A Finding Aid to the William Clutz Papers, 1930-2016, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.clutwill
Creators:
Clutz, William
Dates:
1930-2016
Languages:
English
Collection is in English
Physical Description:
3.1 Linear feet
11 Gigabytes
Repository:
The papers of New York painter William Clutz measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1930-2016. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, printed material, photographic material, artworks, and twelve sketchbooks which illuminate the career and artistic development of Clutz, a painter known for depictions of figures in urban settings. The photographic material is particularly robust and includes hundreds of photographs, slides, transparencies, and digital images of Clutz, family, friends, his painting, as well as documentation of exhibition installations. Artwork and sketchbooks in pencil, pastel, and charcoal provide a glimpse into the preliminary stages of his work process.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of New York painter William Clutz measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1930-2016. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, printed material, photographic material, artworks, and twelve sketchbooks which illuminate the career and artistic development of Clutz, a painter known for depictions of figures in urban settings. The photographic material is particularly robust and includes hundreds of photographs, slides, transparencies, and digital images of Clutz, family, friends, his painting, as well as documentation of exhibition installations. Artwork and sketchbooks in pencil, pastel, and charcoal provide a glimpse into the preliminary stages of his work process.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as seven series
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1930-2015 (4 folders; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1946-2015 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1967-2015 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, 149-2012 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1, OV 5)
  • Series 5: Photographic Material, circa 1940-2016 (1.2 linear feet; Box 1-2, OV 6; 11 gigabytes; ER01-ER03)
  • Series 6: Artwork, circa 1960-2000 (2 folders; Box 2, OV 7)
  • Series 7: Sketchbooks, circa 1955-1990 (0.9 linear feet; Box 2-4)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William Clutz (1933- ) is a painter and art instructor who lived in New York City from 1955-1996 and now resides in Rhinebeck, New York. He was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and later studied at the Mercersburg Academy and University of Iowa before moving to New York City. Clutz's paintings, pastels, and charcoal drawings often depict figures in urban landscapes, with light playing a key role in composition and mood. He has exhibited with a number of galleries over the past several decades including the Bertha Schaefer Gallery, Brooke Alexander Gallery, Alonzo Gallery, Tatistcheff Gallery, the Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, and others. In addition to his career as a professional artist, Clutz taught painting and drawing at Parsons the New School for Design from 1970-1992.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Hilary Price in 2017.
Author
Hilary Price
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives of American Art between 1980-2016 by William Clutz.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
William Clutz papers, 1930-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The William Clutz 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.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Repository Contact
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