A Finding Aid to the Selina Trieff Papers, 1951-1981, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.trieseli
Creators:
Trieff, Selina, 1934-
Dates:
1951-1981
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.5 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of painter Selina Trieff measure 0.5 linear feet and date from 1951-1981. The collection documents Trieff's career through personal and professional papers including correspondence, postcards from friend and mentor Ad Reinhardt, a 1951 art competition certificate, and audiovisual recordings of an interview with Trieff, a talk given by her husband, artist Robert Henry, and an exhibition lecture. Also found are clippings, articles, exhibition catalogs and announcements; photographs of Trieff, her friends, family, other artists, and paintings; and several drawings.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter Selina Trieff measure 0.5 linear feet and date from 1951-1981. The collection documents Trieff's career through personal and professional papers including correspondence, postcards from friend and mentor Ad Reinhardt, a 1951 art competition certificate, and audiovisual recordings of an interview with Trieff, a talk given by her husband, artist Robert Henry, and an exhibition lecture. Also found are clippings, articles, exhibition catalogs and announcements; photographs of Trieff, her friends, family, other artists, and paintings; and several drawings.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as one series.
  • Series 1: Personal and Professional Papers, 1951-1981 (Box 1, OV 2; 0.5 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Selina Trieff (1934-2015) was a painter in Brooklyn, New York. After high school, she studied with Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhardt at Brooklyn College; Hans Hofmann in Provincetown; and Morris Kantor at the Art Students League. Trieff was most known for her unique style of expressionist portraits and self portraits, as well as her paintings of animals. Trieff had solo exhibitions at the Broolyn Museum, Riverside Art Museum, California, and the Hudson River Art Museum, New York; and exhibited her work in group shows acrosss the United States and Europe. Her work is found in collections at the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and many more.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Christopher DeMairo in 2021.
Author
Christopher DeMairo
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Selina Trieff in 1981.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The 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 audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Preferred Citation
Selina Trieff papers, 1951-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
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Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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