A Finding Aid to the Gary Falk Papers, circa 1955-2013, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.falkgary
Creators:
Falk, Gary M., 1954-1986
Dates:
circa 1955-2013
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
2.5 Linear feet
0.005 Gigabytes
Repository:
The papers of painter and assemblage artist Gary Falk measure 2.5 linear feet and 0.005 GB and date from circa 1955-2013. The papers document his career as an artist in New York through biographical material, including project proposals, student records, and items from his memorial service; a small amount of personal correspondence; four notebooks; exhibition files; printed material; photographs of Falk, Falk with friends, artwork, and travel; digital photographs of artwork; and original artwork, including drawings, collages, and two sketchbooks.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter and assemblage artist Gary Falk measure 2.5 linear feet and 0.005 GB and date from circa 1955-2013. The papers document his career as an artist in New York through biographical material, including project proposals, student records, and items from his memorial service; a small amount of personal correspondence; four notebooks; exhibition files; printed material; photographs of Falk, Falk with friends, artwork, and travel; digital photographs of artwork; and original artwork, including drawings, collages, and two sketchbooks.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as 7 series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1966-2013 (0.5 Linear feet; Box 1, 0.005 GB; ER01)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1973-1996 (4 Folders; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Notebooks, 1979-circa 2004 (4 Folders; Box 1)
  • Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1977-1988 (0.3 Linear feet; Box 1-2)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1962-1990 (0.2 Linear feet; Box 2, OV 5)
  • Series 6: Photographs, circa 1955-1990s (0.7 Linear feet; Boxes 2-4)
  • Series 7: Artwork, 1958-1980s (0.5 Linear feet; Box 3, OVs 5-7)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Gary Falk (1954-1986) was a painter and assemblage artist from New York, N.Y. Falk developed a personal sign system in his works of art, and often worked in enamel and acrylic on Plexiglas or aluminum.
Falk and his family moved to Bethesda, Maryland, in 1966. He attended the Corcoran School of Art and later graduated from Yale University with a degree in Fine Arts in 1975. After college he moved to New York City and worked as an artist. He had a one-man-show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1983. During the 1980s, he participated in many other group exhibitions, most notably Narrative Forms (1984) at the Museo Rufino Tamayo and SIGNS (1985) at the New Museum. Falk died at the age of 32.

Administration
Processing Information
The papers were processed and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2015. Additional papers were added to the collection in 2016. Born-digital materials were processed by Kirsi Ritosalmi-Kisner in 2019 with funding provided by Smithsonian Collection Care and Preservation Fund.
Author
Erin Kinhart
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2005, 2007, 2014, and 2016 by Lillian Falk, Gary Falk's mother.

Using the Collection
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. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Conditions Governing Use
The Gary Falk 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.
Preferred Citation
Gary Falk papers, circa 1955-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also at the Archives of American Art is one sound recording of Ned Rifkin in conversation with Gary Falk, December 5, 1984.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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