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Samuel Esses material relating to Graffiti Workshop, 1979-2001

Esses, Samuel

Collector, Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet

Summary: Papers concerning the Graffiti Workshop including Esses's correspondence; notes and calendars regarding meetings and media contacts; a lease; financial records; loan agreements and contracts; photographic materials, including: 155 b&w and color reproductions made from digital copies of photographs of works of art and Workshop participants at work taken by Rafael Pasquera, commissioned by Esses; 34 color transparencies of works of art; and 56 color slides of participants; exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings, and other printed material; draft writings about graffiti; a card file inventory of graffiti paintings produced by the Workshop; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Esses leased a space at 414 E 75th Street, New York City for the benefit of graffiti artists.


Donated 2003 by Sandra and Samuel Esses.

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

Samuel Esses material relating to Graffiti Workshop, 1979-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.