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Edmund Teske papers, 1933-1996.

Teske, Edmund, 1911-1996.

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  • Title:
    Edmund Teske papers, 1933-1996.
  • Author/Creator: Teske, Edmund, 1911-1996.
  • Creation Date: 1933-1996.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Edmund Teske was an American photographer, poet and teacher who came to prominence with the success of his work photographing the Taliesin Fellowship of Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Chicago in 1911, Teske studied art, acting and set design, and was primarily a self-taught photographer. He taught briefly at the New Bauhaus School of Design and was also employed for a time with Paul Strand's and Leo Hurwitz's anti-fascist company, Frontier Films. Teske moved to Los Angeles in 1943, where he initially worked as a still photographer for Paramount Pictures, and later began teaching at Chouinard Art Institute of Los Angeles (now the California Institute for the Arts) and other institutions. His work was exhibited widely at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pasadena Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Ceeje Gallery in Los Angeles. In the 1970s and 1980s he was renown for his "Photo-Grabs," or informal auctions of his work in his studio presented to associates, friends, and former students. Among his many friends and associates in the art world were Aline Barnsdall, Minor White, Aaron Siskind and George Herms.
  • Physical Desc.: 21.6 linear feet (36 boxes).
    8 sound cassettes : analog, 1 5/16 ips, mono. ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape, original..
    1 sound tape reel : analog, 3 3/4 ips ; 7 in. original..
    1 film reel : sd., mono., col. [?] : 16 mm. original..
    3 videocassettes (U-matic) : 3/4 in. original..
    4 videocassettes (VHS) : 1/2 in. original..
  • Summary: The papers provide both an overview of, and unique insight into Teske's creative processes, influences and relationships. Correspondents represented in Series I include Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Strand, Edgar Tafel and Aline Barnsdall. Of particular note are fourteen letters from Minor White, in which he provides an in-depth assessment of Teske's aesthetic development. Teske's correspondence also chronicles his interactions with museums and galleries such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the George Eastman House and the Witkin Gallery. Series I also includes personal documents, sketches and ephemera.
    Professional files in Series II relate to Teske's exhibitions from 1960 to 1995; his "photo-grabs" in the 1970s and 1980s; and his teaching and speaking engagements from 1960 to 1991. Materials include exhibition ephemera, correspondence, loan agreements, newspaper clippings, course catalogs, enrollment lists and workshop ephemera. Series III contains writings by Teske, recordings and transcripts of interviews, and writings and artworks by others. Among the published and unpublished writings and artworks by other artists are materials by Edward Weston, Bob Alexander, mail art from Wallace Berman, and invitations to George Herms's Tap City Circus events.
  • Language: English
  • Other Archival Locations: Edmund Teske miscellaneous papers; Also located at; Research Library, the Getty Research Institute.
  • Form/Genre: Motion pictures (visual works)
    Sound recordings
  • Subjects: Barnsdall, Aline, 1882-1946 -- Correspondence Strand, Paul, 1890-1976 -- Correspondence Tafel, Edgar -- Correspondence Teske, Edmund, 1911-1996 Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 -- Correspondence Art museums -- United States -- 20th century Photography, artistic -- 20th century
  • Contributors: Alexander, Bob. Berman, Wallace, 1926-1976. Herms, George, 1935- Weston, Edward, 1886-1958. White, Minor.
  • ID/Accession Number: 2637-574
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers, except for any unreformatted audio visual materials.
  • OCLC Record Number: 85172912
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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