A Finding Aid to the Loren Madsen papers, 1969-2019, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.madslore
Creators:
Madsen, Loren, 1943-
Dates:
1969-2019
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
5.2 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of artist Loren Madsen measure 5.2 linear feet and date from 1969 to 2019. The collection primarily consists of project and exhibition files, and also includes personal business records, correspondence, writings, photographic material, and artwork.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of artist Loren Madsen measure 5.2 linear feet and date from 1969 to 2019. The collection primarily consists of project and exhibition files, and also includes personal business records, correspondence, writings, photographic material, and artwork.
Project and exhibition files consist of two subseries: exhibition files, and installations and proposals. These files include materials related to Madsen's solo and group exhibitions, installations, and proposals for unrealized projects. Correspondence, photographic material, sketches, planning documents, clippings, and other printed material are included in these files.
Personal business records include materials related to Madsen's New Talent Purchase Award from the Modern and Contemporary Art Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his NEA Fellowship and Pollock-Krasner Grant, gallery files, and sales and other financial information. Also included in this series are a variety of digital files housed on a thumb drive. This thumb drive also includes materials related to project and exhibitions, writings, and artwork.
Correspondence consists of letters and cards both to and from Madsen. The majority of the correspondence is professional in nature.
Writings includes a work by Madsen completed in pursuit of his Master of Arts, notes, an article about Madsen by Jessica Pecorino, and notebooks.
Photographic material consists of photographs, negatives, and slides of Madsen's artwork.
Artwork includes eleven sketchbooks; Long Scroll, a 30-foot timeline scroll on paper; and Ephemera, an ongoing series.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in six series.
  • Series 1: Project and Exhibition Files, 1969-2005, 2011-2016 (Boxes 1-3; 3 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Personal Business Records, 1969-2017 (Box 4; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Correspondence, 1973-2015 (Box 4; 3 folders)
  • Series 4: Writings, 1970-1983, 2001-2005 (Box 4; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Photographic Material, 1969-2005 (Box 4; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Artwork circa 1973-1983, 1992-1999, 2012-2019 (Boxes 4-6, RD 7; 1.2 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Loren Madsen (1943- ) is an artist in Laytonville, California working mainly in sculpture. Madsen attended Reed College (1961-1963) and UCLA and graduated from UCLA with an MA in 1970. In the 1970s and 1980s he made sculpture using bricks and wood suspended, propped, or balanced in studies of countervailing forces. In the early 1990s, Madsen turned his attention to what he calls "data art," using statistics to determine sculptural form.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Rayna Andrews in 2017. Information about the addition was added in 2019.
Author
Rayna Andrews
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of the collection was provided by Gerald and Bente Buck.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Preferred Citation
Loren Madsen papers, 1969-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
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Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Washington, D.C. 20001
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