2 February 2011 post: Photographs, from Rudi Blesh collection, 1909-1983

Rudi Blesh, ca. 1975 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: col.; 13 x 18 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Description: Photograph was in a cardboard frame and cover. The inside left cover is inscribed: February 1975. Rudi Blesh with Nell Baziotes with the Modern Library volume of Baudelaire at 90 La Salle Street, New York City in the Living Room taken by Monetadler Forms part of: William and Ethel Baziotes papers 1916-1992 Citation: Rudi Blesh, ca. 1975 / unidentified photographer. William and Ethel Baziotes papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

Photos of artists from the collection of Rudi Blesh, b. 1899. Art critic, Architect. New York, N.Y.

Correspondence, notes, manuscripts, printed material, subject files, and photographs, relate chiefly to Blesh’s research and writings on Abstract Expressionists.

REELS 3991-3994: Correspondence, 1946-1969, primarily letters to Harriet Janis regarding her and Blesh’s book Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques (1967), from artists Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Sonia Delaunay, Aaron Siskind, Man Ray and others; 5 notebooks of research notes, including one “Motherwell Book”; manuscripts for Collage and Cubism; clippings; exhibition announcements and catalogues, 1941-1960; a book, De Kooning, by Janis and Blesh; galleys for Collage; reproductions of unidentified works of art; subject files on Albert Burri, Stuart Davis, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Kurt Schwitters, and other art subjects; and annotated photographs of artists and works of art. Included in the photos are Willem De Kooning, Mark Rothko by Henry Elkan, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg by W. Silver, Robert Motherwell, and Jackson Pollock by Hans Namuth.

UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence, 1909-1979; photographs of Blesh, (including a portrait by Hans Namuth), of family, travel pictures, views of Blesh’s home, furniture designs, friends William and Ethel Baziotes, and Harriet Janis, Blesh’s co-author for They All Played Ragtime (1950); an article on Scott Joplin by Blesh (American Heritage, 1975); clippings, 1975-1976; and First Day Cover for Scott Joplin stamp issued in 1983.

Microfilmed material donated by Rudi Blesh, 1981. The unmicrofilmed material donated 1993 by longtime friend Ethel Baziotes, who received them from Blesh before his death.

 


Abraham Walkowitz, Jan. 1908 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 9 x 12 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Description: Identification on verso (handwritten): Abraham Walkowitz, Jan. 1908, New York Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Abraham Walkowitz, Jan. 1908 / unidentified photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Max Ernst in a composite photo, ca. 1920 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 12 x 8 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Description: Identification on attached label (typewritten): Ernst, Max ?damax with Ceasar Buonarroti c. 1920, Collage photograph of Ernst. Collection of Tristan Tzara, Paris Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Max Ernst in a composite photo, ca. 1920 / unidentified photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Joseph Stella and Marcel Duchamp, 1920 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 26 x 21 cm. Creator: Man Ray, photographer Description: Identification on attched label (typewritten): Joseph Stella and Marcel Duchamp, New York, 1920. Inscription lower left: Man Ray 1920 Photograph is stamped on verso with the imprint of Oliver Baker Photography. Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Joseph Stella and Marcel Duchamp, 1920 / Man Ray, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, ca. 1927 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 15 x 12 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, ca. 1927 / unidentified photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

Arshile Gorky and Willem De Kooning, ca. 1937 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 21 x 21 cm. Creator: Oliver Baker, photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Arshile Gorky and Willem De Kooning, ca. 1937 / Oliver Baker, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

William Baziotes, ca. 1940 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 6 x 7 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: William Baziotes, ca. 1940 / unidentified photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

George Heard Hamilton, Katherine S. Dreier and Marcel Duchamp, Mar. 1945 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 18 x 13 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Description: Identification on accompanying note (handwritten and typewritten): Courtesy Yale University George Heard Hamilton, Katherine S. Dreier and Marcel Duchamp, 1945. Identification on verso (handwritten): Lefto right: George Heard Hamilton, Katherine S. Dreier, and Marcel Duchamp at the opening of the Duchamp, Duchamp- Villon, Villon exhibition. Yale University Art Gallery March 1945. Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: George Heard Hamilton, Katherine S. Dreier and Marcel Duchamp, Mar. 1945 / unidentified photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

Abraham Walkowitz, ca. 1950 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 13 x 11 cm. Creator: Frank J. Darmstaedter, photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Abraham Walkowitz, ca. 1950 / Frank J. Darmstaedter, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

Mark Rothko, 1954 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 21 x 17 cm. Creator: Henry Elkan, photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Mark Rothko, 1954 / Henry Elkan, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Alberto Burri welding, ca. 1955 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 25 x 20 cm. Creator: Marvin P. Lazarus, photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Alberto Burri welding, ca. 1955 / Marvin P. Lazarus, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Conrad Marca-Relli, ca. 1960 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 21 x 21 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Conrad Marca-Relli, ca. 1960 / unidentified photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

Franz Kline, ca. 1960 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 11 x 21 cm. Creator: Walter Auerbach, photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Franz Kline, ca. 1960 / Walter Auerbach, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Willem deKooning, ca. 1955 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 25 x 20 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Willem deKooning, ca. 1955 / unidentified photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Claes Oldenburg and "The Street", 1960 May Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 26 x 21 cm. Creator: Charles Rapaport, photographer Description: Identification on verso (handwritten): Claes Oldenburg with a figure "The Street" at the Reuben Gallery N.Y. May 1960 Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Claes Oldenburg and "The Street", 1960 May / Charles Rapaport, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Hans Haacke with his 'Wave' sculpture, 1965 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 21 x 26 cm. Creator: Eric Pollitzer, photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Hans Haacke with his 'Wave' sculpture, 1965 / Eric Pollitzer, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Robert Motherwell, ca. 1966 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 21 x 26 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Robert Motherwell, ca. 1966 / unidentified photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

Yves Klein painting with fire, ca. 1960 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 20 x 31 cm. Creator: George Véron, photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Yves Klein painting with fire, ca. 1960 / George Véron, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Yves Klein with fire sculpture, Jan. 1961 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 24 x 18 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Description: An explanation and identification appears on the verso in French. Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Yves Klein with fire sculpture, Jan. 1961 / unidentified photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

Yves Klein painting with fire, ca. 1960 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 21 x 26 cm. Creator: Shunk-Kender, photographer Description: Photograph is copyrighted Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Yves Klein painting with fire, ca. 1960 / Shunk-Kender, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Yves Klein working on a mural in Germany, 1959 Physical Details: contact sheet: 1 item: b&w; 19 x 7 cm. Creator: unidentified photographer Description: Identification on verso (handwritten): Yves Klein executing the murals on the walls of Gelsenkirchen Opera-house, in blue sponges (Germany) Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Yves Klein working on a mural in Germany, 1959 / unidentified photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Yves Klein working on a mural in Germany, 1959 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 23 x 21 cm. Creator: Charles Wilp, photographer Description: Identification on verso (handwritten in French): Construction des releifs en eponges naturelles strattfiee par Yves Klein en 1959 pour le foyer de Gelsenkirchen 10 metres de long et 5 metres de h. Photograph is copyrighted Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Yves Klein working on a mural in Germany, 1959 / Charles Wilp, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Yves Klein creating a mural in Germany, ca. 1960 Physical Details: photographic print: 1 item: b&w; 20 x 31 cm. Creator: Charles Wilp, photographer Forms part of: Rudi Blesh papers 1909-1983 Citation: Yves Klein creating a mural in Germany, ca. 1960 / Charles Wilp, photographer. Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

Text Source: http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/rudi-blesh-papers-8594

Image Source: http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/images/collection/rudi-blesh-papers-8594

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Transmissions from an island somewhere in the Philippines. Integrating daily art practice & other initiatives from the physical world down to virtual space. To see my daily artworks, you can visit my site at: http://dailypractice.tumblr.com http://brownskinartist.multiply.com
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3 Responses to 2 February 2011 post: Photographs, from Rudi Blesh collection, 1909-1983

  1. John M. says:

    Great find! I really enjoy these photos. He has a warm eye.

    • John M. says:

      Actually, now that I read the captions, I realize that he wasn’t the photographer… Great photos, nonetheless.

      • fARTiculate says:

        pre-digital age documentation…it was great to see the artists at work, casual, relaxed, vulnerable. the alberto burri photo seems to show his light touch, perhaps a trait reminiscent of his years as a doctor. positive vibes from the islands! have a great day!

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