A Finding Aid to the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery Records, 1971-1992, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.brkornbl
Creators:
B. R. Kornblatt Gallery
Dates:
1971-1992
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
4.1 Linear feet
Repository:
The records of the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery of Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C. measure 4.1 linear feet and date from 1971 to 1992. The collection consists primarily of artists' files along with a few exhibition files and sales records.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The records of the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery of Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C. measure 4.1 linear feet and date from 1971 to 1992. The collection consists primarily of artists' files along with a few exhibition files and sales records.
Exhibition files are found for the Chicago International Art Exposition (1983-1988), the International Sculpture '90 (1990) exhibition, and exhibitions of African art. Artists' files contain correspondence, photographs and slides, resumes, and financial and printed material for numerous artists associated with the gallery or of interest to the gallery, including Mel Chin, Jerry Clapsaddle, Gene Davis, John Ferguson, Wolf Kahn, Willem de Looper, Helen Frankenthaler, Ronnie Landfield, Manuel Neri, Sol LeWitt, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Karl Rosenberg, Amalie Rothschild, Frank Stella, Michael Todd, John Van Alstine, and others. The collection also contains sales records.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 3 series.
  • Series 1: Exhibition Files, 1981-1990 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Artists' Files, 1971-1992 (3.0 linear feet; Box 1-4, OV 5)
  • Series 3: Sales Records, 1988-1992 (0.5 linear feet; Box 4)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Barbara R. Kornblatt established the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery in 1975 on 326 North Charles Street in Baltimore, Maryland. The gallery specialized in American painting, sculpture, and works on paper. In 1980, Kornblatt moved the gallery to 406 Seventh Street, N.W. in Washington, D. C. where it became the mainstay of downtown commercial art galleries. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the gallery began feeling the effects of the economic recession, and then suffered a fire in the building. Kornblatt closed the gallery in 1991.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2016 with funding from the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care Pool Fund, using accelerated processing strategies implemented by the Archives to increase information about and access to more of our collections. For this collection, accelerated processing included arrangement to the series, subseries and folder levels, adhering to the creator's original arrangement as much as possible. Generally, folder contents were simply verified with the original folder titles, but items within folders were not arranged further. All materials were rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed.
Author
Sarah Mundy
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records were donated by Barbara R. Kornblatt in 1992.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Conditions Governing Use
The B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records 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.
Preferred Citation
B. R. Kornblatt Gallery records, 1971-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Art, Modern -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, African -- 20th century -- Exhibitions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- Maryland -- Baltimore Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rosenberg, Karl Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Van Alstine, John, 1952- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stella, Frank Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rothschild, Amalie, 1916- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Todd, Mike, 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Motherwell, Robert Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ferguson, John, 1939- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Neri, Manuel, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kahn, Wolf, 1927- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Landfield, Ronnie, 1947- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kornblatt, Barbara R. (Barbara Rodbell), 1931- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chicago International Art Exposition Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clapsaddle, Jerry, 1941- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chin, Mel, 1951- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Looper, Willem Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Davis, Gene, 1920-1985 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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