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Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989

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role Collector Dealer/Gallery
dates 1896-1989
city New York City
stateNY
other citiesParis, France; Buffalo, NY;
gender M
historical notes Clothing manufacturer, art collector and dealer, Janis owned and operated the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York.

Sidney Janis began collecting paintings in 1926 and opened his gallery in New York in 1949 with an exhibition of works by Léger, whom he had known in Paris. The gallery is closed.

Janis and his wife, Harriet, made annual trips to Paris, where they met Mondrian, Picasso, Léger, Brancusi, and other masters. By the early 1930s, they had acquired a number of major works by Picasso, Matisse, De Chirico, Dalí, Mondrian, and the self-taught master Henri Rousseau. In New York, Sidney and Harriet Janis became good friends with Gorky, Keisler, and Duchamp, all of whom often visited their apartment.
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1920-1930
1930-1940
1940-1950
1950-1960
1960-1970
1970-1980
1980-1990
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Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Sidney Janis interview, 1972 Mar. 21-1972 Sept. 26. see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Sidney Janis interview, 1981 Oct. 15. - Nov. 18. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
Subject file : Sidney Janis Gallery: miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
Zentralarchiv des Internationalen Kunsthandels
Mauritiuswall 76-78
Sidney Janis Gallery Papers see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Roberto Sebastián Matta Echaurren Letter, ca. 1960, to Sidney Janis. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
MoMA History Interviews see details...

see also:
Sidney Janis Gallery