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Signa Gallery records, 1957-1963

Signa Gallery

Overview

Collection Information

Size: 1.4 Linear feet

Summary: The records of the Signa Gallery measure 1.4 linear feet and date from 1957 to 1963. The records document the history of the gallery through administrative files such as leases; correspondence; guestbooks, artist biographies, and other notes; exhibition files for exhibits at the gallery; insurance documents, ledgers, invoices, banking information, and other financial records; clippings, ehixibition announcements and catalogs, and other printed material; and photographs of Franz Kline paintings and exhibition openings.

Gallery correspondence; business records and printed material; writings; photographs; and recorded material.

The records of the Signa Gallery measure 1.4 linear feet and date from 1957 to 1963. The records document the history of the gallery through administrative files such as leases; correspondence; guestbooks, artist biographies, and other notes; exhibition files for exhibits at the gallery; insurance documents, ledgers, invoices, banking information, and other financial records; clippings, ehixibition announcements and catalogs, and other printed material; and photographs of Franz Kline paintings and exhibition openings.

Administrative files are comprised of a lease for the gallery and a certificate of incorporation for the gallery. Correspondence is 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. Guestbooks and notes include a guestbook and an address book for the gallery, various artist biographies, and some miscellaneous notes. Also included are a file of photographs of exhibition openings, and a file of photographs of Franz Kline paintings.

Exhibitions and Lecture files are comprised of photographs, press material, and correspondence related to exhibitions at the gallery. Also included are a series of lectures and two audio tape reels that accompany one of the lectures.

Financial material includes insurance documents, bank records such as checking accounts, invoices, consignments, and some ledgers.

Printed material is made up of newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements, and exhibition catalogs.

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

The Signa Gallery was founded in 1957 with the purpose of exhibiting the works of contemporary East Hampton, N.Y. artists. Alfonso Ossorio was one of the founding members and owners of the gallery.

Provenance

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

Language Note

English .

Funding

The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Portions of the collection are available on 35mm microfilm reels 3983-3984 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

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How to Cite This Collection

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