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Tirca Karlis Gallery records, 1927-1980

Tirca Karlis Gallery (Provincetown, Mass.)


Collection Information

Size: 4 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical information on Tirca Karlis, founder of the gallery; correspondence with artists, buyers, galleries and museums; artists' resumes; consignment, purchase, and return receipts; invoices, sales ledgers, clippings; printed material; guest books; photographs of Karlis, her family, the gallery, and works of art; and miscellaneous printed materials. Notable correspondents include George Grosz, David Burliuk, Hugo Robus, and Sally Avery (Mrs. Milton).

Biographical/Historical Note

Tirca Karlis Gallery (est. 1920s-) was a commercial art gallery in Provincetown, Mass. The gallery was founded by Tirca Karlis Cohen and upon her death it passed to the hands of her son and heir, Aaron Cohen.


Donated 1981-1982 by Aaron Cohen, son and present owner of Tirca Karlis Cohen who founded the Tirca Karlis Gallery. Five additional items donated 2014 by Matthew Weseley.

How to Use This Collection

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How to Cite This Collection

Tirca Karlis Gallery records, 1927-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.