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Rolf Nelson Gallery records, 1953-1973.

Rolf Nelson Gallery.

Available at Special Collections  SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE  (2010.M.38 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Rolf Nelson Gallery records, 1953-1973.
  • Author/Creator: Rolf Nelson Gallery.
  • Creation Date: 1953-1973.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: The Rolf Nelson Gallery made a significant contribution to the vibrant Southern California art scene of the 1960s by exhibiting emerging as well as established artists. Born in Brooklyn in 1935 to Norwegian immigrant parents, Rolf G. Nelson began his career at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York in the early 1960s. After moving to Los Angeles in 1962 Nelson worked at the Southern California branch of the San Francisco-based Dilexi Gallery. By 1963 he had opened his own gallery in Los Angeles on La Cienega Boulevard. The gallery was subsequently moved to two other locations on La Cienega Boulevard, gradually expanding with each move. The Rolf Nelson Gallery played an integral role in disseminating art of the pop movement in the 1960s and promoting emerging artists such as Llyn Foulkes, George Herms and Jess, along with more established artists including Georgia O'Keeffe, Judy Chicago and Alfred Jensen. In 1966 Nelson closed his gallery and worked as a private dealer. He returned to New York by 1972 and retired soon thereafter.
  • Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the gallery's original order. Files are organized alphabetically by artist, client, institution or topic, with some files of assorted items grouped under the letter of the alphabet.
  • Physical Desc.: 7.7 linear ft. (10 boxes) + ADD1 (1 box) + ADD2 (2 boxes).
  • Summary: The Rolf Nelson Gallery records contain correspondence, photographs, and printed ephemera related to the operation of the gallery and Nelson's subsequent work as a private dealer. The collection is rich in materials from Lowell Nesbitt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Judy Chicago, Robert Indiana, Harry Partch and George Herms. There is original artwork by Judi, Jess, George Herms and Michael Cady. Letters sent and received during Nelson's tenure at the Martha Jackson Gallery and his own gallery make up the bulk of the collection. While most of the collection deals directly with artists and clients, there are also documents related to Nelson's involvement with the Save the Museum Committee and the Artist Protest Committee.
  • Language: English
  • Notes: Gift of Rolf G. Nelson.
  • Form/Genre: Black-and-white negatives
    Color slides
    Gelatin silver prints -- United States -- 20th century
  • Subjects: Cady, Michael Chicago, Judy, 1939- Herms, George, 1935- Indiana, Robert, 1928-2018 Jensen, Alfred, 1903-1981 Jess, 1923-2004 Nelson, Rolf G Nesbitt, Lowell, 1933-1993 O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986 Martha Jackson Gallery Rolf Nelson Gallery Art, Modern -- 20th century Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Los Angeles Artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century Artists -- United States -- Correspondence
  • Contributors: Cady, Michael. Herms, George, 1935- Jess,, 1923-2004. Nelson, Rolf G.
  • ID/Accession Number: 2852-286
    2010.M.38
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 639065365

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