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Nanae Momiyama papers, 1928-circa 2000, bulk 1948-1990s

Nanae Momiyama papers, 1928-circa 2000, bulk 1948-1990s

Momiyama, Nanae, 1924-2002

Painter, Teacher

Collection Information

Size: 3.0 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Nanae Momiyama (1924-2002) was a painter, calligrapher in New York, N.Y. Momiyama was a first-wave, post-war Japanese American immigrant who was active with 10th Street abstractionists in the 1950s.

Provenance

Donated 2009 by Haniwa Gottlieb, Momiyama's daughter.

Scope and Contents

Biographical material, correspondence, writings, photographs, works of art, subject files, audio tapes, printed material and miscellany relating to Nanae Momiyama's career as an artist.

Biographical material includes curriculum vitae and passports. Personal and professional correspondence include letters and cards (some in Japanese) from Yayoi Kusama and exhibition-related correspondence, as well as lists and contracts. Writings include drafts by Momiyama and artist's statements. Photographs are of Momiyama, her family, colleagues, works of art and exhibitions. Works of art include sketchbooks, loose sketches and off-prints of graphic designs.

Subject files include the Camino and Brata galleries, Sumi-e and Japanese calligraphy, and Japanese-American artist organizations. Audio tapes include two reel-to-reel tapes of a 1973 interview with Momiyama for radio station WGCH in Greenwich, Conn. Printed material includes scrapbooks, clippings, off-prints and exhibition catalogs, some pertaining to abstract art in Japan. Miscellany includes address books and calendars.

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