Getty Research Institute
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
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An ensemble of original works and printed matter documenting Brown's intent to build a useable study collection of avant-garde materials, dating from 1916-1995 (bulk 1960-1985). In-depth holdings by artists participating in Fluxus, happenings, concrete, sound and visual poetry, mail art, copy art, rubber stamp printing, new music, and video and performance art underscore her range of interests. The collection's broad scope presents a comprehensive account of alternative movements, distribution networks and exhibition venues of the 1960s and 1970s
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A group of 22 letters and nine postcards from Jean Brown to John Christie, mostly in response to letters, books, and prints Brown received from Christie. Also included, a curriculum vitae of John Christie dated March 2004, and a program of events for the festival John Berger: here is where we meet, London, 11 April-18 May 2005
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Transcripts, audio cassette tapes, and computer disks record interviews with contemporary art historians, archaeologists, bibliographers, and selected key individuals from the J. Paul Getty Trust. This collection was formed as the result of the Oral Documentation Project, begun in collaboration with UCLA's Oral History Program, later solely operated by the Getty Research Institute. Bound transcripts (with indexes) record the professional (and personal) lives of scholars of art history and archaeology, for the purpose of documenting a history of the discipline
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Correspondence predominantly comprises letters received from Bernard Karpel (1911-1986), bibliographer and chief librarian of the Museum of Modern Art (New York) from 1942 to 1973. The letters, largely addressed to "Jean," relate chiefly to the development and provenance of Brown's collection of Dada, Surrealist, and Fluxus art documentation. Some letters are accompanied by invoices. The material also contains holiday greetings and family news from both Karpel and his wife, Ray. Additionally, several letters from Brown to Karpel are present, as are letters from Brown's son Jonathan and the Brown family's legal counsel pertaining to Karpel's involvement with the collection. Also included are index cards containing bibliographic notes and auction clippings
University of California, Berkeley
Art collector Jean Brown discusses the archive she and her husband Leonard formed on contemporary art, particularly dada and surrealist movements in the 1950's; Flexus and other neodada developments; Shaker furniture; the Women's Art Archive; individual artists
University of California, Berkeley
Interviews with Jean Brown, Jay DeFeo, Shirley Berman, Bruce Conner, Wally Hedrick, Philip Lamantia, George Herms, Larry Jordan, Jean Conner, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Dean Stockwell, Jess, and Joanna McClure. Some interviews have transcripts and a few interviews are transcripts only

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