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Ed Clark papers

Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Extent:
8.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1923-2017
Summary:
The papers of African American abstract expressionist painter Ed Clark measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1923 to 2017. The collection documents Clark's work as a professional artist through biographical material; correspondence with family, galleries, and friends, most notably Cinque Gallery, Herbert Gentry, Bill Hutson, and Ted Joans; writings, including documentation for the book Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search; personal business records, including consignment and sales records; and material related to professional activities, including files on significant exhibitions and projects, gallery files, and teaching records. Also in the collection are exhibition announcements, catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material documenting Clark's work; photographic material depicting Ed Clark, his artwork, and other individuals; and a small amount of original artwork by Clark and others.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American abstract expressionist painter Ed Clark measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1923 to 2017. The collection documents Clark's work as a professional artist through biographical material; correspondence with family, galleries, and friends, most notably Cinque Gallery, Herbert Gentry, Bill Hutson, and Ted Joans; writings, including documentation for the book Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search; personal business records, including consignment and sales records; and material related to professional activities, including files on significant exhibitions and projects, gallery files, and teaching records. Also in the collection are exhibition announcements, catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material documenting Clark's work; photographic material depicting Ed Clark, his artwork, and other individuals; and a small amount of original artwork by Clark and others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as eight series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1943-2016 (Boxes 1, 10; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1926, circa 1943-2016 (Boxes 1-3; 2.1 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1955, 1980-2006, 2015, undated (Boxes 3-4, 10; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1953, 1966-2015 (Boxes 4, 10; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 5: Professional Activities, circa 1954-2016 (Boxes 4-5, 10; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1923-1926, 1950-2017, undated (Boxes 5-8, 10, OV 11-14; 3.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographic Material, 1928, 1952-2014, undated (Boxes 8-9, 10; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 8: Artwork, 1977-1997, undated (Boxes 9-10, OV 14; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Ed Clark (1926- ) is an abstract expressionist painter who worked in Paris, France and New York. Clark was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1926. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1946 to 1951 and enrolled at the Académie de la Grande Chaumièré in Paris after his arrival there in 1952. After his return to the United States, Clark became a charter member of the Brata Gallery. In 1957 he premiered his shaped canvas at the Brata Gallery Christmas group show. This shaped canvas is generally considered to be the first of its kind. In 1958, he began using a push broom to apply broad strokes of color to canvases on his studio floor.

Ed Clark has received multiple awards and honors including the National Endowment for the Arts' Master Award (1972), the United States Congressional Achievement Award (1994), and the Art Institute of Chicago's Legends and Legacy Award (2013). He has exhibited widely and his work is held in many collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the California Afro-American Museum, the Centro de Arté Moderno in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Louisiana State University, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the New York Public Library Schomburg Center.
Related Materials:
A 30-minute documentary recording, Ed Clark: a brush with success (2007) produced by Mark Hammond and Charles Martin is available at the Anacostia Community Museum Library.
Provenance:
The Ed Clark papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Melanca Clark, Ed Clark's daughter.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.clarked
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Identification Cards and Documents

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1943-1991
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref10

W

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1926
1964-1965
1983-2014
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref100

Yatziv, Irit

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 32
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1989
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref101

Y-Z

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 33
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987, 2000-2007
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref102

Certification Questions Submitted for Degree of Doctor of Education by Brenda Delany John

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 35
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1995
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref103

Ed Clark Writings and Statements

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 36
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1996
2003
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref104

Edward Clark: The Fulfillment of a 'Grand' Talent by Corinne Robins

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 37
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref105

A Lament on the Passing of Time: the Center of the Black World by Edmond D. Jones

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 38
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1993
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref106

Notes and Notebook

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 39
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref107

Poetry by Others

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 40
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980-1990
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref108

Quiet as it's Kept by Geoffrey Jacques

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 41
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2002
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref109

Biographies, Resumes, and Chronologies

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Extent:
1 electronic discs (cd) (Includes one CD, possibly containing a digital copy of Ed Clark's resume.)
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Electronic discs (cd)
Date:
circa 1969-2007
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref11

Seeing the World With Left-Eyed Clarity by Robert Samuel Bates, Jr. — Excerpts

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 42
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1993
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref110

Student Gallery Reviews, Fine Art Seminar

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 43
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2006
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref111

Writings by Others

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 44
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955
1996
2005
2015
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref112

Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref113

Ed Clark and the Abstract Shaped Canvas: A Memoir by Anita Feldman

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 45
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings / Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref114

Ed Clark Interview with Quincy Troupe Transcript

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 1-6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1993
Scope and Contents:
Transcripts contained in each file may represent different versions or edits. Not all copies are complete.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings / Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref116

Ed Clark Interview with Quincy Troupe Excerpts and Poem

Collection Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1990
1993
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Ed Clark papers
Ed Clark papers / Series 3: Writings / Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-clarked-ref117

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