A Finding Aid to the Christine Burgin Gallery Records, 1980-2016, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.chriburg
Creators:
Christine Burgin Gallery
Dates:
1980-2016
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
18 Linear feet
52.28 Gigabytes
Repository:
The records of Christine Burgin Gallery, a New York City gallery representing conceptual artists from the United States and Europe, measure 18 linear feet and 52.28 GB, and date from 1980-2016. The collection documents the gallery's activities, projects, and relationships with artists through administrative files and business records, artist files, exhibition files, and client files. Artist files comprise nearly half of the collection and contain correspondence with artists and project files for numerous publications and editions the gallery produced in collaboration with artists. Some material is in born-digital form, including images of artwork and installations, slide shows, document files, as well as audiovisual recordings. The collection also contains two analog video recordings. Files dating from after the gallery's closure include additional correspondence, invoices, and project files.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The records of Christine Burgin Gallery, a New York City gallery representing conceptual artists from the United States and Europe, measure 18 linear feet and 52.28 GB, and date from 1980-2016. The collection documents the gallery's activities, projects, and relationships with artists through administrative files and business records, artist files, exhibition files, and client files. Administrative files and business records document the operations and daily activities of the gallery. Artist files comprise nearly half of the collection and contain correspondence with artists, consignment and loan forms for exhibitions at other venues, inventories and sales invoices, photographic material, exhibitions announcements and catalogs, clippings, research and source material, as well as project files for numerous publications and editions the gallery produced in collaboration with artists. Exhibition files document the dozens of exhibitions at the gallery during their two periods of operation, 1986-1992 and 1999-2007, and include correspondence, price lists, installation documentation, photographic material, press releases, artist biographies, exhibition announcements, and clippings. Client files predominantly contain correspondence and invoices to clients. Some material is in born-digital form, including images of artwork and installations, slide shows, document files, as well as audiovisual recordings. The collection also contains two analog video recordings.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as four series
  • Series 1: Administrative Files and Business Records, 1985-2012 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 2: Artist Files, 1980-2016 (8.4 linear feet, Boxes 2-10; 35.75 GB, ER01-ER29)
  • Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1986-2015 (5 linear feet, Boxes 10-15; 16.53 GB, ER30-ER43)
  • Series 4: Client Files, 1983-2013 (3.5 linear feet; Boxes 15-18)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Christine Burgin Gallery (established 1986; closed 2007), owned and operated by Christine Burgin, was a gallery in New York City that represented conceptual artists from the United States and Europe. The gallery operated from 1986-1992 and from 1999-2007. Gallery artists included Zoe Beloff, Victor Burgin, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Harrell Fletcher, Rodney Graham, Fariba Hajamadi, Paul Lincoln, Max Neuhaus, Richard Nonas, Hermann Pitz, Allen Ruppersberg, Victoria Sambunaris, Alan Saret, Jeanne Silverthorne, Michael Smith, and many others. In addition to staging solo and group exhibitions, the gallery produced numerous publications and editions in collaboration with artists.
Christine Burgin continues to publish books with her imprint at New Directions.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Hilary Price and Caroline Donadio in 2018.
Author
Hilary Price and Caroline Donadio
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2017 by Christine Burgin.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Christine Burgin 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
Christine Burgin Gallery records, 1980-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Burgin, Christine Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Finlay, Ian Hamilton Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smith, Michael Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graham, Rodney, 1949- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ruppersberg, Allen, 1944- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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