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Rose Fried Gallery Records, 1936-1972, bulk 1945-1970

Rose Fried Gallery (New York, N.Y.)

Collection Information

Size: 8.1 Linear feet

Summary: The Rose Fried Gallery records measure 8.1 linear feet and date from 1936 to 1972 with the bulk of materials dating from 1945 to 1970. The majority of the collection consists of artists files documenting the gallery's relationship with abstract, modern, and Latin American artists; additional named subject files; and scattered administrative and financial files. Individual artists and subject files contain a wide variety of documentation, such as correspondence, photographs, financial records, and printed materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rose Fried established the Rose Fried Gallery in the 1940s in New York City, New York. Fried established the gallery when she took over the Pinacotheca Gallery owned by Dan Harris. The Gallery specialized in abstract and modern art, and represented cubists, futurists, Dadaists, and masters of Latin American art. The Rose Fried Gallery was instrumental in introducing the American public to many abstract painters, including Mondrian and Kandinsky. The Gallery remained operational until Fried's death in 1970.


The Rose Fried Gallery Records were donated by Rose Fried and her brother and executor Paul Fried in multiple accretions between 1968 and 1974.

Language Note

Most of the collection is in English. A few scattered records are in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.