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A Finding Aid to the Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015, 1950-1999

Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015, 1950-1999

Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999

Painter, Photographer, Filmmaker

Collection Information

Size: 5.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of photographer, filmmaker, and painter Rudy Burckhardt measure 5.0 linear feet and date from 1934 to 1990. The bulk of the collection consists of black and white negatives which document over 260 mid-to-late twentieth century modern artists, their work, studios, and/or exhibitions. Notable artists include Willem de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Joseph Cornell, Helen Frankenthaler, Donald Judd, Franz Kline, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Stella, and many others. Burckhardt was hired to photograph for a number of New York art galleries such as the Leo Castelli Gallery and Green Gallery; art collectors including Chaim Gross and David Rockefeller; and art magazines such as ARTnews. Personal papers include announcements and an exhibition catalog; clippings; photographs on postcards; and a book, entitled, "Conversations with Rudy Burckhardt About Everything," by Simon Pettet, 1987.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rudy Burckhardt (1914-1999) was a Swiss-American photographer, filmmaker, and painter based in New York, New York, during the post-World War II era.


The first accession of biographical material was donated to the Archives of American Art by Rudy Burckhardt in 1993. A second installment of photographic material was donated by Yvonne Jacquette Burckhardt, Burckhardt's widow, in 2011. She donated additional papers in 2016.

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