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Signa Gallery records, 1957-1963

Signa Gallery


Collection Information

Size: 1.6 Linear feet

Summary: Gallery correspondence; business records and printed material; writings; photographs; and recorded material.
Correspondence between gallery managers Alfonso Ossorio, Elizabeth Parker, and John Little and other galleries, business associates, and artists, including Fritz Bultman, Philip Guston, and Jack Tworkov.
Miscellaneous notes; a guest book and Gallery attendance records; an address book; artists' resumes; a certificate of incorporation; a lease; insurance records; income tax records; cancelled checks; a petty cash ledger; invoices for gallery expenses; paint sales records; a sales ledger and receipts; consignment records; subject files containing press releases, price lists, clippings, exhibition catalogues, and photographs of Signa Gallery exhibitions and lectures, including a 1959 Buckminster Fuller lecture; miscellaneous exhibition announcements, catalogues, and clippings; six photographs of Gallery openings; two photographs of paintings by Franz Kline; and two untranscribed tape recordings of a Gallery-sponsored "Critics' Panel," 1959.

Biographical/Historical Note

Commercial art gallery, founded 1957. Exhibited the work of contemporary East Hampton, N.Y. artists.


Donated 1981 by Alfonso A. Ossorio, one of the initial founders and owners of the gallery.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3983-3984 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Signa Gallery records, 1957-1963. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.