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titleAlexander Liberman photography archive, ca. 1925-ca. 1998.
repositoryThe Getty Research Institute
collection titlePhotographs made by Alexander Liberman. The collection contains ca. 8,000 photographic prints, 50,000 transparencies, 90,000 negatives, 38 books of contact sheets, and loose prints mounted on foam core. Subjects of the photographs fall into two groups, contemporary artists and European historical sites.

The collection documents over 242 major European and American artists, such as Braque, Cezanne, Dali, de Kooning, Duchamp, Ernst, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Matisse, Newman, Picasso, Rauschenberg, and Rothko. Documentation consists of portraits of the artist at work or in their studio and photographs of the work in progress or as a finished work of art.

The group of photographs documenting historical and architectural sites focuses on Greece, France, Italy, and Spain.

Biographical or Historical Notes:
Russian-born artist and photographer, Liberman was for 50 years the influential director of Condé Nast Publications and art director of Vogue.

Other Archival Location:
Alexander Liberman miscellaneous papers, 2003.M.30.

Location:
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE
Box 367 c.1 Shelved At SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE

Call Number:
2000.R.19
extentca. 380 linear ft. + ADDS (2 boxes)
formatsPhotographs
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cat539373
record sourcehttp://library.getty.edu/vwebv/searchBasic
finding aidFinding aid available in the repository, folder level control.
acquisition informationGift of the Alexander Liberman estate, 2000.
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titleDodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins research materials on Alexander Liberman, 1974-1998.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleThe collection consists of research materials assembled by writers Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins in the course of writing the book, Alex: The Life of Alexander Liberman (1993).

Included are the book manuscript; 216 cassette tapes of interviews with Liberman and those who knew him (1987-1993), 1,239 pages of interviews with Liberman conducted by Dodie Kazanjian; transcripts of interviews with Liberman associates, including Anna Wintour, Richard Avedon, and Diana Vreeland; and research files.

Bio / His Notes:
Kazanjian and Tomkins: writers. Authors of Alex: The Life of Alexander Liberman (1993). Liberman was Editorial Director for Conde Nast for 51 years as well as an accomplished artist. He died in 1999.
extent5.0 linear ft.
formatsInterviews Manuscript
accessUse requires an appointment. Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins, New York, New York.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationDonated 1999 by Conde Nast writers Kazanjian and Tompkins.
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titleLiberman, Alexander : [photography bio file].
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titleThe file may include announcements, clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, and other ephemeral material filed through 2000; after 2000 all material is filed in the Library's artist files.

Location
MoMA Queens Photo Bio File

Call Number
Liberman, Alexander
extent1 folder
formatsPhotographs Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b746139~S1
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titleArtist file. Liberman, Alexander, 1912-1999.
repositoryThe Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
collection titleCite as Brooklyn Museum of Art Library Collections. Schweitzer Gallery files.

Cite as:
Brooklyn Museum of Art Library Collections. Schweitzer Gallery files.

Found In: Schweitzer Gallery files

Location
Brooklyn Artist Files

Call Number
AF Schweitzer L
extent1 folder
formatsEphemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b773150~S1
acquisition informationGift; M.R. Schweitzer; 1990.
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titleArtist file. Liberman, Alexander, 1912-1999.
repositoryThe Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
collection titleThe file may include any of the following materials: announcements, clippings, photographs, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, resumés, other ephemeral material.

Files compiled by BMA library staff from 1917 to the present.

Found In: BMA artist files

Location
Brooklyn Artist Files

Call Number
AF BMA L
extent1 folder
formatsEphemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b894188~S1
acquisition informationFiles compiled by BMA library staff from 1917 to the present.
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titleArtist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material.
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titleThe folder may include announcements, clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, and other ephemeral material.

Biographical/historical note
d. November 19, 1999.

Location
MoMA Queens Artist Files

Call Number
Liberman, Alexander
extent1 folder
formatsEphemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b738591~S1
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titleAlexander Liberman miscellaneous papers, ca. 1955-1981.
repositoryThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleCollection contains handwritten drafts and corrected typescripts for the book Liberman on Artists, other publications, mock-ups, one 3-ring binder containing correspondence, two magnetic recording audiotapes and dictaphone memobelts.

Also included are nine albums of photos and clippings from Vogue and various newspapers and reviews, one metal canister of microfilms, two Maxell audio cassette tapes and sixteen wire recordings (Protona minifon P55 tapes). 32 SyQuest computer data cartridges contain scans and book layouts.

Location:
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE

Call Number:
2003.M.30
extentca. 13 linear ft. (25 boxes) + ADDS (5 boxes)
formatsWritings Correspondence Sound Recording Photographs Clippings
accessUnprocessed collection; contact repository for information regarding access. Audio visual materials unavailable until reformatting is complete
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cat616736
record sourcehttp://library.getty.edu/vwebv/searchBasic
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titleBarbara Rose Papers, 1940-1993 (bulk 1960-1985).
repositoryThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleThe Barbara Rose Papers represent a selection from her archive and document her research in post-war and contemporary American art. The bulk of the papers date from 1960 through 1985.

Manuscript and research files on American artists, primarily of the post war era, and especially rich for the New York art world contain Rose's research notes, some correspondence (primarily from others), photographs and slides, and drafts of manuscripts for articles, catalogues and books, some unpublished. The most extensive files concern research (1978-1979) for an exhibition and catalogue on the artist Patrick Henry Bruce for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1979, and files about collaborations between science and art, including the Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization) project to build the Pepsi-Cola Pavilion at the 1970 Exposition in Osaka, and the related art and technology program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-1971.

Much of Rose's research consists of interviews with artists, and a few dealers, curators and printmakers. These date from ca. 1960 through ca. 1990. More than 100 interviews are here in transcriptions, some partial and heavily edited, and on cassette tapes and 1/4 inch audio tape reels. The Claes Oldenburg interviews are the most extensive with ca. 50 transcript pages and 21 cassette tapes. Six videotapes document exhibits, symposia and lectures.

Correspondence with artists, curators and historians is scattered throughout the research files. In addition there are several concentrated files (ca. .5 linear ft.) of correspondence from Avigdor Arikha and his wife Anne, 1962-1977, and Mark Di Suvero, 1972-1973, 1975. Two letters from Robert Motherwell, 1966, discuss the post-war New York art scene. There are 4 letters from Frank Stella, with 2 short manuscripts about painting, and photographs of Islamic decoration taken during a trip to Iran.

Complementing these files are ca. 200 black & white photographs of artists dating from ca. 1940 through 1992. Oldenburg's "Ray Gun" poster, signed and dated 1971, is an artifact from The Store

Additional Formats:
Use copies are available for all audio cassette tapes (C1-C147) and all reel-to-reel tapes (R1-R13). See research file for inventory.
extent11 linear ft., 40 boxes
formatsManuscript Research Files Correspondence Transcript Photographs
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers.
record linkhttp://archives2.getty.edu:8082/xtf/view?docId=ead/930100/930100.xml;query=;brand=default
record sourcehttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cat322207
finding aidOnline and unpublished finding aid available in the repository
acquisition informationThis collection comprises selected papers acquired from Barbara Rose in 1993.
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titleAndre Emmerich Gallery records and Andre Emmerich papers, [ca. 1954]-1999.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titlePublications; publicity files; financial records; inventory cards and inventories; administrative records; photographs, slides, negatives and transparencies; correspondence; guestbooks; artists' files (Zurich); and video and audio recordings.

Among the artists represented throught the collection are Pierre Alechinsky, Arman, William Bailey, Stanley Boxer, Jack Bush, Anthony Caro, Chuck Close, Chyrssa, Richard Diebenkorn, Burgoyne Diller, Friedel Piero Dorazio, Dzubas, Paul Feeley, Herbert Ferber, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Francis, Robert Goodnough, Adolph Gottlieb, Nancy Graves, Al Held, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Hans Hofmann, Jasper Johns, Frederick Kiesler, Alexander Liberman, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, Ed Moses, Ben Nicholson, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Larry Poons, Katherine Porter, Tony Rosenthal, Miriam Schapiro, George Segal, Alan Shields, Hassel Smith, Michael Steiner, Bernar Venet, Esteban Vicente, and Larry Zox.

Publications include Andre Emmerich Gallery catalogs, announcements, catalogs produced by other galleries and museums, magazines, books, and other materials.

Inventory cards document every object that passed through the gallery. The cards are alphabetically arranged and sorted thereunder into "Sold" and "Returned to Artist" categories. Cards include the artists' name; title of work; medium; dimensions; exhibition venues; cost (net, retail, and commission); buyer name; and final price. Also Included are 3 ft. of cards pertaining to Emmerich's last inventory, sales, sales of Emmerich's personal collection, and sales of Top Gallant sculpture.

Correspondence, ca. 1962-1968, is with artists, galleries, museums, universities, customs, and many others, arranged in alphabetical and subject arrangements. Included are files from André Emmerich Gallery, Zurich. Also included are Emmerich's personal correspondence, and correspondence relating to Top Gallant Farm.

Photographic materials include prints, slides, transparencies, the bulk arranged alphabetically by artist, including photos of works of art, some of the artists, their studios, or at work; photos of exhibition installations at the gallery and elsewhere; and photos of Pre-Columbian art handled by the gallery. Also found are photos of Top Gallant Farm, including Hockney painting Andre Emmerich's swimming pool; Emmerich's collection at the Century Club; and Emmerich's seventieth birthday party, 1994. There is also correspondence regarding photographs and reproduction rights.
Artists' files are of artists represented or whose works were handled by the Zurich branch of the Andre Emmerich Gallery.

Files contain correspondence; price lists and other business records; reproductions and color transparencies; and printed matter including clippings and catalogues.

Videotapes and audio tapes are mainly of art documentaries and appearances of Andre Emmerich, and artists on televison and radio interviews.

One item of note is an etching that was owned by Emmerich and inscribed "to Andre with continuing Esteem and fondness, Esther, 1/18/75" of portraits of artists done by one another on one etching plate. Reading the print from left to right, the portraits are: Top row: Lucille Corcos by Dorothy Dehner, David Smith by Lucille Corcos, Adolph Gottlieb by Edgar Levy. Bottom row: Edgar Levy by Esther Gottlieb, Dorothy Dehner by Adolph Gottlieb, Esther Gottlieb by David Smith. A cat and an alligator was drawn by Edgar Levy in the middle border. The etching is 96/100 and was printed by Micheal Kirk on the Charles Brand Press in the Parsons School of Design Studios. [AAA also has print 91/100 that was donated separately by Dorothy Dehner in 1978].

Bio / His Notes:
Art gallery; New York, N.Y. and Zurich, Switzerland Born in Germany in 1924 and raised in Holland, André Emmerich emigrated to the United States in 1940. After graduating from Oberlin College and working as a writer, he opened his gallery at 18 E. 77th St. in 1954, moving in 1956 to accommodate bigger works of art to 17 E. 64th St.

During its early years, the firm specialized in classical antiquities and Pre-Columbian art, but by the 1960s Emmerich began concentrating on the artists who defined Color-Field painting. Emmerich opened a branch in Zurich and in 1971 took space in 420 W. Broadway. A strong advocate of abstract sculpture, Emmerich featured it in his gallery and at Top Gallant Farm, his 140-acre estate in upstate New York where he installed monumentally scaled works. André Emmerich died September 25, 2007.
extentca. 300 linear ft.
formatsAdministrative Records Financial Records Inventories Photographs Correspondence
accessUse requires an appointment . COLLECTION IS CLOSED TO RESEARCHERS FOR ARCHIVAL PROCESSING AND PRESERVATION. Entire: Authorization to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publishing requires written permission from Andre Emmerich estate.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationDonated 1999-2002 by André Emmerich.
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