A Finding Aid to the Gustavo Acosta Papers, circa 1958-2017, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.acosgust
Creators:
Acosta, Gustavo, 1958-
Dates:
circa 1958-2017
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Linear foot
0.057 Gigabytes
Repository:
The papers of painter Gustavo Acosta measure 1.0 linear feet and date from 1958 to 2017. Biographical material including artist statements and interviews are included, as well as documentation from Acosta's education and art production in Cuba. Correspondence is mostly professional in nature and spans from 1987 to 2012, in both Spanish and English. The professional files series includes exhibition documentation and proposals, as well as artwork inventories and a lecture including a digital slide presentation. Printed material includes exhibition announcements and catalogs as well as press clippings. Photographs include images of the artist and artwork among other subjects. The artwork series includes various drawings and sketchbooks, in addition to art source materials including numerous photographs, many with notation and traces of drawing or paint.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter Gustavo Acosta measure 1.0 linear feet and date from 1958 to 2017. Biographical material including artist statements and interviews are included, as well as documentation from Acosta's education and art production in Cuba. Correspondence is mostly professional in nature and spans from 1987 to 2012, in both Spanish and English. The professional files series includes exhibition documentation and proposals, as well as artwork inventories and a lecture including a digital slide presentation. Printed material includes exhibition announcements and catalogs as well as press clippings. Photographs include images of the artist and artwork among other subjects. The artwork series includes various drawings and sketchbooks, in addition to art source materials including numerous photographs, many with notation and traces of drawing or paint.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in 6 series:
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1958-2012 (0.2 Linear Feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1987-2012 (0.1 Linear Feet; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Professional Files, circa 1993-2017 (0.2 Linear Feet; Box 1, 0.0567 GB; ER01)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1980-2017 (0.2 Linear Feet; Box 1)
  • Series 5: Photographic Material, circa 1960-2010 (0.1 Linear Feet; Box 1)
  • Series 6: Artwork, circa 1982-2017 (0.2 Linear Feet; Box 1)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Gustavo Acosta (1958- ) is a Cuban American painter in Miami, Florida. Acosta was born in Havana, Cuba in 1958. He relocated to the United States in 1993, and settled in Miami in 1994. Acosta attended art school at both the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes "San Alejandro" and the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), both in Havana. A predominant feature of Acosta's paintings is the presence of the urban architectural landscape. He has had numerous exhibtiions including a touring retrospective which began at the Caixa Cultural de Rio de Janeiro and ended at the Caixa Cultural in Sao Paulo. His artwork is featured in museums and private collections including the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; Wifredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba; Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA. Miami, Florida; Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida; Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau County Museum of Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Panama.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Ryan Evans in 2019.
Author
Ryan Evans
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated by Gustavo Acosta to the Archives of American Art in 2018.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Gustavo Acosta Papers, circa 1958-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.
Conditions Governing Use
The Gustavo Acosta papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. 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.

Keywords
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Repository Contact
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