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Samuel Wagstaff papers, 1932-1985

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1.1: Correspondence with Artists and Others, 1932-1986

This subseries consists almost exclusively of incoming letters with a few carbon copies of Wagstaff's outgoing letters. There are a large number of illustrated letters, and many letters have printed items, photographs, and artwork as attachments.
Correspondence is with artists and others such as curators, arts organizations, galleries, and museums. The series reflects the diversity of contemporary American art and includes letters from individuals associated with the abstract expressionist, Fluxus, pop, earth, conceptual, and minimalist art movements. Wagstaff's importance as a collector and curator and his generosity to, and interest in, artists is evident from the large number of invitations to view and critique work, requests for fellowship and grant recommendations, and thank you notes from artists to whom he extended financial or moral support. Among the most prolific correspondents found here are: Dan Basen, George Brecht, James Lee Byars, Walter de Maria, Mark Di Suvero, Albert Fine, Dan Flavin, Ann Halprin, Grace Hartigan, Charles James, Philip Johnson, Ray Johnson, Doreen and Robert Manning, Agnes Martin, Gordon Newton, Claes Oldenburg, Ad Reinhardt, Dieter Rot, Alan Saret, Richard Tuttle, May Wilson, and Andy Warhol. Items of note are James Lee Byars's letters, many of which are extremely large and written on unusual surfaces such as clear plastic and pink toilet tissue, and a letter from Thomas Hart Benton that describes the early work of Jackson Pollock. Also included are many illustrated letters and examples of mail art. Some of the Byars letters could not be digitized due to their extreme size.
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Abish, Cecile - Balkin, Steve, 1932-1984, undated
Abish, Cecile
Acconci, Vito
Albers, Josef and Anni
Alexander, William H.
Alley, Ronald
Alternative Press
Anadine [?]
Andre, Carl
Artists Against the Expressway
Artists Equity Association of New York, Inc.
Artworkers Coalition
Audouin, R.
Avery, Milton
B., Timothy
Babee, Victor
Balkin, Steve
Balloon Newspaper
(see: Kleinsmith, Bruce and Phillip Silbert)
1
1
Basen, Dan, 1962-1969, undated
(2 folders)
1
2-3
Benton, Thomas Hart - Bolles, Robert, 1962-1971, undated
Benton, Thomas Hart
Berg, Harriet
Bissinger, Karl
Bolles, Robert
1
4
Brecht, George, 1962-1964, undated
1
5
Brodie, Gandy - Bultman, Fritz, 1962-1964, undated
Brodie, Gandy
Brussez, Casell
Bultman, Fritz
1
6
Byars, James Lee, 1963-1977, undated
(9 folders; see also: Box 8 and OV 9-10; partially scanned)
1
7-15
Caesar, Doris - deKooning, Elaine, 1961-1971, undated
Caesar, Doris
Calcagno, Larry
Carter, Will
Castell, Leo
Chauvelin, Jean
Collins, R.
Crampton, Rollin
Cudahy, William
Cumming, Robert C.
Cunningham, Merce
deKooning, Elaine
1
16
De Maria, Walter, 1964-1972
1
17
DeNiro, Bob - Dienes, Sam, 1962-1971, undated
DeNiro, Bob
Denison, Mary
Diamondstein, Barbaralee D.
Dienes, Sam
1
18
Di Suvero, Mark 1962-1966
1
19
Dowden, Jerry - Etherington, Thea, 1932-1970, undated
Dowden, Jerry
Duchamp, Marcel
Duncan, Tom
Dwan Gallery
Edgerly, Josh
Edlich, Dr. and Mrs. Theodore J., Jr.
Edwards, James
Eilshemius, Louis (to Rev. Kelly)
Eisenhauer, Lou
Emanuel, Jerry
Esneon, Rosa
Etherington, Thea
1
20
Fine, Albert M., 1965-1971
1
21
Fischbach Gallery - Fitzhugh, J. Perry, 1963-1971
Fischbach Gallery
Fitzhugh, J. Perry
1
22
Flavin, Dan, 1963-1969
1
23
Fogg Art Museum - Hague, Raoul, 1962-1980, undated
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Freedman, Lewis
Fulbright, J. W.
Gabo, Naum
Geldzahler, Henry
Geoffrey, Jawaid Iqbal
Gerber, Toni
Gerhard, Gary
Gernreich, Rudi
Gill, George
Ginnever, Chuck
Goldowsky, Noah
Goosen, Eugene
Green Gallery
Green, Samuel
Guggenheim, Peggy
Guston, Philip
Hague, Raoul
1
24
Halprin, Ann, 1963-1967
1
25
Hartigan, Grace, 1963-1967
1
26
Hay, Deborah - Jacobson, Helen, 1962-1970, undated
Hay, Deborah
Hayes, David
Heatherington, Frances
Hennessy, Timothy
Herms, George
Hess, John
Higgins, Richard C.
Hillman, Kay
Hiroshige
Hochman, Murray
Hollander, John
Holmes, Arlaine
Horwitt, Will
Hoving, Thomas
Howe, Nelson
Hudt, Bob
Indianapolis Art League Foundation
Isobe, Yukihisa
Jacobson, Helen
1
27
James, Charles, 1961-1964
1
28
Johnson, Philip, 1964-1967
1
29
Johnson, Ray, 1960-1965
(3 folders)
1
30-32
Johnson, Ray, 1966-1983
(3 folders)
2
1-3
Johnstone, Jill - Kent, William, 1962-1970, undated
Johnstone, Jill
Judd, Donald
Kallmann, Gerhard
Kaprow, Allan
Karp, Ivan
Katzen, Lila
Kaufman, Don
Kelly, Ellsworth
Kent, William
2
4
Kleinsmith, Bruce and Phillip Siebert (
The Balloon Newspaper
), 1970-1971, undated
(2 folders)
2
5-6
Koch, Karl - Lytle, Richard, 1962-1971
Koch, Karl
Kochno, Boyi
Koutroulis, Aris
Krasner, Lee
Lane, Alvin S.
Lichtenstein, Roy
Lindsay, John V.
Lowry, Bruce
Lytle, Richard
2
7
Magar, Anthony - Mamson, Charlie, 1961-1964, undated
Magar, Anthony
Malabin, Dr. and Mrs. Burnett
Mallary, Robert
Mamson, Charlie
2
8
Manning, Doreen and Robert, 1962-1965
2
9
Markopoulos Gregory J. - Marlowe, Alan, 1964, undated
2
10
Martin, Agnes 1968-1973
2
11
Mazelow Gallery - Montez, Mario, 1962-1971, undated
Mazelow Gallery
McCoy, Sanford
McFadden, Elizabeth
McIntosh, Michael
Mellon, Paul
Metznik
Michael, David
Middleman, Raoul
Millonzi, Victor
Montez, Mario
2
12
Morris, Robert, 1962-1970
2
13
Mouse, Stanley - Newman, Barnett, 1963-1971, undated
Mouse, Stanley
Murphy, Greg
Museum of Modern Art
Myers, John Bernard
Nakian, Robert
Nesbitt, Lowell
Nevelson, Mike and Flo
New Britain Development Commission, Design Review Committee
Newman, Barnett
2
14
Newton, Gordon, 1970-1973, undated
2
15
New York City, Department of Parks - Oenslager, Donald, 1964-1970, undated
New York City, Department of Parks
Noguchi, Isamu
Nozynski, John H.
Oenslager, Donald
2
16
Oldenburg, Claes, 1962-1971
2
17
Ono, Yoko - Parsons, Harold Woodbury, 1963-1969, undated
Ono, Yoko
Orr, David
Ortman, George
Paik, Nam June
Parker, Ray
Parsons, Betty
Parsons, Harold Woodburry
2
18
Pasadena Art Museum - Prentice, David, 1962-1971
Pasadena Art Museum
Pavie, Martine
Perrey, Beati
Petersburg Press
Pollock, Ann
Porter, Fairfield
Prentice, David
2
19
Rackliffe, Howard - Reid, Terry, 1964-1971
Rackliffe, Howard
Ranier, Yvonne
Read, A.
Rebay, Hilla V.
Reichard, Stephen B.
Reid, Terry
2
20
Reinhardt, Ad 1966-1967, undated
2
21
Rezial [?], Jeanne - Rosenblum, Robert, 1962-1972, undated
Rezial [?], Jeanne
Robbins, Danny and Genie
Robbins, Matthew L. ("Pop")
Rose, Barbara
Rosenboom, David
Rosenblum, Robert
2
22
Rot, Diter, 1967
2
23
Ruscha, Ed - Santon, Chuck, 1965-1971, undated
Ruscha, Ed
Sabol, Audrey
Sandback, Fred
Santon, Chuck
2
24
Saret, Allan, 1971-1973
2
25
Scanga, Italo - Smith, David, 1962-1970, undated
Scanga, Italo
Schapiro, Meyer
Schatz Little Green Books
Schneemann, Carolee
Scull, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C.
Shapiro, David
Shelter Enterprises
Sidney Janis Gallery
Siebert, Phillip (see: Kleinsmith, Bruce and Phillip Siebert)
Shipman, Mary
Simonis, Paul
Smith, Anthony
Smith, David
2
26
Solomon, Sidney R. - Tremaine, Emily, 1963-1971, undated
Solomon, Sidney R.
Staffaldt, Marianne
Stankiewicz, Richard
Starkey, Alexander
Steinweg, Klara
Stephen, Rudi
Stocker, Walter
Stocklander
Streeter, Tal
Strider, Marjorie
Sugarman, George
Sullivan, William J.
Swenson, G.
Sybil Shearer Company
Tamm, Patrick
Thomas, Peter
Tremaine, Emily
2
27
Tuttle, Richard, 1962-1986, undated
(2 folders)
2
28-29
Tversky, Leonard - Von Schlegell, David, 1962-1971, undated
Tversky, Leonard
Tyler, R.
Union Carbide Corporation
Universal Limited Art Editions
Updike, John
Urban, Reva
Vicente, Esteban
Vilcesu, Cornelia
Von Schlegell, David
2
30
Wadowski, Diane - Wardlaw, George, 1963-1964, undated
Wadowski, Diane
Waldrop, Keith
Wallace, Gerald
Wardlaw, George
2
31
Warhol, Andy, 1970, undated
2
32
Waterman, Doug - Whitman, Robert, 1955-1970, undated
Waterman, Doug
Watts, Robert
Westerman, H. C.
Weyand, Richard
Whitman, Robert
2
33
Wilson, May, 1963-1965
2
34
Wise, Howard - Zeidenberg, Olaf, Group Signature, 1963-1970, undated
Wise, Howard
Wolff, Christian
Wood, Charles B., III
Young, La Monte
Zawisa, Bernard
Zazeela, Marian
Zeidenberg, Olaf
Group Signature
2
35
Unsigned, 1970, undated
2
36
Illegible, 1962-1971, undated
2
37
Unknown, A-Z, 1957-1971, undated
Adrian
Alain
Bell
Billy and Ogden
D. K.
David
Deborah, David, Savannah
Ellen
Ellie
Hooaf [?]
J. H.
Jim
John
Judy
Michael
T. S.
Tom
2
38
Oversized Byars, James Lee, undated
(see also Box 1 F7-15)
8 (sol)
1
Oversized Byars, James Lee, 1968, undated
(see also Box 1 F7-15; partially scanned)
OV 9
Oversized Byars, James Lee, undated
(see also Box 1 F7-15; partially scanned)
OV 10

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