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Sheldon Ross Gallery records, 1970-2007, bulk 1976-1995

Sheldon Ross Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 1.8 linear feet

Summary: The records of the Sheldon Ross Gallery measure 1.8 linear feet and date from 1970 to 2004, with the bulk of materials dating from 1976-1995. The majority of the collection consists of artists' files. About half of the materials relate to Romare Bearden's work and his relationship with Sheldon Ross, the gallery owner. Also included are artist files regarding George Grosz and Michigan artists. The contents of artist's files vary but generally include biographical information, printed materials, and photographic images. The collection also contains correspondence, exhibition files, and photographs documenting the gallery's activities.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Sheldon Ross Gallery (est.1975, closed 1988) was an art gallery specializing in American modernism in Birmingham, Mich. Sheldon Ross and his wife Phyllis Willbach (now Phyllis Ross) established and operated the gallery until they relocated to New York in 1988. Prior to founding the Sheldon Ross Gallery, the couple owned and operated the Middle Earth Gallery in Detroit, Mich.


The records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2010 by Phyllis Ross, widow of Sheldon Ross.