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Martin Diamond papers, 1928-2013

Martin Diamond papers, 1928-2013

Diamond, Martin, 1924-

Gallery owner, Dealer

Collection Information

Size: 3.2 linear feet

Summary: The papers of New York art dealer, writer, and teacher, Martin Diamond measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1928 to 2013. The materials involve to a limited degree Diamond's wife, Harriette Diamond, co-owner and co-operator of Martin Diamond Fine Arts, Inc. Their gallery work and relationships with artists they represented are documented by writings, subject and artist files, and photographic materials. Subject files concern American abstract art, particularly the 20th century Transcendental abstract painters, and include printed materials, correspondence, and photographic materials. Artists' files include similar materials and some writings by artists. Photographic materials are of artworks and exhibition installations.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art dealer and writer, Martin Diamond (1924- ) owned Martin Diamond Fine Arts, Inc. with his wife, Harriette.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1993 and 2014 by Martin Diamond.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Martin Diamond Papers, 1928-2013, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Harriet E. Shapiro
Biographical/Historical note
Art dealer and writer, Martin Diamond (b. 1924) owned Martin Diamond Fine Arts, Inc. with his wife, Harriette. The gallery was established in January 1976 and operated until 1986, specializing in pre-world War II American modern and Abstract Art. It then became a private gallery operating until 1996, when the couple retired. Martin Diamond was particularly interested in Transcendental Art, an area of Abstract Art focused on the artwork’s spiritual qualities. His writings include
Who Were They? My Personal Contact with 35 American Modernists Your Art Hisory Course Never Mentioned
(1995) and his memoirs of his years as a New York City art dealer (1975-1985). Martin and Harriette Diamond presently reside in New Rochelle, New York. Artists represented by the gallery included Vaclav Vytlacil, Blanche Lazzell, and Marguerite and William Zorach.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged in 4 series. Materials are generally arranged by record type and chronologically thereafter.
Series 1: Writings, 1995 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 2: Subject Files, 1940-2008 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)
Series 3: Artists’ Files, 1928-2013 (Boxes 1-3; 2.5 linear feet)
Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1988 (Boxes 3-4; 0.4 linear feet)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of New York art dealer, writer and teacher, Martin Diamond measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1928 to 2013. The materials involve to a limited degree Diamond’s wife, Harriette Diamond, co-owner and co-operator of Martin Diamond Fine Arts, Inc. Their gallery work and relationships with artists they represented are documented by writings, subject and artist files, and photographic materials. Subject files concern American abstract art, particularly the 20th century Transcendental abstract painters, and include printed materials, correspondence and photographic materials. Artists’ files include similar materials and some writings by artists. Photographic materials are of artworks and exhibition installations.
Provenance
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1993 and 2014 by Martin Diamond.
Related Archival Materials note
The Rutgers University Art Library in New Brunswick, New Jersey holds the “Martin and Harriet Diamond Vertical Files of American Art,” which consists of 300 cubic feet of art exhibition catalogs dating from the late nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth century.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared in 2015 by Harriet E. Shapiro.

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Martin Diamond papers, 1928-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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