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Margo Leavin Gallery records.

Margo Leavin Gallery, creator.

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  • Title:
    Margo Leavin Gallery records.
  • Author/Creator: Margo Leavin Gallery, creator.
  • Creation Date: 1960-2013
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Margo Leavin (1936- ) was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles. She opened the Margo Leavin Gallery in 1970 and forged a number of lasting personal and professional relationships with both East and West Coast artists, including Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, and Agnes Martin. The gallery played a key role in introducing Conceptualism to the Los Angeles art scene, especially through her early exhibitions of John Baldessari, before its closure in 2012.
  • Arrangement: Arranged in six series: Series I. Correspondence; Series II. Artist files; Series III. Business files; Series IV. Exhibition files; Series V. Photographs; Series VI. Ephemera.
  • Physical Desc.: 353 boxes (302 linear feet, unprocessed) + ADD1 (2 scrolls) + ADD2 (3 boxes + 1 digital file) + ADD3 (4 boxes).
    approximately 200 computer discs ; 4 3/4 in. originals.
    approximately 25 videodiscs ; 4 3/4 in. originals.
    37 videocassettes (VHS) ; 1/2 in. originals.
    5 audiocassettes originals.
    3 audio discs ; 4 3/4 in. originals.
    1 videocassette (U-matic) ; 3/4 in. originals.
    3 computer discs (ZIP) ; originals.
  • Summary: The collection comprises a comprehensive view of business dealings with some of the foremost US artists, including provenance, histories of installations, brochures, reviews, and photographs and slides of decades of artists' works. The collection includes extensive correspondence with collectors, dealers, and museums; artist and exhibition files including sales documentation; exhibition photographs; and over eighty works of art or unique ephemera.
    Series I. Correspondence includes the gallery’s vast correspondence with clients, museums, universities, and other dealers and galleries.
    Series II. Artist files includes correspondence, press clippings and other documents regarding the artists represented by the gallery, as well as artworks.
    Series III. Business files includes financial records, card files, invoices, and other documents pertaining to publicity, art fairs, benefits and fundraisers.
    Series IV. Exhibition files comprises documents regarding the installations of exhibitions, such as photographs, ephemera, guest and mailing lists, correspondence, press release, press clippings, artists’ CVs, loan agreements, consignment forms, list of exhibited works etc.
    Series V. Photographs includes photographic materials such as prints, negatives, transparencies, and slides.
    Series VI. Ephemera includes announcements, exhibition checklists, press releases and other ephemera.
  • Language: English
  • Notes: In nearly forty-two years of operation as one of the foremost art venues of Los Angeles (1970 -2012), Margo Leavin Gallery presented more than five hundred exhibitions. Grounded in Minimalism and Pop, the gallery showed a mix of works by both New York and Los Angeles artists, such as Dan Flavin and Claes Oldenburg, and gradually moved into the terrain of Conceptualism, with artists such as Alexis Smith, John Baldessari, Sherrie Levine, and Christopher Williams. The gallery placed numerous works at the world’s top museums, had a profound effect on the art world of the city, and made an indisputable contribution to the international acclaim of Los Angeles Conceptual art. The collection is currently unavailable, and will be opened when processing is completed.
  • Form/Genre: Floppy disks
    Chromogenic color prints -- 20th century
    Dye diffusion tranfer prints
    Gelatin silver negatives
    Color negatives
    Color slides
    Color transparencies
    Photographs, original
    Drawings (visual works)
    Letters (correspondence)
    Performance art
    Video art
    Video recordings
    Born digital
  • Subjects: Art galleries, commercial -- California Conceptual art -- United States Performance art Installations (Art) Drawing -- United States -- 20th century Artists -- California -- history -- 20th century Artists -- 20th century -- Correspondence Art, American -- California -- Exhibitions Art, American -- California -- 20th century
  • Contributors: Baldessari, John, 1931- contributor. Flavin, Dan 1933-1996, contributor. Oldenburg, Claes 1929-, contributor. Arakawa, Shūsaku, contributor. Kosuth, Joseph, contributor. Morris, Robert, contributor. Nordman, Maria, contributor. Hockney, David, contributor. Chamberlain, John, contributor. Tuchman, Maurice, contributor. McMillan, Jerry, contributor. Leo Castelli Gallery contributor. M. Knoedler & Co. contributor.
  • ID/Accession Number: 2015.M.5
  • Access/Rights: The collection is unprocessed and currently unavailable; contact repository for information regarding access. Audio visual materials are unavailable until reformatted.
  • OCLC Record Number: 903978218
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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