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Maude Kemper Riley papers, 1945-1983

Riley, Maude Kemper, 1902-

Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: Printed material and two photographs. Included are Riley's book, Recollections of an Art Critic, New York in the 40's (New York: Sterling Books, 1983); clippings of articles by Riley on art in California for Fortnight, April-November 1952; a bound volume of newsletters edited by Riley, Limited Edition, nos. 1-6, August 1945-December 1945, and (renamed) MKR's Art Outlook, nos. 7-43, February 1946-May 1947; a Yale University Art Gallery exhibition catalog "35 American Painters of Today" with a forward by Riley, and photographs of Riley.
The newsletters include reviews by Riley of selected New York gallery and museum exhibitions, Philadelphia shows reviewed by Walter Emerson Baum, letters to the editor, obituaries, and special articles by Riley, Associate editor John Blomshield, and Hilda Loveman. Contributors include Balcomb Greene, Douglas MacAgy, Conrad A. Albrizio, Max Gottschak, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Riley (b. 1902) was an art critic in New York during and after the second World War as well as an editor and publisher of her own newsletters, Limited Edition (1945) and MKR's Art Outlook (1945-1947).


Donated 1996 by Monica Riley, daughter of Maude Kemper Riley., via art historian Charles E. Doherty.

Language Note

Undetermined .

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How to Cite This Collection

Maude Kemper Riley papers, 1945-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.