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Wilhelm Arntz collection of rare exhibition catalogs and printed ephemera.

Arntz, Wilhelm F., collector.

circa 1900-1985.

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  • Title:
    Wilhelm Arntz collection of rare exhibition catalogs and printed ephemera.
  • Author/Creator: Arntz, Wilhelm F., collector.
  • Creation Date: 1900
  • Publisher Info.: circa 1900-1985.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Wilhelm Friedrich Arntz (1903-1985) was a German lawyer, art expert and independent researcher of 20th century art. He was also one of the early collectors of German Expressionism. Parallel to collecting artworks, he acquired publications and compiled a wealth of archival material, including newspaper clippings, correspondence of artists, art historians and dealers, and this collection of rare exhibition catalogs, invitations to exhibition openings, and other printed ephemeral items.
  • Arrangement: Organized in three series: Series I. Artists, circa 1900-1985; Series II. Institutions, circa 1900-1985; Series III. Offprints, circa 1900-1985.
  • Physical Desc.: 280 boxes (121.67 linear feet).
  • Summary: Collected by the German art expert Wilhelm Arntz, the ephemera document exhibitions, sales and publishing of 20th century art mainly in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, France, and most other European countries, including Eastern European countries, especially Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary, and also the United States and South America. The predominant portion of the material dates from the 1950s to the early 1980s, but there is also a substantial amount of material dating from the 1920s and 1930s and from the time before World War I. Present are exhibition catalogs of less then twelve pages, exhibition checklists, invitations to gallery openings, advertisements for publications, posters, and offprints. Occasionally included are greetings and holiday cards, some of which are designed or signed by the artists.
    Series I includes publications concerning only one artist. Series II includes publications concerning more then one artist or art-related topics that can be filed under the name of the gallery, museum, publishing firm or other institution. Series III includes offprints on various topics, predominantly 20th century art and architecture. Artists groups and art movements such as Dada or Futurism are filed with Series I. Items that could not be filed with any of the three series are filed unsorted at the end of Series III.
  • Language: Multiple languages
  • Other Archival Locations: Unpublished archival material collected by Arntz is available for research in the repository's Special Collections (Wilhelm Arntz papers, accn. no. 840001). There are comprehensive research files on individual artists, the Degenerate Art campaign by the Nazis, as well as extensive expertise and appraisal material which document Arntz's professional activities. The Wilhelm Arntz papers also include photographic documentation of 20th century art (previously cataloged separately under accn. no. 87.P.1).
    An additional 30,000 photographs assembled by Arntz, predominantly of European art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the late 19th century, were incorporated into the Photo Archive (former Photo Study Core Collection).
    Books and periodicals collected by Arntz are available for research in the Getty Research Library's Special and Core Collections and can be searched under Arntz Library.
    Printed ephemera concerning Arbeitsrat für Kunst in Berlin and Hessischer Arbeitsrat für Kunst (19 items) received with the Arntz collection are availabe for research at the Getty Research Library (accn. no. 840131*).
  • Form/Genre: Printed ephemera -- 20th century
    Announcements -- 20th century
    Invitations -- 20th century
    Exhibition catalogs -- 20th century
  • Subjects: Artists -- Europe -- Exhibitions Artists -- United States -- Exhibitions Artists -- South America -- Exhibitions Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions Art galleries, Commercial -- Europe Art galleries, Commercial -- United States Art museums -- Europe Art museums -- United States Art publishing -- Europe Private presses -- Europe
  • Collection: Arntz Library
  • Collection Note: Arntz Library
  • ID/Accession Number: 2591-182
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 78524759
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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