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Merle Schipper papers, circa 1930s-1999

Merle Schipper papers, circa 1930s-1999

Schipper, Merle, 1922-2001

Writer, Art historian, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 12.1 linear feet

Summary: Schipper's research material on the history of the Los Angeles art community from the 1950s to the present; artists' files; a run of ArtScene (a Los Angeles publication about current art activities to which Schipper contributed a regular column); and research files related to her doctoral dissertation Jean Helion: The Abstract Years, 1929-1939. Also included are printed matter such as exhibition catalogs and magazines reflecting Schipper's research interests and writing projects.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian, writer, art critic, Los Angeles, Calif.; b. 1922; d. on October 30, 2001 in Los Angeles. Schipper studied art history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and then began a career as an art writer, critic, and occasional independent curator. Her primary scholarly focus grew out of her dissertation research at UCLA. Most of her writing attention was devoted to Los Angeles artists and art world events. She was a regular contributor to Art Scene with a column in which she on a monthly basis discussed some aspect of local art activity.


Donated 2002 by the Merle Schipper Estate.

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Merle Schipper papers, circa 1930s-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.