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titleFischbach Gallery records, 1954-1978.
repositoryArchives of American Art
descriptionThe records of New York City Fischbach Gallery measure 25.3 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1977 with the bulk of materials dating from 1963 to 1977. The majority of the collection consists of artists files containing a wide variety of materials documenting the gallery's relationship with its stable of modern and avant garde artists, as well as gallery exhibitions. Files include biographical materials, correspondence, printed materials, and photographs.

Gallery records also include general business correspondence, access-restricted financial records; and additional printed materials.

Artists and Exhibition Files contain information on over one hundred Fischbach Gallery artists and measure 18 linear feet. The contents of each file varies, but typically may include biographical information; correspondence between the artist, museums, and other galleries; scattered consignment information; printed materials including articles, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and press releases; photographs of the artist, installations, constructions, and works of art;

and negatives, slides, and transparencies. Substantial files are found for John Altoon, Stephen Antonakos, Ronald Bladen, Wynn Chamberlain, Allan D'Arcangelo, Gene Davis, Anne Dunn, Piero Gilardi, Eva Hesse, Alex Katz, Nicholas Krushenick, Les Levine, Robert Mangold, Doug Ohlson, Anne Ryan, Robert Ryman, Arlene Slavin, Tony Smith, George Sugarman, and Robert Swain, among others. Also included are files pertaining to group exhibitions including "According to the Letter" (1963), "Hard Center" (1963), "Six Women" (1965), "Game Without Rules" (1966), "Direct Representation" (1969), and "Eccentric Abstraction" (1966) which was organized by Lucy Lippard.

General gallery correspondence is business correspondence between the gallery and companies, individuals, museums, galleries, dealers, new or non-Fischbach artists, and institutions. Additional business records consist of an address book, lists of Fischbach artists, gallery plans, a notebook, as well as guest lists, mailing lists, and press lists.

Financial records are access restricted and require written permission from the donor's representative for use. The files document financial transactions for many of the artists represented in the artists files and includes sales records, invoices, artists' payments, and correspondence about sales and possible sales. The alphabetical financial files document routine gallery business, such as framing, shipping, insurance, messenger, publicity, etc. and are organized by name of business. General financial files consist of accounting ledgers, banking documents, insurance claims, and travel accounts.

Printed materials consist of various business cards, clippings concerning the Fischbach Gallery, and a pamphlet by Ron Williams as a guide to New York galleries. The bulk of printed materials are found in the Artists and Exhibition Files.

A small series of photographs include those from the Thiabaut Gallery, and unidentified photos of landscapes. It is likely that Fischbach Gallery occupied the space previously used by the Thiabaut Gallery and some materials were included in the collection for that reason. The bulk of photographic materials are found in the Artists and Exhibition Files.

Bio / His Notes:
Fischbach Gallery, founded ca. 1954, is an art gallery in New York, N.Y. Operated by Aladar Marberger. In the 1960s, specialized in minimalist painters; during the 1970s the focus turned to painterly, representational realists and minimalist sculpture.

Cite as:
The Fischbach Gallery records, 1937-1977, bulk 1963-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

extent25.3 linear feet
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Financial Records Exhibition Catalogs
accessFinancial records (Boxes 20-25): ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required. Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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finding aidA box inventory is available at all Archives of American Art offices (does not include the addition).
acquisition informationGallery founder Marilyn C. Fischbach and director A. Aladar Marberger donated the majority of the Fischbach Gallery records in 1978. Additional records were donated in 2001 by Maureen Dawley on behalf of the Carnegie Mellon University.
updated03/16/2023 10:29:46

titleElizabeth Osborne interview, 1991 May 24.
repositoryArchives of American Art
descriptionAn interview of Elizabeth Osborne conducted by Cynthia Veloric for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.

Osborne discusses her family and early life; studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts including her teachers Franklin Watkins and Hobson Pittman; going to France on a Fulbright in 1963; teaching at the Academy and changes over the years; exhibiting at the Perakis, Makler, Marian Locks, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer, and Fischbach galleries, and a general discussion of the Philadelphia gallery scene, sales and collectors; the various media she works in including watercolor, acrylic, oil, and prints; changes in subject matter including the Nava series, landscapes and still lifes; and being a woman artist.

Bio / His Notes:
Painter, printmaker; Philadelphia, Pa.
extentSound recording: 3 sound cassettes Transcript: 126 p. (on partial microfilm reel) reel 4778
formatsSound Recording Microfilm Transcript
accessTranscript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
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acquisition informationThis interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:51

titleMell Daniel papers, 1916-1976.
repositoryArchives of American Art
descriptionMembership card for the Society of Independent Artists, 1920; a letter, undated, from newspaper cartoonist Clive Weed and his wife Helen Torr Weed (later Helen Torr Dove), encouraging Daniel to continue his painting, and offering to take Daniel's drawings to show them in Philadelphia; fragment from a sheet of cartoon drawings regarding war bonds; a photocopy of an unidentified pencil portrait; exhibition announcements, including Daniel's first show at the Modern Gallery, 1917, Independents' Studio exhibitions, 1917-18, Fischbach Gallery, 1970, and a catalog of Fischbach's memorial exhibition, 1976; 6 color photographs of paintings, 1972; and clippings regarding the Independents' shows, 1916-1921, and his exhibitions at Fischbach Gallery, 1970-1973.

Bio / His Notes:
Painter; New York, N.Y.
extent38 items. (on partial microfilm reel) reel 4909 (fr. 1031-1081)
formatsClippings Correspondence Ephemera
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
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acquisition informationDonated 1991 by Mina Daniel, widow of Mell Daniel.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:51

titleIan Hornak papers, 1955-1991.
repositoryArchives of American Art
descriptionCorrespondence, photographs, artwork, and printed material regarding Ian Hornak's career as a representational painter and his involvement with the art world.

Correspondence is with friends, family, associates, and galleries including Lowell Nesbitt, Hanna Tillich, Gertrude Kasle, the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, the Fischbach Gallery, and the Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery.

Photographs are of Hornak taken by Jack Mitchell and John Foote, and Hornak's friends and family, including Hanna Tillich and Virgil Thompson. Also included are slides of Hornak's works of art and photo studies for his artwork including studies for a pencil portrait of the Gertrude Kasle family.

Artwork includes drawings and sketchbooks.

Printed material consists of newspaper and magazine clippings featuring Hornak, exhibition announcements, and catalogs.
extent2.7 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Artwork Printed Materials Sketchbooks
accessUse requires an appointment.
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acquisition informationDonated 2007 by Ian Hornak via executor Eric Ian Spoutz.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:13