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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

Summary: 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.

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.

Provenance

Donated 2002 by Marilyn Pearl.

A Finding Aid to the Marilyn Pearl Gallery Records,
1925-2000,
bulk 1976-1993
, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Catherine S. Gaines
Historical Note
The Marilyn Pearl Gallery (est. 1976-circa 1993) was an art gallery in New York, N.Y. specializing American art from the 1920s-1950s.
Marilyn Pearl (Mrs. Alan Loesberg), the daughter and granddaughter of art collectors from Akron and Cleveland, Ohio, as a young child began developing an appreciation for and true love of art. After a stint as a history teacher, Ms. Pearl was determined to establish her own gallery. With help from family, her dream became a reality when the Marilyn Pearl Gallery opened at 29 West 57th Street, New York, in 1976. In 1982, the gallery relocated to 38 East 57th Street, and in 1987 moved to 420 West Broadway in SoHo. Although the gallery closed in the early 1990s, Ms. Pearl continued to operate as a private dealer and expanded her activities to international art fairs, among them the Basel Art Fair.
Among the artists represented by the gallery were: 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.
Pearl's first sales were works by sculptor Winifred Lutz, known for site-specific installations. Ms. Lutz remained part of Marilyn Pearl Gallery's stable throughout its history. In addition to emerging artists, Marilyn Pearl also was interested in traditional art forms, and eventually specialized in exhibiting American art from the 1920s-1950s, with particular emphasis on geometric abstraction. In addition, Marilyn Pearl Gallery presented a number of exhibitions exploring WPA era murals, American Abstract Artists, and post-war figurative work. By the 1980s, the gallery's annual schedule usually featured summer shows of new talent; several artists first introduced in this manner developed long-term relationships with Marilyn Pearl Gallery.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 3 series:
Series 1: Artists' Files, 1925-2000 (Boxes 1-4; 3.6 linear ft.)
Series 2: Exhibition Files, 1973-1992 (Boxes 4-5; 1.15 linear ft.)
Series 3: Business Records, 1976-2000 (Boxes 5-8; 2.65 linear ft.)
Scope and Content Note
The records of the Marilyn Pearl Gallery are dated 1925-2000, with the bulk of the ematerial 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.
Provenance
Donated 2002 by Marilyn Pearl.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Catherine S. Gaines in 2009.

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

Marilyn Pearl Gallery records, 1925-2000, bulk 1976-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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