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Papers of and relating to John D. Graham, [ca. 1950-1960]

Graham, John D. (John Dabrowsky), ca. 1887-1961



Collection Information

Size: Partial microfilm reel.

Summary: Corrected and annotated mss. by Graham "Art History" with related notes (ca. 350 p. total); an autobiographical sketch, entitled "Autoportrait" (3 p. typescript); and an 8 p. summary by Angus Deming of an interview she conducted with Graham, Sept. 1960 in Paris.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jack Mayer was an art dealer and owner of Gallery Mayer, New York, which handled the work of painter John Graham. Graham, born Ivan Gratsianovitch Dombrovski in Kiev, Russia in 1886 (baptised in 1881, hence the use of that year on many authoritative sources), came to N.Y. in 1920 and was a central figure among American avant-garde artists, especially from the late 1920s to 1940s. Graham was also a collector of African art which inspired an interest in primitivism in his work. Graham moved to Mexico in 1936. In 1937 he published Systems and Dialectics of Art, stimulating American artists interest in primitive art.


Lent for microfilming by Jack Mayer, 1971.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, Jack Mayer, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 96 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Papers of and relating to John D. Graham, [ca. 1950-1960]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.