Archives of American Art

Meyer Schapiro papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.schameye
Creators:
Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-
Dates:
1949-1982
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.4 Linear feet
(partially microfilmed on 2 partial microfilm reels)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Material relating to painters Gandy Brodie and Forrest Bess.
Scope and Contents
REEL 3458: Letters from Bess, some illustrated with sketches, diagrams, clippings, or black and white snapshots. Some of the later letters relate to Bess's life in Bay City, Texas, his work, his dealings with gallery owner Betty Parsons, and his stays in a state mental ward and a Veterans' Administration hospital. Also includes copies of letters from Bess to other correspondents, and a copy of a letter from Schapiro to Bess; an exhibition catalog; and a photocopy of a list of letters from Bess lent by Schapiro to the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Scope and Contents
REEL 3475: A letter from Bess to Schapiro and his wife Lillian; a letter to Bess from ART NEWS rejecting his article; photocopies of letters, notes and diagrams by Bess.
Scope and Contents
UNMICROFILMED: Materials relating to Gandy Brodie, including 68 letters and postcards, some illustrated, from Brodie; a poem by Brodie; a list of Brodie exhibitions; and a catalog for an exhibition at Durlacher Bros., 1955.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Art historian, New York, N.Y. Died March 4, 1996. Schapiro met Gandy Brodie in 1946. He wrote a catalog introduction for a Brodie exhibition, 1967, eulogy for his memorial service, 1975, and a catalog introduction for a Forrest Bess retrospective at the Betty Parsons Gallery, 1962.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3458 available only at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3475 available at AAA's Washington, D.C. office; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1982-1985 by Meyer Schapiro.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Related Materials
Meyer Schapiro papers, 1923-1991, are located at Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painting, American Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art historians Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brodie, Gandy, 1925-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bess, Forrest, 1911-1977 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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