A Finding Aid to the Carus Gallery Records, 1967-2002, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.carugall
Creators:
Carus Gallery
Dates:
1967-2002
Languages:
English
The majority of collection is in English. Some of the correspondence is in German.
Physical Description:
3.2 linear feet
Repository:
The records of Carus Gallery measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1967-2002. This collection documents Dorothea Carus Isserstedt's management of the New York gallery through a small amount of business and personal correspondence; business records regarding acquisitions, sales, and consignments; intentories of artwork and rare books; exhibition catalogs, press clippings, and other printed material; and photographs depicting artwork and exhibition installations.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The records of Carus Gallery measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1967-2002. This collection documents Dorothea Carus Isserstedt's management of the New York gallery through a small amount of business and personal correspondence; business records regarding acquisitions, sales, and consignments; intentories of artwork and rare books; exhibition catalogs, press clippings, and other printed material; and photographs depicting artwork and exhibition installations.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as 5 series.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1974-2000 (4 folders; Box 1)
Series 2: Business Records, 1971-1996 (1.8 linear feet; Box 1-2)
Series 3: Inventories, 1973-2002 (0.6 linear feet; Box 2-3)
Series 4: Printed Material, 1967-1992 (0.6 linear feet; Box 3-4)
Series 5: Photographic Material, 1980s-1990s (4 folders; Box 4)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Carus Gallery was founded by Dorothea Carus Isserstedt (1914-2002). The gallery's primary interest was in European Graphic Arts, specifically German Expressionism, and Russian Constructivism. The gallery exhibited works by Alexander Archipenko, Ernst Barlach, Max Beckmann, Heinrich Campendonk, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Natalia Goncharova, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Alexej Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Max Klinger, Kathe Kollowitz, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, László Moholy-Nagy, Marlow Moss, Otto Mueller, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, Christian Rohlfs and Egon Schiele.
In 1968, following the death of her parents, Isserstedt opened the Carus Gallery, which was located on the ground level of her home at 243 E 82nd street in New York. The gallery was relocated to Madison Avenue in 1974 and finally to 1044 Madison Avenue where it remained until Isserstedt's retirement in 1996.
Dorothy was born in 1914 in Elberfeld, Germany. She studied art history and archeology at Freiburg University, receiving a doctorate in 1944. Towards the end of World War II Dorothy escaped to East Germany where she settled in Hamburg and found work as a supervisor with the British Forces Network. In 1952 she immigrated to Yorkville, NY where she worked in her father's print and framing shop. Dorothy became an American citizen in 1957.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was minimally processed by Justin Brancato in December 2007. The Finding Aid for the collection was finalized by intern Dominique Luster in July 2014.
Author
Dominique Luster and Justin Brancato
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were donated to the Archives in 2004 by Dr. Gheorghe Costinescu and Mrs. Silvelin von Scanzoni Costinescu, the heirs and executors of Dorothy Carus Isserstedt's estate.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Carus Gallery Records, 1967-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The Carus Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Insitution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Expressionism (Art) -- Germany Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Constructivism (Art) -- Russia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, Modern -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Futurism (Art) -- Italy Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Futurism (Art) -- Russia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carus Isserstedt, Dorthea, 1914-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
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