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|Named Person:||Jane Dillenberger; Marcel Duchamp; Naum Gabo; Jacques Lipchitz; John Marin; Jackson Pollock; Hans Richter; David Smith|
|Document Type:||Archival Material|
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Cleve Gray; Jacques Barzun; Alexander Calder; Jim Davis; Jimmy Ernst; Naum Gabo; Louise N Grace; Francine du Plessix Gray; John Marin; Hans Richter; Nicholas Fox Weber; Jacques Villon; Berry-Hill Galleries.; Betty Parsons Gallery.; Connecticut. Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film.; Jacques Seligmann & Co.; Neuberger Museum of Art.; Pratt Institute.; Princeton University.; Rhode Island School of Design.
|Description:||8.8 linear feet.|
Among the biographical material are award and membership certificates, biographical notes, and personal documentation.
The alphabetical files contain Cleve Gray's personal and professional correspondence, as well as subject files relating to projects and interests. Correspondence is with friends and family, colleagues, publishers, museum curators and directors, art dealers, collectors, and fans. Among the correspondents of note are: Jacques Barzun, James E. Davis, Naum Gabo, Louise N. Grace, Hans and Fridel Richter, and Jacques and Gaby Villon. Other substantial correspondence includes: Berry-Hill Galleries, Betty Parsons Gallery, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Jacques Seligmann and Co., Neuberger Museum of Art, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, and Rhode Island School of Design. Subject files mostly consist of correspondence, but include printed material and some photographs. Among the subject files are: Art Collection of Cleve and Francine Gray, Artist-Dealer Consignments and Visual Artists' Rights Act of 1989, Artists' Tax Equity Act of 1979, Promised Gifts to Museums, "Threnody," Vestments, and Vietnam Protest. Of particular interest are files relating to the Estate of Hans Richter (Cleve Gray, executor), and Gray's research correspondence and illustrations for his Cosmopolitan article, "Women-Leaders of Modern Art."
Writings are manuscripts and drafts, research materials, notes, and miscellaneous writings by Cleve Gray and other authors. Those by Gray include articles and catalog introductions on a wide range of art-related topics, as well as book and exhibition reviews. Also found are a book proposal, texts, and notes for lectures and talks, miscellaneous notes, poems, political statements, and student papers. Of particular interest are autobiographical notes in the form of a chronology that his biographer, Nicholas Fox Weber, cited as an "autochronology."
Among the writings by other authors are pieces about Cleve Gray including Nicholas Fox Weber's manuscript, "Cleve Gray." A significant amount of material relates to three books edited by Gray: "David Smith by David Smith: Sculpture and Writings," "Hans Richter," and "John Marin." Research material survives for an unpublished volume, "Naum Gabo." Also included are notes relating to his translation of "A l'Infinitif" by Marcel Duchamp. Jane Daggett Dillenberger is represented by a lecture, "The Resurrection in Art." The remaining items by other authors are unsigned; of particular interest is a small notebook of reminiscences and notes about Jackson Pollock.
Artwork by Cleve Gray consists mostly drawings and sketches, and a small number of paintings, prints, and watercolors. Works by other artists consist are an unsigned mobile of paper cut-outs, possibly by Alexander Calder, and a pencil drawing signed Dick (probably Richard Avedon).
Audio recordings are a radio broadcast featuring Cleve Gray, several lectures by Gray on John Marin, and a lecture titled "Meaning in the Visual Arts." Other recordings are of Hans Richter and an interview with Jimmy Ernst conducted by Francine du Plessix Gray. Also found is a videocassette of "Glenville School Students at SUNY (Lincoln Center Activity)."
Artifacts are a Chinese scroll representative of those that hung in Cleve Gray's studio, two of his paintbrushes, Aberdeen-Angus Breeders' Association blue ribbon, and Neuberger Museum of Art Lifetime Achievement Award.
The vast majority of printed material - articles, clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, reproductions of art work, etc. - are about or by Cleve Gray. Miscellaneous items and publications mentioning Gray consist of annual reports, brochures, calendars, newsletters, programs, etc. Clippings about Vietnam and Vietnam protest memorabilia reflect his passionate involvement in the anti-war movement; a small number of these items mention Gray or were written by him.
Photographs are of artwork, events, people, places, and miscellaneous subjects. Most of the art work appearing in the photographs is by Cleve Gray and includes images of destroyed paintings. Also found is an original print of "Photo Abstraction" by Gray, circa 1934. Of particular note are photographs of "Threnody," among them preparatory drawings and views of the work in progress. Photographs of artwork by other artists include Louise N. Grace, Jacques Lipchitz, John Marin, Hans Richter, and Jacques Villon.
Photographs of people are mainly portraits of Gray, and views of him with his wife and sons. Other individuals appearing in photographs are Hans Richter and some of Richter's descendants. Pictures of places consist of Gray's studio.
Events are an unidentified exhibition opening. Miscellaneous subjects are mostly exhibition installations. Illustrations consist of photographs published in "David Smith by David Smith: Sculpture and Writings." Also found are small number of negatives and color transparencies.
- Dillenberger, Jane.
- Duchamp, Marcel, -- 1887-1968.
- Gabo, Naum, -- 1890-1977.
- Lipchitz, Jacques, -- 1891-1973.
- Marin, John, -- 1870-1953.
- Pollock, Jackson, -- 1912-1956.
- Richter, Hans, -- 1888-1976.
- Smith, David, -- 1906-1965.
- Neuberger Museum of Art.
- Art, American -- 20th century.
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States.
- Women artists -- Photographs.
- Women artists.