SMITHSONIAN ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART

Jul 29

You wouldn’t say no to a man holding a puppy, would you? Vote for Picasso’s list of armory show artists, our contender for the most Smithsonian-y object in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown (in the History category).
Don’t make that curly-haired, floppy-tongued little dog sad. Vote here!
Pablo Picasso and daughter Maya Picasso, ca. 1944 / unidentified photographer. William and Ethel Baziotes papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

You wouldn’t say no to a man holding a puppy, would you? Vote for Picasso’s list of armory show artists, our contender for the most Smithsonian-y object in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown (in the History category).

Don’t make that curly-haired, floppy-tongued little dog sad. Vote here!

Pablo Picasso and daughter Maya Picasso, ca. 1944 / unidentified photographer. William and Ethel Baziotes papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Jul 28

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The Smithsonian Summer Showdown starts TODAY - help us emerge triumphant from the first round by voting for one of our favorite treasures, this list written by Pablo Picasso of artists he felt should be included in the 1913 Armory Show.
Vote now!
A list written by Pablo Picasso of European artists to be included in the 1913 Armory Show, 1912. Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian Summer Showdown starts TODAY - help us emerge triumphant from the first round by voting for one of our favorite treasures, this list written by Pablo Picasso of artists he felt should be included in the 1913 Armory Show.

Vote now!

A list written by Pablo Picasso of European artists to be included in the 1913 Armory Show, 1912. Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Jul 25

archivesofamericanart:

A pyramid of artists for your Friday amusement.
Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, George Segal, Patty Mucha, and Robert Rauschenberg at Robert Scull’s East Hampton residence, circa 1968 / unidentified photographer. Robert Scull papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Reblogging ‘cause this is always good for a summer Friday. Happy weekend all!

archivesofamericanart:

A pyramid of artists for your Friday amusement.

Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, George Segal, Patty Mucha, and Robert Rauschenberg at Robert Scull’s East Hampton residence, circa 1968 / unidentified photographer. Robert Scull papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Reblogging ‘cause this is always good for a summer Friday. Happy weekend all!

Jul 24

DYK that Ad Reinhardt helped pay the bills by working as the art director for the trade magazine Ice Cream Field? This image that he designed for their July 1939 cover makes us want a cone reeallllllll bad.
Ad Reinhardt cover of Ice cream field magazine, 1939 July. Ad Reinhardt papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

DYK that Ad Reinhardt helped pay the bills by working as the art director for the trade magazine Ice Cream Field? This image that he designed for their July 1939 cover makes us want a cone reeallllllll bad.

Ad Reinhardt cover of Ice cream field magazine, 1939 July. Ad Reinhardt papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Jul 23

Our interns are hard at work this summer. They have a hand in all sorts of projects including oral histories, digital asset management, collections management, exhibitions, development, and archival processing. Case in point, our Dorothy Varian papers just got a brand new finding aid thanks to intern Dominique Luster. Thanks to all of the intern class of ‘14 for your great work!
 Dorothy Varian, 1934 / Peter A. Juley & Son, photographer. Dorothy Varian papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Our interns are hard at work this summer. They have a hand in all sorts of projects including oral histories, digital asset management, collections management, exhibitions, development, and archival processing. Case in point, our Dorothy Varian papers just got a brand new finding aid thanks to intern Dominique Luster. Thanks to all of the intern class of ‘14 for your great work!

Dorothy Varian, 1934 / Peter A. Juley & Son, photographer. Dorothy Varian papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Jul 22

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Obviously, helicopters are ALWAYS the answer. Charles Burchfield was seeking ways to explore mountain peaks while traveling, and his lifegoals are perfect for this week’s Transcribe Tuesday.
Each week, on #TranscribeTuesday, we share work created by digital volunteers in the Transcription Center. Actually, with these lofty goals, Charles, we think you should go big, go bold, go for the the JETPACK!!
Charles E. Burchfield's letters are part of The Art of Handwriting project, newly added to the Transcription Center by archivesofamericanart. A 2013 exhibit, the Art of Handwriting explores the relationship of artists’ handwriting to their practice, lives, and activities. When you join us in transcribing, you’ll be creating transcripts that will be featured in a 2015 published volume about the exhibit and artists like Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keefe, Oscar Bleumner, and Charles Burchfield. 
Learn more about the project or visit the Archives of American Art exhibit online.

smithsoniantranscriptioncenter:

Obviously, helicopters are ALWAYS the answer. Charles Burchfield was seeking ways to explore mountain peaks while traveling, and his lifegoals are perfect for this week’s Transcribe Tuesday.

Each week, on #TranscribeTuesday, we share work created by digital volunteers in the Transcription Center. Actually, with these lofty goals, Charles, we think you should go big, go bold, go for the the JETPACK!!

Charles E. Burchfield's letters are part of The Art of Handwriting project, newly added to the Transcription Center by archivesofamericanart. A 2013 exhibit, the Art of Handwriting explores the relationship of artists’ handwriting to their practice, lives, and activities. When you join us in transcribing, you’ll be creating transcripts that will be featured in a 2015 published volume about the exhibit and artists like Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keefe, Oscar Bleumner, and Charles Burchfield. 

Learn more about the project or visit the Archives of American Art exhibit online.

Bibliophiles and print enthusiasts, take note. We have a new blog post owl about bookplates. Ahem, all about bookplates.
Lynd Ward bookplate with owl design, 194-. Lynd Ward bookplates, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Bibliophiles and print enthusiasts, take note. We have a new blog post owl about bookplates. Ahem, all about bookplates.

Lynd Ward bookplate with owl design, 194-. Lynd Ward bookplates, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Jul 21

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Jul 18

This photo of Hugo Robus shows a fascinating stage of the sculptural process - he is touching up his sculpture in wax before it is cast into something more solid. The array of wooden stakes help the soft material from collapsing in on itself.
Hugo Robus working on a sculpture, 193-? / Pinchos Horn, photographer. Sculptors Guild records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

This photo of Hugo Robus shows a fascinating stage of the sculptural process - he is touching up his sculpture in wax before it is cast into something more solid. The array of wooden stakes help the soft material from collapsing in on itself.

Hugo Robus working on a sculpture, 193-? / Pinchos Horn, photographer. Sculptors Guild records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.