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Marvin Cherney papers, 1928-1979

Cherney, Marvin, 1925-1967



Collection Information

Size: 2.1 Linear feet

Summary: The Marvin Cherney papers measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1928-1979. Incuded is correspondence, photographs, writings, works of art, printed material and two scrapbooks. Correspondence is with family, museums, art organizations, and the Eisendrath Synagogue. There are also 50 letters of condolence to Anna Cherney, Marvin Cherney's widow, regarding his death. Photographs are of Cherney, his family and friends, models, paintings, studio, and a 1956 exhibition opening at Bernhardt Crystal Gallery. Also included are color transparencies, negatives, 38 slides of works of art as well as 66 black and white photographs of paintings by Cherney, each identified with title, date, media, dimensions, and Kennedy Galleries, Inc. stock numbers, and notes by Cherney about his work. Works of art consist of 5 drawings by Cherney, ca. 1952. Printed material includes clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements. There is one scrapbook containing childhood memorabilia and one scrapbook (portions unbound), compiled by Anna Cherney, containing letters from galleries and institutions, newspaper clippings of reviews of Cherney's exhibitions, exhibition announcements and invitations.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marvin Cherney (1925-1967) was a painter in New York, N.Y.


Donated 1979 and 2007 by Anna Cherney, Cherney's widow. Additional scrapbook pages were donated in 2021 by collector, Elaine Penske.

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

Marvin Cherney papers, 1928-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.