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Research material on Ronald Bladen and Les Levine, 1931-1991

Berkson, Bill, 1939-2016

Educator, Art historian, Poet


Collection Information

Size: 0.6 Linear feet

Summary: Material gathered by Berkson in preparation for exhibitions on sculptors Ronald Bladen and Les Levine.
The Bladen material, compiled for a retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1991, includes: biographical material; an unpublished artists' statement, 1946; interviews of Bladen; material from the California School of Fine Art's archives, and the Whitney Museum of American Art; Bladen correspondence, 1931-1956; Berkson correspondence, 1990-1991; a painting checklist; writings by and about Bladen; photographs of Bladen's paintings and sculptures; exhibition announcements 1941-1983; and clippings and reviews, 1941-1987.
Files on Les Levine include photographs, slides, correspondence, articles, announcements, and clippings. Included are information on his media projects Subway Project (1989) and Diamond Mind.

Biographical/Historical Note

Berkson is an art historian, curator; San Francisco, Calif. Bladen, a painter and sculptor, worked in San Francisco in the mid-1950s, and later moved to New York. Levine, a conceptual and video artist, and a curator, works in New York.


Donated 1991 and 1995 by Bill Berkson.

Related Materials

Papers of Bill Berkson, 1960-1988, are also located at the University of Connecticut's Archives & Special Collections.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Research material on Ronald Bladen and Les Levine, 1931-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.