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Archives related to: Ossorio, Alfonso, 1916-1990

titleAlfonso Ossorio papers, 1949-1981
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleCorrespondence; writings; photographs; financial material; exhibition catalogs; clippings; and printed material.

REEL 2000: Correspondence with Thomas Gibson Fine Arts, Ltd., Morris J. Pinto, and Jackson Pollock; correspondence, loan agreements, and clippings concerning Pollock's painting "Lavender Mist"; and cancelled checks, bank statements and other financial material.

REEL 3888: Correspondence with Clyfford Still, Gregg and Ann Blasdel, Jean Dubuffet, Andre Breton (re Dubuffet), Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner; a manuscript of a talk delivered by Dubuffet at the Librairie Marcel Evrard, Lille "Honneur aux Valeurs Sauvages"; recipes for painting on cement with oil; a printed article on Dubuffet, "The Hour of the Hourloupe"; writings for Ossorio's publications; 2 of Ossorio's published monographs, FOURTEEN PAINTINGS and PEINTURES INITIATIQUES D' OSSORIO with text by Dubuffet, 1951; photographs of Ossorio and others, of Ossorio's works of art, exhibition photos of "Autour De Jackson Pollock," 1979, and several photos by Gregg Blasdel of unusual buildings; exhibition catalogs and announcements; 2 posters; and clippings.

Addition: Printed material, including catalogs and an article.
extent1.6 linear ft. (on 2 microfilm reels)
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Financial Records Clippings Exhibition Catalogs
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationMaterial on reel 2000 lent for microfilming 1980 and material on reel 3888 donated 1980-1981 by Alfonso A. Ossorio.
updated05/12/2022 11:09:44
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titleAlfonso Ossorio interview, 1968 Nov. 19
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleInterview of Alfonso A. Ossorio conducted by Forrest Selvig for the Archives of American Art.

Ossorio speaks of his youth and education in England and the United States; attending Harvard; working as a medical illustrator for the Army; coming to New York and becoming acquainted with Jackson Pollock and other New York artists; a mural commission he received for a church in the Philippines; the difficulty of introducing new ideas into Catholic art; traveling to Paris; his association with Jean Dubuffet; changes in his technique; his work in collage; his affiliation with the Signa Gallery; abstract expressionism.
extentTranscript: 35 p.
formatsTranscript
accessPatrons must use transcript.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationPart of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:49
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titleJackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1905-1984.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titlePapers of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner document both the artists' careers and Krasner's involvement related to Pollock's exhibits, publications and sales after his death. Included are photographs, biographical material, correspondence, writings by others, research material collated by James Valliere, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork by others, and audio and video recordings of interviews of Pollock and Lee Krasner.

REELS 3046-3049: Biographical material; letters, 1929-1956, from Thomas Hart Benton, Alfonso Ossorio, Tony Smith, Clyfford Still, and others; correspondence, 1956-1975, between Pollock's widow, painter Lee Krasner, and galleries, museums, publishers and others; notes and doodles; typescripts of books and articles about Pollock; transcripts of interviews about Pollock conducted by James Valliere, 1963-1968, with James Brooks, Clement Greenberg, Reuben Kadish, among others; scrapbooks of printed material; clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, 1943-1973; ca. 300 photographs, 1914-1969, of Pollock, his family, friends, studio, artwork and exhibition installations; a guest book, 1950; and a list of works restored and owners of paintings.

REELS 3771-3780 (Krasner's papers): Biographical material including awards, address books, and mementos from a trip to England; correspondence, undated and 1941-1984; interviews; miscellaneous writings about Lee Krasner; notes and lectures written by Krasner; business records including sales and accounts from the Robert Miller Galleries, 1981-1982, and material from the "Lee Krasner Retrospective", 1983; financial records, 1967-1977; inventories from the Marlborough Gallery, the Pace Gallery, and the Robert Miller Gallery; price lists; mailing lists; guest list, 1982, for the Robert Miller Gallery; a scrapbook, 1965, from the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition; exhibition catalogs, 1942-1984 and announcements; press releases; clippings and magazine articles; miscellaneous printed material (oversize posters have not been microfilmed); photographs, undated and 1929-1984, of Lee Krasner and of works of art; and negatives and transparencies. Material (ca. 2.0 linear ft.) relating to Jackson Pollock, undated and 1905-1984, consists of correspondence, mainly letters to Krasner concerning Pollock; business records; printed material, 1905-1983; and photographs, undated and 1979.

UNMICROFILMED: Audio and Video recordings include two phonograph records of an interview of Lee Krasner conducted by John Gruen, 1964, for the Caspar Citron Show (duplicated on 1 cassette); reel-to-reel tapes of James Valliere's untranscribed interviews about Pollock with Alfonso Ossorio, Burton Rouche, William Wright, and Willem de Kooning and reel-to reel, transcribed interviews with Daniel T. Miller, Mrs. Sanford McCoy, Clement Greenberg, and James Brooks; an untranscribed interview of Lee Krasner on the Martha Dean radio show. Motion picture film includes a 16mm film (transferred to video, 30 min., b&w), "Jackson Pollock: A Reconsideration," with Bryan Robertson of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Robertson interviews Lee Krasner and James Valliere, and shows and discusses about 25 Pollock paintings and drawings in chronological order. The film was directed by Bud Myers and produced by Colin Clark for Channel 13/WNDT, Educational Broadcasting, N.Y. Other footage consists of brief outtakes of Krasner and Pollock outside their Long Island home. From the Krasner papers, unfilmed material includes eleven audio tapes, 1971-1980, of interviews with Lee Krasner; 2 video tapes, 1982 and 1983, entitled "Pollock a Beaubourg";

Bio / His Notes:
Painters; New York, N.Y. and The Springs, Long Island, N.Y.
extent15.6 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 14 reels) reels 3046-3049, reels 3771-3780
formatsMicrofilm Correspondence Business Papers Photographs Writings
accessContact repository for restrictions.
record linkhttp://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/jackson-pollock-and-lee-krasner-papers-8943
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aidOnline and in respository.
acquisition informationDonated 1983 by Lee Krasner, Pollock's widow and in 1985 by Eugene V. Thaw, executor of Lee Krasner's estate.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:53
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titleArtist file: Ossorio, Alfonso; miscellaneous uncataloged material.
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titlePamphlet file
The folder may include announcements, clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, and other ephemeral material.

Location
MoMA Queens Artist Files

Call Number
Ossorio, Alfonso
extent1 folder
formatsEphemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b715028~S1
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titleAlfonso Ossorio : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1920-2000 [graphic].
repositoryThe Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library
collection titleAssembled artist file includes b&w photographs, reproductions from books and auction catalogs, and in some cases, negatives. Items may include full views, details, before and after restoration views, etc. Documentation may include artist name, title of work, medium, dimensions, provenance, exhibition history, related works, previous attributions, and bibliography.

Location
Frick Photoarchive Stacks

Call Number
100 Ossorio
extent1 folder [as of 1999] : ill. (some col.) ; 34 cm.
formatsPhotographs Reproductions Ephemera
accessThese records are open for research under the conditions of The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library access policy. Frick: Photocopies of items and accompanying documentation are available upon request, subject to fees and other current guidelines for reproduction. Photographic prints from the Library's negatives may be ordered subject to copyright requirements.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b219346~S1
acquisition informationCompiled by staff of the Frick Art Reference Library.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:04
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titleArtist File: Ossorio, Alfonso
repositoryHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library
collection titleFolder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
extentcontact repository for further details
formatsArtist Files Ephemera
accessFolder(s) do not circulate. Folder(s) available for use only at the holding library
record sourcehttp://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/art-design/artandartistfiles/vf_advanced.cfm
updated11/12/2014 11:30:04
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titleArtist File: Ossorio, Alfonso
repositoryNational Portrait Gallery Library
collection titleFolder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
extentcontact repository for further details
formatsArtist Files Ephemera
accessFolder(s) do not circulate. Folder(s) available for use only at the holding library
record sourcehttp://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/Art-Design/artandartistfiles/
updated11/12/2014 11:30:04
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titleClaude Fredericks papers, circa 1850-1988, bulk 1941-1988
repositoryThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleFredericks’ personal papers, including writings, lectures, incoming correspondence, photographs, and ephemera. (For additional materials see 900230C.)

Series 1, Writing: Juvenilia (1933-1940), including prose, poetry, and some music and drawing; early poetry, prose, and drama (1939-1961), including drafts of The Wedding and a final version of An Interruption of laughter. Later writing includes notes, drafts, texts, and reviews of Fredericks’ plays On Circe’s island and A Summer ghost; other unfinished plays (1961-1988); and prose dating from 1973-1986. Also, various collections of writing submitted to publishers; published materials; ca. 8,000 holograph pages in notebooks (1945-1987). Also includes a set of his Complete poems, 1940-1988, a collection of ca. 2,000 poems, compiled by Fredericks.

Series II, Teaching: Lecture notes for all classes taught at Bennington College (1961-1988), including introductory classes, Greek literature, "religious experience" and Japanese literature, Dante, and others. Cassette recordings of every class given by Fredericks, 1981-1988. Carbon copies of Fredericks’ evaluations of students and their work (1961-1988), arranged by year and class, students’ evaluations of him, and Bennington College’s catalogs.

Series III, Ephemera: Programs of plays, exhibits, concerts, and recitals attended, 1950-1988, including from Fredericks’ years of travel in Europe (1950-1952) and Japan (1966) and living in Rome (1983). Also cancelled checks (1944-1988).

Series IV, Photographs, film, and sound recordings: Includes 233 family photographs (ca. 1850-1964) documented by Fredericks, 1,791 Minox prints (1964-1983), other photographs (1916-1983), Leica prints of Fredericks in Europe taken by James Merrill (1950-1951), a large-format portrait photograph of Fredericks (1935), and ca. 25 photographs and several sound recordings documenting productions of Fredericks’ plays (On Circe’s island, Summer ghost, and Idiot king).

Also includes 121 photographic postcards taken by Carl Van Vechten (1947-1950) and sent to Fredericks and his partner Milton Saul; most are embossed "Photography by Carl Van Vechten," and most are unpublished.

The wide range of his portrait subjects (artists, actors, authors, dancers, musicians, composers) is represented, including Judith Anderson, Josephine Baker, Marlon Brando, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Jean Cocteau, Billie Holiday, Nora Kaye, Norman Mailer, Eugene O’Neill, and Gertrude Stein.

Series V, Letters to Claude Fredericks (1944-1988): Significant correspondents include family members, many poets and writers published by the Banyan Press, and after 1961, Fredericks’ colleagues at Bennington College (e.g. Stephen Sandy and Nicholas Delbanco), and many of his students. Others include May Sarton, Evelyn Hofer, Roger Kimball, Anaïs Nin, and Gil Orlovitz, among many others. Letters from James Merrill have been moved to Claude Fredericks journal and letters, accn. no. 900230C.

Biographical or Historical Notes:
American dramatist, poet, printer, and teacher

Preferred Citation
Claude Fredericks papers, circa 1850-1988, bulk 1941-1988. Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 900230B.



Other Archival Location:
Banyan Press archive, 1946-1988; accessioned as a separate collection: 900230A.

Claude Fredericks journal and letters, 1916-1988; accessioned as a separate collection: 900230C.
extent44 linear ft. (85 boxes)
formatsPersonal Papers Writings Correspondence Photographs Ephemera
accessRESTRICTED ACCESS: this collection is available to researchers only with written permission of Claude Fredericks or of an agent appointed by him. The restriction ends 15 years after Claude Fredericks’s death. Student evaluations in Boxes 26-32 are SEALED until 2063
record linkhttp://archives2.getty.edu:8082/xtf/view?docId=ead/900230B/900230B.xml;query=;brand=default
record sourcehttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cat297530
finding aidIn the repository and on the repository's Web site.
acquisition informationAcquired in 1990.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:14
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titleIrving Sandler papers, ca. 1950-2000.
repositoryThe Getty Research Institute
collection titlePapers of the American art critic Irving Sandler, including five decades of notes, transcripts and audiotapes of interviews with artists and art professionals, materials documenting art organizations and associations, and correspondence regarding publications, lectures, and academic appointments.

Biographical or Historical Notes:
Irving Sandler has been an American critic and reviewer of contemporary art for five decades.

Location:
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE
Call Number:
2000.M.43
extent45 linear ft.
formatsInterview Sound Recording Video recording Correspondence Typescript
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers except for unreformatted audiotapes and videotapes in boxes 76-90 and the sound cassette interview with Margaret Barr, 1983, which is sealed.
record linkhttp://archives2.getty.edu:8082/xtf/view?docId=ead/2000.M.43/2000.M.43.xml;query=;brand=default
record sourcehttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cat549586
finding aidUnpublished finding aid available in the repository; folder level control.
acquisition informationCollection acquired from Irving Sandler in 2000.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:14
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