weiner. They contain the following types of records in varying combinations: correspondence with the artist, collectors, galleries and museums; printed material including publicity, exhibition catalogs and announcements of Marilyn Pearl Gallery and other venues; photographs; financial records concerning sales and exhibition expenses. In general, items dated prior the gallery's existence and after its closing are printed material relating to the artist. A notable exception is the small number of the personal papers of Charmion von Wiegand that include letters from her husband, writer and editor Joseph Freeman.

Exhibition files are arranged chronologically by exhibition date, 1977, 1980-1992, and consist of correspondence, invoices, printed material, publicity, and photographs.

Business records document the routine affairs of the gallery. Included are client correspondence, inventory cards (work in stock, pieces returned to artists, and works sold), a nearly complete set of invoices for gallery sales for the period 1976-1986, consignment records, appraisals, mailing lists, guest books, and records regarding Basel Art Fairs of 1989-1993.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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