Archives of American Art

Charles Biederman papers

Collection ID:
Biederman, Charles Joseph, 1906-2004
Physical Description:
23 Microfilm reels

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The microfilmed Charles Biederman papers contain correspondence, journals, writings, printed material, and published materials. Microfilmed on Reels 1446-1450 are personal and business correspondence regarding Biederman's art and books Art as Evolution of Visual Knowledge and The New C├ęzanne. Among the correspondents are John and Joan Barnes, David Barr, David Bohm, Ian Finley, Peggy Guggenheim, S.I. Hayakawa, Marjorie Mercer Kendig, Ron Kostyniuk, and Eugene Pauls. Also included are two copybooks with letters from Biederman to John and Eugenie Anderson. Microfilmed on Reels 1662-1679 are correspondence with Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Eric Bell, Naum Gabo, Kathleen Lonsdale, Dorothy Miller, Victor Pasmore, and poet Jonathan Williams and others; notes and typed manuscripts of Biederman's articles and books about art; an audio script of a film; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; and a biographical sketch.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles Biederman (1906-2004) was a painter and sculptor from Red Wing, Minnesota. Biederman was born in Cleveland, Ohio and studied art at the Cleveland Art Institute, and later at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He worked and lived in Chicago, New York, and Paris before settling in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1942. Biederman was the author of numerous books on art theory, and best known for his three-dimensional painted aluminum constructions, created from the early 1950s to the late 1990s.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 1446-1450 and 1662-1679 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to lender, Charles Biederman, after microfilming. Biederman subsequently donated his papers to the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1978-1979 by Charles Biederman.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Related Materials
The Archives of American Art also holds the Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman, circa 1927-2011 and the microfilmed David Barr papers relating to Charles Biederman, 1963-1976.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art criticism -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Study and teaching -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Minnesota Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Authors -- Minnesota -- Red Wing Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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