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|Named Person:||Ansel Adams; Ivan Albright; Alexander Archipenko; Jean Arp; Alfred H Barr, Jr.; Alexander Calder; Marc Chagall; José Chávez Morado; Willem De Kooning; Edwin Walter Dickinson; Jean Dubuffet; Marcel Duchamp; Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain; Jimmy Ernst; Claire Falkenstein; Lorser Feitelson; Alberto Giacometti; Klaus Grabe; Robert Graves; Peggy Guggenheim; Philip Guston; Stanley William Hayter; Hans Hofmann; Robert Bruce Inverarity; Wassily Kandinsky; Gyorgy Kepes; Juliet Kepes; Paul Klee; Franz Kline; Seymour H Knox; Philip Johnson; Fernand Léger; Le Corbusier; Helen Lundeberg; Len Lye; Carlos Mérida; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Arthur Millier; László Moholy-Nagy; Robert Motherwell; Muriel Leone Tyler Nutting; Myron Chester Nutting; Pablo O'Higgins; José Clemente Orozco; Hasan Ozbekhan; Frances Perkins; Pablo Picasso; Man Ray; Daniel Catton Rich; Mark Rothko; Carl Sandburg; Kurt Seligmann; Ben Shahn; Otto Spaeth; Hedda Sterne; Adlai E Stevenson; Clyfford Still; Mark Tobey; Harry Lewis Winston; Victor Young|
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Katharine Kuh; Josef Albers; Louise S Arensberg; Walter Arensberg; Will Barnet; George Biddle; Marcel Breuer; Cosmo Campoli; Serge Chermayeff; Joseph Cornell; Richard Cox; Stuart Davis; Worden Day; Edwin Walter Dickinson; Claire Falkenstein; Fred W Friendly; Leon Golub; Joseph Goto; David Hare; Denise Browne Hare; Jean Hélion; Joseph H Hirshhorn; Ray Johnson; Jasper Johns; Gyorgy Kepes; Juliet Kepes; Len Lye; Peter Pollack; Wallace Putnam; Daniel Catton Rich; Hedda Sterne; Clyfford Still; Shelby Shackelford; Kurt Seligmann; Dorothea Tanning; Olga Woolf
|Description:||12.1 linear ft.|
Biographical material consists of copies of Kuh's birth certificate, resumés, passports, award certificates, honorary diplomas, and address books listing information about several prominent artists and colleagues.
Four linear feet of correspondence offers excellent documentation of Kuh's interest in art history, her travels, her career at the Art Institute of Chicago, her work as a corporate art advisor, and as an author. There are letters from her mother Olga Woolf, friends, and colleagues. There is extensive correspondence with various staff members of the Art Institute of Chicago, the First National Bank of Chicago, and The Saturday Review. Also of interest are letters from artists and collectors, several of whom became life-long friends including Walter and Louise Arensberg, Cosmo Campoli, Serge Chermayeff, Richard Cox, Worden Day, Claire Falkenstein, Fred Friendly, Leon Golub, Joseph Goto, David Hare, Denise Brown Hare, Jean Hélion, Ray Johnson, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Len Lye, Wallace Putnam, Kurt Seligmann, Shelby Shackelford, Hedda Sterne, and Clyfford Still. Many letters are illustrated with original artwork in various media.
There are also scattered letters from various artists and other prominent individuals including Josef Albers, George Biddle, Marcel Breuer, Joseph Cornell, Stuart Davis, Edwin Dickinson, Joseph Hirshhorn, Daniel Catton Rich, and Dorothea Tanning.
Personal business records include a list of artwork, Olga Woolf's will, inventories of Kuh's personal art collection, miscellaneous contracts and deeds of gift, receipts for the sale of artwork, files concerning business-related travel, and miscellaneous receipts.
Artwork in the collection represents a wide range of artist friends and media, such as drawings, watercolors, paintings, collages, and prints. Included are works by various artists including lithographs by David Hare and a watercolor set, Technics and Creativity, designed and autographed by Jasper Johns for the Museum of Modern Art, 1970.
Notes and writings include annotated engagement calendars, travel journals for Germany, a guest book for the Kuh Memorial gathering, and many writings and notes by Kuh for lectures and articles concerning art history topics. Of interest are minutes/notes from meetings for art festivals, conferences, and the "Conversations with Artists Program (1961). Also found are writings by others about Kuh and other art history topics.
Six scrapbooks contain clippings that document the height of Kuh's career as a gallery director and museum curator. Scrapbook 6 contains clippings about Fernand Léger, the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953.
Additional printed material includes clippings about Kuh and her interests, a comprehensive collection of clippings of Kuh's articles for The Saturday Review, exhibition announcements and catalogs, calendars of events, programs, brochures, books including Poems by Kuh as a child, and reproductions of artwork. Of particular interest are the early and exhibition catalogs from the Katharine Kuh Gallery, and rare catalogs for artists including Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Stanley William Hayter, Hans Hofmann, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Franz Kline, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Pablo Picasso.
Photographs provide important documentation of the life and career of Katharine Kuh and are of Kuh, family members, friends, colleagues, events, residences, and artwork. Several of the photographs of Kuh were taken by Will Barnet and Marcel Breuer and there is a notable pair of photo booth portraits of Kuh and a young Ansel Adams. There are also group photographs showing Angelica Archipenko with Kuh; designer Klaus Grabe; painters José Chavez Morado and Pablo O'Higgins in San Miguel, Mexico; Kuh at the Venice Biennale with friends and colleagues including Peggy Guggenheim, Frances Perkins, Daniel Catton Rich, and Harry Winston; and "The Pre-Depressionists" including Lorser Feitelson, Robert Inverarity, Helen Lundeberg, Arthur Millier, Myron Chester Nutting, and Muriel Tyler Nutting.
Photographs of exhibition installations and openings include views of the Katharine Kuh Gallery; Fernand Léger, Man Ray, and László Moholy-Nagy at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Philip Guston, Jimmy Ernst, Seymour H. Knox, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. There are also photographs depicting three men posing as Léger's "Three Musicians" and the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Art Institute of Chicago. There is a photograph by Peter Pollack of an elk skull used as a model by Georgia O'Keeffe.
Additional photographs of friends and colleagues include Ivan Albright, Alfred Barr, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Willem De Kooning, Edwin Dickinson, Marcel Duchamp, Claire Falkenstein, Alberto Giacometti, poet Robert Graves with Len Lye, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Carlos Mérida, José Orozco, Hasan Ozbekhan, Pablo Picasso, Carl Sandberg, Ben Shahn, Otto Spaeth, Hedda Sterne, Adlai Stevenson, Clyfford Still, Mark Tobey, and composer Victor Young.
Photographs of artwork include totem poles in Alaska; work by various artists including Claire Falkenstein, Paul Klee, and Hedda Sterne; and work donated to the Guggenheim Museum.
Four audio recordings on cassette are of Katharine Kuh's lectures, including one about assembling corporate collections, and of Daniel Catton Rich reading his own poetry. There is also a recording of the Second Annual Dialogue between Broadcasters and Museum Educators.
- Adams, Ansel, -- 1902-1984.
- Albright, Ivan, -- 1897-1983.
- Archipenko, Alexander, -- 1887-1964.
- Arp, Jean, -- 1887-1966.
- Barr, Alfred H., -- Jr., -- 1902-1981.
- Calder, Alexander, -- 1898-1976.
- Chagall, Marc, -- 1887-1985.
- Chávez Morado, José, -- 1909-2002.
- De Kooning, Willem, -- 1904-1997.
- Dickinson, Edwin Walter, -- 1891-1978.
- Dubuffet, Jean, -- 1901-1985.
- Duchamp, Marcel, -- 1887-1968.
- Elizabeth -- II, -- Queen of Great Britain, -- 1926-
- Ernst, Jimmy, -- 1920-1984.
- Falkenstein, Claire, -- 1908-1997.
- Feitelson, Lorser, -- 1898-1978.
- Giacometti, Alberto, -- 1901-1966.
- Grabe, Klaus.
- Graves, Robert,
- Guggenheim, Peggy, -- 1898-1979.
- Guston, Philip, -- 1913-1980.
- Hayter, Stanley William, -- 1901-1988.
- Hofmann, Hans, -- 1880-1966.
- Inverarity, Robert Bruce, -- 1909-1999.
- Kandinsky, Wassily, -- 1866-1944.
- Kepes, Gyorgy, -- 1906-2001.
- Kepes, Juliet.
- Klee, Paul, -- 1879-1940.
- Kline, Franz, -- 1910-1962.
- Knox, Seymour H., -- 1898-1990.
- Johnson, Philip, -- 1906-2005.
- Léger, Fernand, -- 1881-1955.
- Le Corbusier, -- 1887-1965.
- Lundeberg, Helen, -- 1908-1999.
- Lye, Len, -- 1901-1980.
- Mérida, Carlos, -- 1891-1984.
- Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, -- 1886-1969.
- Millier, Arthur, -- 1893-
- Moholy-Nagy, László, -- 1895-1946.
- Motherwell, Robert.
- Nutting, Muriel Leone Tyler, -- b. 1892.
- Nutting, Myron Chester, -- 1890-1972.
- O'Higgins, Pablo, -- 1904-1983.
- Orozco, José Clemente, -- 1883-1949.
- Ozbekhan, Hasan, -- 1921-2007.
- Perkins, Frances.
- Picasso, Pablo, -- 1881-1973.
- Man Ray, -- 1890-1976.
- Rich, Daniel Catton, -- 1904-1976.
- Rothko, Mark, -- 1903-1970.
- Sandburg, Carl.
- Seligmann, Kurt, -- 1900-1962.
- Shahn, Ben, -- 1898-1969.
- Spaeth, Otto, -- d. 1966.
- Sterne, Hedda, -- 1910-2011.
- Stevenson, Adlai E. -- (Adlai Ewing), -- 1900-1965.
- Still, Clyfford, -- 1904-1980.
- Tobey, Mark.
- Winston, Harry Lewis.
- Young, Victor.
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
- Art Institute of Chicago -- Faculty.
- Katharine Kuh Gallery (Chicago, Ill.)
- Art, Abstract -- United States.
- Art, American.
- Art festivals.
- Art galleries, Commercial -- Illinois -- Chicago.
- Art, American -- 20th century.
- Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Authors -- Illinois -- Chicago.
- Women museum curators -- Illinois -- Chicago.
- Women art critics -- Illinois -- Chicago.
- Women art critics -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Women art historians -- Illinois -- Chicago.
- Women art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Women art dealers -- Illinois -- Chicago.