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Scrapbook, dismantled

Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber), 1887-1961  Search this
Type:
Albums
Date:
1925-1967
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6228
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J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6228
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J. B. Neumann

Photographer:
Morrison, Helen Balfour, 1901-1984  Search this
Subject:
Morrison, Helen Balfour  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1930-1940
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14234
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J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967
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Archives of American Art
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J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967

Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber), 1887-1961  Search this
Subject:
Baskin, Leonard  Search this
Schmid, Elsa  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Morrison, Helen Balfour  Search this
White, Clarence H.  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Beckmann, Max  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Gehenna Press  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Etchings  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Gallery directors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9191
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211386
AAA_collcode_neumjsra
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211386
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Maurice Becker papers, circa 1910-1970

Creator:
Becker, Maurice, 1889-1975  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Thiel, Philip  Search this
Lancaster, Elizabeth G. (Elizabeth Greig),  Search this
Becker, Dorothy Baldwin  Search this
Artists for Victory, Inc  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Watercolors  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Prints  Search this
Cartoonists  Search this
Cartooning  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Politics in art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8878
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211063
AAA_collcode_beckmaur
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211063
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Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006

Creator:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Harmon, Lily  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Rich, Daniel Catton  Search this
Dale, Chester  Search this
Arensberg, Walter  Search this
Topic:
Art dealers  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Curators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13638
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)272295
AAA_collcode_bermavis3
Theme:
Women
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_272295

Oral history interview with Reuben Nakian, 1981 June 9-17

Interviewee:
Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Manship, Paul Howard  Search this
Lachaise, Gaston  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Hague, Raoul  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
French, Daniel Chester  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
Dudensing, F. Valentine  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11707
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212940
AAA_collcode_nakian81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212940
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José de Creeft papers, 1871-2004, bulk 1910s-1980s

Creator:
De Creeft, José, 1884-1982  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
De Diego, Julio  Search this
Gross, Chaim  Search this
Dodd, Lamar  Search this
Roszak, Theodore  Search this
De Creeft, William  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter  Search this
Sweeney, James Johnson  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Gropius, Walter  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Gómez Gil, Alfredo  Search this
Nivola, Costantino  Search this
Diederich, William Hunt  Search this
Lawrence, Gertrude  Search this
Campos, Jules  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Escuder, Joseph  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Norton Gallery and School of Art  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.School  Search this
Stone Mountain Memorial (Ga.)  Search this
Topic:
Scrapbooks  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Educators  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7406
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209563
AAA_collcode_decrjose
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209563
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Eva Lee Gallery records, 1921-1973

Creator:
Eva Lee Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Loewe, Frederick  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Lieberman, Harry  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Hopkins, John  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff  Search this
Grosz, George  Search this
Nesbitt, Lowell  Search this
Marin, John  Search this
Simpson, Merton D. (Merton Daniel)  Search this
Corinth, Lovis  Search this
Indiana, Robert  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Odets, Clifford  Search this
Lee, Eva  Search this
Christo  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Mommer, Paul  Search this
Dalí, Salvador  Search this
Magritte, René  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Vasarely, Victor  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Valentin, Curt  Search this
Benn, Ben  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Korvettes  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Watercolor drawings  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8866
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211051
AAA_collcode_evalee
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211051
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Oral history interview with Ben-Zion interview, 1982 August 3-September 21

Interviewee:
Ben-Zion, 1897-1987  Search this
Interviewer:
Shikler, Barbara  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Gallery Secession (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Painters  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Writers, Jewish  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Philadelphia Ten (Group of artists)  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Jewish artists  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12434
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215624
AAA_collcode_benzio82
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215624
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Oral history interview with Jack Kufeld, 1981 Oct. 5

Interviewee:
Kufeld, Jack, 1907-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Godsoe, Robert  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Rothko, Edith  Search this
Harris, Louis  Search this
Gross, Chaim  Search this
Yavno, Max  Search this
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice)  Search this
Jaffe, Vladimir  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Kufeld, Jack  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Design Laboratory (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Gallery Secession (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Philadelphia Ten (Group of artists)  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12817
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215636
AAA_collcode_kufeld81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215636
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J. B. Neumann papers

Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Names:
Artlover  Search this
Gehenna Press  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000  Search this
Beckmann, Max, 1884-1950  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily, 1866-1944  Search this
Morrison, Helen Balfour  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Schmid, Elsa, 1897-  Search this
Photographer:
White, Clarence H., 1871-1925  Search this
Extent:
2.1 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Drawings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Etchings
Date:
1905-1967
Summary:
The papers of gallery director, art dealer and publisher Jsrael Ber Neumann (1887-1961) measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1967. The papers document Neumann's career as the director of galleries in Berlin and Munich, Germany (1910-1924) as well as the New Art Circle gallery in New York City (1924-1952). Neumann was a respected art dealer, publisher of Artlover periodical, founder of Gehenna Press, and frequent lecturer. Found within his papers are correspondence with artists and museums, writings, printed materials mostly comprised of exhibition catalogues, artwork, and photographic materials.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of gallery director, art dealer and publisher Jsrael Ber Neumann (1887-1961) measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1967. The papers document Neumann's career as the director of galleries in Berlin and Munich, Germany (1910-1924) as well as the New Art Circle gallery in New York City (1924-1952). Neumann was a respected art dealer, publisher of Artlover periodical, founder of Gehenna Press, and frequent lecturer. Found within his papers are correspondence with artists and museums, writings, printed materials mostly comprised of exhibition catalogues, artwork, and photographic materials.

Correspondence is between Neumann and friends, colleagues, and museums. There is also correspondence with notable artists, including Josef Albers, Leonard Baskin, Max Beckmann, Wassily Kandinsky, and Abraham Rattner, among others. There are also condolence letters from friends and colleagues to Elsa Schmid, Neumann's wife.

Scattered writings consist of typescript drafts of Neumann's speeches and one article on expressionism. There is also one speech written by curator Richard Klein.

Printed materials comprise the bulk of the collection and include a bound gallery guest register, a disbound scrapbook, exhibition catalogs and announcements, brochures, magazines, posters, and news clippings. There are many exhibition catalogs from Neumann's galleries in Berlin and Munich as well as from the New Art Circle gallery in New York. Artwork consists of two etchings and one drawing by an unknown artist or artists.

Photographic materials include black and white photographs and negatives, including notable portraits of Neumann by photographers Helen Balfour Morrison, Clarence White, and Hans Namuth.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 5 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1925-1961 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Writings, 1919, 1954-circa 1960 (5 folders; Box 1)

Series 3: Printed Materials, 1910-1967 (1.7 linear feet; Box 1-4)

Series 4: Artwork, 1919-circa 1960 (3 folders; Box 3-4)

Series 5: Photographic Materials, 1905-circa 1950 (0.2 linear feet; Box 3-4)
Biographical / Historical:
J. B. (Jsrael Ber) Neumann (1887-1961) was a gallery director, art dealer and publisher. After immigrating to the U.S., Neumann founded the New Art Circle Gallery in New York City. Before then, he had art galleries in Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf and Bremen, Germany.

J. B. Neumann was born in Austria in 1887. His father was an oil and lumber dealer. Neumann initially studied business but later apprenticed to a book and picture dealer when he was nineteen. While working as a clerk in a large bookstore in London, Neumann had the opportunity to work at the rare book dealer's table in the British Museum. The job allowed him to assess and handle fine and rare books, starting a lifelong passion, and Neumann went on to amass a substantial personal library.

In 1910, Neumann returned to Berlin, Germany and in 1911 opened a book and art shop where he exhibited the work of Edvard Munch and others. Neumann had many friends who were artists and in 1915-1916 he was secretary to the Berlin Secession, a prominent German artist association. By 1922 Neumann had branch offices in Bremen, Dusseldorf and Munich.

Neumann immigrated to America in 1923 and left the Berlin gallery to the directorship of Karl Nierendorf and the Munich gallery to Günther Franke. Neumann settled in New York City and one year later he opened a 57th Street gallery and bookshop, first called J.B. Neumann's Print Room and later the New Art Circle gallery. He supported numerous artists, including Wassily Kandinsky, Max Beckmann, Paul Klee, and Georges Rouault. Elsa Schmid, Neumann's wife, was an artist who worked in mosaics.

Neumann also worked as a publisher. He created the printing company Gehenna Press and published a series of periodicals including Bilderhefte (Berlin, 1920-1922) and Artlover (New York, 1926-1945, 1959). The New Art Circle gallery closed circa 1952 and, after working as its director for nearly three decades, Neumann became a consultant for museums and collectors. He was also a lecturer and he frequently spoke about art at universities, museums and galleries.

Neumann died in Rye, New York on April 28, 1961. He is survived by his widow, Elsa Schmid (d. 1970); two sons, Peter and Albrecht; and a daughter, Mrs. Johanna Lam.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds a collection of Josef Albers letters to J. B. Neumann, 1934-1947 on microfilm reel 911.

Additional J.B. Neumann papers are also located at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The museum microfilmed a portion of these papers and donated a copy of that film to the Archives. This material may be viewed on reel NJBN5 at Archives of American Art offices, affliate centers, and via interlibrary loan.
Separated Materials:
Also available at the Archives of American Art are materials lent for microfilming (reels NJBN-1- NJBN-5) including correspondence with numerous artists, art critics, museum directors and others. The materials on reel NJBN-1- NJBN-4 were returned to Neumann's wife, Elsa Schmid and the original material on reel NJBN-5 is located at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY. Loaned material is not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Neuman's wife, Elsa Schmid and The Museum of Modern Art lent the Archives of American Art material for microfilming in 1966-1967. The rest of the J.B. Neumann papers were donated in several installments between 1973-2007 by Eva Lee (family friend), Joy Weber, Max Weber's daughter, Neil Richmond, and Hellie Neumann, J.B. Neumann's granddaughter.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The J. B. Neumann papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- History  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Etchings
Citation:
J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.neumjsra
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Archives of American Art
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Oral history interview with Isamu Noguchi, 1973 Nov. 7-Dec. 26

Interviewee:
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Knoll, Hans  Search this
Ward, Eleanor  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Hare, David  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Brummer, Joseph  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Becker, John Bruere  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin  Search this
Fraser, James Earle  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
Ruotolo, Onorio  Search this
Covarrubias, Miguel  Search this
Reynal, Jeanne  Search this
Graham, Martha  Search this
Schoen, Eugene  Search this
Ito, Michio  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Price, Edison A.  Search this
Moore, Henry  Search this
Ruellan, Andrée  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Hopkins, Harry Lloyd  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Hasegawa, Saburo  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster),  Search this
Cahill, Holger  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Kahn, Louis I.  Search this
LÔeger, Fernand  Search this
Graham, John D. (John Dabrowsky)  Search this
Breton, André  Search this
Shoji, Sadao  Search this
Raymond, Antonin  Search this
Taniguchi, Yoshiro  Search this
Barnard, George Grey  Search this
Gregory, Peter Ronald  Search this
McMahon, Audrey  Search this
Calder, Alexander Stirling  Search this
Kantor, Morris  Search this
Borglum, Gutzon  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Egan, Charles  Search this
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Brummer Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Bollingen Foundation  Search this
Japanese American Citizens' League  Search this
Leonardo da Vinci Art School  Search this
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill  Search this
Unesco  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Gardens, Japanese  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11906
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216546
AAA_collcode_noguch73
Theme:
Asian American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216546
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Eva Lee Gallery records

Creator:
Eva Lee Gallery  Search this
Names:
Korvettes  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Benn, Ben, 1884-  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Corinth, Lovis, 1858-1925  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Dalí, Salvador, 1904-  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Grosz, George, 1893-1959  Search this
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943  Search this
Hopkins, John  Search this
Indiana, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Lee, Eva  Search this
Lieberman, Harry, 1880-1983  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
Loewe, Frederick  Search this
Magritte, René, 1898-1967  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Mommer, Paul  Search this
Nesbitt, Lowell, 1933-1993  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963  Search this
Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Simpson, Merton D. (Merton Daniel), 1928-  Search this
Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954  Search this
Vasarely, Victor, 1906-1997  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Extent:
4 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Watercolor drawings
Photographs
Date:
1921-1973
Summary:
The scattered records of the New York contemporary American art Eva Lee Gallery measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1921-1973. Artist files contain provenance notes, photographs of artwork, records of sales and consignments, exhibition catalogs from other galleries, and reference information on numerous contemporary artists, many represented by the gallery. There are also scattered letters and artwork from artists, scattered sales records of J.B. Neuman's New Art Circle Gallery, and a photocopy of an auction catalog for Korvettes Art Galleries in Douglastan, New York. A significant amount of information is found within the collection about Alexander Calder, Lovis Corinth, Salvadore Dali, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Robert Indiana, Harry Lieberman, Rene Magritte, John Marin, Lowell Nesbitt, Ben Shahn, Victor Vasarely, and Max Weber.
Scope and Content Note:
The scattered records of the New York contemporary American art Eva Lee Gallery measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1921-1973. Artist files contain provenance notes, photographs of artwork, records of sales and consignments, exhibition catalogs from other galleries, and reference information on numerous contemporary artists, many represented by the gallery. There are also scattered letters and artwork from artists, scattered sales records of J.B. Neumann's New Art Circle Gallery, and a photocopy of an auction catalog for Korvettes Art Galleries in Douglastan, New York.

The records are comprised of artists' files arranged into four categories established by the gallery: general artists' files; notebooks of artists' files; financial artists' files; and consignment and sales artists' files. General artists' files contain background and reference information on numerous contemporary artists, performers, and art-related organizations. More information exists for Alexander Calder and Harry Lieberman than the other names represented in the general files. Lee also arranged provenance notes and photographs of artwork into notebooks, presumably including many of the artists represented by the gallery. There is a significant amount of material in the notebooks on Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Lowell Nesbitt, Ben Shahn, Victor Vasarely, and Max Weber.

Financial artists' files contain correspondence with artists and patrons concerning the sale of artwork by both the Eva Lee Gallery and J. B. Neumann of the New Art Circle Gallery, scattered artwork, printed material, photographs of artists, and checks signed by Neumann and endorsed by miscellaneous artists. Eva Lee worked on the estate of J. B. Neumann and collected and interspersed his files with her own. These files include letters from Josef Albers, Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, Christo, Joseph Cornell, Robert Indiana, and a postcard of Calder's studio from Ben Shahn. There are also watercolor sketches by Clifford Odets, an exhibition catalog autographed by Ben Shahn, and photographs of Marsden Hartley, Jacques Lipchitz, composer Frederick Loewe, Paul Mommer, Mert Simpson, and Curt Valentin with Andrew Ritchie.

Eva Lee Gallery artists' consignment and sales files primarily contain photographs of artwork and notes concerning sales of specific artwork by the Eva Lee Gallery. Also found in these sales files are scattered letters, receipts, and printed material. There is a significant amount of material for Ben Benn, Alexander Calder, Lovis Corinth, Salvadore Dali, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Marsden Hartley, John Hopkins, Rene Magritte, and John Marin. It is assumed that Eva Lee separated the two latter sets of artists' files containing sales records.

Also found in the collection is a photocopy of the Korvettes Art Galleries auction catalog, which lists artwork sold at a 1970 auction liquidating the holdings of the Douglaston, New York gallery.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: General Artist Files, 1923-1972 (Boxes 1-2; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Notebooks of Artist Files, 1929-1973 (Boxes 2-3; 1.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Financial Artist Files, 1921-1970 (Boxes 3-4; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Eva Lee Gallery Consignment and Sales Artist Files, 1960-1972 (Box 4; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 5: Photocopy of Korvettes Art Galleries Auction Catalog, 1970 (Box 4; 1 folder)
Historical Note:
Eva Lee was born circa 1924. She fled from Nazi Germany to the United States, becoming an art dealer and the owner of the Eva Lee Gallery, Inc. Located in Great Neck, New York, the Eva Lee Gallery specialized in modern art and handled the work of many prominent artists including Alexander Calder, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Ben Shahn, and Max Weber. The gallery was in operation through the first half of 1973.

Eva Lee died suddenly on November 4, 1973 in Terre Haute, Indiana, while undergoing unspecified medical treatment.
Provenance:
The Eva Lee Gallery records were donated in 1973 by Eva Lee through Eloise Spaeth, and in 1978 by Neal Richmond of the Paul Klapper Library, Queens College, Flushing, New York, who had been asked to disperse Lee's gallery records following her sudden death in 1973. A photocopy of the Korvettes Art Galleries Auction Catalog was donated by Eva Lee in 1970.

Lee's records also contained financial files belonging to art dealer J. B. Neumann and his New Art Circle Gallery, whose estate she had worked on in 1966.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Eva Lee gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- Long Island  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Watercolor drawings
Photographs
Citation:
Eva Lee Gallery records, 1921-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.evalee
See more items in:
Eva Lee Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-evalee
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Maurice Becker papers

Topic:
Liberator (New York, N.Y.: 1918)
New masses
Masses (New York, N.Y.)
Creator:
Becker, Maurice, 1889-1975  Search this
Names:
Artists for Victory, Inc  Search this
Becker, Dorothy Baldwin  Search this
Lancaster, Elizabeth G. (Elizabeth Grieg), 1889-  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Extent:
2.3 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Prints
Photographs
Sketches
Watercolors
Paintings
Date:
circa 1910-1970
Summary:
The papers of painter and political cartoonist Maurice Becker measure 2.3 linear feet and date from circa 1910 to 1970. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal and professional correspondence; writings; printed material, including radical labor and political periodicals; artwork; and photographs of Becker, his family and friends, and his artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and political cartoonist Maurice Becker measure 2.3 linear feet and date from circa 1910 to 1970. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal and professional correspondence; writings; printed material, including radical labor and political periodicals; artwork; and photographs of Becker, his family and friends, and his artwork.

Biographical materials consist of a curriculum vitae and a list of artworks.

Correspondence is primarily with Becker's family, friends, and business associates. There are letters from his wife, Dorothy Baldwin Becker, a letter from friend and artist Elizabeth Lancaster, and a letter from Artists for Victory. There is also a letter from Becker to his friend J. B. Neumann containing a draft of Becker's will authorizing Neumann to sell and distribute his paintings upon his death or incapacitation; a letter of invitation to artists and writers interested in reviving a new Masses style journal; and letters from magazine editors regarding freelance commissions.

Printed material includes bulletins, clippings and labor newspapers, exhibition announcements and catalogs, periodicals, press releases, and miscellaneous printed material. Periodicals include whole issues of Liberator, The Masses, New Masses, and One Big Union Monthly, where Becker's political cartoons were frequently featured.

Artwork includes paintings, over 800 graphite and pen and ink sketches, watercolors, and prints depicting Becker's figure drawings, caricatures, portrait drawings of men and women, and sketches of animals and landscapes. Many of these sketches were the basis for panels that later appeared in the New York Tribune, The Masses, and Liberator.

Photographs are of Maurice Becker with family and friends, and five photographs of his artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical materials, 1925-1964 (2 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1919-1964 (4 folders; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1920-1960 (2 folders; Box 1)

Series 4: Printed material, circa 1910-1970 (1 linear foot; Box 1, 4, OV 5)

Series 5: Artwork, circa 1910-1965 (1.2 linear feet; Box 1-3, OV 6-8)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1910-1966 (3 folders; Box 3)
Biographical / Historical:
Painter and political cartoonist Maurice Becker (1889-1975) lived and worked in New York City, New York and Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and was a frequent contributor to contemporary periodicals of the 1910s.

Becker was born in Nizhni-Novgorod (now Gorky), Russia to Isor and Rose Becker. In 1892, his family immigrated to the United States and settled in the Jewish community of Manhattan's Lower East Side. After graduating from high school, Becker took night classes in bookkeeping and art, studied with Robert Henri and Hugo Boss, and worked days as a sign painter and garment factory worker. He began illustrating for the New York Tribune and Scripps newspapers from 1914 to 1915, and contributed artwork to numerous contemporary periodicals in the 1910s, including Harper's Weekly, Saturday Review, and Metropolitan. Becker was also a frequent contributor to more radical political journals, including The Masses, Liberator, and One Big Union Monthly.

In 1918, he married Dorothy Baldwin, who was a registered Socialist. After stating his conscientious objection to World War I, Becker traveled to Mexico to avoid the draft and was arrested upon his return in 1919. After his trial and sentencing, he served 4 months of hard labor before President Wilson's commutation of all objectors to the war. From 1921 to 1923, Becker lived in Mexico working as an illustrator for El Pulsa de México, and began to devote himself to painting full time.

After his return to New York City, Becker held a series of one-man shows at the Whitney Studio Club (1924-1928), J.B. Neumann Gallery (1924-1931), and Delphic Studios (1930). Becker was a member of the Society of Independent Artists and the Artists' League of America and remained a pacifist for the rest of his life. He died in 1975.
Separated Materials:
There are scattered Maurice Becker papers found within the Art Young papers at the Tamiment Library in New York. These were loaned to the Archives in 1971 for microfilming on reel 96. These papers are not described in the container inventory of this finding aid but include approximately 20 postcards, catalogs, sketches, photographs, and other printed materials.

Duplicate magazines, catalogs, and clippings were transferred to the National Portrait Gallery Library in 1977.
Provenance:
Maurice Becker donated his papers in several increments between 1962-1966.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Maurice Becker papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Politics in art  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Cartooning -- United States  Search this
Cartoonists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Prints
Photographs
Sketches
Watercolors
Paintings
Citation:
Maurice Becker papers, circa 1910-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.beckmaur
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Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh

Creator:
Berman, Avis  Search this
Names:
Arensberg, Walter, 1878-1954  Search this
Dale, Chester, b. 1883  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Harmon, Lily, 1912-  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar, 1910-1989  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Rich, Daniel Catton, 1904-1976  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Date:
1939-2006
Summary:
The Avis Berman research material on art dealer and curator Katharine Kuh measures 3.0 linear feet and dates from 1939 to 2006. The materials were compiled by art historian Avis Berman in preparing Katharine Kuh's memoir, which was published posthumously as My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the Scenes with a Legendary Curator. The collection includes Katharine Kuh's files; Kuh's drafts, manuscripts and interviews for her memoir; and Avis Berman's files relating to the book's publication. Also included is memorabilia.
Scope and Content Note:
The Avis Berman research material on art dealer and curator Katharine Kuh measures 3.0 linear feet and dates from 1939 to 2006. The materials were compiled by art historian Avis Berman in preparing Katharine Kuh's memoir, which was published posthumously as My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the Scenes with a Legendary Curator. The collection includes Katharine Kuh's files; Kuh's drafts, manuscripts and interviews for her memoir; and Avis Berman's files relating to the book's publication. Also included is memorabilia.

The Katharine Kuh files contain correspondence; exhibition files; writings and notes; and Kuh's interview with Lily Harmon on J. B. Neumann. Correspondents include Walter Arensberg, Marcel Duchamp, and Edgar Kaufmann. Also included is the scattered correspondence of Daniel Catton Rich with Walter Arensberg, Chester Dale, Katharine Kuh, Samuel Marx, and others. Exhibition files pertain to exhibitions curated by Katharine Kuh for the Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection and one-man shows for Rico Lebrun and Mark Tobey, respectively.

Sorting Out and Summing Up: Episodes in An Art Odyssey contains Katharine Kuh's draft versions of book chapters; her manuscripts and interviews; and drafts of chapters that were not incorporated in the published memoir. Also included are manuscripts for the memoir and an annotated version of Avis Berman's interview with Kuh.

The Avis Berman files include correspondence, writings, printed material, clippings, press releases, and miscellaneous printed material. Files document Berman's activities concerning the publication of the memoir.

Memorabilia consists of a monograph and a memorial booklet.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 series:

Series 1: Katharine Kuh Files, 1944-2003 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: -- Sorting Out and Summing Up: Episodes in an Art Odyssey -- by Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006 (Boxes 1-3; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Avis Berman Files, 1950s-2006 (Box 3; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Memorabilia, 1976, 1977 (0.1 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Writer and art historian, Avis Berman lives and works in New York City. Berman was a close friend of Katharine Kuh's and is Kuh's literary executor. Berman compiled Katharine Kuh's research materials for the memoir that she was working on at the time of her death; the book was subsequently published as My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the Scenes with a Legendary Curator in 2006.

Katharine Kuh (1904-1994) was a curator and art dealer born in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in 1925, where she studied art history under Alfred Barr. In 1928, she earned her Master's in Art History at the University of Chicago. As a graduate student, Kuh developed an interest in modern art, particularly the work of European artists.

Kuh married George Kuh, a businessman in 1930. She and Kuh divorced six years later.

In 1935, she established the Katharine Kuh Gallery in Chicago. The gallery was dedicated to featuring the works of contemporary European and American painters and sculptors, such as Alexander Archipenko, Alexei Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Gyorgy Kepes, Paul Klee, Gaston Lachaise, Fernand Léger, Carlos Mérida, Joan Miro, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Pablo Picasso, as well as Charles Biederman, Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, and Isamu Noguchi, among others. The Katharine Kuh Gallery was one of the first galleries in Chicago to show photography as art. Kuh held exhibitions for Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Edward Weston, and she also showed the photographs of Gyorgy Kepes and Man Ray.

At the gallery, Kuh taught classes on an informal basis to individuals interested in modern art. During this period, she spent her summers as a Visiting Professor of Art History at the University School of Fine Arts of San Miguel in Guanajuarto, Mexico (1938-1940). With the onset of America's involvement in World War II, Kuh realized that the war would curtail her contact with many of the European artists whose works she had promoted and in 1942, she decided to close the gallery.

In 1943, Katharine Kuh took a position in the public relations department at the Art Institute of Chicago. The following year, Kuh was asked to take over the Gallery of Art Interpretation at the Art Institute. Later she was appointed the Curator of Painting and Sculpture; in this role, she developed a close collaborative relationship with the Director of the Art Institute, Daniel Catton Rich. From 1946-1953, she served as the Editor of the Art Institute of Chicago Quarterly.

She left the Art Institute in 1959 and settled in New York City. She served as an art editor at the Saturday Review and World Magazine. She was also an art consultant for the First National Bank of Chicago from 1968-1979.

Katharine Kuh traveled extensively and often wrote about the art of the places she visited such as Sicily, Turkey, and the Yucatan. In the 1940s Kuh developed an interest in the wood carvings of the Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest. The University of Alaska awarderd her an honorary doctorate for her efforts to preserve the indigenous artwork of the region's Native Americans.

Her publications on twentieth-century art included: Art Has Many Faces (1951), The Artist's Voice: Talks with Seventeen Artists (1962), Break-up: The Core of Modern Art (1965), and The Open Eye: In Pursuit of Art (1971). Kuh also wrote the catalog that accompanied the "Fernand Léger Retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago" (1953). At the time of her death, Katharine Kuh had completed a final draft of her memoir, which she had tentatively titled, Sorting Out and Summing Up: Episodes in an Art Odyssey.

In 1994, Katharine Kuh died in New York City.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art holds the Katharine Kuh papers, 1908-1994. Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Katharine Kuh conducted by Avis Berman, March 18, 1982-March 23, 1983. Additional Katharine Kuh material is located at the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Provenance:
The Avis Berman Research Material, 1939-2006 was donated to the Archives of American Art by Avis Berman, an art historian and literary executor of Katharine Kuh's estate in 2007.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
Authorization to quote, publish, or reproduce requires written permission from: Avis Berman, 407 East 91st Street, New York, New York 10128.
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Art dealers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Curators -- Illinois-Chicago  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Citation:
Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bermavis3
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J. B. Neumann Etching

Collection Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in Box 4, Folder 5. The etching might be of Neumann. There are a few illegible annotations and the artist signature below the etching and the words "Kunsthandler (art dealer) J. B. Neumann" written on the bottom left corner of the paper.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The J. B. Neumann papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversized J. B. Neumann Etching

Collection Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material from Box 3, Folder 16.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The J. B. Neumann papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Drawing

Collection Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1940-circa 1960
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in Box 4, Folder 6.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The J. B. Neumann papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversized Drawing

Collection Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1940-circa 1960
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material from Box 3, Folder 17.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The J. B. Neumann papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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J. B. Neumann and Elsa Schmid

Collection Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1930
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in Box 4, Folder 7.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The J. B. Neumann papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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