Smithsonian Institution - Archives of American Art
The Samuel J. Wagstaff papers, circa 1932-1985, comprise 6.2 linear feet of correspondence, writings, miscellaneous records, printed material, and photographs documenting Wagstaff's professional and personal relationships with artists and photographers, his career as an art curator, and his position as an important collector of paintings and photographs
Personal papers and other documents assembled by Friedman documenting his involvement from 1964-1971 in the Fluxus movement and the Free Religious Youth and Liberal Religious Youth, two organizations affiliated with the Unitarian Church -- The collection includes correspondence with a number of artists associated with the Fluxus movement, examples of Fluxus work and sketches for happenings by Friedman and others, materials pertaining to the New York Correspondence School and its founder Ray Johnson, materials pertaining to the rock band the Fugs, and a large cache of materials by and about the Cleveland poet d.a. levy, whose work instigated a nationally important obscenity trial in 1967. Significant correspondents include George Brecht, John Cage, Robert Filliou, Albert Fine, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Milan Knizak, Alison Knowles, d.a. levy, George Maciunas, Jerry Rubin, Paul Sharits, Hans Sohm, Daniel Spoerri, and Emmett Williams
The Jean Brown collection of art objects, 1958-1986 (ca. 493 items forming Series VI of the Jean Brown Papers) comprise an important collection of works by artists involved in the Fluxus movement or in other explorations of the conceptual arts, such as mail art, concrete poetry, happenings, etc. The works reflect these movements as they spanned the decades of the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s, with a high concentration of material emerging around the climactic year 1969 -- Items are constructions, assemblages, or other expressions, often small-scale and ephemeral, some existing simply as reflections or remnants of artistic or intellectual events. Many are one-of-a-kind pieces created especially for Brown, betraying the collector's intimate connection to the works and their creators. The pieces are arranged alphabetically by artist, with a large portion of unidentified works listed at the end. Additionally many of the objects also have their own individual analytic records within the ... Read More
University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery
The Dick Higgins Collection spans the years 1958 to 2002 and is 17.5 linear feet. Materials include artwork, publications, and exhibition items. Over one hundred items have been cataloged and are searchable in the USMAI catalog; like the rest of the collection materials, these publications can be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room only. There are three major divisions within the Dick Higgins Collection and they correspond to the official series: a sampling of Dick Higgins' artwork, publications, and exhibition materials; publications from Something Else Press; and individual and collaborative artwork and publications from members of the greater Fluxus movement. With the exception of the ReFlux Editions items housed in Series III. B, all items were donated from Higgins' studio by Alison Knowles. Selections from ReFlux Editions' "Flux Kit" collection were purchased by the library in 2002. This collection provides an overview of Fluxus artwork and includes rare examples from ... Read More
Correspondence, manuscripts, conceptual and mail art work, and ephemera documenting Ken Friedman's affiliation with Fluxus art movement spearheaded by George Maciunas. The collection includes examples of Friedman's Fluxus offset press, art work of other Fluxus artists, publications by Aktual, and examples of work by the Cleveland poet d.a. levy. Significant correspondents include George Brecht, John Cage, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Milan Knizak, d.a. levy, George Maciunas, Jerry Rubin, and Paul Sharits. The collection is arranged in five series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) COLLABORATIONS, 4) FLUXUS, and 5) D.A. LEVY.
Washington Gallery of Modern Art (Washington, D.C.).
Smithsonian Institution - Archives of American Art
Administrative and business records, correspondence, printed material, press releases, interviews of artists, and other material regarding the Washington Gallery of Modern Art (WGMA). All but a small portion were kept by Board of Trustees president, Julian Eisenstein
The collection documents Robert Watts's development as an artist and art professor, with ample evidence of his relationship with Fluxus colleagues, dealers and friends. It presents Watts's Iowa family background with photographs, correspondence, family geneolgies, health histories, legal and financial papers, and clippings dating back to the 1880s; together with report cards and yearbooks, these offer a relatively clear picture of the artist's midwestern roots. Academic files convey Watts's career with nearly annual grant applications and project proposals. Professional Correspondence is mainly between Watts and his dealers, including Francesco Conz and Rolfe Ricke, along with certain curators and collectors, such as Jean Brown and Gilbert Silverman. Personal correspondence is relatively scant
Papers collected or generated by Higgins, documenting his involvement with Fluxus and Happenings art movements, pattern and concrete poetry; new music, and small press publishing from 1972 to 1994, with some letters dated as early as 1960 -- Correspondence primarily consists of carbons of Higgins' letters, with many responses and, in some cases, extensive exchanges with Fluxus, Mail Art and Art and Language artists, Concrete and Sound poets, New Music composers, and Small Press publishers and poets; also includes art pieces and manuscripts by these correspondents. Also, a substantial quantity of Higgins' published works in original manuscript form, some with annotations and correspondence; works rejected by Higgins; production material on 26 of Higgins' 45 published books from Something Else Press, Printed Editions and elsewhere; books by four other authors; and one killed project. The collection also has a small quantity of miscellaneous personal papers and extensive research and ... Read More