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Thomas Hess papers, 1939-1978

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Series 3: Writings and Notes , circa 1940-1978
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 2-5, OV 12

This series consists mainly of manuscripts and drafts written by Hess for Art News, Le Monde, Vogue, New York magazine, and other publications. Other writings by Hess include his senior essay "Poussin and Classicism"; class notes on art history, architecture, and chemistry; notes on the artist Ingres; notecards on Italian artists; notes taken during his travels abroad; and two notebooks. The first notebook is from Hess' time at Yale and includes his notes on literature and plays along with doodles. The second notebook contains notes written in English and French on readings about art. A play titled "The Red Robins" by Kenneth Koch is also in this series.
Hess' manuscripts and drafts are arranged chronologically beginning with undated material. Titlles, when known, are supplied in the folder notes.
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By Hess
Manuscript Fragments , undated
2
15-16
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Under the Spreading Plastic Tree," "Homage to Albers," "History of World Art," "Seurat to Matisse: Drawings in France," Cleve Gray, museum architecture
2
17
By Hess
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Dealers, "Quatrième Journée," Irving Penn, "Mensche-the Artist and Mr. Big," Willem de Kooning, Hans Hartung, Frantisic Kupka, Nadelman, Betty Parsons, Balthus, Italian exhibits at Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Franz Kline
3
1
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"We're in the Monet," Monet, Eight Contemporaries exhibition, Anti-Reductionists, Patterns of Collecting exhibition, "Inside Jasper Johns," Twentieth-Century American Drawing exhibition, Dalí, Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Beaux-Arts architecture
3
2
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Andrew Wyeth, Michael Heizer, various exhibitions, Social Realists, "Let Us Make Man in Our Image, After Our Likeness," "In the Palace of Plastics," "A Private Life for General Ideas," "Public Works in Private Art," "Sketch for a Portrait of the Art Historian Among Artists," "Rules of the Game, Part 2: Marden and Rockburne," "The Great Paper Chase," "Sitting Pretty," "What's a Polish Constructivist?," "Collecting at the Met, I: The Poetics of Greed," "Connections at the Met," "Five Bywaymen."
Oversized writing on photography in painting housed in OV 12
3
3
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Beyond Objects," "Walter de Maria: The Clockwork Earthroom," "Stella Bella," "Heizer, Martin: Fresh Air Friends," "Wyeth's Way," "Venice Ascending," "The Fifteen Million Dollar Understanding," "How the West was Shot," "Revolutionary Revivals," "Connecticut Cross-Country," "The Academic Brigades"
3
4
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"New York Painting: An Incomplete Microcosm," "Hey, Ed Logue, Don't Do That to F.D.R.," "Doge Days at the Met," "Andre Masson, Unlucky Prophet," "Grooms, Goya, and the Grotesque," "Hocus-Pocus and Other Illusions," "Eclecticism at the Barricades," "My MoMA Done Tole Me," "Abstract and Hemi-Demi-Semi Abstract," "The Architectural Braque," "Pot au Feu," "Cezanne, a Triumph"
3
5
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Al Held, Yves Tanguy, "To-Do Champ," "Due Cause and Community Do's," "Erotics and Eccentrics," "The Germans Are Coming! The Germans Are Coming!," "The Germans Are Here!," Posada, Lawrence, and the Mediums of Poverty"
3
6
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Abstractionist Who Came in From the Cold," "Grosvenor, Shivvering Timbers," "New York is a Jade Mountain," "Come Back to the Raft Ag'n Winslow Homer Honey," "The Pygmalion File," "Those Endearing Young (Well, er, Middle-Aged) Charms," "Nolo Me Tangere," "Radical Kitsch," "The Whited Bellybutton," Tapestries
3
7
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Matisse: Hesitant Hedonist," "The Cigarbox of Napoleon III," "That's All Folks," "Look Proud, We're Number Two," Pompidou Center, "The Day the Turnstyles Stopped," DiSuvero, "Four Pictures by De Kooning at Canberra," "Unvarnished Truths," "In the Good Old Guggenheim"
3
8
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Seals, Swords, Boxes, Invisible, Exquisite, Deadly," "Dumb is Beautiful," Jasper Johns/Josef Albers, Reuben Nakian, Elaine De Kooning
3
9
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Art Comics and Satires of Ad Reinhardt"
3
10
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Art Comics and Satires of Ad Reinhardt"
3
11
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Art Comics and Satires of Ad Reinhardt"
3
12
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Stature of Barnett Newman, An American View"
3
13
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Barnett Newman
3
14
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Barnett Newman
3
15
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Tony Smith and the Philosophical Polygon," "The Intellectual Nightingale," Review of "Encounters: The Life of Jacques Lipschitz," Alfred Barr, modern American painting, Met deaccessioning policy, "How Paris Discovered America," "Gold Hoards of Golden Hordes," Whitney Exhibit: 200 Years of American Sculpture , "The Impressionist Epoch, Part I," "Through the Whitney with Socrates, Crito, and Company," newton Harrison, Tworkov
3
16
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Horses of Momoyama," Norman Bluhm, sculpture, "Some Things They Never Told You About the 1940s, 50s, and 60s," review of "The Grand Acquisitors" by John Hess, collective goals in art, survivability of an artist, book reviews: art treasures of the Met, book review: Paul Klee by Giedion-Welcker, arts program of Longview Foundation, Parisian view of art, various views of modern art, "Blood, Sweat, and Smears," "The Miracle on Union Square," Max Ernst
3
17
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Rudy Burckhardt's New York Underground," "The Convertible Oyster," "Still-Life with Death and Sex," falling out between Newman and Reinhardt, "Opening at the Frick," vaginal imagery, review of "French Painting, 1774-1830: The Age of Revolution," Anthony Caro, review of "Three Centuries of the American Nude," museum treatment of artists
3
18
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Manuscripts on De Kooning (7 manuscripts total in 3 folders)
3
19
Oversized Manuscript and Draft on Photography in Painting from Box 3, Folder 3, undated
OV 12
By Hess
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Manuscripts on De Kooning (7 manuscripts total in 3 folders)
4
1
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Manuscripts on De Kooning (7 manuscripts total in 3 folders)
4
2
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Barnett Newman, artists' demonstration at the Met, Cubists, "Contrastes de Contextes," "La Guerre a New York--Retour aux Moyens Ages," "Pasta Contre MoMA," "Is Cubist Modern?"
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3
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Abstract Painting: Background and An American Phase"
4
4
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Abstract Painting: Background and An American Phase"
4
5
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Isamu Noguchi
4
6
Manuscripts and Drafts , circa 1945
Exhibition reviews for Waldo Peirce and Juliet Thompson
4
7
Manuscripts and Drafts , 1957-1961
"The Cigarbox of Napoleon III," lecture at University of wisconsin, Madison
4
8
Manuscripts and Drafts , 1962-1968
Franz Kline, De Kooning "The Poet in the Studio"
4
9
Manuscripts and Drafts , 1969-1972
De Kooning, "L'Acrylique Lyrique," "C'est L'Heur du Peau-Rouge," "Vers une Iconographie et pour l'Art Abstrait," "The Return of Heavy Paint," "From Cellers and Sellers," "The Discreet Charm of Jean Dubuffet," "Soho Trio: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed," "L'Art-Frisson"
4
10
Manuscripts and Drafts , 1973
"Gertrude's Ghost: Reinstallations at the Modern Museum, II," "Empty-Center Painting," for "Politics and Current Art Panel," "Polypolyptychality," "Saul Steinberg va. The Mickey Mouse Mugger," "Hodler: The Epic of a Detour," "Meetings at the Met," "Up Against the Wall, Pop," "Private Faces in Public Places," "Olitski Without Flattery," "Sincerely Yours, Ellsworth Kelly"
4
11
Manuscripts and Drafts , 1973
"Pavia and Held," "Akhenaten: Some Pyramidiocies," "Kazimir Malevich: Dialectical Immateriality"
4
12
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1974
Comparison of art crowd with "Upstairs/Downstairs," "News from Tiny Town Terra," "Muhammad Ali vs. the Whitney Museum," "Behind the Taboo Curtain," "On the Sunny Side," "A Verray Parfit Gentil Exhibition," "Up Against the Wall, Pop," "The Condemned Playgrounds of Robert Smithson"
4
13
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1975
"Reflections In and On Degas," Richard Avedon, "Why Can't Photographers Learn to Speak?," "Barbarian Gold," "Ideology Italian Style," "The Abominable Birdman," Charles Egan exhibit, "A Taxonomy of Abstract Expressionism"
4
14
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1976
"Thaw and Thanatopsis," "Millet and the Sensuous Peasant," "MoMA and the Towering Limbo," Philip Guston, "Wild About the Fauves," "Carl Andre Has the Floor," "Smith Al Fresco"
4
15
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1976
"To the Mannerist Born," "Brooklyn Heights," "A Descent into the Mall Storm," "Pepsi Generation of Vipers," "Venice and Friuli, Art and Life," "Paradise, Made in USA," "Design Neglect," "Other Sides of Paradise," "The Story of O," "Warhol and De Niro: Modesty is the Best Policy," "Drawing Einstein on the Beach," "Nature Woman," "Greuze: Up from the Celler and Out on the Shelf"
4
16
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1977
"Swiss on Wry," "Adolph Gottlieb, Old Man of the Sea," "Dan Flavin at the Gates of Light," "Ensor, the Masked Marvel," "Sol Lewitt and the Blizzard of Cubes," "Nancy Graves, the Joys of Flying," David Budd, "He Tried to Become a Camera," "Ceremonies of Measurement," "Communicating Degas," "Across the River and into P.S. 1," "Boxing Day"
4
17
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1977
"Blue Nymphs and White Water," "David's Plot," "Replenishing Rauschenberg," "Kenneth Noland: Hesitant Prophet," "Up Close with Richard and Philip and Nancy and Klaus," "Breakthrough with Tanks," "A Tip from the Bookmakers," "Bookmakers on the Parnassus," "Americans in Paris," "Rubens: Blood, Milk and Tears," "For Each Man Kilns the Thing He Loves," "Wayne Thiebaud: Eternal Mayonnaise," "Vollard's Deal"
4
18
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1977
"The Light That Lies in Women's Eyes," "At the Whitney: Women Under Wraps," "Arshile Gorky Flies Again," "How to Cut into Color, or the Last Miracles of Henri Matisse," "Alex Katz's Sign of the Times," "Drawn and Quartered," "Women's Work," "The Big Picture," "Walter de Maria, or the Emperor's New Cat Box," "Jasper Johns: Oh, Say Can You See?," "Larry Rivers Strikes Again," "Balthus: Seen and Scene," "The Mess in Albany," "Cezanne, a Triumph," Balthus, "The Greek Connection," "The Designing Iceberg," "Nakian and Bladen, on the Streets"
4
19
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1978
"Where Have All the Isms Gone?," De Kooning, "The Flying Hollander of East Hampton, L.I.," Saul Steinberg, Barnett Newman
4
20
Manuscripts and Drafts, Proofs , 1970s
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21
By Hess
Senior Essay, "Poussin and Classicism" , circa 1942
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1
Notes, Notebook from Yale , 1940
5
2
Notes, Class Notes , undated, circa 1940
5
3-4
Notes, Notebooks, Notes on Readings About Art , circa 1970, undated
5
5-6
Notes, Comments on Ingres , circa 1960s
5
7
Notes, Note Cards on Italian Artists , undated
5
8
Notes, Travel , undated
5
9
Notes, General , circa 1970s
5
10-12
By Others, "The Red Robins," Play by Kenneth Koch , undated
5
13

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