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William and Ethel Baziotes papers, 1916-1992

William and Ethel Baziotes papers, 1916-1992

Baziotes, William, 1912-1963


Collection Information

Size: 7.3 linear feet

Summary: Correspondence, financial material, writings and notes, sketchbook, photographs, slides, printed material, and an interview relating to William Baziotes' career as an abstract expressionist painter. The papers of Ethel Baziotes consist of correspondence and writings mostly dated after William's death regarding exhibitions of her husband's work.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Baziotes (1912-1963) was an abstract expressionist painter in New York City. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Baziotes moved to New York City in 1933, where he studied painting at the National Academy of Design, 1933-1936. He participated on the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project as a teacher, 1936-1938, and painted for the Easel Painting Project, 1938-1940. In 1941 he married Ethel Copstein. He had his first one-man show at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century Gallery in 1944. Baziotes taught at Subjects of the Artist, 1948; the Brooklyn Museum Art School; New York University; 1949-1952; the People's Art Center at the Museum of Modern Art, 1950-1952; and Hunter College, 1952-1962.


Donated by Ethel Baziotes, widow of William Baziotes, 1969-1993.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels N70-21, N70-24, 347, and 4984-4985 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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How to Cite This Collection

William and Ethel Baziotes papers, 1916-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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